Canada BIM Council hosts 18th annual Regional Session in Vancouver

The Canada BIM Council (CanBIM) hosted its 18th Regional Session in Vancouver on February 1 and 2, 2017 at the Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront.

Heading up the event was the Honourable Amrik S. Virk, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services from the province of British Columbia. Minister Virk was appointed as Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services in December 2014. Previously he served as Minister of Advanced Education from June 2013. Virk also served on Royal Canadian Mounted Police and retired at the rank of inspector in 2013. Virk is a recipient of two bravery awards, including a Commissioner’s Commendation, as well as The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and The Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal.

“It was a great honour to have Minister Virk as our Keynote Speaker, we enjoyed hearing about his plans and progress in the construction sector and hearing his thoughts on the importance of Innovation and the adoption of new technologies in construction industry” states Thomas Strong, CanBIM President and Managing Director of Virtual Construction Services, EllisDon Construction.

The event covered a wide range of topics; some key highlights included the idea that building asset performance for the long term should be what drives design and construction, rather than the design and construction driving outcomes; in other words, beginning the process with the end in mind. Also of note, was the need for recognizing the importance for breaking down the silos and bringing key stakeholders together; finance, construction, design, operations, trades, and owners; collaboration is the impetus for innovation. Thinking about the building asset with a longer-term view to improve the performance of the assets, requires the BIM community to think with lifecycle of the asset in mind, which in turn will require efficient information management. According to one of the event organizers, Clint Undseth, VP Innovation at Stuart Olson “there was a clear recognition that we need to leverage information, design, construction and all phases of a building to improve performance of the asset over the entire lifecycle”.

CanBIM hosted presentations from industry thought leaders, Sandy Treagus, CFO, Mountain Equipment Co-Op, Peter Kurkjian, Associate, Sweeny & Co Architects, Helen Goodland, Principal, Brantwood Consulting & Co-Founder, Building Technology Innovations, Erik Poirier, PhD, M. Eng, BSc. Arch., LEED AP, buildingSMART Canada, Geraldine Rayner, Architect AIBC BA DipArch RIBA LEED AP Summit BIM Consulting Inc. Larry Harder, Director Capital Projects, Fraser Health, Amir Tangestani, BIM Manager, and Gus Spanos, Project Manager, Kasian Architecture.

Kicking off the session with the launch of its inaugural issue of the CanBIM Innovation Spotlight: Annual Publication was a very special milestone, 450 hours in the making. Over the course of 2016 the CanBIM editors, staff, board and CanBIM members assembled a collection of case studies, articles and interviews with the intent to provide an educational and informative reference to the adoption of BIM in Canada. The CanBIM Innovation Spotlight was unveiled during the CanBIM Opening Reception in Vancouver at the Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront on February 1, 2017.

The annual publication borders on market report and collection of case studies for industry professionals to use as a guide to understanding and implementing BIM. The document required 450 hours to compile, involved 40 contributors and will be distributed to 1600 readers in hard copy colour print. CanBIM has also made the publication available online on its website. The CanBIM Innovation Spotlight is intended to showcase the BIM capabilities that exist within Canada while also delivering on its mandate to highlight innovation in the Canadian Market.

“We are extremely proud of this document as we highlight the amazing capabilities of our Member firms in Canada,” states Thomas Strong, CanBIM President and Managing Director of Virtual Construction Services, EllisDon Construction.