Canadian Chapter well represented at the buildingSMART International Summit in Paris, France

Susan Keenliside

Canadian delegates once again traveled abroad to participate in standards development activities under buildingSMART International. BuildingSMART France hosted the semi-annual event in Paris from March 26-29, 2018. The summit, in conjunction with the BIM World Paris exhibition, was located at La Défense.

Of the 400 participants at the summit, there was representation from 38 nations, 18 chapters and 225 companies. The Canadian delegation of nine included David Watson (Edmonton), Erik Poirier (Montreal), Susan Keenliside (Ottawa), Geraldine Rayner (Vancouver), Tamer El-Diraby (Toronto), Brent Mauti (Toronto), Domenico Statteri (Montreal), Shawna Lessard (Niagara Falls) and Jean Carriere (Toronto). In addition, Birgitta Foster (USA) collaborated with our delegation to extend our coverage.

The delegation covered the majority of “rooms”, including Building, Infrastructure, Product, Regulatory, Construction, Airport, Rail and bSI General. The newly established Rail Room made history with the official signing of the IFC Railway Consortium Agreement. From formal presentations and work group activities to networking and informal meetings, the delegation continues to pursue best value for Canada in its activities and coverage.

Over the course of the four-day event, Canadian delegates delivered six presentations to the community, including “Handover and Beyond” by Geraldine Rayner, “MVD for Energy Analysis” by Jean Carriere, “User Airport Case Study: IFC deliverable for GIS” by Birgitta Foster, “Knowledgeable Clients Asking for openBIM” by Susan Keenliside, “bSI Awards Program: Submission Period Open” by Susan Keenliside, and an ad hoc presentation by Erik Poirier to demonstrate past research results related to capturing BIM-related metrics.

For more information, refer to the event summary from bSI available here

The Canadian chapter will next be represented at the buildingSMART International Board, SAC & International Council meetings in Washington D.C. from May 22-23, 2018. For more information, refer to the event details here

The next buildingSMART International Standards Summit will take place in Tokyo, Japan from October 16–19, 2018. For more information, refer to the event details here

Those planning to attend the Tokyo Summit as part of the Canadian delegation are asked to coordinate email Susan Keenliside here

Stay tuned for more information about the proceedings from the Paris summit in future newsletters.

The joint bSC/CanBIM Canadian Education Committee UPDATE

Last October we launched the joint bSC/CanBIM Canadian Education initiative. The aim of the BIM initiative is to provide a clear scope and sequence of education activities that must be carried out to support and enable the transformation of the Canadian ACEOO community. Our vision: The Canadian BIM community will be highly competent and competitive within Canada and be recognised as such around the globe.

The initiative has five key outcomes:

  • a Framework for future educational work;
  • defined and accepted educational standards;
  • targets for integrated educational programs;
  • targets for robust and recognized certification and accreditation processes; and
  • ensure global relevance of Canadian professionals by aligning with international standards, best practices and activities relevant to education and certification.

Much has happened since last October, both in Canada and internationally, to inform what we are doing. At the same time as we have been developing a Canadian Learning Outcomes Framework (LOF), buildingSMART International has been developing an Individual Qualification and Professional Certification program. This has had an impact on our work as we want to ensure we are aligned and in position to leverage opportunities that arise from the bSI program.

So, where does this leave us? We will be releasing the LOF later this month for comment by the community and we are also exploring how we can incorporate elements of the bSI program. Stay tuned to this space for more information in the coming months.”

Canadian Practice Manual for BIM – Now Available!

What is the Canadian Practice Manual for BIM?

It is a practical Canadian BIM resource created by experts from across Canada.

It is aligned with international standards and practices and was developed as part of the Institute for BIM in Canada and buildingSMART Canada‘s initiatives to support broad adoption of BIM in Canada as outlined in the Roadmap to Lifecycle BIM in the Canadian AECOO Community.

It provides a general background of the various uses and benefits of BIM, a detailed explanation about how to implement BIM within an organization, and an explanation on preparing for and participating in collaborative BIM Projects.

Learn More

BuildingSMART International BIM Awards open for submissions

2017 BSi BIM Awards

As the Canadian Chapter of buildingSMART International, we are excited to announce buildingSMART International is now accepting applications for the “buildingSMART International Awards” in four different categories:

  • Design (Design)
  • Construction (Construction)
  • Operation and Maintenance
  • Student Projects (Student Project Using Open Technology)

Projects utilizing open buildingSMART standards qualify for submission. Participation is open to anyone (including non-buildingSMART members).

The winners for each category will be invited to London, England October 30 – 2 November 2017 to be presented their award.

How to submit a project:

  1. Complete the registration form.
  2. Upload your files to  (for large files) and send an email to [email protected] 

You can find more information on the homepage of buildingSMART International .

The deadline is 15 August 2017

Unifying BIM Champions in Canada!

Joint News Release
Monday March 14th, 2016

Unifying BIM Champions in Canada!

We are pleased to announce that both CanBIM and IBC/buildingSMART Canada are bringing together two of their key committees to work hand in hand to further the interests of BIM in Canada. Their respective Owners and Education Committees will combine their efforts to address the most pressing issues facing our AECOO community in Canada. This will result in a clear set of outcomes that both agencies can support and endorse in a variety of ways.

Further, CanBIM and IBC/buildingSMART Canada are exploring opportunities for joint presentations and content, such as the CanBIM Regional Session in Halifax NS in June of this year.

Allan Partridge, CanBIM President remarked that “This is a significant step towards unifying all the BIM agencies in Canada, that at their heart, really have the same goals and aspirations” he also added “We will also see a streamlining of the valuable volunteer effort that has demonstrated a remarkable commitment to the committee work at both CanBIM and buildingSMART Canada with much better outcomes.”

Bob Hildenbrandt, Chair of IBC adds “The essence of BIM is a collaborative process that draws together the dedicated work of those involved. How better to demonstrate that collaboration to our industry than to move forward in joining our efforts.”

John Hale, Chair of buildingSMART Canada Operations Committee adds “We are thrilled to be working collaboratively with CanBIM and IBC;; this will undoubtedly lead to a strengthened network of excellence for BIM in Canada.”

CanBIM and IBC/buildingSMART Canada believe this will strengthen and create a more robust BIM community in Canada. Both agree that a strong, resilient and highly collaborative community in Canada is needed to improve the design, procurement, assembly and operations of the built environment in Canada. At the same time we will unitedly create a stronger voice within the international BIM community.


Connecting Canada’s BIM Community: buildingSMART Canada Develops New Approaches to Engage Industry

buildingSMART Canada Unveils Free Membership Across Canada and Launches Affiliate initiative to encourage and facilitate the adoption of BIM and open standards in Canada

OTTAWA, September 15, 2015 – buildingSMART Canada, the program delivery arm of the Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC), has announced free membership to replace its existing membership fee structure. Effective today, BIM practitioners across the country can submit their membership application online through the buildingSMART Canada website (

Free membership is expected to engage a greater number of members, who will play a pivotal role in ongoing projects being undertaken by buildingSMART Canada and IBC, including the soon-to-be released BIM Practice Manual. Members can identify their areas of interest and expertise, and utilize buildingSMART Canada to network and share best practices with other practitioners.

“We are very excited about this strategic change, and look forward to engaging with an even larger community of experts and those interested in seeing BIM and open BIM standards moved forward in a thoughtful and progressive way,” said Bob Hildenbrandt, Chair of the Institute for BIM in Canada.

By joining buildingSMART Canada, individuals become part of a growing community that is promoting excellence in the built environment by implementing collaborative working practices in Canada and around the world. Members can participate in the development of standards, protocols and programmes through working groups centered on activities described in the Roadmap to Lifecycle BIM, available on the buildingSMART Canada website.

Members will have access to this growing pan-Canadian support network, whose agenda is transparent and aimed at an ambitious yet achievable goal: promoting and enabling the movement towards a better built environment for Canada through the development and use of open standards for BIM.

In addition to free membership, buildingSMART Canada also launched its new Affiliate initiative to connect local and regional BIM communities across Canada and get them involved with national initiatives.

The Affiliate initiative is aimed at building and strengthening the Canadian community of excellence for a better built environment based on open standards for BIM and collaboration. The Calgary BIM Community recently signed up to become the first buildingSMART Canada Affiliate. Discussions are currently underway with BIMbc, the Edmonton BIM community, and Groupe BIM du Québec.

“The buildingSMART Canada Affiliate status provides regional BIM organizations a strong relationship between the national organization and other regional organizations in the promotion of BIM standards and other important issues to our industry,” explained Bill Moore, founder of the Calgary BIM Community and Vice-Chair of the Institute for BIM in Canada. “The Calgary BIM Community looks forward to our active involvement with buildingSMART Canada.”

More information about membership and the Affiliates initiative is available on the buildingSMART Canada website at

Canadian BIM Community Acknowledges Development of US National BIM Standard

New standard showcases the important role of consensus-based standards in building information modelling industry

OTTAWA, Thursday July 23, 2015 – The Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC), and its program delivery arm buildingSMART Canada, are pleased with the release of the latest National BIM Standard – United States, under the National Institute of Building Sciences buildingSMART alliance.

The Standard, which is in its third iteration, was developed through a consensus based approach—including contributions from buildingSMART Canada—and has doubled the amount of content from its previous version. With more than 3,100 pages of content, the standard marks a major contribution to the development of BIM standards and best practices.

“The release of the new National BIM Standard is a significant step in standards development for the international BIM community, as well as here in Canada,” said Bob Hildenbrandt, Chair of the Institute for BIM in Canada. “IBC and buildingSMART Canada were pleased to be involved in this project, and we look forward to seeing its utilization in the U.S. We also look forward to what its release may mean for the Canadian built environment as we move forward.”