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.

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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.”


Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC) Announces Support for Proposed Algonquin College BIM Program

New graduate program provides detailed curriculum to facilitate increased BIM education in Canada

OTTAWA – Monday June 29, 2015 — The Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC), as well as its program-delivery arm buildingSMART Canada, announced today the support of new Building Information Modelling (BIM) graduate education programming being proposed at Algonquin College.

“We were extremely pleased to see the BIM curriculum proposed at Algonquin College,” said Bob Hildenbrandt, Chair of IBC. “When we were approached by the College to provide our support, we were happy to see the full scope of programming that was planned. Programs such as these will continue to assist in BIM adoption, awareness and knowledge in all sectors of the Canadian built environment.”

The graduate program, entitled Building Information Modelling –Life Cycle Management Graduate Certificate (BIM LM), will provide a comprehensive education for students, exploring a myriad of technical and practical issues related to BIM, as well as the various uses of the technology throughout the entire design, construction and facility management phases.

As well, there were several other components to the program specifically supported by IBC and buildingSMART Canada. These included the program’s software-neutrality, its flexibility to be incorporated into additional courses in the future, and its specific focus on productivity and collaboration that is inherent in BIM utilization.

“The College has taken a very good look at the needs of industry, both now and in the future, to ensure its graduates will be well prepared for their future careers,” said Hildenbrandt.

While not specifically involved in curriculum development, representatives of both IBC and buildingSMART Canada have worked closely with educational institutions regarding BIM education, including the sharing of resources if are requested for inclusion for applicable curriculum.

“We will continue to support the efforts of Canadian education institutions to provide the most current and relevant education related to BIM,” Hildenbrandt added. “We look forward to the introduction of this program at the College, and the comparable steps being taken at other Canadian education institutions to build similar curriculum for their students.”

The Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC) and buildingSMART Canada are committed to the adoption of BIM in Canada in such a way that all parties understand their roles and responsibilities in utilizing the technology. As well, buildingSMART Canada works closely with its international counterparts on openBIM standard developments.

To assist in this mandate and facilitate BIM adoption, a number of resources have already been released by IBC and buildingSMART Canada.

Resources include a BIM Contract Language Appendix, to be affixed to any standard form construction contract, and which identifies the various roles when BIM is to be utilized on a construction project. In addition, three separate BIM Toolkits were released in 2014. All three toolkits as well as the contract language appendix and guide are available for sale and download on the IBC website (

These resources are also available for free to educational institutions by contacting the Institute for BIM in Canada or buildingSMART Canada.

At the same time, work is currently underway on the second and third volumes of a BIM Practice Manual. Once complete, the three-volume Practice Manual will assist those firms across Canada who are interested in adopting BIM in their own companies, or on particular projects.

More information about IBC ( and buildingSMART Canada ( is available on their websites.