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Meeting summary – January to April 2016:
Towards a national BIM mandate for Canada

Since January 2016, buildingSMART Canada (bSC) members’ community has been meeting every month. The objective of these meetings is to connect bSC members from across Canada in an effort to build a national network of excellence for the built environment and to support bSC activities and the fulfilment of the roadmap.

The meetings for 2016 have been organized around three key themes: (1) towards a national BIM mandate for Canada, (2) open BIM in depth, and (3) BIM adoption and implementation in Canada. This document summarizes the first key theme, which covered the following subjects:

  • January 2016 – Overview of buildingSMART Canada and the Roadmap to Lifecycle BIM in the Canadian AECOO Community
  • February 2016 – Structuring BIM adoption and implementation in Canada and mandates from around the world
  • March 2016 – BIM Policy Development (Guest speaker Dr. Bilal Succar and Dr. Mohamad Kassem)
  • April 2016 – the Scottish BIM experience and the UK BIM mandate (guest speaker Mr. David Philp, Chair, Scottish BIM Delivery Group)

The key objective across these four meetings was to look towards other countries and learn from their experience to help us inform BIM adoption and implementation here in Canada. Indeed, we learned that Canada is in a very good position to learn from these other countries while circumventing many of the growing pains that they experienced undertaking their transition to BIM enabled project delivery.

January 2016 Summary:

The January 2016 meeting was bSC members’ community’s first meeting. A presentation of bSC, how it is organized and its key objectives was given. A quick overview of open BIM and its value for Canada was also offered. Lastly, an in-depth presentation of the Roadmap to Lifecycle BIM in the Canadian AECOO Community was given.

Key Takeaways:

1. bSC is a not-for -profit organization dedicated to bettering the way Canada’s built environment is delivered and maintained. It relies on volunteer efforts and partnerships to deliver on its vision of a highly efficient and optimized Canadian AECOO community

2. bSC published the Roadmap to Lifecycle BIM in the Canadian AECOO Community in January 2016. The core of the roadmap is articulated around six streams that are seen as key in delivering on this vision. The roadmap pushes for a national BIM mandate, which has been shown as a driving factor in BIM adoption and implementation efforts around the globe.

3. There was resounding support for the need for a BIM mandate in Canada (99% of attendees surveyed)

Total attendees: 35

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February 2016 Summary:

The February 2016 meeting looked at how to structure the transition to BIM adoption and implementation in Canada. The presentation covered how to learn from other countries’ efforts to improve their AECOO communities including structured reform strategies to ensure their sustainability and competitiveness.

7 key drivers for BIM adoption and implementation in Canada were discussed. We then looked at 12 countries and how they pushed BIM adoption and implementation across these seven key drivers.

Key Takeaways:

1. The importance of the public sector in pushing industry reform
2. The importance of having clear governmental policy guiding the effort
3. The need for BIM standards and guidelines
4. The need for clear and open information exchange requirements
5. Having designated organizations to promote and support the reform effort
6. The need to have consistent reporting and promotion of BIM
7. The importance of dedicated BIM research programs.

Total attendees: 26

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March 2016 Summary:

The March 2016 meeting included guest speakers Dr. Bilal Succar and Dr. Mohamad Kassem. They presented their work on Macro BIM adoption and BIM policy development. The presentation covered two parts: (1) Understanding BIM policy challenges, and (2) Developing a BIM policy roadmap.

Bilal and Mohamad presented their Macro Adoption Models which comprise 5 models: (A) Diffusion Areas, (B) Maturity components, (C) Diffusion dynamics, (D) Policy actions, and (E) Diffusion responsibilities. Each model covers a specific area of BIM adoption and implementation across the fields identified by Bilal: Technology, Policy and Process.

Mohamad presented their work on Macro BIM adoption which looks into benchmarking the BIM adoption and implementation process in different countries around the globe. They used the 5 models to map and benchmark sample countries approaches. Lastly, they presented their three phased Policy Development Plan and sample BIM roadmap.

Key Takeaways:

1. Macro BIM adoption and implementation (at the national level) requires active involvement of all industry stakeholders at all levels.
2. Benchmarking and performance assessment, including maturity modeling, is a key part of the adoption and implementation process.
3. Eight areas of development are targeted (alignment with bSC Roadmap in parentheses):
a. Objectives, stages and milestones (overall roadmap)
b. Champions and drivers (Engage)
c. Regulatory framework (Deploy)
d. Noteworthy publications (Develop)
e. Learning and education (Educate)
f. Measurement and benchmarking (Evaluate)
g. Standardized parts and deliverables (Develop & Sustain)
h. Technology infrastructure (Deploy)

Total attendees: 30

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April 2016 Summary:

The April 2016 meeting was the final meeting addressing the key theme: Towards a national BIM mandate in Canada. The meeting included a presentation by guest speaker David Philp and was on the Scottish BIM experience and the UK BIM mandate. David discussed the steps that lead up to the BIM mandate and what Scotland was doing in the wake of the recent UK mandate for BIM.

His presentation covered the vision that was set for BIM in Scotland and in the UK, the core objectives around which this vision was operationalized, the framework that supported these objectives, including the various PAS and BS standards, the mechanisms to engage with industry (BIM4 groups) and the driving force behind the mandate (the BIM task group).

David also discussed the various challenges that they encountered in their 5-year journey to BIM. Over the course of this journey, the UK government has achieved tangible cost reductions of the order of 20%, or as David put it:” Buy 5 assets, get one free!”

Key Takeaways:

1. IN the delivery of our built environment, the focus must be on Total Expenditure (TotEx) instead of traditional Capital Expenditure (CapEx) vs. Operating Expenditure (OpEx).
2. A national BIM adoption and implementation effort, culminating in a clear national mandate, leads to tangible benefits: the UK is on track to reach its objective of 33% cost reduction for TotEx.
3. This effort must be based on a solid foundation of standards, clear objectives and milestones
4. Investments must be made to support the effort (£4 M in the UK, £200,000 in Scotland for the effort)
5. The effort must look beyond the current landscape of BIM and be agile enough for any future developments.

Total attendees: 33

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Next theme: open BIM in depth

In our next series of meetings, we will explore open BIM in depth, with examples from industry on how to use and leverage the power of open BIM to collaborate better and improve project delivery.

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