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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.