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