Canadian Practice Manual for BIM

 Canadian Practice manual

The Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC) secured funding from the NRC IRAP to develop and disseminate a Canadian Practice Manual for BIM. In 2015, buildingSMART Canada, a council for IBC, began the project to build the practice manual by collaboratively engaging with practitioners and professional groups from across Canada.


BIM thrives on collaboration and consensus among project stakeholders and this is why national standards and best practices are so important to its success. Unfortunately, currently Canadian BIM adoption is overwhelmingly ad-hoc. The Roadmap to Lifecycle Building Information Modeling in the Canadian AECOO Community identifies a Canadian Practice Manual for BIM as a key element in enabling effective BIM adoption in Canada.

The three volumes of the Canadian Practice Manual for BIM is intended to be a comprehensive guide that reflects both international best practices as well as the use of BIM in Canada.

  • Volume 1 is called BIM: A Primer and focuses on the basics of BIM, its broad goals, terminology and relevance to industry.
  • Volume 2 is called BIM: Company Context and focuses on the organizational challenges and opportunities that come from the adoption of BIM.
  • Volume 3 is called BIM: Project Context and provides perspectives of applying BIM within projects.


Thanks to the efforts of over sixty dedicated expert practitioners who volunteered for the effort, the text and illustrations for the practice manual have been completed. The three volumes of the Practice Manual have been reviewed by industry experts and have been approved by buildingSMART Canada and endorsed by the Canadian Construction Association, Architecture Canada, Association of Consulting Engineers of Canada, and the Construction Specifications Canada, and public owners via the Steering Committee of IBC. Currently, the three volumes of the practice manual are undergoing graphic layout for publication and translation from English to French.

The completed manual is expected to be available in both official languages by the end of the 2016. It will also be made available to recognized educational programs across Canada to train current and future practitioners, the professionals you will be working with, how to effectively collaborate using BIM. Don’t miss this opportunity to shape how projects are delivered in the future.


If you wish further information on the Canadian Practice Manual for BIM, please contact

John Dickinson ([email protected])


Paul Woodard ([email protected])

All contributions are welcome to help us build the solution!