Past Events

Digital Fabrication: Opportunities in AEC

Join us for a conversation exploring the future of digital fabrication and computational design in architecture – globally and locally. We are pleased to welcome four speakers covering a range of topics from academic research in the field through small scale architectural pavilions to digitally designed and fabricated large-scale buildings. Discussing things at large and at small. Register today to get involved in the Toronto computational design community, share new ideas and meet like-minded professionals. Tickets are free, seats are limited and will go quickly! Bring on the Toronto Computational Design revolution!

This session qualifies for OAA structured learning credits. Get in touch with the ToDUG committee to get a proof of attendance.

Presentations by

  • Material Architectures and Computational Design by David Correa Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo, Design Partner at Lllab Shanghai
  • Digital Craftsmanship by Benjamin Salance , Senior Designer and Project  Manager, Partisans
  • Architecture, the Craft (Now) by Mark Cichy, Director of Design Technology, HOK
  • Tool Paths and Perforation by Nicholas Savage, Business Development and Solutions, Millworks Custom Manufacturing 2001 Inc

Followed by a Panel Discussion

The Women in tBIMc is a sub-group of WiB global community.  We are revolutionary leaders, risk takers and agents of change to share and discuss practical approaches for advancing women into BIM in the Canadian AECOO industry.  We promote an atmosphere for the dissemination of knowledge from leaders, employers and programs supporting these leaders and women who aspire to be in this field and lead the industry themselves.

WiB aims to provide  networking opportunities preparing women for leadership roles. Also, beyond just networking, we hope that Women in BIM  leads to connections between mentors and mentees, forging key relationships leading to successful careers.

Keynote Speaker:  Lauren Lake, COO & Co-Founder of Bridgit

  • Amal Madanat, Multiplex (Moderator)
  • Shalevia Briscoe, Arup
  • Alex Buda, Plan Group
  • Raquel Casares, Procore

Event Plan:

  • 6-7pm keynote speaker and panel discussion
  • 7-8pm structured networking
  • 8-9pm networking and mingling

Drinks and Food will be served.

Sponsors: Multiplex, Arup and Procore


Keynote Speaker:  Minister Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Learn how the City of Vantaa, Finland, transformed its building permit process to be BIM and GIS-enabled.  Interact with graduate students in University of Toronto’s Building Tall Research Centre to learn about their BIM-related research.  Release of the 2nd Annual BIM Survey – now nation-wide!

Presentations by:
Pekka Virkamäki, Chief Building Official from the City of Vantaa, Finland
Solibri Inc.
Jarkko Turtiainen, COO, Evolta

Expert Panel Discussions, moderated by Arash Shahi, panelists include:

  • Pekka Virkamaki, Head of Building Control, City of Vantaa
  • Ralph Kaminski,  CBO, City of Waterloo
  • Leslie Wright, Digital Transformation Officer, City of Windsor
  • Jarkko Turtiainen, COO, Evolta
  • Claudia Cozzitorto, Director Digital Practice, MJMA / buildingSMART / tBIMc
  • JD Sherrill, Vice President, Solibiri
  • Amal Madanat, Director of Digital Construction, Multiplex
  • John Hale, Chief CAD/BIM, Dept. of Defense / VP at buildingSMART
  • Paul De Berardis – Director, Building Science & Innovation at RESCON

5-6 pm     Reception in Lobby + Building Tall Conference Poster Session
6-9 pm     BIM+ Presentations and Expert Panel Discussion

BIM+ is lining up to be an unforgettable event!  All attendees must register in advance as space is limited.

April 2019:  BIM A Legal Point of View

February 2019:  BIM Execution Plans

An industry standard for any BIM Project is to start with the BIM Execution Plan, however they can have varying degrees of effectiveness.  Why?

This event will focus on questions such as:  What is the purpose of a BExP, Who creates it, How does the team use it, and what resources are there to create them.  We will not shy away from the challenging sections such as the infamous LOD chart.  Come with questions for the panel as we will open it up for Q&A and poll the audience for opinions.


  • Amal Madanat, Multiplex Construction Canada
  • Kristof Janukiewicz, Walters Inc
  • Patrick Saavedra, York University
  • Chris Febbraro, RJC Engineers
  • Akira Jones, H H Angus
  • Jeff Isbister, Kasian

February 5th 2019 
University of Toronto
40 George Street Auditorium, RM 1170


October 2018:  HOW DO YOU BIM?

Different titles – same roles

Same titles – different roles

BIM Leaders sharing insight into the role.

Discrepancy and lack of clarity exist in the BIM industry related to titles and their roles (BIM Managers, BIM Coordinators, BIM Directors, Design Technology Manager, VDC Manager, BIM Lead, Director of Digital Practice, Digital Design Manager) and their responsibility’s range in scope, we will discuss these issues and about the role of being a BIM Leader.

Join us on October 23rd at the George Brown College Waterfront for a panel discussion on their roles, learn how they got there, how do their roles align with the Canadian Handbook, the UK Standards and what tips can they share with all of us.

George Brown College, 51 Dockside Drive, Auditorium, RM 237


Kathy Kajaks from Stephenson Engineering
Laura-Lee Moran from Smith + Andersen
Love Kinger from Gillam Group
Mehrdad Tavakkolian from Tlogic
Nicholas Dabideen from Quadrangle

Introduction Slides click here

Discussion Panel

  1. What are your responsibilities as a BIM Manager / Coordinator / whatever semantic term you use?
  2. Does the responsibility and accountability fall solely on you within your organization?  Do you manage or influence a team of people?
  3. How do you delineate between project-level and corporate / company-wide efforts?
  4. What sort of dynamic do you have with other members of your project team (PMs, Architects / Engineers, Designers / Technicians)?
  5. Do you always see a “BIM Lead on a Project” assigned, or do you have to have dialog with PMs to ensure the role is accounted for?
  6. Do you see consistent use of a BIM Execution Plan (in whatever format) on projects?
  7. Are you empowered in your role / position, whether at the project level or corporately?
  8. When projects consist of multiple entities, have you seen a “team of BIM Managers” from each entity, or are you expected to influence and govern the project as a whole?
    1. Conversely, if you are a sub and the leading entities are not managing BIM, what have you done / influenced / governed?
  9. What successes and challenges have you faced when, at the project-level, you are faced with BIM Managers / Leads / Coordinators that are doubling as discipline leads (architects and engineers)?
  10. Share one tip for the BIM Leaders in the audience.




The use of Reality Capture technology has become more common in recent years in architecture, engineering and construction industries.  At this event we will learn how our industry leaders are currently applying reality capture, research being done to expand its application and where this technology is heading in the future.  The presentations will be followed by an open question and answer panel discussion.


April 2018:  Virtual & Augmented Reality

January 2018:  IPD and BIM

On January 31st, members of Toronto BIM Community were hosted at George Brown College for a sold-out event on Integrated Project Delivery & BIM! With over 150 attendees, and fantastic speakers, BIM IPD turned out to be a great evening full of intriguing ideas for those of us who are interested in BIM and its applications in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industries.

After brief updates from the tBIMc board, colleagues at George Brown provided an introduction to their BIM program, and announced the various funding grants that they have been able to secure for BIM research ($1.2 Million) and Equipment and facilities ($1.2 Million). George Brown continues to be a leader in developing the much-needed BIM talent in the Greater Toronto Area and beyond!

Markuu Allison, the president of Integrated Project Deliver Alliance (IPDA), gave a very interesting presentation on his experience with IPD over the years, and shared numerous and very valuable lessons learned with the group, demonstrating how IPD is the optimum way to engage BIM! Markuu’s presentation, which also includes links to interesting studies in this field, can be found here.

David Dow from Diamond Schmitt Architects was the second presentation of the evening, and shared some of the recent experiences of Diamond Schmitt with IPD projects across Ontario. David talked about how “Big Rooms” are critical to the success of an IPD project and what needs to be included in these facilities in terms hardware and skill-sets. David also gave a great overview of the different design and collaborations tools that they use, in addition to BIM, to better navigate the unique requirements of an IPD project.

Evening was wrapped up with a lively Q/A session with the audience! The fantastic turn-out at this event encouraged tBIMc to continue to plan similar events going forward. The next tBIMc event on the use of Virtual and Augmented Reality for design and construction is coming up in April 2018. The results of the First Annual Toronto BIM survey will also be announced at that event.

IPD Resources (courtesy of Markuu Allison from IPDA):

  • Markuu Allison’s Slides
  • IPDA LCI IPD Lean Case Studies 2016
  • IPDA IPD Survey Report
  • MHC SmartMarket Reports
  • Various papers on IPD

Feedback on event

October 2017:  The BIM Sandbox: Successes and Challenges of Sharing BIM

We strive to increase BIM collaboration and model sharing – this opens up many opportunities as well as challenges.  This panel discussion will have representation from various disciplines to shine light on how diverse the use and collaboration of BIM is, providing different perspectives and experiences.


Akira Jones, H.H. Angus
Gary Watson, Diamond Schmitt
Ian Trudeau, Entuitive
JB Reyes, Engie MultiTech
Michael McLean, Western University
Thomas Strong, Ellis Don

Questions came from tBIMc Members.

1. What does collaboration mean?
2. In a perfect world, what would BIM collaboration look like?
3. What is the greatest advantage and greatest risk of collaboration?
4. What is the key ingredient to collaborative BIM?
5. Does your expectation on collaboration change depending on the project delivery of the project?
6. In your opinion why do we see resistance in sharing BIM between the parties
7. Describe your current collaboration system
8. Any technology solutions you have implemented to aid in BIM sharing
9. Has interoperability been an issue for you and if so how did you overcome it.  Did you implement IFC or BCF?
10. Is collaboration standard practice or is it a ‘value add’?
11. How have you handled concerns over copyright or liability issues, use of disclaimers or specific BIM contracts?
12. Where do you see BIM going in a near AND far future?

June 2017:  BUILD tBIMc Launch Event

The BUILD tBIMc Launch Event was a success!

We asked the Toronto BIM community for feedback and we got it.  Take a look at all the great ideas for our future events and see how it will shape the group.  Stay tuned for upcoming events.