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.