Third Annual BIM Report

Results from the latest Building Information Modeling (BIM) survey have been published in a report that explores views about BIM from more than 800 Canadian respondents – primarily BIM users – over the past three years. The report provides valuable documentation and benchmarking indicators of Canada’s BIM transition progress and process.

The annual BIM survey is a collaborative effort between academia and industry to capture and illustrate the state of BIM implementation within the architecture, engineering, construction and facility management industries (AEC/FM) in Canada. It has been conducted by the Building Innovation Research Centre at University of Toronto in collaboration with Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON), Toronto BIM Community (tBIMc) and this year with AECO Innovation Lab. The effort was motivated by the lack of, and thus need for, an industry benchmark for BIM practices in Canada.

Key findings from the report include:

  • Ninety-four per cent of participants acknowledged that BIM is the future of project information and design practices.

  • Ninety per cent of participant organizations have adopted some level of BIM in their current operational workflow, and 80% of the remainder indicated that they have plans to implement BIM in the next few years.

  • Eighty-eight per cent of the participants shared their BIM files with at least one external organization, with one-third of participants engaging five or more parties.
  • Nearly half of survey participants encountered interoperability obstacles in their projects. Despite the potential of OpenBIM to address this, 43% of participants were not aware of OpenBIM.

Get the Survey Report Here

Second Annual BIM Report

Building Tall Research Centre at University of Toronto first partnered with the Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON). and Toronto BIM Community (tBIMc) in 2017 to conduct a detailed survey of BIM implementation within the Canadian architecture, engineering, construction, and facility management industries (AEC/FM). It was motivated by the lack of a consistent benchmark for BIM implementation in Canada. Starting small, the effort resulted in the 1st Annual BIM Report – 2018 for the Greater Toronto Area1.

Although, the first report focused on only one economic region of Canada, it had overwhelming support from the local industry with over 250 respondents to the survey and more than 20 in-person interviews. The success of the first survey attracted interest from national organizations, CANBIM and BuildingSMART Canada, and motivated the research team to expand the survey scope to include the entire country.

Around the world, countries are integrating innovative BIM-based processes and analyses throughout their AEC/FM industry. Most, if not all, achieved this in a top-down approach through national mandates requiring BIM for all public and/or private projects. As of 2019, Canada is the only G7 country without a national BIM mandate. Instead, the BIM momentum is being driven outward from the middle by the design community. As the visibility of BIM grows, the push upstream to owners and downstream to contractors is making evident the value of BIM processes and efficiencies. Governments and regulators are recognizing the potential for reducing time and red tape, and for improving process transparency. We anticipate that these annual reports will capture this revolution as BIM philosophies are embraced throughout the Canadian industry.

As always, the research team at BuildingTall welcomes feedback from anybody who reads this report and has suggestions on how to improve its future iterations.

Get the Survey Report Here

First Annual BIM Survey

The First Annual BIM Survey in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) was conducted by researchers at the Building Tall Research Centre at University of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto BIM Community (tBIMc) and the Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON).

The Building Tall Research Centre is housed within the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Toronto and its mission is to cluster, highlight, and promote research related to tall buildings from multidisciplinary technical perspectives. The Residential Construction
Council of Ontario (RESCON) is Ontario’s leading association of residential builders committed to providing leadership and fostering innovation in the industry. Toronto BIM Community (tBIMc) is the local BIM community in the GTA, and an affiliate of buildingSMART Canada. tBIMc’s mandate is to promote the use of BIM from design through construction and into operations, as well as to share ideas and facilitate opportunities to create solutions to the shared challenges faced by the local BIM community.

This project was motivated by the lack of a credible benchmark for BIM implementation in the GTA. With over 250 respondents of the survey and more than 20 in-person interviews, this survey is the first BIM survey of this scope to be completed in Canada. This survey will be repeated every year for the next five years by Building Tall and its reach is expected to grow beyond the boundaries of the GTA and to expand across Canada. The insights from this project will be shared with the industry as a whole on a yearly basis.

Get the Survey Report Here

The research team from Building Tall welcomes feedback from anybody who reads this report and has any suggestions on how to improve the future iterations of this survey.  Please don’t hesitate to email with your comments or reach out to any of us at Building Tall, or our partners at RESCON and tBIMc.


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.




One Ontario partners with the Toronto BIM Community (tBIMc) in new Streamlined Data and Information Exchange Collaboration    

The AECO One Ontario – tBIMc Partnership will drive research into a BIM enabled Development Approval and Permitting Process – generating improved levels of productivity for all stakeholders.

Toronto, Ontario: AECO Innovation Lab is proud to announce that the Toronto BIM Community (tBIMc) has joined the One Ontario Program.

tBIMc’s mandate is to promote the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) from design to operations and for all stakeholders involved in the AECOO industry.  To help solve the challenges of BIM Implementation and encourage its use to bring value to the process through the increased centralization and standardization information.

One Ontario is a new, collaborative Research and Development Initiative, engaging all levels of government, architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) companies, software providers and academics – to create innovative data exchange guidelines to harmonize the municipal development approval process. The resulting communications protocols will dramatically decrease permit application times, improve enforcement and reduce burden costs to every municipality.

“Toronto BIM Community (tBIMc) has a strong and growing membership of more than 700 professionals within the AEC sector in Ontario, many of whom interact with Ontario municipalities on regular basis as permit applicants or stakeholders. Active involvement of tBIMc and its membership is critical in future proofing One Ontario by enabling us to incorporate the capabilities of BIM for municipal operations. Through representation of the architects, designers, and engineers who often drive the development applications, tBIMc provides an invaluable applicant perspective to the One Ontario initiative”. Says Arash Shahi, CEO of AECO Innovation Lab.

Claudia Cozzitorto, Executive Director of tBIMc states, “The One Ontario initiative is of great importance to solidify the implementation of BIM within the AEC industry and municipal governments, it will bring opportunities and value to the development application and permitting process beginning with automated code compliance check but will go far beyond that in the future. The process and data standardization will be of great value to the AEC by bringing continuity across projects within Ontario, without it there will inevitably be an individualistic approach that will result in more time and money.  The collaboration of standardized data is the foundation of which many opportunities can follow.”

One Ontario Stakeholder Benefits

  • Municipalities – Improve Efficiencies, Reduce Costs, Enhance Application Quality
  • AEC Industries – Speed Development Review, Increase Certainty, Increase Productivity
  • Provincial Government – Reduce Barriers, Better Informed Policy, Spur Job Creation
  • Software Companies – Realize Client Needs, Lower R&D Costs, Improve Product Adoption

For more information about how One Ontario will drive the digital revolution in Ontario – visit

tBIMc and George Brown College signed MOU

We are excited to announce the new relationship between the Toronto BIM Community and the Angelo DelZotto School of Construction Management at George Brown College through the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding.
Our common interest in Building Information Modelling (BIM) education and research, both parties wish to expand the collaborative relationship between them. In an effort to close the gap between academia and the construction industry, specifically around the implementation of Building information Modelling and all the developments and advancements at its periphery.


  • To foster an Academic-Industry partnership that can serve as a national model for advancing Canadian BIM Research and Development initiatives and successes.
  • To demonstrate how Academic – Industry partnerships can work together for mutual benefit as well as to advance the use and improve the effectiveness of BIM implementation for the Canadian, and more specifically the Toronto, construction industry.  
  • To further tBIMc’s mandate to connect the Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Owners and Operators (AECOO) through BIM.
  • To stimulate exchanges between industry and college professionals.
GBC –SCM and tBIMc see that a partnership between academia and industry is mutually beneficial and we are working on creating joint projects, workshops, seminars and like.
If you are interested in being involved send us an email.

tBIMc and UofT Researchers Affiliates

We are very excited to announce the new affiliation between Toronto BIM Community (tBIMc) and researchers from the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto (U of T).

Our vision for this University-Industry partnership is to advance Canadian BIM Research and Development initiatives.  tBIMc industry members will now have an opportunity to share BIM implementation challenges and successes with the researchers at U of T who are able to use that insight to direct their research.

This partnership’s goal is work together to advance the use and improve the effectiveness of BIM implementation for the Canadian, and more specifically the Toronto’s construction industry.  Furthermore, tBIMc’s mandate to connect the Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Owners and Operators (AECOO) through BIM now extends to include the important research and development in the Academic sector.

This new partnership will stimulate exchanges between industry and university BIM professionals and will provide a platform for developing new talent in this area.  We are working on an exciting upcoming project, which will be launched at our next tBIMc event hosted at the University of Toronto on October 18th 2017.