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BIM in Canada | The movement towards a better built environment

Susan Keenliside, Chair in the Member Community of buildingSMART Canada presents the development of BIM in Canada

Canada is making a huge effort in integrating and adopting BIM, and is also involving all of the professionals in a growing community where they can learn and contribute to the development of standards, documentation and other activities.

Although BIM in Canada is still relatively nascent, the most recent reports show that new technologies are moving forward in the construction sector: The 31% of the Canadian industry is using BIM, 29% is working with integrated approaches and 21% works with lean delivery construction (Source: Tahrani, Poirier&Froges 2015).

Susan Keenliside, Chair in the Member Community of buildingSMART Canada, explained in the symposium 'BIM Implementation Strategies', how BIM is being adopted in Canada by presenting the roadmap they are following for BIM implementation in the country, defined by 6 areas of activity: Engage, Develop, Educate, Deploy, Evaluate and Sustain. The Canadian roadmap is being used as a guide for many companies from different countries that are facing BIM adoption.

BIM resources to build a better environment

Keenliside also showed the tools and documentation that the Canadian agents are developing, available to all users interested in them. IBC has produced a number of documents, such as the BIM Contract Appendix, which is in line with what is has been produced by the AIA; also BEP (PxP) Toolkits, with the the execution plan essentials, so that users  have access to the best practices and to show how that would be accomplished in 3 different scenarios: Design Development, Construction and the Handover and Maintenance Phase.  


Susan Keenliside


President and CEO at S8 Inc. Technical Advisory Committee at Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC).


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Susan Keenliside is collaborating in the Global BIM Management  Master's Program


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