CanBIM Montréal 2018 wrap-up

Posted on April 19, 2018 by Vincent Carignan

CanBIM Montréal 2018 wrap-up

This week BIM One had the pleasure of both exhibiting and presenting at CanBIM Montreal. We wanted to share a few of the key take-homes from the day:

A forward-thinking organisation

The planning committee definitely pulled some of the most interesting topics we have seen for some time. On the day, the quality of the presentations lived up to the expectations, with an impressive depth and quality.

We’ve moved past “Why BIM”

Until recently, many presentation topics at BIM events in Quebec and Canada still focused on the benefits of adopting BIM. The good news? We’re sold on BIM. We’re moving into intelligent and deeper discussions and are debating what could be the next steps moving forward. Daniel Hurtubise’s session from RPBW Architects, as well as that presented by ARUP’s David de Koning, were both particularly fascinating in that regard.

Best practices converge

Interestingly, two separate initiatives from two completely different building owners shared many similar characteristics in their efforts to streamline their digital construction processes. Both Cannon Design’s and Ville de Québec’s presentations examined large owners (Ohio State University and Ville de Québec, respectively) who saw the benefits of reducing recurring cost that otherwise penalize the end users (students or citizens). These presentations by Brian Skripac, Louis Tremblay, Franck Murat [BIM One] & Louis-Martin Guenette, didn’t just talk about using BIM on specific projects, but about owners applying processes and methodologies across their assets. As they dove into the mechanics of BIM deployment in each context, both presentations discussed:

  • How focusing on BIM as a means rather than an end contributes to reducing non-value added activities;
  • How continuous improvement strategies and methodologies ensure new learnings are implemented on the next project;
  • How an implementation based on documented, existing processes and methods enhances owners’ commitment;
  • How to address the need for a single source of truth in a context where multiple stakeholders generate, use and modify the same information in multiple formats, in multiple locations, and for different goals;
  • Solving inefficiencies in data exchange and communications;
  • Better coordination communications during preconstruction and construction phases;
  • Handover for usefulness throughout project life cycles.

It’s fascinating to consider that two owners from two completely different markets adopted the same structured and rigorous approach to BIM implementation: proof that Quebec is actively contributing to global best practices.

Quebec is emerging as a Canadian BIM powerhouse

With key driving owners like Ville de Quebec and Hydro-Quebec, it seems clear that our market is not playing global catch-up. As presentations from Aedifica and Pomerleau suggested, many local projects have already moved on from “doing BIM” as a simple project objective to enhancing the entire construction and facilities process using digital capabilities.

Familiar faces

As always, it was a pleasure catching up with clients and making new connections. We were also happy to be sharing a booth with ÉTS Formation; expect to hear more soon about this upcoming partnership.

Vincent Carignan, BIM Specialist at BIM One and Geneviève Brouillette, development officer at ÉTS Formation.
Vincent Carignan, BIM Specialist at BIM One and Geneviève Brouillette, agente de développement à la formation at ÉTS Formation


Vincent Carignan
BIM Specialist