March 18, 2016 by On-Site Magazine
Two groups driving the use of building information modeling in Canada have joined forces to further the interests of the national BIM community.
CanBIM and IBC/buildingSMART Canada are bringing together two of their key committees to work hand-in-hand. Their respective Owners and Education Committees will combine their efforts to address the most pressing issues facing the design community in Canada. This will result in a clear set of outcomes that both agencies can support and endorse in a variety of ways, according a joint media statement for the two agencies. Further, CanBIM, IBC/buildingSMART Canada are exploring opportunities for joint presentations and content, such as the CanBIM Regional Session in Halifax NS in June of this year.
“This is a significant step towards unifying all the BIM agencies in Canada, that at their heart, really have the same goals and aspirations,” says Allan Partridge, CanBIM President. “This is a significant step towards unifying all the BIM agencies in Canada, that at their heart, really have the same goals and aspirations.
“We will also see a streamlining of the valuable volunteer effort that has demonstrated a remarkable commitment to the committee work at both CanBIM and buildingSMART Canada with much better outcomes.”
Bob Hildenbrandt, Chair of IBC adds: “The essence of BIM is a collaborative process that draws together the dedicated work of those involved. How better to demonstrate that collaboration to our industry than to move forward in joining our efforts.”
John Hale, Chair of buildingSMART Canada Operations Committee adds “We are thrilled to be working collaboratively with CanBIM and IBC; this will undoubtedly lead to a strengthened network of excellence for BIM in Canada.”
CanBIM and IBC/buildingSMART Canada believe this will strengthen and create a more robust BIM community in Canada. Both agree that a strong, resilient and highly collaborative community in Canada is needed to improve the design, procurement, assembly and operations of the built environment in Canada. At the same time we will unitedly create a stronger voice within the international BIM community.