aceBIM Holds Very Successful Annual General Meeting, February 27, 2017

2017 Board and Officers

Dan Doherty (Clark Builders) – Chair

Rohit Handa (Consulting Architects of Alberta) – Vice Chair

Peter Heil (Challenger Geomatics) – Treasurer

Rafael Lucero (AB Infrastructure)

Jade Neher (Bird)

Sonny Shem (PCL)

Kelly Slepicka (Shek Interiors)

Mona Afifi (University of Alberta)

Josh Taron (University of Calgary)

(Consulting Engineers of Alberta) – TBD

There are currently 4 vacant Director positions – if interested, contact Dan Doherty  


            2016 income: $7063

            Assets at December 31, 2016: $10,771


Membership continues to grow to 41, comprising owners, architects, engineers, contractors, and associations.

Workplan going forward

Building on successful workshops in 2016, aceBIM plans to continue to focus on 5 themes to support adoption of BIM across Alberta: engage, develop, educate, deploy, and sustain.  Check out the attached power point.

Chair Doherty also called for memebrs to help populate the aceBIM website ( with more content – resources, blog entries, and visuals (contact Sonny Shem, )

Mixed-reality tech to help engineers inspect bridges from their desks

Engineers may soon be able to check bridges for cracks from the comfort of their offices thanks to a combination of full-scale Building Information Models (BIMs) and mixed-reality visualisation techniques being developed by the University of Cambridge, in collaboration with Trimble and Microsoft.

The new technologies will let engineers see fully textured infrastructure models while sitting at their desks wearing mixed-reality headsets and, if it is a new structure, to visit the site and view the structure through schedule-loaded BIMs to check on construction progress at a glance.

Images are captured by workers at the site, who take pictures of the structure using digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras, and upload them to a cloud service. Engineers can view those images, which have been stitched together, while “walking” around it from every perspective using Microsoft’s HoloLens headset.

For full article click here.

BIM in Canada: Moving toward a national mandate for building information modelling

The Canadian architecture, engineering, construction, owner, and operator (AECOO) community is ripe for change. Building information modelling (BIM) provides a framework to prompt and guide this transformation. Many countries around the globe have put forth BIM mandates to support the collaborative process’ deployment—the goal is to improve the performance and value generated by their respective design, construction, and asset management sectors.

Canada’s public bodies are notably lagging behind in this regard. buildingSMART Canada has issued a call to action, in the form of its “Roadmap to Lifecycle BIM in the Canadian AECOO Community,” which sets the foundation and provides a way forward for governmental mandates at all levels in this country.

BIM is the process of collaboratively developing and managing an integrated digital model containing a built asset’s geometry and life cycle information. The model acts as a ‘single source of truth,’ and supports the many practices involved in the design, construction, operation, and management of a built asset.

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BuildingSMART Canada Releases Roadmap Video

The Canadian chapter (bSC) of buildingSMART International (bSI), a council of the Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC), firmly believes that Canadian Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Owners and Operations (AECOO) community needs to improve its performance and contribute more effectively to the societal, environmental and economic development of Canada.   

This transformation should be supported by more collaborative approaches to project delivery based on building information modeling (BIM) tools, technologies and processes that are aligned with other similar initiatives currently under way around the globe. In light of this, bSC has developed a roadmap to prompt, guide and sustain this transformation.

View the video here.

New Survey Reveals How GCs, CMs and Subs Engage with BIM

In its many studies on the benefits of building information modeling in construction, Dodge Data & Analytics has consistently demonstrated that larger companies are more likely to use BIM and to benefit from it than smaller ones. Therefore, in the latest BIM study—where we examined BIM success factors and modeling—responses were limited to general contractors, construction managers and trade contractors with $50 million or more in annual construction value. That’s because we wanted to hear from firms with the most BIM experience.

This approach minimizes the likelihood of widely different responses due to company size and allows us to see the differences in BIM use among GCs, CMs and trade contractors. The study also examined factors that support the successful implementation of BIM and the overall prevalence of construction modeling as well as how firms are responding to other changing jobsite technology demands.

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Sorry, Terminator conspiracists: AI-equipped drones can now think for themselves

Object recognition using deep learning on construction sites

The construction and construction aggregates industries are using drones for a number of tasks, from mapping out sites and comparing with architectural blueprints to record progress to keeping inventories of multimillion-dollar construction vehicles and building material supplies.

Keeping up to date with activity across sprawling, complex construction sites is particularly challenging because there are so many moving parts and so many people using equipment for different task. A report by the National Research Council of the National Academies argues that construction lags behind other industries such as manufacturing in terms of productivity and blames the situation on problems with planning, coordination, and communication between on-site teams and those higher up in the chain of command.

Using deep learning AI technology and drones, Silicon Valley-based commercial drone company Kespry is using NVIDIA Jetson TX1 AI technology to offer construction companies a way to keep track of their expensive kit and allow them to remotely manage multiple work sites at any one time.

NVIDIA claims that its credit card sized Jetson TX1 is the first embedded computer designed to process deep neural networks and that it allows the drones to autonomously identify and classify construction vehicles, building materials, and other structures.

While a human element is still important to review inventories and keep track of workers, the new tech will allow site managers to effectively manage a number of sites, in various locations, from the comfort of their computer screens.

BIM – Every Journey Begins with a First Step

Where do I begin with BIM? Not surprisingly, this is the first question most clients ask me. And again, no prizes for my answer which is “at the start.”

Some might suggest that you start with the end in mind, but that would imply you know exactly where you're going. This just is not true when changing the way, you either deliver a digital asset or use digital information to manage your assets.

Connecting Canada’s BIM Community: buildingSMART Canada Develops New Approaches to Engage Industry

buildingSMART Canada Unveils Free Membership Across Canada and Launches Affiliate initiative to encourage and facilitate the adoption of BIM and open standards in Canada

OTTAWA, September 15, 2015 – buildingSMART Canada, the program delivery arm of the Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC), has announced free membership to replace its existing membership fee structure. Effective today, BIM practitioners across the country can submit their membership application online through the buildingSMART Canada website (


Canadian BIM Community Acknowledges Development of US National BIM Standard

New standard showcases the important role of consensus-based standards in building information modelling industry

OTTAWA, Thursday July 23, 2015 – The Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC), and its program delivery arm buildingSMART Canada, are pleased with the release of the latest National BIM Standard – United States, under the National Institute of Building Sciences buildingSMART alliance.

The Standard, which is in its third iteration, was developed through a consensus based approach—including contributions from buildingSMART Canada—and has doubled the amount of content from its previous version. With more than 3,100 pages of content, the standard marks a major contribution to the development of BIM standards and best practices.