Calgary Satellite Session

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

December 7, 2017


Aldred Centre - Lower Level

1301 16th Ave NW

Calgary, Alberta

T2M 0L4

Changing Perspectives: BIM as a Virtual Community

We are all familiar with using BIM to report on the information it stores; passive data. In the very near future, data will be used to inform designs with the help of advancements in generative design, software algorithms and robotic construction; active data.  There is no doubt that our current information management processes are going to have to change if we hope to leverage this co-creation capability.


  • Have you always viewed BIM as a means to an end? What about BIM as the beginning?

  • Is the current macro perspective on BIM serving us well?  Or is it inhibiting innovation?

  • What if we consider the BIM process, from the very beginning to the very end, as a virtual community? A community in which everyone in the process is an active member and the information stored in that community is also an active member.

  • Shouldn't we all be responsible for making the virtual community better? Don’t you want your community to outlive you? 


Come join us December 7th to hear government, business, academics and students share their perspectives on BIM.  Be prepared to have your perspective changed!

Keynote Speaker

Rafael Lucero

Manager of the Spatial Information Management, Alberta Infrastructure

Rafael is the Manager of the Spatial Information Management group at Alberta Infrastructure and is leading the Government’s ambitious BIM initiatives.  He has over 15 years of AEC industry experience, the majority of which have been gained internationally.  During his career, Rafael has worked for consulting firms and owners in Ireland, New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, and also worked for the United Nations in Libya.   Rafael has extensive experience working on large and complex projects and in implementing lifecycle BIM processes with a particular focus on BIM for Facilities Management.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Geomatics Engineering from the University of Calgary and a Master of Science in Spatial Information Management from City University London in the UK.

Calgary Planning Team

Reva Bond Ramsden, BA, BSc, MBA

Associate Dean, School of Manufacturing & Automation, SAIT

Before joining SAIT in 2009 Reva had a multi-disciplinary, progressive career in hospitality, tourism, manufacturing, and health care, ending in industrial construction.  Her educational accomplishments include a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.  Placing student success at the forefront of her career Reva has provided academic leadership in diploma, applied degrees and degree programs within the School of Construction during her Academic Chair tenure at SAIT before becoming the Associate Dean within the School of Manufacturing and Automation.  Currently she sits on the National Academic Council of the Canadian Home Builders Association.

Brad Mauro

Academic Chair, SAIT

Brad Mauro is a graduate of SAIT and the Engineering Design and Drafting Technology (EDDT) program. He spent most of his career working in land development with Stantec. While in industry Brad stayed very connected to SAIT through teaching night courses and as a member of the EDDT program advisory committee. This contact with SAIT led him to become the Academic Chair (AC) of EDDT. Currently Brad is AC of EDDT and the Process Piping Drafting (PPD) program. Brad attained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Calgary and gains personal fulfillment from seeing others succeed. Working in a post-secondary environment allows him the opportunity to see this success every day.

Juan Lepe

Architect MAAA, RAIC, LEED BD+C CanBIM CP, Zeidler Architects

Juan Lepe is a certified CanBIM Professional and LEED AP architect. Originally from Mexico, Juan ran his own architecture practice in Mexico until immigrating to Canada in 1997. He became a certified architect in the province of Alberta in 2008 and has since worked on many projects such as Rogers Place. Juan is actively involved with BIM organizations, and enjoys collaborating and supporting the advocacy to BIM technology.

Bruce McCallum

Principal, NEXT Architecture

Bruce is a LEED accredited professional, with over 10 years experience in the industry, many of which were spent in BIM management within the architectural and engineering industry. Bruce is passionate about facilitating the adoption of BIM at all project stages through smarter integration of all disciplines.

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