Beyond BIM: CanBIM Vancouver Recap

February 24, 2016

On February 16th and 17th CanBIM hosted its 15th Event in Vancouver, BC at the Harbourfront Pinnacle Hotel.  


The event hosted a fantastic site tour of the Telus Science World complete with presentation from Bush Bohlman's Michael Sullivan, eight (8) industry presentations, two CanBIM related informational presentations and two panel discussions along with a full day Technology Exhibition with ten vendors.  Videos for all presentations and panels will post on our YouTube channel shortly.



The CanBIM Site Tour of the Telus Science World was an exceptional tour with a fascinating presentation from Michael Sullivan from Bush Bohlman & Partners LLP  that gave guests an inside look at utilizing Revit in a collaborative BIM approach to facilitate a major Expansion and Seismic Retrofit of a complex existing Legacy Building from the 1986 World’s Fair. Following the Tour attendees were treated to some beverages and light hors doeurves at the Autodesk Welcome Reception complete with great conversation and networking time. 

The CanBIM Technology Exhibition has become an important component of CanBIM Regional Sessions and offers attendees the opportunity to touch and feel emerging technologies first hand. Attendees were treated to an assortment of professional services and technologies from Autodesk, Brandt Positioning Technologies, Cansel, Stuart Olson's Centre For Building Performance, GeoShack, Global eTraining, Leica Geosystems, S-Frame Software, Trimble and IrisVR.


The first of two CanBIM Informational presentations was presented by Gerry Lattmann, Executive Director, CanBIM. Gerry discussed the many iniaitives underway at CanBIM, choosing to focus the presentation on "What You Need to Know About CanBIM". Covering topics such as the Member operated Committees, the CanBIM Event App, Presentation Submission process for Regional Sessions, the upcoming 2016 CanBIM Awards in October, the Monthly Newsletter highlighting CanBIM Member achievements, indepth interviews and case studies, CanBIM Certification and much more.  



Jeff McLellan, Vice President Client Executive of BFL Canada opened the day as the keynote presenter with an insightful perspective on the process of BIM, making the point that BIM "is a way of working together that has and will change how construction projects are delivered"  and of course imbedded in that process is the need to measure and control risk and reward. Jeff also commented on how the insurance industry is keeping pace with BIM exploring the many challenges this presents. 



Lucas Epp, Head of Engineering and 3D Manager at StrucutreCraft higlighted the benefits of Timber as a primary building material. An emphasis on prefabrication of timber panels and systems complete with integrated services enables fast erection times and high quality control. Key to successful delivery of such integrated systems is the use of BIM and digital fabrication processes.


Vaughn Harris, Executive Director of the BIM Institute of Africa, noted that in under 5 years there has been immense change in the software arena that has reshaped the entire global construction landscape. Many companies have invested heavily in software applications and processes to support BIM and even though we may still try to research improved technology, the chances of implementing a successful solution are slim unless we have a good information management system in place on a project.


Ailyn Mendoza, Director of Architecture + Client Services at IrisVR, demonstrated a New AEC Workflow with her companies emerging  VR technology. Architects, contractors and designers devote a significant amount of their day to illustrating and documenting designs with tools like Revit, Rhino and Sketchup. However, these designs are confined to the computer screens and these 2D displays are simply ineffective at communicating how a space actually feels. At Iris they are using virtual reality to move beyond the 2D screen, enabling desktop software to make immersive, true-to-scale VR walkthroughs with one click. Their mobile app compliments this process by allowing you to share immersive panoramas on the go.