CanBIM Montréal 2017 Highlights: From BIM to Reality

April 26, 2017

The CanBIM Montréal Event was a fantastic event with many new milestones achieved.

Salvatore Argento, Estimator, Sept Frères Construction and CanBIM Montréal planning team member played host and emcee helping to run the day. Thanks Salvatore! 


First up was keynote presentation from Mr. Guy Paquin, directeur général, Direction générale de l'évolution des pratiques d'affaires, Société québécoise des infrastructures. 


Mr. Paquin's inspiring presentation spoke about SQI's procurement strategies, their involvement and collaboration with industry and the need for a gradual, but committed approach to BIM/VDC adoption. SQI has their needs and requirements, but they are willing to work on improving the process and remain flexible to change.  



The day was packed with many great presentations. Our first industry presentation was from Directeur ingénierie et construction, Aéroport de Québec, Jean-François Leduc where he reviewed their use of BIM on their YQB 2018 project and emphasized their early support and belief in the benefits of BIM for their organization.


Next up was a panel about the Next Steps for Québec, moderated by Daniel Forgues, Professor at École de technologie supérieure, Guy Paquin, Société québécoise des infrastructures, Michel Guevremont, Hydro Quebec, Marc Lapointe, Conseiller au développement et formation BIM/CDAO, SHQ, Claude Décary, CEO at Bouthillette Parizeau Inc., Anik Shooner Architecte associée et fondatrice, Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux architectes inc., Luc Martin Chef d'entreprise, Corporation des entrepreneurs généraux du Québec. This panel discussed some of the strategies being applied across these industry wide groups and the results of those strategies. An informative panel further demonstrating the collaboration  and leadership in the Province of Québec. 




Anik Mandalian Architect, partner at Provencher Roy + Associés architectes and Samir Nafa, Coordonnateur de projet BIM, Pomerleau Inc.presented their project case study on Olympic Park - Montreal Tower, which also hosted an engaging tour the day previous. Anik and Samir presented about the process and implementation of BIM on the Tower project. 




Claude Labbée Directeur département de dessin chez la cie Électrique Britton Ltée presented A Trades Perspective: Taking the Digital and Making it Physical. Claude introduced Électrique Britton Ltée the growth they have experienced within the Industrial, Commercial,  Residential and Institutional sectors. With this growth Britton Electric Co. has developed special skills in the following sectors: BIM Modeling, High tension, Automation Industrial control, Design and simulation of lighting Coordination Study / Arc Flash, Measurement reporting. Claude discussed their approach on Place Bell and Ericsson ICT Global projects and the challenges and benefits of BIM they faced. Claude also offered an opinion on the future of using BIM within his firm. The presentation was an interesting overview within an electrical contractor company.



Daniel Barbeau BIM & Detailing Services Manager, Groupe Canam / Canam Group always an interesting presenter, presented Groupe Canam's work on the Mercedes Benz Stadium, a 71,000 seat stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. A massive project with great complexity and high risk. Daniel reviewed the initiative to better communicate and mitigate risks with customer and external project team, the automated federated model including production status, order numbers, site logistic simulation, initiative to increase internal operational efficiency, laser scanning, pros, cons and the limits of such a large scale project. Daniel provided his insights into the project, how they might do things differently and the overall value of BIM on this project. A truly fascinating project and presentation. 



Ivanka Iordanova BIM Director, Pomerleau Inc. presented alongside her team Pierre St. Onge, Directeur de programme, Sylvain Lessard, Gérant de projet Senior, Simon Brunet, BIM Coordinator and Lieu Dao, BIM-VDC Integrator. The team discussed the application of BIM enabled technologies on the enlargement project for the Aéroports de Montréal. The team noted the exclusive use of 3D technologies and the benefits noting efficiencies in scheduling and multiple constructions processes.  The team highlighted the advantages sought by Aéroports de Montréal by using BIM in construction projects, which were to facilitate inter-disciplinary co-ordination when designing and carrying out work and optimizing coordination to reduce construction costs; ensure delivery according to initial schedule; reduce and / or minimize potential claims and set up a collaborative tool for both professionals and contractors. A final takeaway of this presentation was the need to have all stakeholders at the table from the beginning.