Alberta Infrastructure's Digital Project Delivery Has Arrived!

May 31, 2018

Calgary Cancer Center 


Alberta Infrastructure is responsible for infrastructure planning, and building and managing government-owned infrastructure. Our ministry works with other ministries to ensure Albertans have the schools, hospitals and other public infrastructure necessary to meet the needs of a growing economy and population. 


1. What is the value for Alberta Infrastructure to implement a BIM process for



Alberta Infrastructure manages a portfolio of approximately 2,000 buildings and is

involved in hundreds of new projects every year, including major maintenance, tenant improvements and capital projects. It is essential that the information generated throughout the lifecycle of these projects is well managed, organized and compatible with our corporate information systems. Having detailed and up-to-date records of our assets at handover will greatly benefit the operations and maintenance phase of the project lifecycle which is estimated to be worth 80% of the total project cost.


2. What is your road map for the short and mid-term?


Alberta Infrastructure’s Digital Project Delivery Requirements were publicly released on March 31 st , 2018. These requirements are intended to be the starting point of ensuring that projects are delivered in a collaborative, digital environment and that the asset information delivered at project completion meets the requirements of our facilities management teams. There are currently a total of seven ongoing projects where these requirements are in use with a combined total project value of over $2 Billion. In the longer-term, Alberta Infrastructure intends to use these requirements on a broader range of projects including tenant improvements. Ultimately, it is envisioned that all projects will be delivered with the appropriate level of digital asset information.


3. Are you focusing to implement BIM for FM on specific type of projects or all

projects? What about schools, TI, and renovation projects?


The focus at the moment is on larger, capital projects which include the Calgary Cancer Centre, Willow Square Continuing Care Centre, Provincial Operations Centre, amongst others. The intention has always been to use the Digital Project Delivery Requirements on all projects. It is important to note that we have been very explicit in stating that the inclusion of BIM requirements will be determined based on project complexity, size and cost. However, Asset Information Management requirements will ultimately be a part of all future projects.



4. Could you explain your internal process to assess and define the data required

for your FM?


As the largest owner in Alberta, Alberta Infrastructure has a large team of Facilities

Management professionals. Our FM staff are extremely knowledgeable and experienced and have played a leading role in defining the data that they consider to be of greatest benefit. We set out with a vision of “starting with the end in mind” and are in a very fortunate position that we have the right people in-house that can articulate their needs at a very granular level. As a result, we are confident that the data requirements we have developed are an accurate reflection of what is truly needed to enable data-driven decision-making processes for facilities management.


5. Could you summarize the FM data requirement and deliverables?


The FM data that we are seeking to collect throughout the project lifecycle are the

minimum set of attributes for maintainable assets that are required for the management and operations of a facility. This includes information such as serial numbers, manufacturer names, warranty information, installation dates, etc. Alberta Infrastructure has adopted the COBie standard for the exchange of this information. A key document of the Digital Project Delivery requirements are the COBie instructions which offer a very detailed and prescriptive explanation of what data and how the data is to be delivered.


6. Do you have any BIM criteria when selecting a design team during an RFP phase? If yes, what are they?


For projects that are making use of the Digital Project Delivery requirements, it is important that bidders demonstrate and effectively articulate an understanding of the requirements in their bids.


7. What is Alberta Infrastructure’s involvement and requirement in terms of BIM

during the design and construction phases? 


Alberta Infrastructure will play an active role throughout a project to ensure that BIM and DPD requirements are clearly understood by all stakeholders and are being complied with. This includes the facilitation of a BIM kick-off meeting along with regularly scheduled BIM progress meetings. This will apply to all phases of a project, including construction, where Asset Information Management meetings will scheduled to discuss the asset data collection process. At the moment, Alberta Infrastructure has a team of four BIM professionals who are actively engaged on BIM projects.


8. Do you plan to develop some BIM standards and protocols?


We do not have plans to develop BIM standards. We feel that our role as an owner is to focus on improving project collaboration and on ensuring that we receive timely and useful data throughout the project lifecycle. Future plans may include the publication of “best practices” and “lessons learned” documents.


9. All those new requirements require time to generate, gather and compile the information, which is causing some concerns from the AEC industries. What is Alberta Infrastructure’s position in terms of cost associated to that process?


We feel that the information being requested within the Digital Project Delivery requirements is not a significant departure from what we have requested in the past. The difference is that we are asking for this information to be delivered digitally, and in a structured, organized, process-driven manner. We fully anticipate that our industry partners will take this opportunity to innovate and develop more efficient processes for data collection.


10. Are you collaborating with the AEC industry to help define a realistic process and deliverables? What about education to help the AEC industry to understand and adapt to the new change?


Alberta Infrastructure led a Digital Project Delivery working group that included representatives from the Consulting Architects of Alberta, Alberta Construction Association, Engineering Consultants of Alberta, BuildingSmart Canada and others. Numerous workshops were held with the working group to address issues and concerns and the documents went through several iterations in order to ensure that comments were suitably addressed. This collaborative process was extremely important and helped establish a realistic and achievable set of requirements.


In terms of education, Alberta Infrastructure intends to reach out to the AEC industry as often as possible to ensure that the requirements are fully understood. The working group that was initially set up will also continue to meet on a quarterly basis to discuss lessons learned, case studies and refinements to the current documents.


11. What is the plan for the long term in terms of BIM process between Alberta Infrastructure and the stakeholders, FM and technologies?


Alberta Infrastructure’s BIM journey has only just begun. Over the coming months and years, we will continue to refine and update our requirements based on industry

feedback, lessons learned, new technology and new information requirements from

Facilities Management staff. We consider this to be an important first step on our path

towards digital transformation and are excited to work closely with our industry partners to ensure that our facilities are delivered and operated as efficiently as possible.

Questions d'entretiens chez CanBIM Newsletter


Alberta Infrastructure:


1. Quelle est la valeur pour Alberta Infrastructure de mettre en œuvre un processus BIM pour le maintient d’actifs (MA)?


Alberta Infrastructure gère un portefeuille d'environ 2 000 bâtiments et est impliqué dans des centaines de nouveaux projets chaque année, y compris la maintenance majeure, des ameliorations locatives et des projets d'immobilisations. Il est essentiel que les informations générées

tout au long du cycle de vie de ces projets soit bien géré, organisé et compatible avec nos systèmes d'information d'entreprise. Avoir des dossiers détaillés et à jour de nos actifs sera grandement bénéfique durant la phase d'exploitation et de maintenance, une phase qui est estimé à 80% du coût total du projet.


2. Quelle est votre feuille de route pour le court et le moyen terme?


Les exigences relatives à la livraison de projets numériques d’Alberta Infrastructure ont été rendues publiques le 31 mars 2018. Ces exigences sont censées être le point de depart pour s'assurer que les projets soient livrés dans un environnement numérique collaboratif et que l'information sur les biens livrés à l'achèvement du projet répond aux exigences de nos équipes de gestion. Il y a actuellement un total de sept projets en cours où ces exigences sont utilisées avec une valeur totale combinée de projet de plus de 2 milliards de dollars.


À plus long terme, Alberta Infrastructure entend utiliser ces exigences sur une gamme plus large de projets, y compris les améliorations locatives. En fin de compte, il est envisagé que tous les projets soient livrés avec le niveau approprié d'informations sur les actifs numériques.


3. Vous concentrez-vous sur la mise en œuvre du BIM pour le MA sur des types de projets spécifiques ou sur tous les projets? Qu'en est-il des écoles, des ameliorations locatives et des projets de rénovation?


En ce moment, l'accent est mis sur des projets d