Seminar on: Building Information Modeling (BIM)
On May 20, 2010, Dr. Sheryl Staub-French, Associate Professor in Project and Construction Management at the UBC Department of Civil Engineering organized a seminar that was hosted by the British Columbia Construction Roundtable, a British Columbia based non-profit organization which began as a forum for sharing of experiences, ideas and knowledge and now represents all sectors and interests of the construction industry.
Building Information Models (BIMs) include not only 3D geometric models (and, therefore are capable of directly generating 2D and 3D drawings), but also more specific information on a wide range of building elements and systems associated with a building (e.g., wall types, spaces, air handling units, geospatial information, and circulation zones).
Building Information Modeling (BIM) has seen a dramatic growth in adoption rates in recent years. The potential benefits of BIM are numerous: increased productivity, less cost growth, earlier project delivery, enhanced collaboration, less rework, etc. But getting started is not easy. The reality is that BIM adoption is more about process change than technology adoption. So for many, the question is not when to adopt but how – how to get started, how to leverage BIM to its full extent, how to implement BIM in different project environments, and how to set up the necessary processes and protocols to maximize the benefits.
This seminar provided a forum for industry experts to share their experiences using BIM on actual projects. In general, the seminar focused on the following areas:
Defining fundamental BIM concepts, terms and tools
Discussing strategies for organizing BIM projects
Establishing modeling requirements and responsibilities
Identifying the challenges and opportunities
Sheryl Staub-French, PhD – University of British Columbia
Geoff Glotman – Glotman-Simpson Structural Engineers
Mike Samilski – Dowco Technology Services, Ltd.
Harold Roberts – Canron Western Constructors Ltd.
Dan Sadler & Ken McCabe – PCL Construction
This event was generously sponsored by:
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