This report presents the highlights of a research project on the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Canada’s construction industry. Entitled The Inevitable Shift Towards Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Canada’s Construction Sector, the report presents the main benefits, challenges, and risks associated with adoption and implementation of BIM by small businesses. It also includes an eight-step small business BIM implementation guide based on the research results.
The report presents the conclusions of the fourth and last phase of the Construction and ICT project during which three pilot projects (two in Québec and one in British Columbia) were carried out experimenting with BIM integration. The pilot projects involved a property developer, an architecture-engineering firm, and a specialty contractor.
BIM is a product, technology, and process all rolled into one. It offers a digital representation of a building’s design to facilitate collaboration and information exchange among all project partners—architects, engineers, builders, managers, and owners.
The study looks at the chief benefits of building information modelling, the main challenges of integrating BIM into the business environment, the risks entailed, and the lessons learned in the pilot projects. The research team has also developed an eight-step guide for small Canadian construction firms that wish to adopt the technology.
- Daniel Forgues, Ph.D., Professor, Construction engineering Department, École de technologie supérieure
- Sheryl Staub-French, Ph.D., P. Eng. Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia
- Souha Tahrani, B. Arch, M.Sc.A, Ph.D.
- Erik Poirier, B. Arch, M. Eng, PhD Candidate, LEED AP