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2014.03.13 – March 13th – eBIMc AEC Open Forum – Justin James

Edmonton BIM AEC Open Forum

Thursday, March 13th, 2014, 6-8pm

NAIT Conference Room O120

Facilitator: Justin James, REACH-Consulting Ltd.

Open discussion for those of us in the industry to nail down some of our wish lists or needs from each other and work towards a common Edmonton standard workflow. We are all working towards busy deadlines and do not have time to talk about what we need from each other as time constraints plus the fact we are in different office locations and firms does not assist our communication.

This is our chance to speak up and talk to one another and help each other build a better building or model with speed and efficiency.

What architecture needs from?




What each of the disciplines need from Architecture?

– Each other?

– Who hosts what?

– Where do the contractors fit in and what they want in a model?

If you want to add to the above list please email and come and add your voice and experience.


Thanks to SMP for sponsoring and NAIT for providing the venue.




2014.01.09 – January 9th – BIM in the Field – Reed Munro

This presentation / discussion will show how to capture point cloud data and processing of all the data to help facilitate the creation of a 3d model within Revit.

•Scan current room and show results the via Trimble TX5 scanner
•Talk about hardware and software required
•Discuss scanning methodologies
•Exported file types
•Modeling from the point cloud
•Importing into Revit


2013.11.14 – November 14th – Edmonton BIM Community – Carl Storms


November 14th – 6-8pm

Take Your Model Out of the Office and Into the Field!

This session will look at how to leverage the power of BIM in the field with the help from some of the latest cloud-based software.

Today’s more information-rich models provide an opportunity for architects, engineers, construction firms and owners to solve issues before they are built. But you don’t necessarily need to be a BIM expert, or be running full BIM projects to have effective clash detection or issue resolution and tracking in the field.

Attendees will learn about the latest technology from Autodesk that allows construction managers, field personnel, architects and owners to run effective clash detection online as well as create and manage tasks, checklists and issues.

Don’t let the name fool you Autodesk BIM 360 Field and Glue offer valuable tools for construction firms whether or not your project is model-based.

Some more points covered during the seminar:

  • Best practices for gathering data to run effective clash detection meetings.
  • Task management reports available from Autodesk BIM 360 Field
  • Collaboration tips for working with the contractor, architects, engineers and owners.


2013.09.12 – September 12th – EIA Lot 51 – Scott Hawryluk, Vincent Plourd, Gillian De Groot, Mirra Maheden

EIA LOT 51 – Sept 12th – 6-8pm


Group2, Williams Engineering and Halsall will present the EIA Lot 51 project as an example of an integrated BIM environment.  Architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical disciplines participated in a single buildings information model environment to deliver a traditionally documented and constructed building.  Through the presentation the team will discuss challenges and triumphs experienced with the integrated BIM implementation on this project, illustrate roles & responsibilities in the integrated environment and demonstrate the benefits of this methodology versus typical federated, individual discipline models.


2013.05.19 – May 19th – 3D Energy – Jean Carriere, Michelle Ovelson


Autodesk 2014 – What’s New – Revit; Navisworks; Autodesk 360

Autodesk ReCap Studio/Photo – Point Clouds to the Next Level

3D Energy Ltd – Maximizing ROI in a Virtual Environment

6:00pm Maximizing ROI in a Virtual Environment

Maximizing a building’s return on investment (ROI) requires energy and cost optimization. The presentation will explore energy modeling, modularization and life-cycle costing early in the design. These strategies can provide efficiencies within the virtual design and construction process to generate project savings – and how those savings can be reinvested to deliver reduced life-cycle costs. The session will also touch on the role of Building Information Modeling (BIM), focusing on its advantages to deliver into lifecycle management software solutions.

construction costs

Jean Carriere is the Founder and Senior Energy Modeling Specialist for 3D Energy, based in Edmonton. For the past six years he has been pushing the boundaries of virtual design and construction and continues to explore new capabilities by integrating energy modeling in the design process. His background is in architectural technology and project management, he is now a Building Design Engineer focusing on energy optimization using a virtual environment. Jean’s portfolio includes energy modeling work for daylight and lighting analysis, natural ventilation simulations, and life-cycle cost profiles for energy conservation strategies.


7:00pm Autodesk 2014 – What’s New – Revit; Navisworks; Autodesk 360

There are plenty of valuable enhancements in the 2014 release. Michelle from Summit will demonstrate the most powerful improvements to the Revit 2014 platform. In addition a quick overview of the new features in Navisworks 2014 and Autodesk 360 services will be presented.


7:30pm Autodesk ReCap Studio/Photo – Point Clouds to the Next Level

Michelle from Summit will present the latest and most promising free product included in all the Design Suites and available for free download: Autodesk ReCap Studio. Autodesk ReCap Studio allows viewing, editing and manipulation of extremely large point cloud data files and provides a quick and effective file format that can be used in Autodesk products. ReCap Photo is a web-based service that helps generate point clouds from photographs, unleashing new workflows.

Point Cloud

7:45pm Open Discussion and Refreshments

Open session where users are encouraged to discuss technical issues and best practices when using Revit, Navisworks, and related Autodesk toolsets. Bring a question, start a discussion and the group will weigh in!


2013.01.10 – January 10th The Future of BIM in Alberta – Klaas Rodenburg


Today’s building industry is extremely fragmented and unproductive. This presentation will explore how BIM-enabled technologies offer companies a tool for collaboration that will result in buildings being delivered faster, smarter and greener. BIM is both a noun, the digital model and a verb, the processes used to add value. To be successful organizations must create a culture capable of leveraging the benefits provided by the rapidly emerging technologies.

The Alberta Centre of Excellence for Building Information Modelling (aceBIM) is a virtual centre dedicated to improving the productivity of Alberta’s building industry by lowering or eliminating the barriers to BIM adoption. We invite attendees to join aceBIM on our journey into the future as we explore emerging BIM topics such as IDP, Analytics, Crash Test Dummy, Research, Off-site and Modular construction, Safety, Education and capacity building, Costing, Electronic bidding, Green BIM, etc.