Category Archives: Case Study

2016.11.10 – eBIMc – Leveraging BIM: Saving time and reducing waste through process improvement – Scott Cameron & Ron Heigh of Supreme Group

Scott Cameron & Ron Heigh of Supreme Group.

BIM has become a common term in the design and construction industry but very few are talking about scalability, layers of integration and proper data transfer protocol.

In this presentation we will:

  • Demonstrate how Supreme Steel utilizes BIM technology to support process optimization within our organization; across various functional areas, estimating, scope coordination, fabrication planning, and field services.
  • Clarify some of the confusion that exists between Small BIM, Large BIM, and Integrated BIM using past project examples.
  • Demonstrate how Supreme Steel uses Tekla Structures to leverage BIM technology toward achieving mutual benefit for our own company and for our clients with the help of Canadian Towing.

The presentation will include past project images and captures, industry video snippets and a number of live working demonstrations.

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2016.09.15 – eBIMc – Revizto by Martin Neault of Dialog

Martin Neault  from Dialog follows up with REVIZTO™, Latin for “visual check”, is a suite of 3D applications that turns your BIM models into navigable 3D environments, in which you can easily collaborate in a cloud-based workspace ($) with your project team – architects, engineers, contractors and owners in real time on any device. Revizto processes Autodesk® Revit®, AutoCAD® and Navisworks® projects and also SketchUp, IFC and FBX files creating data-rich 3D scenes, complete with lighting, materials and family metadata.

Revizto offers sharing and collaboration tools, so anyone you invite ($) can view your project using the free Revizto Viewer. This application provides the effective communication tools, such as issue tracker and camera sharing. Supporting your ideas with screenshots and walk-through tours, you can reduce mistakes and misunderstanding within the project team.

With Revizto, export and share your BIM model with project stakeholders, explore and present on any device your model as a navigable 3D that anyone can walk through, and collaborate with your project team in real time by identifying, tracking, and solving problems throughout all phases of the project.  You can also tune your model by editing lighting and materials to enhance visual appearance.

If you are interested about 3D visual coordination and tracking design, modeling and clash issues in a cloud-based collaborative environment, and more, this live presentation will offer you a new alternative to improve the quality of your BIM project.

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2015.09.14 – The Aviation Hub of Choice – Connecting People & Prosperity

The Aviation Hub of Choice – Connecting People and Prosperity by GEC Architecture’s  Sylvia Gacek where one of the key objectives is to achieve “Capacity, Connectivity and Passenger Experience.” When the IFP opens for international and transborder travel the Air Terminal Building (ATB) will transform into a domestic only terminal and will become the second busiest airport in the country. Upon opening of the new IFP, the Airport plans to convert the existing baggage handling system (BHS) within the ATB to the CrisBag System to match the IFP, and to allow for seamless and efficient baggage movement throughout the entire airport. The renovation and conversion to the new system needs to be completed while maintaining full operation of the airport.

This presentation will review our strategy to successfully accomplish this complex phasing refurbishment, by building and providing a LOD 300 3D digital Revit and Navisworks models for coordination of the CrisBag System with the Air Terminal Building. This includes incorporating point cloud data from laser scans of the existing ATB and the BHS 3D CAD model into the Revit and Navis models. Clash detection and CrisBag System accuracy will be achieved in a 3D environment throughout the duration of the project.

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Cloud Made Seamless: by Paul Danis of Panzura The WAN can hinder an organization’s ability to collaborate with Revit, resulting in reduced productivity, higher IT infrastructure and increased change order costs. This session discusses the key requirements to enable cross-site Revit collaboration that makes it feels like global project teams are working in the same room.

BIM collaboration works extremely well when the entire project team is in one location, but is much more challenging across distributed teams — and teams are becoming more and more distributed. Why? Companies want to hire the best global talent for specific skillsets and be able to put the right people on the right project, whether organically or through acquisition.

But Revit collaboration over the WAN is tough. Files can take over an hour to open, so companies are often forced to manage multiple copies of complex project files or try expensive solutions like WAN optimization that do little to improve performance. The result is a mix of lower productivity, more project errors and higher IT infrastructure and change order costs.

We’ll discuss the key requirements for making cross-site Revit collaboration so effective it feels like global project teams are sitting in the same room. Customer examples from peer companies, including Ridley & Company that was able to get project teams in Sydney and Manila collaborating in real-time despite 300ms latency, and GRAEF-USA that reduced project team bench time by 35% and eliminated $250,000 in storage costs will be provided in addition to a demonstration of cross-site element borrowing, sync with central, and Worksharing Monitor.

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2015.03.12 – A Real World Collaborative Affair Between M & E



A case study presentation by Shannon Williams of Smith Andersen and Mirra Maheden; “A Real Wold Collaborative Affair” speaking on their experience and lessons learned of shifting from MEP designers to construction coordination in a model for Mechanical and Electrical systems, on a fast paced construction project highlighting the keys to collaboration.

Thanks for Smith Andersen for sponsoring our night and PCL for the venue.

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2014.11.13 – Nathan Morgan of PCL and Open Forum Discussion of CanBIM

Nathan Morgan of PCL Construction Management will be speaking about how PCL is using 3D modeling to review and coordinate the steel fabrication shop drawings with the structural consultant design and the in house construction model on the Edmonton Arena Project.

After 2 years we have great news from CanBIM while yes herding cats requires time,  they have released the Canadian AEC (Can) BIM Protocol at the joint aceBIM and CanBIM, BIM Super Session #EDMBIM14 in October.

Let’s get together and via an Open Forum to discuss this standard at our meeting Thursday November 13th, from 6 to 8 pm at PCL and as a group and adopt portions for our local firms here in Edmonton, a joint team effort of our own to work together as one group.

Here are links to the documents:

AEC(CAN) BIM Protocol v2 

AEC(CAN) BIM Protocol for Revit

Thanks to Arrow Engineering for sponsoring the event and PCL for providing the venue.

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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.


2012.11.15 – Edmonton LRT SE to W Case Study Beyond Buildings – Justin James

While much of the focus on BIM use has been on modeling buildings, other uses for BIM are gaining momentum. In this session, our speaker will share how BIM is being effectively used in the Southeast to West LRT project in Edmonton. Some of the questions they will address include:

• How can BIM assist in design of Transit or Transportation projects?

• Is it a worthwhile investment?

• How does it help the design team?

• How will it help the client?