New graduate program provides detailed curriculum to facilitate increased BIM education in Canada

OTTAWA – Monday June 29, 2015 — The Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC), as well as its program-delivery arm buildingSMART Canada, announced today the support of new Building Information Modelling (BIM) graduate education programming being proposed at Algonquin College.

“We were extremely pleased to see the BIM curriculum proposed at Algonquin College,” said Bob Hildenbrandt, Chair of IBC. “When we were approached by the College to provide our support, we were happy to see the full scope of programming that was planned. Programs such as these will continue to assist in BIM adoption, awareness and knowledge in all sectors of the Canadian built environment.”

The graduate program, entitled Building Information Modelling –Life Cycle Management Graduate Certificate (BIM LM), will provide a comprehensive education for students, exploring a myriad of technical and practical issues related to BIM, as well as the various uses of the technology throughout the entire design, construction and facility management phases.

As well, there were several other components to the program specifically supported by IBC and buildingSMART Canada. These included the program’s software-neutrality, its flexibility to be incorporated into additional courses in the future, and its specific focus on productivity and collaboration that is inherent in BIM utilization.

“The College has taken a very good look at the needs of industry, both now and in the future, to ensure its graduates will be well prepared for their future careers,” said Hildenbrandt.

While not specifically involved in curriculum development, representatives of both IBC and buildingSMART Canada have worked closely with educational institutions regarding BIM education, including the sharing of resources if are requested for inclusion for applicable curriculum.

“We will continue to support the efforts of Canadian education institutions to provide the most current and relevant education related to BIM,” Hildenbrandt added. “We look forward to the introduction of this program at the College, and the comparable steps being taken at other Canadian education institutions to build similar curriculum for their students.”

The Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC) and buildingSMART Canada are committed to the adoption of BIM in Canada in such a way that all parties understand their roles and responsibilities in utilizing the technology. As well, buildingSMART Canada works closely with its international counterparts on openBIM standard developments.

To assist in this mandate and facilitate BIM adoption, a number of resources have already been released by IBC and buildingSMART Canada.

Resources include a BIM Contract Language Appendix, to be affixed to any standard form construction contract, and which identifies the various roles when BIM is to be utilized on a construction project. In addition, three separate BIM Toolkits were released in 2014. All three toolkits as well as the contract language appendix and guide are available for sale and download on the IBC website (

These resources are also available for free to educational institutions by contacting the Institute for BIM in Canada or buildingSMART Canada.

At the same time, work is currently underway on the second and third volumes of a BIM Practice Manual. Once complete, the three-volume Practice Manual will assist those firms across Canada who are interested in adopting BIM in their own companies, or on particular projects.

More information about IBC ( and buildingSMART Canada ( is available on their websites.