The Canada BIM Council (CanBIM) have released details of a framework they have presented to the Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC) and buildingSMART Canada (bSC) regarding a unification of all three groups.
CanBIM have issued a statement regarding their stance on having three industry groups all looking to achieve the same end goal of widespread awareness of BIM adoption benefits in Canada. The group notes in their report that despite claims of them not wishing to work alongside their fellow BIM-championing organisations, “nothing could be further from the truth”; the CanBIM team have actually pitched several frameworks to both IBC and bSC regarding becoming one single agency since 2011, but all were passed by without receiving “any formal acknowledgement or willingness to pursue”. Until now, perhaps?
CanBIM’s Board of Directors stated: “There is a strong desire of ensuring we have one of the best and most robust BIM communities in the world, and the use of BIM must ultimately transfer the maximum value to the owner. On these two key provisos CanBIM, IBC and bSC without reservation fully agree. If this agreeance is where we start to shape the future, here is, in summary, the most current framework and a working method to get to a single agency in Canada in less than 18 months.”
Although “an ambitious goal”, CanBIM believe that a coalition is the best way to move Canada forward in relation to Building Information Modelling implementation. The statement reads: “within 18 months we would bring the joint resources, talents, offerings, deliverables of CanBIM and IBC, rebranding them under the buildingSMART Canada banner.”
The framework would follow the rules listed below:
• Up front IBC & bSC must acknowledge that membership in buildingSMART Canada must be equally open to all in the Canadian AECOO community. A small to medium enterprise (SME) should have the same voice as large private and public sector organizations. Simply put, buildingSMART Canada cannot be run or influenced by any interest group, association or agency. In simple terms it must be “an open, neutral and not-for- profit organisation” This is in the spirit of both CanBIM and that of buildingSMART International. (bSC I) 
• Upon a memorandum of agreement to move towards unification based on the above between CanBIM and IBC both agencies will support the development of a Transition Steering Committee (TSC), outlined below.
• It would be comprised of CanBIM and IBC Executive Committees with the goal of delivering a transitional framework within 12 weeks of inception to their respective board/committee.
• The TSC would develop the framework for oversight so such a single agency remains independent and neutral of influence, but has a sound business and strategic plan reviewed each year.
• Board/Steering Committee would be comprised of permanent seats for CCA, RAIC, ACEC and CSC. With possibly eight other seats filled by others from the AECOO industry. This would adhere very closely to the bS I terms to be open, neutral and remain not-for-profit.
• The TSC would provide a general plan for operation including identifying vital resources, finances and reporting on an interim basis. TSC would find immediate ways to work together. With the goal of overall promotion of BIM in Canada, Regional sessions would continue as would other CanBIM initiatives that have built up momentum, there would be on-going development of the BIM Road Map for Canada.
• Ratification by the CanBIM Board, then its member firms, in conjunction with the IBC Steering Committee and its constituent organizations, must take place within eight weeks of presentation to stakeholders.
• After ratification, both CanBIM Board and IBC Steering Committee will hold joint biweekly meetings to implement the framework developed by the TSC and move toward unification within one calendar year from ratification.
For more information on CanBIM’s proposed plans, click here to read their full statement.