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cBIMc – Help Shape the future of Development and Building Permitting in Calgary! – Mar. 22nd

If you are going to be in the Calgary area on Wednesday, Mar. 22nd, 2017, between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm you should attend the cBIMc meeting, it’s FREE!

Help Shape the future of Development and Building Permitting in Calgary!

BIM and Approvals: Here, There, Everywhere.

BIM executed to its fullest potential is more than a tool or digital communications device. Executed properly, it is a process and methodology supporting integrated design processes and collaborative team structures. This can – in its ultimate form – include clients and government agencies such as approving authorities.

The City of Calgary is studying the feasibility of creating a parallel process to traditional Development and Building Permit approvals; one utilizing BIM and an integrated review process to better accommodate complex project delivery methods such as design Build partnerships and Integrated Project Delivery. BIM is considered a critical enabling tool in this study. The goal is to investigate a partnership between the Approving Authority and the applicant that will see the approvals team (development and building permit) integrate into the design team in a collaborative, constructive fashion. Collectively, this becomes an Integrated Approvals Process (IAP)

In order to introduce this study and its goals, Justin Pockar from The City of Calgary and Alireza Khalili will present critical aspects of what an IAP can look like. Topics will include:


  • Overview of the current approvals process – limitations and roadblocks to BIM submissions


  • What Singapore has done; tools and implementation of a BIM-based approvals  process


  • How an IAP may be created in Calgary and supplement existing approvals processes.

Part of the discussion will seek participant input on appropriate tools and processes, what aspects of IAP are most important to consultants and practitioners, and what are the preferred outcomes from developing an IAP.

Justin Pockar – Prior to joining The City of Calgary Justin worked in consulting, completing several projects certified to LEED Gold or better. His involvement on projects encompassed a wide range of roles, including design, technical review, and involvement with student design work through the University.

As Energy & Environment Coordinator, current responsibilities include the administration and technical aspects of integrating sustainable design features and policy in the built form. Active participation with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has led to roles as reviewer and author of the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB), and membership on the Standing Committee for Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Additional work on behalf of The City includes authoring volumes for both ASHRAE and BIM Canada.

Alireza Khalili – is a BIM/VDC expert at VistaBIM based in Calgary. Throughout his career, he has managed several BIM executions for AEC companies and implemented BIM services for large scale developments including residential complexes, hospitals, educational facilities and complex infrastructure and industrial projects in Asia, Australia and Canada.

Alireza started his BIM journey during his PhD studies at National University of Singapore. His research findings and publications have been utilized in Singapore BIM and Construction roadmap as future development. He served novaCITYNETS as an IFC expert to develop e-Submission and e-Plancheck platforms for government of Singapore.

Event Details:

You can register at the cBIMc website, or by following the link below:

Register Now

Date: Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: SMART Technologies Campus: 3636 Research Road NW, Calgary

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Should be a great night!


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