BIM for the Building Lifecycle


How to use BIM Data to Drive Preventative Maintenance

Many Facilities Maintenance and Operations (FMO) teams are turning to BIM to drive the development of their preventative maintenance plans. This is nothing new and yet, what is new, is the timing. It’s amazing how many organizations wait until handover to receive their facility information. The information may be digital – hurrah! – or more…

FMI Report

Summit BIM Launches Intuitive, Actionable BIM Data Report

Summit BIM introduces the FMi Report, an interactive PDF that allows all project team members to easily access their consolidated building data set. Data and documents are continuously generated by all members of the design and construction team, leading to huge data sets, spread over multiple different locations, that require different specialized software to access…


BIM in Real Life – The Learning Gap

It has been roughly ten months since I graduated as an undergraduate in Civil Engineering. Ten months since I joined Summit BIM. And, ten months of eye-opening experiences as I have witnessed first-hand how technology advancements can reshape even the most traditional of industries like construction. Learning is a lifelong process. Yet, we expect our…


Carleton University selects Summit BIM to develop BIM Specifications

Summit BIM is pleased to begin work with the Carleton University to develop BIM specifications for their future construction, maintenance, and renovation projects. With the capital budget accounting for between 10% to 20% of the life-time physical cost of an asset, Carleton is focused on improving the long-term management of their buildings. A robust set…


FMO and the BIM process – Where is the ROI?

Building Information Management (BIM) is embedded in the design and construction industry but remains vastly underutilized by Owners and their Facility Management and Operation (FMO) teams. While the design side has some Return on Investment (ROI ) metrics in place – technology costs weighed against process improvements – and a decade of experience to assess…


Critical factors in generating high quality BIM data

Architects, engineers, and contractors have been working with data for years. What is new is the many ways that the industry has to capture, apply, and tie the data together from the design of a facility all the way to the management and maintenance of it. This new reality imposes new rigour. The move away…

Burnaby Hospital Redevelopment

Summit BIM selected as the BIM Consultant on the Burnaby Hospital Redevelopment project

Summit BIM is delighted to have been selected by Fraser Health as the BIM Consultant for the Burnaby Hospital Redevelopment project. In this role, Summit BIM will assist Fraser Health in maximizing the potential of BIM on the project by capturing asset information in a consistent, digital format for use throughout the facility’s life cycle.…


Century Group looks to improve handover process with Summit BIM

Century Group has chosen Summit BIM Consulting to provide BIM consulting services on the new Holland Parkside project. Holland Parkside is planned to be a four-tower mixed-use complex with retail and service commercial uses directly opposite King George SkyTrain Station and immediately adjacent to Holland Park, Surrey’s main urban park. Summit BIM will work with…


Revit COBie workflow approaches: Excel vs. Database | What are the differences?

Despite the fact that COBie is relatively well known, the question of how best to collect the COBie data remains a point of discussion. In past blogs, we have discussed COBie requirements in relation to Alberta Infrastructure projects, addressing which assets to track and how to assign project roles. In this post, we discuss the…

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Extracting Civil 3D Data Using Navisworks

Recently we recommended the Properties+ addin for Navisworks which was updated to support Navisworks 2019. In addition to consolidating properties that may exist across different tabs in the properties window, it also provides a straightforward and consistent way to extract information from a model viewed in Navisworks. Recently, we used this method to extract element…


Navisworks time-saver: Properties+

If you have searched through the Autodesk App Exchange, you may have come across many exciting new tools that make life in Navisworks easier. One such tool is Properties+ which is a recently updated add-in that I have now found to be completely indispensable when working in Navisworks. As you know, here at Summit we…


Delivering COBie data is a team sport

If there’s something that we have learned from working with owner-operators, it is that the team wins, not individuals. Each project team has their area of expertise – architectural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing – and they provide support with their specific skill set but they must play together for success. Never is this more apparent…


BIM Consulting Lessons from a Power Plant Project

Edwin Guerra, BIM Consultant recently presented – BIM Consulting Lessons from a Power Plant Project – at the CanBIM Saskatchewan Satellite session. This presentation focused on the role of the BIM Consultant as a QA/QC independent third party for this project which involved the design and construction of a new below grade campus Power Plant…

Practical applications of Dynamo

Practical Applications of Dynamo

Edwin Guerra, BIM Consultant and Dynamo expert, will introduce the new features available in Dynamo 2.0 as well as some of it’s practical applications such as: Automatically generating 3D views from rooms. Exporting schedules. Automating workset assignment. Dynamo is an open-source platform that enables users to employ computational design and coding with Revit.  


Who’s Who in an Alberta Infrastructure COBie Team

The use of COBie by Alberta Infrastructure (AI) introduces new terms that our industry may not be familiar, such as Asset Information Manager (AIM) and Asset Execution Plan (AEP). Practitioners in our industry will inevitably ask: what are these terms and why are they necessary? Perhaps more importantly, how much more work is involved? The…

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