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BIM: Productivity cure or curse?

January 8, 2013

**Note: this event was previously scheduled to take place in room A1-37. It will now be taking place in the Green Lecture Theatre (GM-43). It is still taking place at RRC’s Notre Dame Campus**
Join Red River College and Smith Carter Architects and Engineers for an objective look at the productivity potentials of Building Information Modeling (BIM).
Multiple organizations, vendors, and other firms have espoused the productivity benefits of BIM. Most advocates claim that productivity will be lost during the initial implementation phase, but only to see a significant longer-term productivity gain and return-on-investment.
Lee McCormick, Principal and Director of Practice with Smith Carter, will lead attendees through an objective and realistic look at the potential productivity benefits and/or pitfalls of BIM, with a focus on real-world versus anecdotal observations – he will be supported by Joe Sam, BIM Manager with Smith Carter.
Together they will answer key questions, including:
·      What is BIM?
·      What observations/evidence exist to support claims of increased productivity?
·      What are the real productivity potentials of BIM?
·      What should you consider when thinking about BIM implementation?
Date: Jan. 30, 2013
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Venue: Green Lecture Theatre (GM-43) – 2055 Notre Dame Ave | Red River College | Winnipeg, Manitoba
Registration limit: Limited to 25 in-person attendees, but unlimited participants can attend via live webcast.
A light lunch will be served for those who attend in person.
Register here for in-person attendance.
Register here for live webcast.
Registration deadline is Tuesday, January 29 at 5:00 p.m.

This event is designed for anyone considering BIM implementation, or is in the early stages of BIM implementation. These include architects, other design professionals, engineers, builders, contractors, developers, educators, and students.
Lee_cropLee McCormick, a registered architect, has focused his career on design excellence in the building industry for over 20 years. He is currently Smith Carter’s Director of Practice, responsible for developing the firm’s qualitative performance standards for all projects, and works with discipline leaders to ensure the application across the practice. Lee has championed the implementation of BIM into Smith Carter’s delivery process.
JoeSam_cropJoe Sam is the BIM Manager with Smith Carter. He is responsible for CAD/BIM Governance, multidisciplinary training of all staff on BIM (Beginner to Advanced levels of training), and strategic procurement and implementation of BIM applications. Joe was responsible for the successful implementation of BIM at Smith Carter and has extensive experience in software development, systems/business analysis, project management and manufacturing. Over the past 20 years, Joe has been working with various CAD/3D/BIM applications, developing custom software solutions, supporting teams and conducting training sessions.
There is no cost to attend this event, thanks to support from the National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program’s Digital Technology Adoption Pilot Program, the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council, and the Sustainable Infrastructure Technology Research Group.