BIM and affordable housing: CanBIM plans regional session in Toronto for Sept. 25 and 26

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

CanBIM says it will present its Toronto Regional Session, “Technology Built Innovation V: Addressing the Affordable Housing Crisis Through Digital Innovation and Technology” Sept. 25 and 26.

Organizers say the event will feature presentations by Katerra, Sidewalk Labs, PCL Agile, and Tucker HiRise. 

“Join us to learn about new design, construction, and operation methods and technologies that will impact how we deliver affordable housing and cities in the future,” the announcement says.

“Like many global top-tier cities, Toronto faces a housing crisis.,” said Sidewalk Lab’s associate director of development. “Sidewalk proposes to achieve an ambitious affordability program through a combination of design innovations that enable space-efficient units that also enhance quality of life”.

Sidewalk Labs, a division of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has proposed a massive redevelopment project on Toronto’s waterfront that has stirred controversy about its ambitious vision and the amount of data it will gather in building the development.

CanBIM says it will recognize the most innovative companies and professionals in the AECO industry with the 2019 CanBIM Innovation Spotlight Awards on Sept. 25. “The awards help benchmark trends and the technological evolution of CanBIM’s top architectural, engineering, technology and construction firms, as well as owners and building operators as they use digital technologies and processes in their respective businesses and organizations. The Innovation Spotlight Awards attracts international attention and helps showcase CanBIM’s top talent on the world stage.”

The event’s agenda outlined on the CanBIM website includes:

  • CanBIM Project Site Tours PCL Agile Facility 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • CanBIM Internal Meetings 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • CanBIM Owners Symposium 10:00 a.m. -1:30 p.m. 
  • CanBIM Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • 2019 CanBIM Innovation Spotlight Awards Reception and Presentation 6:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m.

Ticket prices vary depending on whether participants wish to attend specific parts of the program or the entire day’s activity, and vary depending on whether the participant is a student, CanBIM member, or belongs to a group.  See the CanBIM website for details.

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