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05CE - The Big Change: Toward Inclusive Design/Document Workflow

23 May 2018 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

This session is being offered again on Thursday, May 24, 2018 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM. 

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

Delivering high-quality architectural design and documentation for increasingly more complex projects requires collaboration among a broad spectrum of consultants. Simply stated, a deeper project partnership results in a better product that is produced with greater efficiency, delivering a healthy bottom line and satisfied clients.

This session explores the practicalities of inviting greater input into the design and documentation process and the changing role of architects in this new and more inclusive environment, both from a design perspective and for managing workflow.

The broad adoption of building information modelling (BIM) in our industry is an open opportunity to evolve consultant collaboration. It also holds the potential to allow more time for design. This presentation demonstrates the adoption of BIM workflows and technologies that reduce or eliminate the duplication of work between disciplines. We explore the advantages and challenges of consultant teams collaborating in a common BIM environment, and the available technologies to facilitate this process.

Learning Objectives

    1. Describe a collaborative building design and documentation workflow that reduces or eliminates the duplication of work between disciplines.
    2. Identify readily available information technologies that enable a common BIM environment to increase opportunities for collaboration between the consultant team.
    3. Identify challenges of having multiple disciplines working in a common BIM environment, including graphic representation, speed of model development and accurately placing building elements.
    4. Describe the benefits of a workflow with increased collaboration, including higher-quality documentation, improved BIM integrity and increased project team efficiency.


Gary Watson, OAA, Mike Moffatt, B.A.Sc., P.Eng., LEED AP, PEO, and Joseph Troppmann, B.E.S., M.Arch., LEED AP, MRAIC, OAA

Gary Watson joined Diamond Schmitt Architects in 2002 and has worked on a number of award-winning projects, including large-scale academic buildings, athletic facilities, theatres, hospitals, offices and residential. A passion for clarity of project communication and workflow efficiencies is driven by his goal to provide architects with more time to focus on design. This objective is the foundation of his advocacy for advancing digital developments in studio, including the inception of BIM implementation at Diamond Schmitt in 2006. Gary was named an Associate with the firm in 2012.

As managing principal of RJC Toronto’s Structural Engineering team, Mike Moffatt is responsible for delivering innovative structural engineering solutions for the firm’s most notable projects. From institutional to residential, and commercial to transit sectors, Mike provides creative structural designs that turn architectural vision into reality. His approach is to work closely with the entire design team in a fully integrated design process to produce structural systems that support a holistic building solution, balancing economic, social and environmental needs while meeting the client’s goals in cost-effective ways.

Joseph Troppmann is a Toronto-based architect with over 19 years of experience working on a broad range of institutional projects, including the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning at SickKids Hospital and Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park. He has been a proponent for BIM adoption in the construction industry for over a decade, and is a leader in BIM implementation. He is an Associate at Diamond Schmitt Architects where he advances the development and refinement of BIM workflows between the design disciplines, contributing to the ongoing evolution of the construction industry in Canada.