Programs Chair Write-up for November 2010

posted Nov 1, 2010, 4:56 PM by ASHRAE Saskatoon President   [ updated Nov 2, 2010, 8:05 AM by ASHRAE Saskatoon ]

ASHRAE’s November meeting will be on Tuesday, November 9, 2010, at 5:30 pm, at the Park Town Hotel.  Please RSVP to Jonathan Bushman ( or 651-6372) by noon on Friday, November 5.  We need replies by then so the Park Town can provide enough food.  If you have any dietary restrictions, then please let me (Jonathan) know.

At the November meeting, we will be voting for our new Vice President / Programs Chair.  Since the vice-president generally becomes next year’s president, the ASHRAE Saskatoon Board of Governors would like all candidates to have had at least some experience on the board.  Some of you may not have heard why we are voting for a new VP / Programs Chair.  Andrew Thomson, who was our VP / Programs Chair, passed away on October 3, 2010.  (Andrew’s obituary may still be available online via the Red Deer Advocate or you could contact Jonathan Bushman for an electronic copy.)  Andrew was cheerful, friendly, selfless, and a good friend.  We will miss him.

November’s speaker is Rob Goetze, applications specialist for IMAGINiT Technologies and he will be speaking on Building Information Modeling.  I think Building Information Modeling is quite an interesting topic and I am glad that that I have seen some of the possibilities in this virtual modeling field.  Rob Goetze’s speaker write-up should be posted in the “Speaker’s Bio” section.
December is our Past President’s Social Night.
ASHRAE President, Lynn Bellenger, will be coming to Saskatoon in January 2011.
For February, we should have an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer speaking.

Jonathan Bushman

2010-11 ASHRAE Saskatoon Chapter President
(306) 651-6372 (work)

Building Information Modeling

Current and future building construction in and around Saskatoon will be utilizing BIM.  Alice Turner Library expansion is one project currently in construction.  Others which are in the design stage include Saskatoon Airport Authority Addition, Pineview Terrace Long Term Care Facility in Prince Albert, Prince Albert Parkland Health Region Family Treatment Centre and the Saskatchewan Children’s Hospital.

Building Information Modeling (BIM), the new buzz word is a new approach to design, construction, and facility management in which a digital representation of the building process is used to facilitate the exchange and interoperability of information in digital format.  The management of this data is relevant to the project during its entire life cycle.  Typically it uses three-dimensional, real-time, dynamic building modeling software to increase productivity in building design and construction.

When completed, the computer-generated model contains precise geometry and relevant data needed to support the construction, fabrication, and procurement activities needed to realize the building.   The process produces the Building Information Model, which encompasses building geometry, spatial relationships, geographic information, quantities and properties of building components.

BIM for Architects and Engineers

BIM helps architects and engineers stay competitive in an increasingly complex business climate by giving them the ability to better predict the outcome of a building before it’s built.  It enables the creation of more sustainable, accurate designs with fewer errors and less waste, which can result in higher profits and more satisfied clients.  And through the delivery of reliable, coordinated building information, BIM helps architects and engineers collaborate more easily.

BIM for General and Sub-Contractors

BIM is driving the construction industry toward a "Model Based" process and gradually moving the industry away from a "2D Based" process.  As sophisticated software programs, BIM can readily accommodate and integrate additional layers of data. For example, scheduling and time data can be folded into BIM, creating an advanced model for the successful sequencing of activities to keep a project on track or detail the repercussions of change orders. The industry calls the inclusion of scheduling 4D BIM.

BIM for Building Product Manufactures and Distributers

A building is an assembly of products (structural members, studs, doors, concrete, gypsum board, fixtures, equipment, etc.).  A BIM model is a virtual assembly of BIM Product Models. The BIM model is a "digital double" of the physical building - a 2D or 3D, searchable, seekable, schedule-able Building Information Model.

Throughout the design, engineering, and construction phases, the BIM designer will look through libraries to find the products he/she want to include and then insert the product model into the building model.  As product models are inserted into the BIM model the design takes shape.  One weakness of BIM currently is the lack of products to insert into the model.

Building product manufacturers that offer BIM Proudct Models early will reap a tremendous reward, as they will find their products in most designer’s projects.  Designers do not want to delay their design process to personally create virtual product models; they welcome excellent pre-drawn virtual product models to insert into their projects.

From construction logistics through facility management, BIM Product models offer the Building Product Manufacturer an opportunity reap rewards throughout the building lifecycle simply by getting their product models into BIM Product Models formats.

BIM for Building Owners / Facility Managers

BIM provides information to facility managers about all the different building systems, including architectural, structural, plumbing, mechanical and electrical. This information could be valuable in situations where facilities managers need to provide an emergency response plan; need to improve space utilization inside the building; and document repairs and maintenance associated with the building.

Join us for an informative evening on BIM with Rob Goetze to learn more on BIM and its direction and implementation.

Name / Title:

Rob Goetze, Applications Specialist

Office Location:

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


Building Solutions Division

Professional Affiliations


Autodesk MEP Implementation Certified Expert (ICE); Autodesk Revit Implementation Certified Expert (ICE);


Rob has a long history working with Autodesk architectural software. He worked with AutoCAD® Architecture (formerly Autodesk Architectural Desktop) since it was first released in 1998; AutoCAD® MEP (formerly Autodesk Building Systems), Revit® Structure, and Revit® MEP (formerly Revit Systems) since their initial release; and with Revit® Architecture (formerly Revit Building) since version 4.5.


Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and French from the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada


Rob provides a wealth of Autodesk-based CAD experience in the Architectural and building services area. He has extensive experience with AutoCAD® Architecture (formerly Autodesk Architectural Desktop) and Revit®, as well as AutoCAD® MEP (formerly Autodesk Building Systems). Rob’s great interest in architecture has given him the ability to understand the real life work flow for architects and designers in the industry. As a result, he is able to adapt that knowledge and assist them in using the Autodesk Building Solutions design products as an effective and efficient design tool in their work. He is skilled at teaching students one-on-one, and in a classroom setting. He also offers an understanding and effective response regarding support issues.