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Heritage Conservation Series

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The health, safety, and well-being of our staff, instructors and participants is very important to the RAIC. As such, the RAIC is working diligently to  transition all  Continuing Education events and offerings from now until December 31, 2020  to virtual platforms.  

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History and the built environment come alive in the exclusive series! The RAIC’s Heritage Conservation Series offers participants access to exclusive online learning opportunities and limited-edition workshop experiences. Working in partnership with industry experts, this series explores topics related to the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada, emerging technologies and digital tools, and adaptive reuse design strategies specific to heritage conservation.

  • Enjoy exclusive access to nationally significant sites and world-class resources
  • Gain skills and confidence in heritage conservation concepts and tools
  • Access leading experts and knowledge in the field
  • Network with industry professionals

All RAIC workshops are eligible for continuing education certificates of attendance.    

To register multiple participants at the same time, please contact the Education Administrator at education@raic.org

Existing Conditions Modelling Fundamentals

Existing Conditions Modelling Fundamentals Course Poster

On-demand I 9CEU I Intermediate I Heritage & Technology
Existing Conditions Modelling Fundamentals is a highly interactive online course that expands on the fundamentals of Heritage Building Information Modelling (HBIM). Familiarize yourself with the important high-level concepts that will keep you current in practice. Gain the confidence to  discuss the concepts of HBIM workflows, data acquisition and output, and key challenges in Heritage BIM with your team and clients. Practice your skills with guided learning and coaching that will build your confidence. 
This two-part online course is designed for architects and professionals in the AEC industry. In Part One of this online course, learn on-demand at your own pace. Then, in Part Two, take advantage of live online coaching with the Carleton Immersive Media Studio team! Ask questions, get feedback, and network with other participants. 
Part 1: Data Acquisition and HBIM Summary
Data Acquisition and Heritage Building Modelling Information Course Poster
Data Acquisition and HBIM is an introduction to the concepts of Heritage BIM vs. BIM. Architects who are new to the concepts will find this self-directed online course a great way to become familiar with the high-level concepts. This is an excellent online course for owners, principles, and managers of architecture firms who want to understand the fundamental concepts of HBIM and BIM and be able to speak to clients about its benefits and opportunities.
Part One Learning Outcomes: 
  1. Describe the basic concepts and characteristics that distinguish building information modelling (BIM). 
  2. Explain why, and assess when, BIM is appropriate for existing and heritage buildings. 
  3. Detail the process for managing BIM for existing and heritage buildings. 


Part 2: Point Cloud to BIM with Revit Summary
Point Cloud to Building Information Modelling with Revit Course Poster
Point Cloud to BIM with Revit compliments Part 1: Data Acquisition and HBIM by providing more intermediate knowledge and an opportunity to practice the skills learned. In Part 2, you will learn how to model a heritage building from point cloud data with step-by-step guided video tutorials. This online course connects the participants and the CIMS team through a live virtual meeting where the CIMS team will review participants’ models and provide coaching and guidance.
Part Two Learning Outcomes: 
  1. Describe the basic concepts and characteristics that distinguish building information modeling (BIM).
  2. Explain why and assess when BIM is appropriate for existing and heritage buildings. 
  3. List the appropriate techniques for acquiring and creating digital assets. 
  4. Detail the process for managing BIM for existing and heritage buildings. 
  5. Develop the basic skills necessary for developing a building information model of an existing building from point cloud data in Revit. 
*Participants must complete Part 1: Data Acquisition and HBIM before enrolling in Part 2.  
**Participants must have access to REVIT.
Existing Conditions Modeling Fundamentals is presented in partnership with Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS).
About CIMS
The Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) is a Carleton University Research Centre (CURC) affiliated with the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism in the Faculty of Engineering and Design. CIMS is a pioneer in the application of BIM for architectural rehabilitation and heritage conservation. The CIMS projects range in scale from one-room prairie churches to national (Parliament Hill) and world heritage sites (Rideau Canal). Their intimate knowledge of digitization and BIM for the representation and management of existing built assets puts them in a unique position to contribute to the education of professionals in the digital heritage sector of the architecture, engineering, construction and operations industry. 
Course Instructors
Portrait of Stephen Fai
Stephen Fai holds a professional BArch (Carleton) and a PhD in religious studies (Ottawa). He is an Associate Professor at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism where he teaches in the design studio and co-chairs the PhD program. He has taught courses on architectural representation and on various themes in the history and theory of architecture. Dr. Fai served as the acting director of the School of Architecture (2002 - 2004), director (2004 - 2005), and associate director, graduate programs (2006 - 2010). His current research interests are at the intersection of architecture, image making, and hybrid digital/analogue technologies. He became the director of the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) in 2007 and — over the past decade — has developed five lines of inquiry that address the application of digital technologies in the context of architectural conservation and rehabilitation. Specifically: digitization; building information modelling (BIM); simulation; digitally assisted fabrication; digitally assisted storytelling.  
Portrait of Lara Chow
Lara Chow is the Associate Director at the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) — a research centre associated with the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism at Carleton University. The research agenda of CIMS is concerned with the study and development of hybrid forms of representation and fabrication for architectural rehabilitation and heritage conservation. She has led several research teams for projects at CIMS including the Centre Block BIM, Library of Parliament BIM, and the development of an urban model of the National Capital Region of Ottawa. Lara holds a Bachelor of Architectural Studies and Masters of Architecture from Carleton University.  
Portrait of Tyler Grunt
Tyler Grunt graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Architecture. During his studies, he had the opportunity to begin working at Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS). Throughout his time at CIMS he led multiple heritage projects including the Parliamentary Precinct Buildings of Canada, which has contributed to his in-depth knowledge of Heritage Building Information Modelling (HBIM). 
Portrait of Hilary Romaniuk

Hilary Romaniuk recently graduated from the Bachelor of Architectural Studies program at Carleton University in the Spring of 2020. She has worked at the Carleton Immersive Media Studio since 2017. She has participated in and led multiple HBIM projects including the Centre Block building of the Parliament Hill National Historic Site. Hilary specializes in modelling highly complex existing conditions projects and parametric families in Autodesk Revit.



Past Events

Point Cloud to Building Information Modelling with Revit Past Workshop


RAIC x CIMS: From Point Cloud to Existing Conditions BIM with Revit

Take advantage of the opportunity to spend a weekend working in the Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS) Lab and learn more about Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Heritage and Existing Conditions (HBIM) from the Winners of the 2018 CanBIM Best in Academic and Best in Innovation Award for the Library of Parliament BIM. This workshop will help participants better understand the complex and unique challenges in managing a BIM project for heritage and existing conditions, including managing large and diverse datasets, file size, and selecting the appropriate level of detail and model tolerance for your project.

Find out how to maximize the efficiency of your project by applying simple fundamental tips for Heritage BIM, and learn hands-on, step-by-step techniques for modelling basic building elements to point cloud data including walls, slabs, windows, and ceilings. The course will include a tour of a designated heritage building with a demonstration of capturing point cloud data with terrestrial laser scanners. Participants will receive an illustrated tutorial outlining all the steps required to model basic building elements from point cloud and will be able to ask instructors questions throughout the training.

The workshop will be provided in English as Carleton University is an English-based institution.

It also includes a 4-hour online pre-learning e-module, designed to ensure participants have a foundational knowledge of the topics and programs to be explored during the in-person workshop experience. A post-workshop online seminar will also be held to further assist participants.

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