Constructionlab's industry consulting roots trace back to 2008, when the opportunity to create a national certification council was conceived to establish a Building Information Modeling authority for Canada. Derek Smith was pivotal in conducting the research needed at a global level, and developed the key framework for what would become the Canada BIM Council (CanBIM) in early 2009. CanBIM quickly built relationships with the BuildingSmart Alliance, and began interfacing with the UK and the United States chapters of the group. Through this connectivity and relationship building, the three jurisdictions led the evolution and adoption of BIM standards globally.
In 2016, Constructionlab was engaged to research and create the industry's first "pathways" professional development program based on stakeholder entry point. The program adopted by the Construction Institute of Canada has become a cornerstone for the over 1750 member companies in the greater Toronto area.
More recently, Canadian Construction Innovations retained Constructionlab to research, develop and prepare an industry funding application for a value of over $8 million from Employment and Social Development Canada. The scope of the project was to create a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program for post secondary students that would choose construction as a career path.
"As with all projects that we have worked together, and especially in the case of the Canadian BIM Council experience, I found that he conducted himself in a professional manner and with great integrity as you would expect of any business leader. The vision was exciting but the task challenging and Derek was the perfect leader to take it on. Derek's passion, effort, focus and time invested to get it started was truly amazing and the achievement significant. Our industry was changed for the better and because of his vision, Building Information Modeling evolved into a major driving force in our industry"
Mark Casaletto, VP Reed Construction Data, Canada