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aceBIM Update – April 2016

aceBIM is the design and construction industry’s provincial vehicle to accelerate adoption of BIM within Alberta (  aceBIM’s focus is on bringing together Alberta owners, design consultants, contractors, suppliers, and facility managers to influence national BIM standards and business processes with local experience, and to advocate for local delivery of training of national standards and practices.

aceBIM’s Board has representation from Alberta Infrastructure, Consulting Architects of Alberta, Consulting Engineers of Alberta, Alberta Construction Association, along with individual member firms and educational institutions.

Along with new Board member the Consulting Architects of Alberta, other new member firms include a number of consultants and every large general contractor in Alberta.

Upcoming events include a May 4th workshop with buildingSMART Canada on accelerating adoption of the bSC BIM Implementation Roadmap in Alberta, and a workshop with Alberta Infrastructure for June 2nd (more details to follow).

Membership in aceBIM is $150 per year per organization.  For more information about getting involved, contact aceBIM at


Alberta Infrastructure Introduces Prompt Payment in Contracts

While delayed payment is an issue across industry, Alberta Infrastructure has showed great leadership to step up and offer a solution that we hope is adopted by other owners. As part of ongoing dialogue between the Alberta Construction Association and Alberta Infrastructure, AI has changed their contracts to address the issues of prompt payment and progressive release of holdback.

 Alberta Infrastructure has introduced four significant changes to their contracts.

  1. The contract specifies a maximum of 30 calendar days after the initial receipt of the application for payment, provided the contractor has properly completed their claim. Infrastructure will verify the invoice and adjust if necessary, advise the General Contractor within 14 days of the amount to be paid. Infrastructure has modified the Statutory Declaration so that the General Contractor must confirm that they paid their subcontractors within 10 days of receipt of payment form the Government.
  2. Their contracts specify that amounts which are not in dispute will be paid. Disputed amounts will be resolved during the next invoice period.
  3. Alberta Infrastructure has committed to publicizing the date of payment so that subcontractors and suppliers will be aware of when the prime contractor was paid (see contact info below).
  4. Upon appropriate application, holdback funds will be released once the portion of the work is complete. The contractor will submit their certificate of substantial performance for their portion of the work performed, and follow normal procedures of posting the certificate at the job site.  Infrastructure will verify substantial performance.  After the 45 day period, the contractor then applies for release as part of the next progress claim.  Warranty will still be from the date of Interim Aceptance.

Alberta Construction Association applauds these changes. Prompt pay supports jobs for Albertans and their families through increased cash flow allows companies to increase staff.

Prompt pay supports small business as it will allow companies to pursue more work with timely payments. Prompt payment saves money for taxpayers with lowers bid prices by reducing the costs of financing receivables, it will increase the number of competitive bids.

Contractors can determine if Infrastructure has issued a progress payment by calling 1 – 844-252-5322 or

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ACA Response to the Alberta Budget 2016

On Thursday last week the Alberta Government announced the 2016 Budget.  The ACA staff were able to attend the lock up and speak to the media regarding the new budget document.

ACA supports a number of budget measures because they will improve services for Albertans, as well, they support construction jobs and families across Alberta. We are also pleased to see the government is maintaining $35 billion over five years in infrastructure funding, of which $9 billion of funding going to municipalities across Alberta.

ACA supports the small business tax cut on the first $500,000 of income, at least 50% of our member firms have less than $15 million in capital and are privately owned.

We do caution the government to clarify its debt repayment plan. Debt for capital and program funding will increase the next 3 years for a total of $53 billion by 2019, wIth debt servicing costs tripling in 3 years and an uncertainty over future interest rates.

ACA supports the government continued investment in publicly funded apprenticeship training. We look forward to the details of the investment of $15 million in Alberta workers to complete their apprenticeship.

You can read about the budget here.