Press Release

AECOM is using Building Information Modeling (BIM) as part of the Calgary International Airport (YYC) International Facilities Project (IFP) in Canada.

AECOM is responsible for the mechanical engineering, which includes Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC), heat-cool, plumbing and fire protection, as well as the electrical engineering, which includes regular power, emergency power, lighting, life safety and IT infrastructure for the approximately US$1.4-billion project. The expansion includes five levels totaling approximately 1.5 million square feet and is completely modeled in Revit BIM software using 30 different Revit models. 

“This project is unique in terms of the scope and complexity and the level of collaboration necessary to meet the delivery challenges,” said Justin Black, a BIM applications manager for AECOM’s Design + Planning practice, North America. “Our Revit models reflect not only communication across mechanical and electrical teams, but close collaboration with the external design team as well.”

A total of 22 new aircraft gates, approximately 600 geothermal wells and 410 miles (660 kilometers) of in-floor radiant heat/cool tubing will be installed at the airport as well as 4,300 feet (1,300 meters) of duct bank and 32,000 feet (10 kilometers) of cable tray.

“Our mechanical team is working to incorporate HVAC and geothermal elements into a BIM model while our electrical team is developing lighting, power, cable tray and duct bank modeling,” said Chris Himsl, project manager for AECOM’s Design + Planning practice, North America. “Together, we’re collaborating with the architectural and structural consultants to combine all the elements into a single BIM model.”

“The International Facilities Project at YYC is a great example of AECOM’s continuous integration of technology software programs to offer solutions that add value for our clients’ projects,” said Jim Walsh, AECOM senior vice president and chief technology officer.

The IFP will be completed in October 2015.

AECOM is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government. With approximately 45,000 employees around the world, AECOM is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves.  AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation, and technical excellence in delivering solutions that create, enhance and sustain the world’s built, natural, and social environments. A Fortune 500 company, AECOM serves clients in approximately 125 countries and had revenue of $7.3 billion during the 12 months ended March 31, 2011. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at

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SOURCE: AECOM Technology Corporation


Paul Dickard

Vice President, External Communications