Erik Poirier

Associate Professor (B.Sc. Arch., M.Eng., Ph.D., Post-doctorate)

Director, GRIDD

Department of Construction Engineering, Ecole de Technologie Supérieure (ETS)

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Erik holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in construction engineering from École de technologie supérieure, and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Université Laval. He did his postdoctoral training at the University of British Columbia. He has over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry, having worked for established architectural firms in Montreal and Vancouver. He specializes in the integration and optimization of information flows within the value chains of the built assets industry. Erik is president of the Quebec BIM group, a member of the board of directors of buildingSMART Canada and director of the Standards Council of Canada’s mirror committee for ISO technical committee 59 – technical committee 13 (ISO TC59-SC13).

Professor Poirier works with various public bodies, including Public Services and Supply Canada (PSSC), the Société Québécoise des Infrastructures (SQI), the Ministère des Transports et de la Mobilité Durable (MTMD), NGOs including buildingSMART Canada and the Groupe BIM du Québec, as well as members of the built assets industry, to fully understand the challenges, expectations and needs of digital transformation.

The work of prof. Poirier on this topic aim to understand and develop methods, practices and tools that enable information management throughout the different phases of the project and the life cycle of built assets. In addition, he develops collaborative information modeling practices to support decision-making throughout the lifecycle of built assets. Finally, prof. Poirier works with national and international standards bodies on the development of standards and guides for information management.

The doctoral work of prof. Poirier focused on multidisciplinary collaboration facilitated by BIM. More recently, he has been researching integrated teams, improving their performance and the various strategies for doing so, including integrated delivery modes.

The research work of prof. Poirier on this topic aim to offer solutions enabling practitioners to implement and manage integrated information ecosystems within their organizations and projects.

The work of prof. Poirier on this subject are intended to facilitate the implementation of approaches aimed at the sustainability of the built environment. At the same time, it is developing solutions to support the transition to a circular economy in the built environment. In particular, it develops strategies to ensure the traceability of products and materials and their information throughout the life cycle of built assets.


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