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Daniel and Lora Kazado along with their two children: Roz (8), and Roy (2). Daniel had a successful business in Istanbul, developing 3D models for buildings. He still has that business; now he has opened a branch office in Winnipeg.


In 2016, Daniel and Lora Kazado decided to relocate their family from Istanbul to Winnipeg.
Coming from Istanbul, Turkey, the Kazados chose Winnipeg over bigger Canadian cities like Toronto or Vancouver, to be able to enjoy the smaller, more relaxed nature of the city, as well as the openness of the community.


While Daniel’s English language was good upon arrival, Lora needed some help – which she happily found via the Manitoba Start program - assistance that is still ongoing. The couple’s two kids, Roz (8) and Roy (2), are at the Gray Academy of Jewish Education and the Rady Daycare, respectively.
Lora also keeps busy mornings, with volunteer work at the Rady JCC, while continuing to take English courses in the afternoon.
Daniel, a mechanical engineer by training, was doing well in his field in Turkey, building his company that specializes in building 3D models for buildings with a program called, “Autodesk,” and developing specialized applications for clients as desired.
“I had my own company working in 3D modeling and project management in Turkey,” said Daniel. “So, I was working as a volunteer to train specialist new engineers.
“When I came here, to Winnipeg, I opened a branch office of my company. So, I’m trying to do business in Canada. But, of course, the business is still ongoing in Turkey – so, I’m often traveling.”
The Building Information Modeling (BIM) that Daniel creates provides all the information needed to personnel involved in designing, building, and managing buildings through the model.
Daniel has also been teaching BIM at the Istanbul University for the past four years, as well as at the University of Manitoba (U of M) since the Kazados’ arrival.
“I’m giving the trainings through the web, but, sometimes, I’m flying there to speak,” said Daniel. “And, if it’s night time, of course, I go to the university for training. I’m doing my PhD. I’m a graduate student, actually. But, on the other hand, I’m also giving some seminars and webinars here at the U of M, about BIM. Hopefully, in 2019, it will start to get a program at the U of M.”
Daniel’s thesis looks at ways to help develop building monitoring systems that will, one day, allow buildings to be self-sufficient in regards to managing all the different systems – creating smart buildings that can be completely run remotely.
“Today, high-performance buildings are equipped with sophisticated monitoring systems and sensors for collecting large amounts of data,” said Daniel. “Our project’s aim is to digitize Facility Management (FM) and create new innovative ways of doing FM.
“Building information Modeling (BIM) is a process of developing a virtual equivalent of the actual building that supports data exchange, management, and communication during the whole building’s life cycle.
“We aim to connect data sources, such as, BIM and sensor technology to create future FM. We do this by optimizing a building’s energy performance, enhancing occupant comfort and health, and identifying areas for improvement, so that our advanced and innovative decision support environment will contribute to the development of net-zero-energy buildings.
“On the other hand, data granularity and its volume will open the doors for the creation of a Google-like virtual model-based browsing technology for the facility life cycle.”

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