Team Tri Hita Karana

BIM Competition 2014

The team leader from Tri Hita Karana, Temasek Polytechnic, shares her team’s experience and learning points gleaned from the recently concluded BIM Competition 2014.

1. Q: What did you learn from the competition as an individual and as a team working with the different disciplines?
Ms Mandy Wong
Ms Mandy Wong (Team Leader) Team Tri Hita Karana, Temasek Polytechnic

A: From the competition, I have learnt having to abide to the timeline in order to complete a project, goal setting have to be realistic in order to be achievable. During the process of the competition, I needed to ensure that I am self motivated with good discipline to overcome setbacks and assume responsibility, learn that failure does not bear any severe consequences. From the technical point, I was able to learn and practice various software from the market for me to fulfil the competition’s requirements.

This competition has taught me the importance to work with different disciplines, I learnt that however diverse, working together on cooperative tasks in an atmosphere of cooperative civility where we contribute our fair share, we grew to like and respect one another. I understand the need to embrace one another’s differences, wotk towards a common goal and the art to compromise.

Tri Hita Karana
2. Q: How has your institution’s BIM curriculum prepared you for the competition?
A:  BIM is a course module that was compulsory for us to take and I was taught basic Revit Architecture and Revit MEP skills. With better understanding on how to use the software, we were better equipped in the competition. In preparation of the competition, our lecturers have also guided and clarified our doubts. We read up and research on the other projects to widen our knowledge and discussed the projects to see how we can improve. We were also given time to learn and understand other software that will prepare us for the competition.

3. Q: What did your team learn from the industry mentors and how has his/her guidance and mentorship helped your team in the competition?
A: Our mentors were from Surbana International Consultants, they were Mr Kho Teok Siong and Mr Gerard Heng. We have learnt that Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a process of how information is shared between disciplines and stakeholders during different stages of a project’s lifespan. It is how this information is being used by stakeholders to achieve the optimal performance with the least amount of resources.The mentors shared with us skills where they practice in the industry such as how to place the topography site into the drawing template and the correct way of documenting clashes. Beside, guiding us on the technical aspect of the project, our mentors have shared with us life skills like leadership and on how workload can be distributed. They constantly motivate us, showing us the need to have motivational factor and team spirit on our project and they are always willing to impart their knowledge and experiences.