Aedas shares their experience in BIM implementation and how BIM has benefited them.

1. Q: How has BIM helped in enhancing the architectural aspects of your project?
A:  Aedas believes that great design is a diverse design that is tailored to the needs of the local community. BIM has become a useful tool in helping us come up with creative, bespoke design solutions and improve the overall productivity of our work. This involves better communication of design intent, resolving unforeseen design issues and promoting collaboration with other project members who use BIM as well.

Since we began implementing the use of BIM, we have used it to complete more than 10 projects, including The Star in Singapore and SinarMas Land Head Office building in Jakarta.

2. Q: Some of the challenges faced by companies in implementing BIM are the change of mindset and manpower training. In these aspects, how does your company help the staff to transit from 2D to 3D modelling and motivate them to go for training? What are the training programmes that your company has or intend to put in place to build up your staff members’ capability and capacity in BIM?
A:  Aedas has more than 20 offices worldwide, many of which are also using BIM. Our global platform has enabled our staff to get the latest BIM resources so as to smoothen the transition from 2D to 3D modelling. Locally, we also send our staff to BIM seminars and workshops conducted by professional BIM trainers, as well as in-house customised and on-the-job training to educate our staff and help them to explore the huge benefits of working in a BIM environment.

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Revit Model 1: Most of the work was done by 2-3 new Revit users with support
from experienced Revit users.

3. Q: Can you give us one or two examples of other issues your company faced when implementing BIM in your projects and how these were overcome?
A:  When we first started using BIM, certain design issues surfaced during the early stages and required more time to resolve. Initially, to continue to meet project timelines, projects were phased over to BIM post schematic design stage. In addition, the teams were not adequately familiar with the use of BIM during the first phase of introduction. We have experts to help our colleagues and we regularly encourage the teams to attend trainings.

In implementing BIM, we have had to invest a fair amount of resources into the hardware. However, the benefits far outweigh the cost, evident especially during project coordination stage.

Over time, with the right training and resources,  these challenges have become less pronounced. We will continue to educate and train our people to use BIM more effectively as much of its potential remains untapped.

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Revit Model 2: Created by one experienced Revit user and one new user.

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SinarMas Land Head Office building:
On-site photo after completion in year 2011.

4. Q: Can you share with us some of the lessons learnt in your company’s BIM implementation and what are the things that other companies should look out for when implementing BIM?
A:  Aedas believes the latest information and delivery systems are necessary to enable our designers to produce world-class design solutions.

We pioneered our BIM Journey in 2008, with The Star, Singapore, designed by Andrew Bromberg of Aedas. We recognized early the need to utilize 3D modeling and BIM software to accurately explain the vision to client, coordinate effectively with the consultants and generate accurate documentation to the contractors to realize the building’s unique form. BIM was implemented during design phase and partially used in project construction coordination.

The initial investment, which includes staff training, software and hardware purchase, has reaped benefits in work productivity, design and project collaborations. Since then, we have expanded BIM usage to larger scale and more complex regional projects, including mixed-use development and master planning designs.

Companies need to realize that BIM is an asset with an upfront cost and continuous investment in staff training, software and hardware purchase is needed. Aedas has been able to successfully implement BIM by remaining flexible and dynamic in the BIM implementation process and committed to the learning curve.

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Revit Model 3: The Star, designed by Andrew Bromberg of Aedas.
Link in the structural steel frame work was done by Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) into Aedas Revit Architectural model.

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The Star, designed by Andrew Bromberg of Aedas, –
On site photo after completion in 2012.

5. Q: With BIM becoming more widely adopted in the international arena, how will your company prepare for this new era of using BIM technologies for projects?
A:  As one of the world’s leading practices, Aedas invests in research and leads cross-disciplinary initiatives to develop design methods through computation and parametric tools that help quantify, visualise and manipulate spatial, environmental and financial factors of a design. Focusing on three principles areas of research – Computational Design and Research, Advanced Modelling and Sustainable Design –  we create parametric models and simulations that invite creative input and provide the basis for coordination through interactive representations of a design. This way of working contributes to our understanding of occupancy patterns and perception, energy use of buildings and the lifecycle impact of early design decisions.

Our involvement in all stages of structural, mechanical, spatial and quantitative coordination allows for inspired architectural solutions that meet implicit and explicit performance criteria.

We are committed to implement BIM technology for all new Singapore-based projects by end-2014. The current focus is to promote and expand BIM use by designers, through regular knowledge sharing, in-house workshops and demo sessions.

6. Q: What else do you think BCA can do to help the industry move beyond just 3D modelling and project collaboration in BIM?
A:  It would benefit to educate all industry players, including developers and contractors, on the estimated timelines for the different stage deliveries, including the various design stages to the tender document stage as the use of BIM alters the processes and the time needed for each stage quite significantly. This equates to a modified fee payment structure as more information and effort is invested in the documentation process up front.

Client’s acceptance and support in the collaborative adoption of BIM is essential to the successful implementation of BIM in the industry. BIM adoption by all other building consultants will see design and project collaboration using BIM technology at its full potential.

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Structural Model
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MEP Model
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Architectural Model
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Coordinated Model
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Galaxis: Developer, Ascendas Fusion 5 Pte Ltd,
requested the use of BIM for better coordination.