LAUD Architects Private Limited

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

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1. Q: What motivated LAUD Architects to adopt BIM back in 2008? How has BIM helped in enhancing the architectural aspects of your company projects?
A: LAUD Architects has always been interested in adopting new technologies to assist us in our architectural design and production. Back in 2008 BIM was not widely known in the local building industry. However after studying examples from overseas architectural practices and evaluating the potential benefit from BIM, the management decided to take the plunge into BIM.

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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: We carry out both outsourced BIM training for the fundamentals as well as in-house on the job project coaching.

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: First issue was the increased amount of time needed to model the proposal as compared to 2D drawings. This can be quite challenging in terms of commercial project deadlines. After trial and error, we figured out the different time period to convert from 2D to 3D for different types of projects.

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: Management should understand what BIM is about, and give full support to the BIM manager in training programs and hardware/software conversion.

5. Q: We understand that LAUD Architects has plans to extend the use of BIM to other areas such as automated authority requirements checking, construction simulation, energy analysis and simulation, centralised objects library etc. Can you elaborate how these will be implemented?

  • Automated authority requirement checking – will be implemented using a software called Solibri Model Checker, Through using ruleset program to ask the software what to check. e.g. handicap compliance, Travel Distance, Clear height corridor minimum width and more, although the vendor is still working with the ruleset for Singapore industry use we want to take advantage of this software since it also offers BIM validation, Clash Detection, Quantity Take off and more.
  • Construction Simulation – We will implement this together with our BIM enabled/ready contractors can be Construction sequencing (Using Navisworks Simulate) or simple animation and fly/walk-through for client/owner/developer (using Lumion 3D).
  • Energy Analysis and Simulation – We will implement this during the Early stage of the Design (Massing) using Ecotect or Vasari to know the sustainability of the building on the given orientation, this includes Solar Radiation, Shadows and reflection, Thermal Performace, and Daylighting.
  • Centralized objects library – We are currently on beta testing this software called SIAiDOL, the whole is something like iTunes for Apple application but the content is different instead of music, the contents are Revit Families (system and component base families) its a cloud based program controlled through APEX (developed by same company).

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6. 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: LAUD architects will constantly explore new working platforms with various industry partners, both downstream and upstream. For example we are now sharing BIM models with our fellow consultants and even our BIM ready contractors.Flow of information will be improved and construction errors minimized. We are even setting up training programs to educate our clients on the use of BIM for their verification and approval purposes. We are looking into other plug-ins to leverage on the rich data embedded in BIM models to help our workflow and design process.

7. Q: What else do you think BCA can do to help the industry move beyond just 3D modelling and project collaboration in BIM?
LAUD Architects Private LimitedA: 3D Modelling (BIM Modelling is different from 3D Modelling) in terms of data and information of the objects, eg. right now the industry just model it in 3D form putting basic information on their BIM objects (e.g. Walls – they put wall thickness finishes and materials) but to move further like using assembly code, Keynotes, Fire Rating, Analytical Properties, if you heard about COBie (Construction Operation Building Information Exchange) may be BCA can set standard for this kind of Level of Development for the BIM Models, standard Guidelines on what are the minimum information you need to put in to your BIM objects ready for FM Softwares, standardization of all BIM Elements (Naming Conventions).Moving forward maybe BCA can start to introduce FM software specially for developers with high maintenance eg. commercial building, government buildings, most of the time BIM models stop until LOD 300, except for those doing fabrication model (LOD 400), seldom have the as built model (LOD 500) + COBie that might be use for FM software, but before you can do that you need to consider that in Singapore setup its very hard to do this thing if you know unlike in the US the design phase will take almost 50% of the whole process before proceeding to Construction.

So perhaps its time for BCA to have a workshops for Developers/owners since owners plays very important role in BIM Implementation, they need to understand that its the reverse way of the CAD workflow (Design Developement (super fast) consequence is on construction stage) , BIM Workflow (Design Development (Super Slow, solving all issues)) but Construction stage is smooth.