Mr Garvin Goh

Hear from Mr Garvin Goh as he shares his BIM learning journey, experiences and work with us.

1. Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself and the work you do?
Mr Garvin Goh
Mr Garvin Goh,
BIM Coordinator, RSP Architects Planners & Engineers (Pte) Ltd

A:  My name is Garvin Goh, and I am part of BIM team in RSP Architects Planners & Engineers (Pte) Ltd, focusing on the strategic implementation and execution of BIM within the company and on its projects. Under BIM implementation, I deal with areas such as the maintenance and formulation of company standard protocols, BIM library management, training development, and the innovative use of BIM within the firm. I am also involved in the execution and overall use BIM of some of our projects, from coordination within the firm, up to collaboration with other companies from the different disciplines, to ensure optimal design coordination within the project.

2. Q: What motivated you to take up BCA Academy’s Specialist Diploma in Building Information Modeling (BIM) part-time course?
A:  Being an undergraduate then, I was greatly exposed to the use of BIM in the construction industry, and thus I was using BIM for most of my academic submissions. The additional skill sets and knowledge from the Specialist Diploma in Building Information Modeling (BIM) served as a valuable academic addition on top of my current degree studies in NUS, which has really brought me to broader horizons.

3. Q: As one of the graduates from the first cohort of this course, can you share with us your views of the course? What did you learn from the course?

  • BIM processes and management is not something that can be learnt without guidance easily.
  • Through the course I have gained valuable knowledge of how BIM is able to align the differences of each discipline together and blend everyone into a collaborative framework for better project delivery.
  • The course has shown me the bigger perspective of BIM, above the need for modelling and drafting, to implementation and management, and collaborating with others to achieve an ultimate goal.

4. Q: Can you give us one or two examples of how the course has benefitted you in the course of your work?
A: We had to form teams with different people from different disciplinary backgrounds, which is good. Because not only did we have to learn about applying BIM within our existing work processes, we also learn how the other disciplines apply it to theirs, and collaborate to blend everybody’s work processes together to achieve better project completion. This exposure enabled me to apply what I have learnt onto my projects in RSP, whereby understanding of the different disciplines needs and requirements, the project team is able to bring about better project delivery through collaborative discussions and improved decision making processes.

5. Q: After completing the course, is there any change to your job scope or portfolio? If yes, what are the changes compared to what you were doing previously?
A: I completed the course before I graduated from my undergraduate studies, the Specialist Diploma in BIM has certainly broadened my career opportunities. By meeting the high demand for BIM-proficient professionals, the S. Diploma has allowed me to embark into a different path as a BIM Coordinator in RSP, as compared to my peers from my undergraduate studies who would usually enter the industry towards quantity surveying, project or facilities management.

6. Q: What advice would you give to those who would like to upgrade themselves in the BIM technology?
A: Making the move to advance into BIM, is not a difficult task. One has to be open, to understand that it is different from 2D computer aided drafting and resist that temptation to compare the steep learning curves with existing processes. BIM is not just about drafting or modeling, it is much more. Don’t be afraid to attempt/try new things within the software or in the BIM process, that’s how you get better at it.