Mr Saw Thant Lwin Tun

Hear from Mr Saw Thant Lwin Tun 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 Saw Thant Lwin Tun
Mr Saw Thant Lwin Tun, Engineer (M&E), Surbana Jurong Consultants Pte Ltd

A:  My name is Saw Thant Lwin Tun. I am an Engineer (M&E) with Surbana Jurong Consultants Pte Ltd. My main job scopes include:

  • Guiding and training new engineers and designers for BIM skills
  • Reviewing and revising company’s MEP BIM standards & guides yearly
  • Involving in projects as MEP BIM manager
  • Designing and managing projects as M&E Engineer

2. Q: Could you share with us about your passion for BIM? What motivated you to adopt BIM in your work and take up BIM as a career?
A:  BIM has been the integral part of my career since 2008. I have been familiar with BIM throughout my career and always believe that BIM can enhance the way we design M&E systems.

3. Q: How long have you been using BIM technologies/tools? Could you share with us your personal struggles or challenges with BIM and how you overcame them?
A: I have been using BIM tools for M&E design works for 8 years. When I started using BIM 8 years ago, not many people used BIM for M&E designs. Therefore, if I had some problems or issues with BIM tools, I don’t have much people to approach for solving all these problems. I made self studies to solve all these problems and gained lots of confidence through this. I also requested my bosses to let me use BIM as design tools for tendering most of my projects even though it was not compulsory to deliver the tender drawings in BIM at that time. I shared my BIM knowledge/skills and gave guidance to my colleagues. In fact, I gained some of the essential BIM skills through sharing and solving the BIM problems faced by my colleagues.

4. Q: In your opinion, how has BIM changed the way things are being done in the local construction industry? What more do you think, could be done to encourage greater implementation of BIM and process transformation in the industry, not just at the design stage of a project but throughout the entire building project lifecycle down to facilities and assets management?
A: Implementing BIM for the design stage of the project is undoubtedly the very basic fundamental step in the BIM journey. However, as a whole, it is very essential to adopt or implement the BIM throughout the entire construction stage up to the facility management. Only then, the full potential benefits or usefulness of the BIM in construction projects can be realised and appreciated.

5. Q: What advice would you give to those who would like to learn all about BIM or take up a career in BIM?
A: Don’t be afraid to make the change. Nowadays, technologies have been improving and continuously changing the way we live and work. Nothing is constant except the change.

6. Q: Where do you see BIM in Singapore in the next 3 to 5 years?
A: BIM in Singapore has been improving since the BIM implementation started more than 6 years ago. More and more public and private sector projects start to reap the benefits of BIM. In the next 3 to 5 years, there will be many more BIM-matured construction companies including small sub contractor companies. FM related BIM tools will be more prevalence and BIM will become the essential tools for the FM industry in the next 5 years.

7. Q: Where do you see yourself in this BIM journey in the next 3 to 5 years?
A: I will try to learn more BIM skills, improve my BIM knowledge and apply more effectively in my M&E design works.