Lian Soon Construction Pte Ltd

Lian Soon Construction shares their experience in BIM implementation and how BIM has benefited them.

1. Q: Your company has applied for funding under BCA’s BIM Fund. Without the funding, would your company have embarked on BIM? If yes, why and if no, why?
Lian Soon Construction Pte LtdA: Lian Soon believes in leveraging in new technologies to increase productivity and going beyond meeting clients’ requirements.  We recognize the benefits of using BIM for construction, visualization, scope clarification, trade co-ordination and clash detection, walkthrough and fly-through. We had started to implement BIM on a live project since May 2011 and to-date, 5 projects were converted from 2D to 3D BIM construction models. We have also started to implement 5th Dimension (5D) of Building Information Modeling. In Quantity Take-off using the BIM models, the quantities are extracted directly from the models for detailed cost estimating and there is no data lost in the estimating process. We are able to gain the required information at a fraction of the time, which cuts cost and improves overall productivity.Without the funding, Lian Soon will still embark on BIM technologies. The BCA BIM’s Fund has helped to defray some of initial investment on software, hardware and trainings.

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: In order to help the staff to transit from 2D to 3D modelling, we implemented the on-job training (hand-holding sessions) for a pilot project.  Besides on-job training, we developed customised training road map for the staff to equip them with necessary skills during the transition phase.Besides training the drafting staff, we also conduct in-house training for site team, to enrich their BIM knowledge and fundamental skill to use BIM.

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?
Lian Soon Construction Pte LtdA: By creating in-house Peers group sharing Sessions, attending seminars, clinics and made reference to available BIM website, we managed to lessen the learning curve. These sharing sessions helped to build-up the staff confident level in using BIM.

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: Some of the key considerations for a successful BIM implementation are:

  1. Develop an inclusive plan for the implementation of new BIM technology
  2. Support from the Management
  3. Appoint a BIM Champion with strong leadership to guide and support the BIM team and see through the BIM Implementation phases.
  4. Take small step at a time
  5. Having the right people in the BIM Team
  6. Customised Training Plan for effective implementation

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: Our Company will continue to invest in Technologies and Mechanisation to improve design and construction integration and construction productivity.

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: Besides 3D modelling and project collaboration in BIM, BCA may consider helping the industry to introduce a platform that can integrate the BIM Processes, Management and Mobile technologies platform to manage and control the entire lifecycle of a building.A separate funding framework will be good, to encourage early adoption and to defray part of the initial set-up cost.    Lian Soon Construction Pte Ltd      Lian Soon Construction Pte Ltd