Woh Hup (Private) Limited

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

 Woh Hup (Private) Limited
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?
A: We had started using BIM in our projects because of the complexity of design and build projects we involved, namely Reflections at Keppel Bay and Gardens by the Bay using BIM primarily to assist in the construction planning, preparation of construction shop drawings and fabrication details. This coincided with the launch of BCA’s BIM Fund.After our experience in these projects, yes, we will still proceed to adopt BIM in our projects without BCA’s BIM Fund.

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: The challenges we faced were the lack of knowledge and misconceptions of BIM coupled with the lack of resources. Our early involvement in BIM provided us the platform to kick start and allowed us to define our company’s BIM objectives.

Once we set our BIM objectives and recognised the shortage of skilled manpower, we divided the BIM implementation into different stages taking small incremental steps as we proceed. In the initial stage, we recruited an experienced BIM Engineer to review the hardware and software requirements, and training programme. We also identified potential drafting staff to attend courses conducted externally to build our pioneer BIM team. The pioneer team will conduct in-house training to progressively expand Woh Hup’s BIM team.

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: Besides the skilled man power, other issues that we faced and will continue to face when implementing BIM are:

  • Time; as client need to understand and allow sufficient time to build the construction model, which differ from that of the design model
  • Different proficiency level of the 3 disciplines (i.e. Architectural/MEP and Structural)

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: The Management’s support is paramount in the successful implementation of BIM. The Management understands that the benefits of BIM are not immediate but it is a long term goal. Time and resource must also be allocated for staff to attend training and upgrading of both hardware and software.

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: Woh Hup recognised the usefulness of BIM and will continuously upgrade BIM capabilities, develop and establish BIM framework uniquely to Woh Hup, with multi-disciplinary involvement. Our BIM committee comprising of staff from different disciplines will review, maintain and update the company’s BIM standards in line with the industry.

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: To structure training programmes to train the current work force.
Woh Hup (Private) Limited