E123 Consultants

E123 Consultants shares their experience in BIM implementation and how BIM has benefited them.

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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: Without the BCA Funding, the company will still embark on BIM, but perhaps at a much later stage, when the industry is much ready with available pool of trained personnel, when the integration & interface between softwares are better established.The BCA Funding motivates us to take up the challenge to embark on the new venture, the fund acts as a bonus to help defray the costs on sending the staff for training, and a catalyst to replace the hardware & software.

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 company often encourages staff to try new ways to carry out their duties, as long as they felt productive and efficient in getting the tasks completed, without consuming excessive time & compromising in quality. 

Following BCA’s announcement on the implementation of BIM, the staff has been briefed about the next phase of change in construction industry. In order to stay relevant and useful in their respective job scope, they understand the importance to be trained, and are therefore more open to go through the training. Management support, patience, and understanding of the possible “hicupps” during the transition period helps to alleviate the staff anxiety in acquiring the new skill.

Staff will first undergo external training provided by the vendor, after which the staff will be placed under project based training, working in teams under guidance of a trained, experience staff. Active exchange of information, discussion on the software handling, BIM skills, is encouraged among the team members throughout the development of the new project.


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: Change in work sequence. In BIM, Building Model has to be up before analysis & design of building can be carried out. The engineer must be versatile & familiar with the Building Model, before he / she can work with the draftsperson to bring the 3D model to full completion, with the technical issues identified and resolved. Full understanding of the building model between engineer & draftsperson is essential.

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: Allocation of sufficient time for BIM implementation, persistence & commitment of staff & management to achieve BIM. 

It takes time for staff to be familiar with the software, and to re-work their mind when dealing with BIM. There is very high tendency to give up the building modelling process, and fall back to the conventional 2D design platform. Both management & staff have to be committed & persistent to pursue the common objective on successful BIM 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:

  • To continue to explore & understand the application & integration of various engineering analysis software, and other 3rd party software with BIM.
  • To continue to encourage & motivate other industry stakeholders to embark, collaborate & adopt BIM in new developments.
  • To continue to encourage active participation & interaction on BIM, between engineers, designers & draftsperson of the various respective discipline throughout project development.
  • To continue to encourage & expose staff to BIM projects by others, encourage staff attendance to seminars on BIM skills & implementations.

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 encourage suppliers / vendors to provide standard library files which the industry can use.
  • To provide tax incentives for suppliers that produces usable library files to encourage early stage of standardization,  which will subsequently result in gain in productivity because of standardization.
  • To provide incentive / priority to BIM trained personnel / foreign worker when they renew their work pass with the same company under BCA BIM Funding who has sent them for BIM training. This is to ensure that time & money spent in sending the staff for training does not come to waste, to ensure continuity in BIM implementation in the company and ultimately to achieve productivity.
    With the new ruling on work pass imposed by MOM, many of the foreign workers who have been trained are unable to renew their work pass because of company’s insufficient employment quota, or many changed employer, left the company after receiving the training, such that implementation of BIM & productivity cannot be realized in that company who took up the funding.
    With the knowledge of the above problem on employment & limited human resources in the industry, many company are reluctant to embark on the implementation of BIM & participate in the call of increase productivity.
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