Squire Mech Pte Ltd

Squire Mech shares their experience in BIM implementation and how BIM has benefited them.

 Squire Mech Pte Ltd
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: The intro BIM is a welcome tool to the industry. Squire Mech, as one of leading player in the industry will certainly have to develop this capability; regardless of BCA’s BIM Fund. However, that say, the funding is a welcome relief to this intense competitive business.

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: Our staff are generally motivated and can see the benefits of acquiring new skill. However, management need to assist by allowing staff time to learn and acquire the new skill.

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: Some challenges:

  • At present, some partners are still working on 2D before switching to 3D. This approach is not advisable, as presently, 2D work cannot be transported into the 3D system.
  • Whilst BIM is seen by many as a tool to resolve co-ordination issue, base planning and co-ordination need to be in place before anyone jump into the BIM. Without the base planning and co-ordination, the resources utilized in BIM will be counter-productive.

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: Management needs to allow time for staff to acquire new skills and master it. Also the software cannot solve co-ordination problem. Designers are still needed to plan and co-ordinate before CAD work.

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: We intend to train more of our staff to have the BIM capability. In addition, we are looking into other design software that can be imported into the system to integrate our design process.

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: Resolving design co-ordination is at the front end is the right approach. It would be good if BCA can get the industry to understand design firms need to be compensated for the work.