RSP Architects Planners & Engineers (Pte) Ltd

RSP Architects Planners & Engineers shares their experience in BIM implementation and how BIM has benefited them.

 RSP Architects Planners & Engineers (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:  RSP has always been willing to invest and apply innovative technologies that will enhance the quality of work and productivity of our staff. As one of the largest firms with 100% in-house production capability, BIM proficiency is recognized by our Management to possess good potential to enhance our work approach and processes. Under RSP’s work ethos of continual learning and exploration, RSP has worked on 21 new large and medium sized projects using BIM to-date, with 17 of them submitted for regulatory BIM e-submission.

The BIM Fund has helped to speed up and intensify our BIM implementation as it has helped to defray our initial investment on training, manpower and acquisition of software and hardware.


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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: RSP has a dedicated core group of BIM Development Team focusing on the implementation of BIM by developing and executing our own BIM Roadmap and deployment strategies for the integration of BIM into our work approach and processes.

As part of our BIM Roadmap, RSP has developed a series of In-House BIM Trainings and Lectures, sharing sessions and our own BIM Capability Assessment System to help the staff transit from 2D to 3D modelling. RSP strongly believes in building up the BIM capabilities of our staff according to their requirements of their tasks, hence our In-House Trainings and Lectures are customized for the designers, project architects and production staff to smoothen the learning curve.In addition, RSP conducts regular sharing sessions that are designed to raise awareness and bridge the knowledge gap between BIM and architectural consultancy to translate our BIM skills into “BIM Beyond Modelling”.


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:  The primary challenges at the beginning were the steep learning curve and the inadequate skill level of the modeller and architecture project teams. As both were relatively new to BIM and its concepts, there were many learning points and adjustments that had to be made to optimally integrate BIM into the job scope.The other challenge was to procure sufficient and appropriate resources for our BIM deployment. Due to the large amount of capital investment required, the BIM Development Team meets every month and led by our Director to revisit our RSP BIM Roadmap to review our targets and to plan for any foreseeable changes. Much time and communication effort is needed by all parties.

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 BIM Journey in RSP began in 2010. The key drivers of RSP’s BIM Implementation are the strong commitment from the Management, strategizing our BIM implementation and a robust resource base, combined with clear vision to maximize the results.RSP’s Management has been strongly supportive and committed to our BIM implementation. BIM is in fact aligned to our ISO 9000 and ISO 14000 work principles of keeping high quality of work and working purposefully.

Together with a core group of staff on the BIM Development Team, RSP has developed our BIM Roadmap to ensure that our BIM implementation strategies are aligned with the work processes of the company to maximise the results obtained. Monthly meetings are conducted within the BIM Development Team to review the BIM deliverables in the BIM Roadmap and determine the sufficiency and appropriateness of resource allocation.

Our In-House Lectures and Trainings are also a key focus of our BIM Implementation to integrate and create a consistent level of understanding amongst our staff members. These In-House Lectures help the staff relate BIM knowledge and technical skills to the architecture consultancy tasks involved in their respective job scope. Through the lectures and trainings, a sense of strong technical support and infrastructure setup and planning is conveyed throughout the office. We believe that the companies would be working on these same principles when implementing BIM.


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: RSP’s immediate objective is to build up the foundational BIM competency within the office to maintain our 100% in-house production capability and to use BIM as an area of expertise to galvanize our staff to work together in search for best solutions that can benefit our Clients.Our BIM Development Team works actively with BIM contacts from other consultants and contractors to learn and understand the processes within our multi-disciplinary BIM projects.

RSP is also part of the BCA BIM Manager Workgroup (Architecture) and played an active role in the development of the first Singapore BIM Guide and Essential Guide (Architecture). By contributing actively to the BIM development in the industry, RSP is able to learn and gain valuable insights from other industry professionals.


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: As RSP’s commitment to provide best design solutions to our Clients, BIM is an innovative tool that is being actively applied in our design studies and meeting with clients to make better informed decisions. Project collaboration teams are able to leverage on the 3D visualization and information-rich models in BIM to assess the various design solutions for the decision making process.BIM will move the industry beyond mere 3D modelling and project collaboration when it is used innovatively within each discipline and throughout the entire project collaboration process, even adding new value in facilities and asset management in future.