Currently, another green building is work-in-progress. Harmeet Pal Singh shares his experience of working with the designers of JEM, a green mall due to open in Q2 of 2013.This one comes in the form of a futuristic green mall, well on its way to serve the shopping needs of those living in the surburban west of Singapore. Introducing to you Jurong East Mall (JEM), one of our clients SAA’s most esteemed concepts, where our CAD Engineer, Harmeet, had been assigned to assist for a span of 6 months during his Traineeship.
“With the experience I gained at our client SAA, I am now more aware of the reasons behind building design features.While we continue to populate Singapore’s landscape with buildings to fulfill our residential, leisure and functional needs, Singapore actively looks to sustainability to negate the developments’ impact on the environment, making green buildings all the rage now.” – Harmeet
What was your role in this project? Did you play a part in the design aspect of it?
While I did not do the actual design work, a large part of my time was spent assisting one of the design teams in charge of designing the highlight of JEM, the Cascading Skypark. The team dealt mainly with the hardscape aspects; benches, metal gates, drainage, maintenance areas etc.
Did you learn about design then?
Through my work with the team, I learned a lot about green design and the preferred design standards for usual building features like catwalks, ramps and toilets. I would join their design meetings to learn more about their considerations when designing specific areas and picked up useful tips on what is important in designing a building.
Were there many challenges encountered?
Like all companies, meeting deadlines and satisfying the project needs were major issues. So at times, information was not properly passed down to the entire team. This resulted in outstanding drawings with comments that were not addressed, which caused them to be overdue. There were also drawings dating back to the tender period that needed revision, but it was difficult to find the right version to revise because of poor filing, documentation and handover. I managed to spot these problems by proactively enquiring with my supervisor and co-workers. While my curiosity led me to working late nights, I am glad I took the initiative to ask, and keep asking, so that problems were discovered earlier could be resolved fully.
What Harmeet currently doing
Harmeet has since completed his assignment with SAA and is currently working on an in-house pilot project which involves the use of 3D laser scanner to reproduce a 3D model of buildings, one of the recent key technological advancements in the construction industry.In the pilot project, the in-house AcePLP team is currently looking for ways in converting these points, or coordinates, into an actual BIM model.
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