With BIM, workflows will shift from sequential to parallel. Collaboration and information exchanges can occur simultaneously. BIM will continue to serve multiple purposes while reducing duplication and redundancy. More opportunities will arise for scenario planning and iterative analysis to measure and test various design options.
“As BIM enters the Singapore AEC Industry, be prepared to be revolutionalised as its benefits get recognised and companies start taking it on. What exactly is BIM?”
The use of 3D digital models during design and construction will continue to make paper-based drawing sets obsolete.
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a building design method that uses a database of coordinated, graphically rich, internally consistent, computable information in 3D models for design, engineering, construction and facility management.
In Singapore, BIM is changing businesses and professions in the AEC industries, including digital tools, work process, regulations, budgets, hiring strategies, design codes, and many other aspects.
Energy modelling will become a standard (if not required) aspect of BIM tools as performance-based standards replace prescriptive standards. The combination of BIM and GIS (Geographical Information Systems) data sets will become seamless.
Perhaps the greatest workflow shift yet to be realized involves using BIM as a communication tool rather than a production tool. The perception of information will change from something that needs to be delivered as a final product, to something that can be leveraged and updated over a long period of time.
The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) in Singapore has already mandated the use of BIM in all submissions by 2015, with Land Transport Authority (LTA) likely to take a similar approach to information modelling in roads and rail projects.
The industry direction suggests that those who do not take a reasonably sober view of this disruptive technology will have a hard time recognizing the typical architectural, engineering or construction firm of the near future.
Get ready to be part of this exciting industry revolution and meet the challenges head-on!