10 Sept 2012 - BIM - Samwoh's next step


Building Information Modelling - Samwoh's next step.



The International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) held its International Conference on "Modelling and Building Health and Safety" on 10 - 11 September, 2012 at Marina Bay Sands. The conference's focus on construction safety and health saw industry experts from around the world discuss new developments, techniques, technologies and strategies in this crucial area.


Samwoh's commitment to safety and innovation was also demonstrated by being a sponsor for the conference. Managing Director Elvin Koh was onstage to present prizes to the winning team of the BIM & Safety Competition, a highlight of the 2-day conference. 


The team clearly impressed the judging panel, comprising representatives of buildingSMART Singapore and buildingSMART Korea, as well as other international BIM experts, with their creative BIM implementation in their project.


Although Building Information Modelling is not a requirement in the near future for the projects undertaken by Samwoh, the company's quest for innovation and raising safety standards means that BIM implementation is already underway. Samwoh has partnered with Associate Professor Evelyn Teo Ai Lin of National University of Singapore's Department of Building faculty to develop and implement BIM software that is uniquely suited to Samwoh's projects.


With BIM implementation set to begin on a pilot project in January, Samwoh is confident that its safety standards and productivity will reach new heights.


Building Information Modelling, or BIM, is a new technology that will evolve traditional engineering design from two-dimensional representations to five-dimensional representations. Aside from the three primary spatial dimensions (width, height, and depth), time and costs will also be represented. The virtual information model improves visualisation, coordination of documents, and communication amongst teams, while reducing costs and information loss. The Building and Construction Authority has targeted widespread BIM usage in the industry by 2015.


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