How BIM is changing the construction landscape in the Far East

Credit: Chulalongkorn University
Credit: Chulalongkorn University

Singapore and Thailand have rapidly growing architectural horizons, with the swift growth of construction in the Far East being attributed to Building Information Modelling.

In an article for The Nation, Kaweekrai Srihiran, who is a member of the Department of Architecture at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, looks at changes that BIM is orchestrating in the AEC industry.

The first notable impact BIM is having on construction concerns project proposals. Now that BIM is “increasingly accepted by the architectural design and building construction industries”, Singapore and other countries are beginning to roll-out an order that construction proposals require a BIM at the earliest stage. Srihiran writes: “As BIM allows for the clear inspection of every detail in the virtual building prior to the issuance of construction permits … Singapore and several other countries have already begun to require BIM files in the application for construction permits.”

Another prominent ‘phenomenon’ Srihiran notes is the difference in final product deliverables submitted to building owners. When using a 2D drawing approach, architects keep their original drawings and only give the blueprints to owners. With BIM, there is no difference between the original and blueprint designs, allowing for more information to be at the disposal of the building owner. Srihiran elaborates:

“With BIM, there is no difference between originals and blueprints; project owners need to collect everything drawn up by the architect for future building operation and maintenance purposes. This means that the details of every building created or designed by the architects can be “recycled” by anyone who has obtained the BIM model.”

However, whilst BIM provides many a new-and-improved way to handle various matters on and off the construction site, it can prove costly: “The more one needs to know [the more data-rich a model is], the more one needs to pay.

Read the entire article from The Nation by following this link.

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