Singapore awards South Korean builder Ssangyong with BIM award

Credit: Ssangyong
Credit: Ssangyong

A South Korean building firm’s prowess with BIM has been recognised by Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority.

The Gold Plus Award was awarded to Ssangyong on the basis of its contribution to the Bedok Mixed Development project. The company claims that BIM’s inclusion in the scheme has put productivity up by 12.2%.

This is the 26th time that Ssongyang has been honoured with a BCA award, but this is the first time it has been lauded for BIM specifically.

The English-language version of Korean news agency Yonhap reports that Singapore is keen to edge ahead of its neighbours in using BIM for large-scale projects, with a government mandate stipulating that all private building projects in excess of 20,000 square metres use the method.

Singapore is investing in BIM so heavily in the hopes that it can help reduce the city state’s dependency on foreign construction workers. As reported on by the BBC earlier this year, by 2020 Singapore aims to have reduced this foreign workforce by 30%.

Bedok is a $231m scheme in eastern Singapore described as a “residential city”. Ssangyong is contributing with a shopping mall and bus terminal, plus eight 12-story condos, totalling over 580 homes.

Congratulations Ssangyong!