Learning institutions are grooming mighty talents in building information modelling (BIM)
BIM is changing the way we build. The intelligent 3D modelling technology enables project teams andstakeholders to visualise the building process and collaborate seamlessly. Find out how SIT is equipping future built environment talents with BIM skills.
BIM MODULES @ SIT
The Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering (SIE)(Building Services) programme is the first of its kind to be offered by an autonomous university in Singapore, with the aim to groom its students to be both practice-oriented and industry ready for the built environment.
The highlight of the programme is BIM but students are also trained in areas of Efficient Energy Management, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Indoor Environmental Quality, Human Health and Comfort and Sustainable Building Engineering. Modules are taught through a blended learning approach – a combination of lectures, hands-on computer lab sessions, project assignments and guest lectures by industry practitioners. Students also participate in BIM-related research projects. The programme’s 12-month Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP) comes with the opportunity to apply BIM skills in real life industry projects – an excellent way to aid students in their transition to the workforce where experience with BIM at work will be a definite edge.
Year 1 student presentation - design project of a motel
By learning BIM, we will be able to contribute even more to the industry. BIM helps to minimise the chance of missing information when the drawing is being handed over. This results in a smoother construction process as well as higher performance buildings.
Learning BIM enhances our creativity in building and managing buildings. This would entice youths like ourselves to explore more possibilities in construction, engineering and architecture.
BIM RESEARCH PROJECT @ SIT
Project title: Integrated Modelling of CityGML and IFC for City/Neighbourhood Development
HDB building blocks modelled in Autodesk Revit Architecture
Thanks to the BIM-related research projects available in this programme, six students got to put the BIM skills they learnt in class to the test. Under the guidance of Principal Investigator Assistant Professor Steve Kardinal Jusuf and Professional Officer/Researcher Ms Gaelle Godfroid, the students designed a 3D model of an HDB block using BIM software like Revit and ArchiCAD, based on a site survey. While the group facedsome challenges, these aspiring building professionals agreed that theygleaned knowledge and skills which would benefit them in their future careers.
The Project Team. Top row (from Left to Right): Lau Jun Kang, Nathanael Franklin and Lau Jun Han. Bottom row (from Left to Right): Asst Prof Steve Kardinal Jusuf, Gaelle Godfroid, Meredith Wee Shao Qi, Mandy Wong Pui Yu and Nurul Dinayah Bte Baharudin.
I learned a new set of BIM software skills which will be useful when I'm applying for related jobs in future. This project was no doubt a valuable experience.
The lesson allow us to gain prior knowledge on how the different BIM software complement one another to provide information at all stages of the construction process.
This article was adapted from the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Build Smart Aug/Sep 2017 publication.