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BIM-ing his way through
Toh Jia Ban shares his BIM experience
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The Importance of BIM
Where does BIM stand today?
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Food for Health
Find out what food can bounce
you back into the pink
after the holidays binge.
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What’s new in AcePLP?
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Jan 2013 Issue
His Way Through
AcePLP Trainee Toh Jia Ban shares his BIM
project experience and his take on its place in the
future of AEC industries.
Like any Trainee in AcePLP, Jia Ban was full of
anticipation on how his Traineeship journey
would turn out upon completing the initial inhouse training. He knew there were various
client projects that could propel him in vastly
different career directions. What he did not
expect was to be quickly launched into
assignments involving Building Information
Modelling (BIM).
Jia Ban’s first close contact with BIM came on his
second assignment, when AcePLP assigned him
to a project with Sembawang Engineering and
Construction (SE&C). He had to make a fast
transition to Revit commands, transferring the
knowledge he had acquired in the classroom a
few months back to a real-life project, as this
was after his first assignment working on a 4month AutoCAD Downtown Line 2 project.
Jia Ban has since moved on from his SE&C
project, and is currently working simultaneously
on Revit BIM and AutoCAD, with yet another
client, Gammon.
Jia Ban with co-workers at client SE&C
Tell us about your first BIM experience at SE&C.
Fun! But it was quite tough at first. The learning curve was steep
in terms of picking up the usage of Autodesk Revit Software,
which was split into Architecture, Structure and MEP prior to the
2013 version.
I also had to learn the piping concept (technical knowledge
about piping systems such as chemical systems) as my focus was
mainly on the mechanical and electrical (MEP) portion of the
project. There are various factors to consider such as the sizes
and materials of pipes to use, and the connection factors that
will affect capability of transmission of substance. We (all the
drafters) had to read a lot of P&ID drawings to understand the
existing connections within and without the buildings so that we
could consider how to work around them for the project.
What was the BIM Project about?
The project was a PUB project to build a wastewater treatment
plant for the aerospace-based industry at Seletar. There had to
be pipes built to link 2 buildings underground. BIM was
employed because the client wanted to see if the underground
planning of the pipe systems could work out in an area of the
site. It was also their pilot BIM project to see if BIM could
perform up to expectations.
Sounds challenging! How did you cope with all that?
It is always handy to
have contact details
of our trainers and IT
support on hand.
– Jia Ban
on how he gets help when
he’s stuck
Learning to handle a project with less familiar software is
challenging and requires a lot of patience in trial and error.
I also ask Durai for guidance. As a tip to a fresh trainee, it is
always handy to have the contact details (telephone number
and email) of our trainers and IT support on hand because you
might need some crucial advice at times! There was once I had
to urgently ask for help on how to operate something on the
BIM software, so that the team could see what BIM could
achieve before kickstarting the whole project.
Besides, I was working with 3 other fellow drafters from our
company and they helped me pick up both technical and ‘soft’
skills faster.
I also did some self-learning after working hours, by checking out
Youtube videos to figure out how to use the software faster.
What are your final thoughts of BIM in the industry?
Mastering BIM really needs continuous learning. For
example, from my personal observation, a
professional with 2 years of experience would still be
constantly trying to improve his proficiency in the
BIM software.
So where’s the fun part of working on BIM?
Although tough, it was really fun because BIM has its
exhilarating aspects too. You get to see how the whole building
process is in the virtual sense. For the SE&C project, they used
BIM to simulate the step-by-step situations. It being their pilot
BIM project, they were also trying to find out how BIM could be
fully utilized at the construction sites.
In addition, BIM software is still developing now. For
example Gammon Hong Kong has a BIM department,
to help develop tools for BIM modeling. I think, to be
able to develop a BIM platform for a successful
project, it would be a plus point if the users have a
basic understanding of software coding, which may
help in communicating the user requirements to the
software coders.
Because of that, picking up BIM professionally does
feel daunting. But I think, with all its conveniences
and effectiveness, it is here to stay and progress in
the Building and Construction Industry.
You are now at Gammon, doing both 2D MEP drawings and
Revit MEP models. How does your BIM experience at SE&C help
with your current assignment?
My experience at Sembawang helped to ensure that I have a
basic understanding of the Revit working mechanism in terms of
saving the model, working with family files and using the
The interaction I had with BIM Modellers onsite also helped me
to know the inadequacy of my knowledge in the MEP field which
is relatively challenging in comparison to the Architectural and
Structural field.
While the SE&C assignment had assisted in introducing me to
BIM, Gammon is also opening my eyes wider to the neverending
BIM possibilities.
You have been with us for around 1 year 3 months. Have you
started making future plans?
You get to see how
the whole building
process is in the
virtual sense.
Read the next
page to find
out more
about BIM.
– Jia Ban
on fun with BIM
At the moment, I do intend to stay in this industry and grow with
it, learning as much as I can. I am currently also studying IP Law
in a part-time one year course, learning about patency of
drawings. It helps me as a designer and drafter, because this
means I will better understand the protection accorded to our
drawings and 3D creations by the Copyright Law in Singapore
and Registered Design Law.
As for BIM, I had a good experience with 3D Modelling at SE&C
and I found that Revit is more convenient than AutoCAD3D,
which makes it worth picking up. I am still absorbing as much as
possible about BIM because I have discovered that there is so
much more I have to learn!
Got an experience to share? Write in to
[email protected] to let us know!
The Importance of
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.
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.
opportunities will arise for scenario planning and iterative analysis to measure
and test various design options.
Energy modelling will become a standard (if not required) aspect of BIM tools as performancebased 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!
Food for Health
As a new year begins after
overloading on rich food over the
holidays, MaC puts together a guide
to teach you how to stay perky and
fight/ward off ailments with the help
of some food. Bon appetit~!
Health Tip #1 - Drink lots of water!
By water, we really mean H2O. Carbonated drinks might similarly provide you with fluids, but they
will also overload you with sugar. Drink up whenever you feel thirsty (DO NOT put it off!) and aim
to finish 6 glasses of water every day if 8 glasses seems too much.
Health Tip #2 – Go Nutty
Nuts are rich sources of protein and fibre. Foods
from this group such as beans, peas , soy products
help to keep muscles and joints healthy. Muscle
aches will be kept at bay! Black beans and almonds
also provide your body with iron.
Eat it with… Salads. Sprinkle some nuts in your salad
to get the extra crunch.
Health Tip #3 –
The Green Coffee Alternative
Green Tea is a great alternative to
coffee as an afternoon pick-me-up.
It contains lots of anti-oxidants and
catechins which are compounds
that reduce the risk of heart disease. They also enhance your
mood and detoxify your body.
Health Tip #4 – Mushroom Magic
Mushrooms contain the good-for-your-bladder antioxidant, Selenium. Selenium is known to boost immunity,
specifically to fight cancer and prevent heart disease.
The Vitamin B2 Riboflavin in mushrooms also helps to maintain healthy red blood cells, promote good vision and
healthy skin, which all deskbound office staff staring at the computer 10 hours a day should work on. The best thing is,
mushrooms are low in calories! So while helping you to maintain vibrant health and boosting your energy levels, it will
also keep off excess weight.
Add it into your… Omelette. A portobello mushroom sandwich for lunch would taste great too!
Health Tip #5 – Avocado
Avocado is rich in several nutrients including mono-unsaturated fat, which helps to minimise
memory lapses. The mono-unsaturated fat help to maintain high levels of blood flow to the
brain and thus, improves and preserves your memory. It also keeps insulin levels steady,
making it easier for you to concentrate and focus at work better.
Have it as… A milkshake. Blend the avocado flesh with milk and honey and drink it chilled.
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3. Attach a caption (max 25 words),
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