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BCA Works with MOH
to Adopt Productive
Technologies
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New Specialist
Diploma in
Construction
Productivity
Launched by BCA
Academy
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Biometric Authentication
Systems Conducted
in Mandarin
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Quantity Surveying
Made Easy with
BIM Tools
CEO’S message
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CONTENTS
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CEO’S message
Dear readers,
CEO’s Message
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BCA Works with MOH to Adopt Productive
Technologies
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Editorial Advisor
Jeanna Das
Editor
Leong Ee Leng
Sub-Editor
Megan Chow Aiyan
New Specialist Diploma in Construction Productivity
Launched by BCA Academy
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Upgrading Our Workforce with BCA’s Apprenticeship
Programme
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Biometric Authentication System Seminar
Conducted in Mandarin
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Quantity Surveying Made Easy with BIM Tools
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Upgrade to Comply with MOM’S Requirements of
R1 Higher-Skilled Workers
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Networking Sessions to Engage Stakeholders on
Construction Productivity
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Virtual Design & Construction Leadership 2014
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Calendar of Events
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Associate EditorS
Kathy Ng, Yeong Sok Ming
Contributors for this issue
Angela Lee Foo Yong, Adam Thong Chee
Sheng, Er. Tan Kim Leong, Goh Ah Guan, Go
Hui Jing, See Toh Chee Fung
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BCA supports
the “Way to Go,
Singapore!” initiative
Singapore’s built environment sector is constantly
evolving. To remain competitive and relevant, we must
be receptive to changes by transforming the way we
build and focus on improving construction productivity.
The public sector is taking the lead on this. One of
them is the Yishun Community Hospital project under
the Ministry of Health. In January, Minister Khaw Boon
Wan visited the development site to learn how the
hospital was being constructed with more extensive
use of prefabrication. According to the builder, one
floor can be constructed in eight to 10 days compared
to 17 days for a similar project built traditionally. Faster
and more efficient construction work mean less noise
and disturbance to people in the nearby hospital and
residential buildings. This also translates to time and
labour savings. Their productivity and good work is
highly commendable.
BCA continually pushes for wider adoption of gamechanging technologies and prefabrication to move
as much construction work off site as possible, and
steer Singapore towards Design for Manufacturing
and Assembly (DfMA) and Prefabricated Pre-finished
Volumetric Construction (PPVC). To enhance integration
across the construction value chain, BCA also promotes
the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM)
technology to improve construction workflow.
Besides the use of advanced technology, a higher
quality workforce is essential to drive construction
productivity efforts. Our BCA Academy has launched
a new Specialist Diploma in Construction Productivity
on 6 January 2015. The second intake will start in April
2015. Professionals interested to gain a higher degree
of competency in advanced construction methods
and game-changing technologies and achieve more in
construction productivity should consider taking up
this course. More details on the course requirements
can be found in this issue.
To help upgrade workers, BCA also appoints Approved
Training and Testing Centres (ATTCs). This is in line
with the recent manpower policy initiatives launched
by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). It requires all
construction firms to have at least 5% of their work
permit holders to qualify as higher skilled R1 workers
in 2015, and another 5% in 2016. From September 2015,
employers can qualify their workers as higher skilled
workers through the direct R1 pathway.
Our productivity journey would not be possible without
the concerted effort of all industry stakeholders. We
will continue to work in partnership with you and
review productivity measures along the way. I certainly
welcome feedback to see what we can do together to
transform the built environment sector.
Dr John Keung
Chief Exectutive Officer
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BCA works with MOH
to adopt productive
technologies
Minister Khaw Boon Wan visits healthcare project that uses productive
technologies to enhance productivity
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建设局与卫生部携手采用生产技术
许文远部长亲临采用新科技及生产技术的医疗工程
为了应付医疗设施需求的快速增长,建设局与卫生部携手,在建筑
工程上采用新科技及生产技术,以便加强医疗基础设施的建设。其
中一个工程是义顺社区医院。该项工程采用复合式结构系统,其中
包括使用预制混凝土柱、钢梁及钢地板来建造住院楼。虽然日本已
To meet the rapid increase in healthcare demand, BCA
is working with the Ministry of Health (MOH) to deploy
productive and game-changing technologies as they ramp up
the infrastructure. One such project is the Yishun Community
Hospital that uses a hybrid structural system comprising
precast concrete columns, steel beams and steel floor decking
to build the in-patient blocks. While this method is used in
Japan, this is a first for a healthcare project in Singapore.
Minister Khaw Boon Wan visited the development site in
January to observe the various new productivity-enhancing
solutions. According to the builder, one floor can be
constructed in eight to 10 days compared to 17 days for a
similar project using conventional building methods. This will
result in the faster completion of the hospital.
经开始采用这种建筑技术,这可是 本地 首次在医疗设施的建设上
使用。
在今年1月,许文远部长到义顺社区医院工地巡视了各种提高建筑
生产力的新方案。建筑商表示,有了提高生产力的科技,要完成一
层楼的工程, 现在只需8至10天的时间。相比起传统建筑方式的17
天,可见医院的建筑工程将能在更短的时间内完成。
由于建筑组件在受监管的生产设施里预先制造,大部分的建筑工程
是在工地外完成的。这有助于减少噪音及灰尘对附近邱德拔医院及
住宅的影响。
Dr John Keung (in blue), CEO of BCA, accompanies Minister Khaw Boon
Wan during his site visit at Yishun Community Hospital
建筑商采用了由上而下的施工流程,同步进行地下室及地上楼层的
Most of the construction work is done off site with its
components prefabricated in a controlled manufacturing
environment. This helps to minimise noise and dust
emissions to the nearby Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and
residential buildings.
工程。为了淘汰耗费人力的现场湿作业,建筑商选择在钢梁上覆盖
The builder uses a top-down construction method to construct
the basement and the floors above ground concurrently. To
eliminate labour-intensive wet work on site, fire-proofing
blankets to the steel beams have been adopted instead of the
wet concrete encasement and vermiculite sprayed methods.
信息模型系统。
MOH is committed to adopt game-changing technologies, e.g.
Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction (PPVC),
more prefabricated components and adopting the next
generation of Building Information Modelling system for its
upcoming stream of healthcare developments.
防火毯,以取代现场混凝土外包以及蛭石喷胶的防火作业。
卫生部致力于在接下来的一系列医疗设施建筑工程,采用日新月异
的建筑科技,例如工厂预制体积建设,更多的预制组件,以及建筑
Steel-Concrete Hybrid System Installation of precast concrete columns
and steel structures.
Minister Khaw Boon Wan visits the development site of Yishun
Community Hospital to view the productivity-enhancing methods
of construction used.
Perspective for Yishun Community Hospital and the Geriatric Education
and Research Centre
Use of fire-proofing blankets – a dry method for fire-protection of
steel beams
A worker installs fire-proofing blankets
Yishun Community Hospital Site Overview
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How to achieve the SDCP certificate
To be awarded the new SDCP Certificate, participants must attain
at least 75% physical attendance, pass all 4 project assessments,
and pass the written reports for the Final Project.
Gain an upper edge
The Contractors Registration System (CRS) has stipulated that the
employment of at least one full-time professional and technical
employee possessing the SDCP qualification will be a key
requirement for contractors registering under the CW01 (A1-B1),
CW02 (A1-B1), selected CR (L6) and ME (L6) workheads.
Visit https://www.bcaa.edu.sg/SDCP-FAQ for more information.
NEW SPECIALIST DIPLOMA
IN CONSTRUCTION
PRODUCTIVITY LAUNCHED
BY BCA ACADEMY
Programme to equip professionals with skills to further productivity
in the construction industry
A new part-time Specialist Diploma in Construction
Productivity (SDCP) Programme, which will run for five
months, was launched at BCA Academy on 6th January 2015.
The second intake will be open in April 2015.
For whom
The SDCP programme was first announced by Ms Grace Fu,
2nd Minister for the Environment and Water Resources and
2nd Minister for Foreign Affairs, during the Opening of the
Singapore Construction Productivity Week (SCPW) in October
last year.
Course overview
The programme takes advantage of emerging technologies
and trends to raise the bar for the construction industry. It
will help attendees achieve higher professional competency
levels at work, and reach greater heights in construction
productivity.
The course aims to provide professionals, such as consultant
engineers and project managers from the construction industry
with a better understanding of construction productivity.
The programme comprises of 13 modules, spanning several
key areas such as Construction Productivity Concepts, Planning
for Construction Processes, Advanced Tools for Construction
Productivity, and Building Technologies for Construction
Productivity.
In addition, participants will also have to deliver a final project,
which consists of a written report that demonstrates the
participants’ ability to utilise and apply the programme to an
actual construction project.
Some game-changing technologies covered in the course include Prefabricated Pre-finished Volumetric Construction (left) and the Prefabricated
Bathroom Unit (right)
建设专科学院推出全新专科课程
课程有助于提高建筑业专业人士的技能从而提升企业生产力
建设专科学院于2015年1月6日推出了全新的兼读专科课程——
建筑生产力专科文凭,为期五个月。2015年4月将展开第二轮
的招生活动。
学者也必须提交一份期末专题书面报告,展示他们对课程的深入了解以
及在建筑项目中实际的运用。
如何获取建筑生产力专科文凭
环境及水源部兼外交部第二部长傅海燕女士,在2014年10月
份的新加坡建筑生产力周开幕仪式上首次宣了布这项新课程的
推出。
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达到75%的课程出席率
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4项项目评估必须及格
该课程为引导学生如何采用新兴科技,提高建筑业整体水平。
这将帮助学者在工作上达到更高的专业水平,从而建筑业生产
力也会更上一层楼。
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期末专题书面报告必须及格
哪些人适合报读此课程
该项课程针对如咨询工程师及项目经理等建筑业的专业人士,
重点在于优化他们的建筑生产力。
课程共有13个单元,内容横跨建筑生产力概念、建筑流程策
划、提升建筑生产力的高级工具和提升建筑生产力的建筑技术
等数个关键领域。
新规定
按照承包商注册系统,在CW01 (A1-B1),CW02 (A1-B1),特选CR (L6)
以及 ME (L6) workheads下注册的承包商,必须聘用至少一名拥有建筑
生产力专科文凭的全职专业与技术人员。
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UPGRADING OUR
WORKFORCE WITH
BCA’S APPRENTICESHIP
PROGRAMME
Relevant skills upgrading in BCA’s Apprenticeship programme
supplements the ageing workforce and improve productivity
BCA is proud to announce that 11 apprentices under
the two-year BCA Built Environment Apprenticeship
programme received their Trade Diplomas in April 2014,
a significant milestone since its launch in 2012.
The Apprenticeship programme was launched to promote
growth in the industry, as well as to upgrade existing
tradesmen by providing a clear progression route and
increasing their chances for better remuneration packages.
Up until now, the programme has attracted more than 70
apprentices, 80% of which are under 35 years old. This is
good news for the industry’s ageing local workforce.
At 25 years old, Mr Hong Wei Kiat Jarryl and Mr Yap June Siong
are two such young apprentices, who are both glad to have
completed the programme with a specialisation on Electrical
Technology. Both of them greatly benefited from the programme,
achieving better performance and enhanced skills at work. They
also mentioned that the upgrading incentives provided them the
financial support, as well as motivation for them to improve.
They also saw a salary increase of 10-20%.
HEC Electrical & Construction Pte. Ltd. (HEC), a co-sponsor,
reaped the benefits of the programme as well. Mr Goh Hung Huat,
Operations Manager of HEC, found that the trade diploma training
was satisfactory.
Mr Goh Hung Huat, Operation Manger, HEC Electrical & Construction Pte Ltd (centre) with HEC's two apprentices, Mr Hong Wei Kiat Jarryl (left) and
Mr Yap June Siong (right)
He said, ‘It was obvious that both of them were able to
learn faster and better solve problems on the job after the
Apprenticeship programme.’
To add on, Mr Goh mentioned that their eligibility to
register as CoreTrade Foremen further value-added to HEC’s
Manpower deployment in more project classes. ‘HEC intends
to participate in the Apprenticeship programme again. In
fact, HEC is keen to also tap on other programmes that may
help to up-skill its workforce,’ he said. Like HEC, several other
corporations that have benefited from the programme are
interested to participate again to build a strong workforce.
In 2015, BCA introduces ‘Drywall Installation’ as part of the
Apprenticeship programme. This helps to meet the increased
industry demand for skilled workers trained in this area,
especially with the legislative requirement for all residential
non-landed developments to use drywalls for internal
partitions (except for wet areas like bathrooms and kitchens)
that took effect from November 2014.
Want to up-skill your workforce?
Structured as a two-year Foreman development programme, the BCA Built Environment Apprenticeship
programme combines employment with classroom-based vocational training. Upon successful completion, the
apprentice will obtain a Trade Diploma which will qualify him/her for the CoreTrade Foreman registration.
Both new entrants and existing tradesmen are eligible to apply for the programme.
Financial incentives
BCA will provide financial incentives to help participating firms defray up to 80% of their training costs as well as
help retain their apprentices by providing attractive upgrading incentives.
For more information, please visit
www.buildingcareers.sg or contact Mr Adam Thong ([email protected]).
First batch of apprentices to graduate from the BCA Built Environment Apprenticeship programme in 2014
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PRODUCTIVITY & TECHNOLOGY
PRODUCTIVITY & TECHNOLOGY
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BIOMETRIC
AUTHENTICATION
SYSTEM SEMINAR
CONDUCTED IN MANDARIN
Mandarin seminar provides better outreach to a wider audience in the
industry, and seeks to improve productivity in the workplace
In an effort to reach out to the industry on new requirements and
approaches for better productivity in construction, BCA co-hosted
a Mandarin seminar on ‘Biometric Authentication System (BAS)’,
for the benefit of Mandarin-speaking contractors. The seminar,
titled ‘TECH-Solutions and Funding Schemes for Project Site
Productivity – BAS & TAP’, was held at The Singapore Contractors
Association Limited’s (SCAL) Construction House on 15th January
2015, and was jointly organised by BCA and SCAL.
通过华语研讨会,更多业界人士受益,从而提
升建筑业的生产力
建设局将强制规定业者使用生物识别系统收集建筑工程生产力数据
自2011年7月15日起,建设局规定施工面积为5千平方米或以上的建筑
项目必须通过生产力电子申报系统提交建筑生产力数据。建筑生产力数
据指的是建筑工程生产力 (Project or site productivity), 即是每个工作
日(man day)的施工面积(m2)。一位建筑工人在一天工作八小时等于
一单位工作日(man day)。换句话说,在相等的总建筑面积和相同的
施工期间上,使用的单位工作日越少,建筑工程生产力指数将越高。
另外,自2014年11月1日起提交工程项目规划申请,且总建筑面积超过
5000平方米的建筑工程项目,必须使用生物识别系统提交工程人力使
用情况。这是在2014年建筑管制(易建设计及生产效率)条例第10(a)
条例下的新规定。目的是为了提升收集生产力数据的准确性及效率。
生物识别系统能辅助业者更快捷与准确地收集建筑工地的人力资源使用
数据。与其凭人工搜集与统计各个项目的劳务需求,生物识别系统所使
用的技术能将人的生理或行为特征进行核对或确认人的身份,并且自动
记录劳工在工地的出入时间与汇总各个建设项目的劳务需求。其他的
益处包括:
生物识别系统的华语研讨会
A Mandarin seminar was conducted to explain the basics of
construction productivity measurement, BAS and government
grants such as CPCF schemes that help defray costs in
adopting more productive technologies.
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生物识别系统
生物识别系统的益处
A wide range of topics was covered during the seminar, including
the measurement of construction productivity, how BAS can
optimise workflow, and the recent mandate to use BAS at project
sites if there is a Gross Floor Area (GFA) of 5,000m² or more under
the Building Control (Buildability and Productivity) Regulations
2011. The attendees showed keen interest in the Construction
Productivity and Capability Fund (CPCF), and learnt how productive
technology is an asset to any construction business. Amongst the
93 attendees were subcontractors from the Singapore List of Trade
Subcontractors (SLOTS).
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能根据不同项目的劳务需求,准确地掌握及收集建筑工地的人力
使用情况
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业者可以直接将数据上传至建设局的电子生产力申报系统
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协助业者审核建筑工人的身份(基于安全及保安理由)
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生物识别系统所提供的数据也可用来计算与统计劳工与工程人员
的薪资,进而简化管理流程
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削减整理考勤表的文书与行政时间
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生物识别系统的益处
为了提高生物识别系统及其益处的认知,建设局联合新加
坡建筑商公会有限公司,于2014年11月7日举办了“TECHSolutions for Project Site Productivity – BAS & TAP”(“提
高项目生产力的科技方案——生物识别系统及科技采纳计划”
研讨会。(科技方案与政府协助基金来协助 SME提升企业生
产力)
海峡建筑新加坡私人有限公司,也是建设生产力奖提倡者组的
金奖得主,在研讨会上分享了关于生物识别系统在项目工地的
成功实施。
他们阐述了生物识别系统如何有效地记录并整理建筑工地各种
不同技术工人的人力资源使用情况,从而将处理工地考勤数
据的时间从7个工日缩短至1个工日。生物识别系统的供应商
Intercorp Solutions Pte Ltd 和 Smartouch Technology Pte
Ltd,也通过图片展示及小型展览向业者介绍了生物识别系统
中所使用的面部识别系统以及手印识别系统。
建设局建筑生产力中心的高级经理Steven Cheong,与业主
分享了关于工地生产力及其益处的课题,并进一步阐述了在项
目工地强制规定使用生物识别系统的细节。
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为了推广提高建筑生产力的新规定及方案,建设局举办了探讨生物识别
系统的华语研讨会,让精通华语的承包商受惠。2015年1月15日,建设
局与新加坡建筑商公会有限公司,在SCAL Construction House联办
了名为“提高项目生产力的科技方案——生物识别系统及科技采纳计
划”的研讨会。
在SCAL Construction House举行了关于提高项目工地生产力
的科技方案研讨会,以推广生物识别系统及其益处
研讨会上所涵盖的课题十分广泛,包括建筑生产力的评估方式,生物识
别系统如何优化工作流程,以及近期在建筑管制(2011年易建设计及
生产效率条例)下,生物识别系统在项目工地的强制使用等。参与研讨
会的业者对于建筑生产力和能力基金十分感兴趣,并意识到生产科技为
建筑企业所带来的实质益处。参与话语研讨会的业者共有93名是新加
坡行业分包商。
01 面部识别系统 02 手印识别系统 03 指纹识别系统
Participants were invited to a tea reception during the seminar
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QUANTITY SURVEYING MADE
EASY WITH BIM TOOLS
Using Building Information Modelling for easy data collection
Using building information available in the 3D model, Building Information Modelling (BIM) can be used to
facilitate quantity surveying in the construction industry and the direct collection of quantities and measurements for
costs estimation.
Traditionally, to estimate and manage costs, manual quantity take-offs were performed from the consultants’ paper
drawings, or imported from 2D CAD drawings into a cost-estimating software. This is done for tender, and throughout a
project life cycle.
Using BIM tools for quantity surveying ensures consistent information, as any changes and new measurements
to the model are automatically updated into the schedules. BCA strongly supports the adoption of BIM to improve
coordination among project partners for building projects.
Two companies, Rider Levett Bucknall and Langdon & Seah share with us their experience in adopting BIM tools for
quantity surveying.
lent a hand in defraying some of the cost. The second thing
was the assumed automation. Because we researched on BIM
well and understood the contractual implications earlier, we
could handle the situation with confidence.
How has implementing BIM changed the way things are being
done in your company?
RLB: BIM enables us to explore different workflows and gain
expanded skill-sets to complete tasks in a more efficient
manner.
L&S: We had to have specialised training on BIM and we had
to have a team set up to handle BIM projects and contractual
advice. We worked with our other offices, especially ARCADIS
UK and US to give us information of best practices on BIM and
set up a Community of Practices in our firm that is linked to
the ARCADIS BIM network.
What advice would you have for companies who want to go
down this path?
RLB: Perseverance is important in order to overcome the
steep learning curve in the initial stages. Our practice can
be dynamic, hectic, and fast-paced, but we have to invest in
people and the suitable technologies in order to reap
the benefits.
BIM Leaders in
Quantity Surveying
Could you share what your company’s
journey in BIM implementation has
been like?
With parameters in either the native
or non-editable models, we create bidirectional links which will link the BIM
families/elements to quantity surveying
rule-sets (including descriptions and
rates). This allows us to generate Bills of
Quantities and extract information the
right way.
Langdon & Seah (L&S): We determined
which resources we were going to invest,
what type of infrastructure, what training
was needed, what software to use, and
planned our implementation in our office
and region carefully. We also sent our
staff to a BIM manager course, where
some were selected to be sent overseas
for further training.
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L&S: Here are five tips we would like to share:
1. Understand that BIM is not a ready-to-use system.
2. Know which software to use and understand the use and
processes of each software and do an in-depth evaluation.
3. Equip yourself with the processes of BIM and
understand what needs to be done. It is the same steps
when the industry moved from draftsmen to 2D CAD in
the early years.
4. Study the BIM maturity of your office and find the
gaps. Bridge these gaps with knowledge, training,
software, hardware, and the like.
5. When it comes to new technology, it helps to have
an open mind.
What are the future plans for BIM in your company?
RLB: We plan to expand the core skill-sets of our current
staff and to impart BIM knowledge and experience to
new staff. We also plan to pilot test some of our inhouse developed innovations on live projects to improve
productivity, as part of our iterative development and
improvement workflow.
L&S: We plan to strengthen our contracts advisory on BIM
contracts and clauses as well as understand the productivity
enhancement portion of BIM.
What trends do you envisage for the construction industry
in the next few years in terms of BIM usage for quantity
surveying?
Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB): We formed
a dedicated BIM workgroup to research
and develop our BIM competencies and
capabilities, develop training material,
and conduct BIM workshops for our staff.
BIM helps to complement or augment
our practice, depending on the
project requirements and the level of
sophistication and quality of models.
BIM enables us to better visualise designs
efficiently. We also use BIM to carry out
rapid bulk checking, ensuring accurate
measurements and estimates.
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RLB: BIM is increasingly becoming a necessity instead of
an enhancement in the current project delivery process,
especially for complex buildings and innovative designs. The
next step is to enhance multi-disciplinary collaboration and
explore collaborative workflows between the various
professional disciplines.
L&S: Modeling, time, asset management, and sustainability,
respectively, can be considered uncharted areas for the QS
profession. Given time and maturity of the profession, I am
sure using BIM for QS will become more prevalent.
RLB was the only QS firm which participated independently in the BCA BIM competition 2013
Quantity Surveyors use the BIM
model to extract basic area quantities
and volumes. We often use BIM
measurement tools to get these
quantities, but the accuracy of these
quantities greatly depends on the
way the families are modelled. BIM is
also a good 3D visualisation tool that
allows provisions for temporary work
that is not modelled but necessary for
construction. Environmental, Health,
and Safety (EHS) issues can also be
addressed early, and preliminaries to
cater for these possible cost drivers can
also be budgeted.
When did it begin and why did you
decide to start?
RLB: We decided to implement BIM early
as we believe that BIM will be a gamechanging tool for the industry.
L&S: As custodians of quantities and
contracts, we started the process of
BIM for the contractual issues and
implications surrounding it. We had
to start the use and knowledge of BIM
because as Quantity Surveyors, we are
at the forefront of the use of BIM for
quantities (5th Dimension).
RLB developed plug-in for BIM cost coding and extraction of quantities
using in-house rule-sets and standards
What were some of the challenges you
faced at first? How did your company
overcome these challenges?
RLB: Initially, we received models of
varying quality and had to spend a lot
of time auditing and organising the
information. Another challenge faced
was to convince our experienced staff to
adopt BIM. To overcome this, we came
up with a structured training program.
L&S: One of the challenges faced would
be cost. It was a good thing that BCA
An Ambulatory complete with two-level basement carparks at Changi
General Hospital where BIM contract services value added to the
procurement approach with BIM conditions and requirements such as
ominiclass tagging requirements
Eight blocks of residential units, integrated bus interchange, two-level
basement carpark with retail, three-storey podium comprising two-storey
carparks and ancillary facilities value added by BIM conditions and
requirements such as ominiclass tagging requirements
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UPGRADE TO COMPLY WITH
MOM’S REQUIREMENTS OF
R1 HIGHER-SKILLED WORKERS
Start planning early to help your workers qualify
To retain skilled and experienced
workers, help your employees upgrade
through the CoreTrade, Multi-skilling
scheme, and Market-based Skills
Recognition Framework. Aside from
levy savings, employers can enjoy a
longer allowable period of employment
of up to 22 years for higher-skilled and
experienced construction personnel.
In line with recent manpower policy
initiatives, the Ministry of Manpower
(MOM) requires all construction firms
to have at least 5% of their work permit
holders qualify as higher-skilled R1
workers in 2015, and another 5% in 2016.
From September 2015, employers can
also help their workers qualify through
the direct R1 pathway.
BCA will provide support by defraying
employers’ costs of upgrading their
workers through the Workforce Training
& Upgrading (WTU) scheme, under the
Construction Productivity and Capability
Fund (CPCF). The WTU scheme co-funds
the training and test fees of construction
personnel that lead to CoreTrade and
multi-skilling registration. To date,
BCA has received over 72,000 funding
applications from more than 5,800
companies under the WTU scheme.
Eligible workers registering for
CoreTrade, Multi-Skilling, and Marketbased Skills Recognition Framework
can choose to undergo the training and
skills assessments at BCA Academy
(BCAA) or at any of the 28 Approved
Training and Testing Centres (ATTCs)
in Singapore. BCAA and 23 ATTCs also
offer Continuing Education and Training
(CET) for the renewal of CoreTrade and
Multi-skilling registration in 18 trade
categories. Here are three BCAappointed ATTCs:
Solely Construction ATTC offers four CoreTrade and six Multi-skilling trades –
tiling, waterproofing, plumbing and pipefitting, precast kerb and drainlaying, and
interlocking blocks pavement construction and plastering. Solely Construction is
one of the 23 ATTCs offering the CET to enable the CoreTrade personnel registered in
these four trades to upgrade themselves and fulfill the requirements for renewal of
CoreTrade registration.
Training is conducted seven days a week (including evenings) by a dedicated pool of
trainers. Languages available: English, Mandarin, and Tamil.
Contact Person
Ms Lee Su Min
Tel: 6363 0833 Mobile: 9838 3919
Address: 8 Woodlands Industrial Park E1 (near Sembawang MRT)
Email: [email protected]
“We wish to express our appreciation to your trainers for
their dedication in helping our prestressing workers pass
the SEC(K) test. With the 2nd SEC(K) certificate, we are
able to extend their period of employment up to 22 years
in Singapore”.
Ms Adeline Lim,
HR and Manpower Coordinator,
Prescrete Engineering Pte Ltd
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NETWORKING
SESSIONS
TO ENGAGE
STAKEHOLDERS
ON
CONSTRUCTION
PRODUCTIVITY
Getting the industry to utilise
BCA’s funding schemes
Testimonial from Continuing Education and
Training (CET)’s participant
Mr Wu Chee Long, a Singapore permanent resident, is
an architectural coordinator with TGG Pte Ltd. Mr Wu
attended the CET at Utracon in September last year. He
found the 4-hour course refreshing as participants were
taught good practices to improve quality workmanship
and raise site productivity
WING TUCK ENGINEERING PTE LTD
Contact Persons
Wing Tuck Engineering is a BCA-appointed ATTC for structural steel fitting and pipe
fitting trades. Wing Tuck is also a CET provider for structural steel works. Training is
conducted on weekday evenings and on Saturdays by a pool of experienced trainers.
Languages available: English and Mandarin.
Huay Soen Shing,
Manager,
Yong Mong Engineering Construction Pte Ltd
Utracon Stuctural Systems Pte Ltd, a specialist
contractor, is a BCA-appointed ATTC offering SEC(K)
in prestressing trade, under the Multi-skilling scheme.
The company is also a CET provider offering reinforced
concrete works courses for R1 workers to renew their
status as higher skilled workers.
Training is conducted on weekday evenings and also on
weekends by a pool of experienced trainers. Languages
available: English and Tamil.
SOLELY CONSTRUCTION PTE LTD
“We would like to express our deepest
appreciation to Wing Tuck for conducting the
CoreTrade training course for our structural
steel fitting workers. The trainers and support
staff were dedicated and patient. They were
a tremendous help in guiding our workers to
raise their productivity and safety awareness.
In particular, we would like to thank Miss
Cecilia Ong, for her guidance on enrolment
matters and WTU funding applications.”
UTRACON
STRUCTURAL
SYSTEMS PTE LTD
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“Mr Kwan Siew Kee is a Singaporean
foreman who has been working with the
company for 11 years. We signed him
up for the training and testing at Wing
Tuck Engineering ATTC. After taking the
Coretrade foreman qualification in pipe
fitting in October 2014, Mr Kwan was
able to provide better guidance to his
co-workers on workmanship and help
improve the company’s image.”
Phua Chien Ting,
HR Executive,
LSL Engineering Pte Ltd
Contact Person
Ms Cecilia Ong
Tel: 6758 1951 (ext. 41) Fax: 6257 2339
Address: 3 Senoko Link S(758183) (near Marsiling MRT and Woodlands MRT)
Website: www.wingtuck.com.sg
Ms Loh Ting Ping (Operations Manager)
Email: [email protected] Mobile: 9625 7527
Presentation on BCA's CPCF to STAS members during the Annual STAS
Networking Night
Mr Ran Bahadur Rana (Training and Development
Manager)
Email: [email protected] Mobile: 9687 5990
As part of their Annual STAS Networking Night, the Specialists
Trade Alliance Singapore (STAS) organised a fruitful
networking session for members from the construction sector.
About 150 members, who are active subcontractors from
various associations under STAS, attended the event held on
9th January 2015 at the Singapore Island Country Club.
Address: 7E Pioneer Sector 1 S(628446)
(near Boon Lay MRT and Pioneer MRT)
Tel: 6415 3048
ATTCs and CET’s Providers
on BCA’s webpage
Visit our webpage for more information about
Coretrade, Multi-skilling and CET programmes:
Contact Details of ATTCs and BCAA
www.bca.gov.sg/CoreTrade/others/ATTCcontacts.pdf
CET Providers, Course Dates and Fees
www.bca.gov.sg/CoreTrade/others/CETfees.pdf
BCA was invited to share the different funding schemes under
the Construction Productivity and Capability Fund (CPCF) at
this occasion. CPCF is one of the key incentives introduced by
BCA to further develop Singapore’s built environment sector
through workforce development, technology adoption, and
capability development.
Mr Chew Boon Hur, Executive Manager from BCA’s Construction
Productivity Centre, introduced CPCF and provided insights on
the different ways that STAS members can utilise the funding
schemes to assist them to improve productivity and manpower
capabilities. This event was an excellent platform to engage
subcontractors and get them on board the productivity drive
to collectively transform the built environment sector into one
that is highly productive and capable.
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Ride on the
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
by signing up for
these courses
Event Name
Venue / Organiser
Contact Person & Details
13 Mar 2015
14:00 – 17:00
BCA – SCAL Productivity
Clinic
Singapore Contractors
Association Limited (SCAL)
Construction House,
1 Bukit Merah Lane 2,
Singapore 159760
BCA and SCAL
Name: Mr Harry Chua
Tel: 6278 9577
Email: [email protected]
9 – 12 Mar 2015 (4 days)
09:00 – 18:00
Certification course in BIM
Modelling (Structure Track)
4th Run
BCA Academy
200 Braddell Road
Singapore 579700
BCA Academy
Marketing & Business Development
Unit
Tel : 6730 4503 / 6248 9824
Email: [email protected]
12 Mar 2015
09:00 – 12:00
Smart Builders Leadership
Series
JEM [email protected]
52 Jurong Gateway Road
Singapore 608550
BCA
Name: Ms Ezrin Raof
Tel: 6804 4255
Email: [email protected]
13 – Mar 2015
10:00 – 13:00
Architectural BIM
e-submission briefing
13 – Mar 2015
15:30 – 18:00
MEP BIM e-submission
briefing
19, 20, 26 & 27 Mar 2015
09:00 – 17:30
Develop a Workplace Safety
and Health Management
System Implementation Plan
(BizSAFE Level 4)
(7th Run)
> Certificate in Precast Concrete Construction
Supervision
19, 20, 23, 24 Mar 2015
(4 days – 09:00 – 17:30)
2 Apr 2015 (09:00 – 13:00)
Certification Course for Green
Mark Facilities Manager
(21st Run)
> Certificate in Geotechnical Instrumentation
for Supervisors
23, 26 & 30 Mar 2015
09:00 -17:30
Workshop on Site
Management of Precast
Concrete Construction
(17th Run)
> Certificate Course for Structural Steel
Supervisors
24 – 26 Mar 2015
09:00 – 17:30
Course on Project
Management (11th Run)
25 Mar 2015
09:00 –18:00
Workshop on Introduction
to Parametric Design
for Architecture: Its
Application, Workflow and
Integration with BIM (NEW)
IT Lab-3, Blk B, Level 2,
BCA Academy,
200 Braddell Road,
Singapore 579700
BCA CCIT
Name: Ms Mary Ann Samaniego
Tel: 6730 4539
Email: [email protected]
gov.sg
Construction Productivity
and Capability Fund
(CPCF) courses
Name: Mr Liu Ziwen
Tel: 6730 4527
Email: [email protected]
> Certificate in Interior Finishing Coordination
> Certificate in Pavement Construction and
Maintenance
> Certificate in Waterproofing Supervision
> Certificate in Building Measurement
> Certificate in Levelling and Setting Out
> NBQ in Project Supervision
> Higher NBQ in Project Supervision
> Advanced NBQ in Project Supervision
> NBQ in Supervision and Coordination of M&E
Works
BCA Academy
200 Braddell Road
Singapore 579700
BCA Academy
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Date/Time
10 Apr 2015
14:00 – 17:00
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Marketing & Business
Development Unit
Tel : 6730 4503 / 6248 9824
Email: [email protected]
16 new courses are now available.
UP TO 50% to 80% of the
training cost can be
subsidised under the
CPCF scheme.
The additional courses are:
Certificate courses (PMETs)
> Certificate course in BIM Modelling
> Certificate course in BIM Management
> Project Management for Professionals in the
Building and Construction Industry
(in collaboration with SPM)
> Construction Productivity Management
(in collaboration with SCAL)
> Design of Precast Concrete Structures for
Engineers
> Workshop on Site Management of Precast
Concrete Construction
Trade Diplomas (Foremen / Supervisors)
> Higher NBQ in Supervision and Coordination
of M&E Works
> Structural Steel Supervision
> Advanced NBQ in Supervision and Coordination
of M&E Works
> Plumbing Technology
> NBQ in Operation & Maintenance
> Reinforced Concrete Supervision
> Electrical Technology
26, 27, 30 & 31 Mar 2015
(4 days – 09:00 – 17:30)
10 Apr 2015 (09:00 – 14:00)
Certification Course for
Green Mark Manager
(58th Run)
30 & 31 Mar 2015
09:00 – 17:30
Workshop on Managing
Project Teams Effectively
(9th Run)
> SEC(K) in Precast Concrete Components
Erection
6 - 9 Apr 2015 (4 days)
09:00 – 18:00
Certification course in BIM
Modelling (MEP Track)
6th Run
> SEC(K) in Interior Drywall Installation
Starting from 6 Apr 2015
(5 Months Part-Time)
18:30 – 21:30
Specialist Diploma in
Construction Productivity
(2nd Run)
> Higher NBQ in Operation & Maintenance
> Advanced NBQ in Operation & Maintenance
Certificate courses (Tradesmen / Foremen)
> Builders Cert in Plumbing and Pipefitting
> SEC(K) in Structural Steel Fitting
> System Formwork Training
For enquiries, plEASE contact:
BCA Academy
Tel: 6248 9999 Email: [email protected]
> Mechanical Elevated Work Platform
CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTIVITY AND CAPABILITY FUND (CPCF)
TECHNOLOGY ADOPTION
BUILDING INFORMATION
MODELLING (BIM) FUND
Provides assistance to
companies to defray
up to 50% of the cost of
incorporating BIM into
their work processes. The
assistance is capped at
S$20,000 for firm level
scheme and S$35,000
for project collaboration
scheme per application.*
Each company can
submit up to a total of 6
applications.
MECHANISATION CREDIT
(MECHC) SCHEME
Provides assistance to
companies to defray up
to 70% of equipment cost.*
PRODUCTIVITY
IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
(PIP) Scheme
Provides assistance to
companies to defray up
to 70% of the cost for
adopting more productive
work processes.*
*Terms and conditions apply.
For more information, please call the cpcf toll-free hotline at
1800-325 5050 or visit http://www.bca.gov.sg/CPCF/cpcf.html
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