Construction sector to get more boost

The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has taken another step forward to help boost productivity in the sector with a technology initiative.

BCA has tied up with software modelling company Tekla and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) to promote the use of building information modelling (BIM) among industry practitioners.

BIM is a three dimensional (3D) technology that can change the way buildings are designed and constructed and transform the construction industry.

This involves Tekla handing out a total of 46 BIM software licenses worth S$2.2 million to ITE.

Tekla has also agreed to support ITE by sending teachers to train both students and industry practitioners on the use of BIM.

BCA says such initiative could help improve productivity in the industry.

With electronic submissions of building plans for regulatory approvals becoming compulsory by 2015, the use of such BIM software could help ease the process.

BCA said more than S$6 million is available through its Construction Productivity and Capability Fund to help over 200 firms defray the cost of BIM adoption.

ITE College Central principal Ang Kiam Wee said: “BCA wants to upgrade the industry as a whole, so that is from a regulatory point of view.

“From Tekla, they have the capability, they have the software that allows us, as training institutions, we should be a part of this preparation of the next generation of workers in the industry, getting ready – I think this is a great partnership.”

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 8 Feb 2012

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