McGraw Hill and Autodesk Report Government Policy as Key Driver of Smart Building in Singapore

ADSKMcGraw Hill and Autodesk Report Government Policy as Key Driver ofSmart Building in Singapore

New Study Shows Singapore as a Global Frontrunner for BIM Adoption in Architecture, Engineering & Construction

Thailand, October 24, 2014 – In partnership with Autodesk Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), McGraw Hill Construction released a new SmartMarket Report: The Business Value of BIM for Building Owners during the Singapore Construction Productivity Week. The report shows Singapore as a global frontrunner of Building Information Modeling (BIM) adoption across the architecture, engineering and construction industry, with government policy as a key driver. Singapore has been featured in this diagnostic study and audit – which researched over 20 of the major construction marketplaces globally and looked closely at countries with national BIM mandates – UK, Singapore and Scandinavia (Denmark, Finland and Norway).

BIM is an intelligent, model-based design process that adds value across the entire lifecycle of building and infrastructure projects. According to the report, owners in Singapore are seeing the potential in BIM, with some of the top-tier architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry players now being BIM-ready. A recent Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA) survey reveals dramatic growth in the use of BIM in the construction industry growing from 25% in 2009 to 76% in 2013.

“The most critical driver of BIM use in Singapore has been the national BIM mandate,” said VR Srivatsan, Managing Director of Autodesk ASEAN. “With government continuing to make infrastructure development a high priority, the adoption of BIM is a necessary step towards minimizing lifecycle building costs and improving the design quality of the built asset.”

Srivatsan added, “With the SmartMarket Report, Autodesk has helped analyze the profiles of building owners whose paths to BIM can serve as an inspiration to other owners interested in starting or accelerating their BIM adoption process.”

The findings reveal the influence that governments can have on the implementation of BIM in economies like Singapore and UK. Through the administration of Singapore’s BCA, the country’s BIM mandate and road map aim to improve industry productivity so that Singapore-based companies can compete with international firms for work in-country, thus supporting the industry’s employment figures and revenue.

“The desire to advance innovation and become an industry leader is most explicit in the BIM policies of Singapore and UK. The impact of a BIM mandate is ensuring that their construction sectors become more globally competitive,” said Harvey M. Bernstein, Vice President, Industry Insights & Alliances, McGraw Hill Construction. “Owners are the greatest beneficiaries of BIM. We hope they will align BIM use with their specifi­c goals, engage more effectively with all stakeholders and extend the value of BIM beyond construction into facility management.”

Factors that support Singapore’s ability to create a country-wide mandate are Singapore’s efficient government decision-making and tradition of embracing technology, enabling it to set forth progressive requirements regarding the use of BIM.

“While there is currently interest among owners to learn how BIM can be used post-construction, most owners are at the very early stages of awareness and understanding. We intend to address this gap by giving more emphasis to owners and developers,” observes Dr. John Keung, CEO, Building and Construction Authority (BCA). “We need to help bring facility managers and operators on board. We have a great deal of work to do now, in helping them see the pathways to increased productivity of their work through BIM. Bringing BIM into the full lifecycle of the building will increase its value for owners and help them to see deeper benefits from its use on their projects.”

‘The Business Value of BIM’ SmartMarket Report was produced by McGraw Hill Construction in partnership with Autodesk and Skanska. Contributing partners who made this report possible were Balfour Beatty Construction and Mortenson Construction. Additional support was provided by AIS, the buildingSMART alliance and Hensel Phelps. The full report can be viewed here.

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