Building Information Modeling (BIM) is becoming a key trend to watch. In Asia, how is adoption progressing and what challenges still exist?
Reymundo Cruz, BIM Specialist, Redstack Global
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is certainly a concept that has gained substantial global momentum in recent times. Becoming popular across the construction industry, BIM continues to change the way project managers operate.
Of course, with timelines tightening, but budgets and ideas expanding, it's vital to take innovative designs and turn them into something simply outstanding. To learn more about the current state of BIM adoption throughout the Asian region, we sat down with Redstack Singapore BIM consultant Reymundo Cruz.
Cruz's history with BIM
For the best part of a decade, Reymundo has interacted with technology designed to revolutionise the construction industry. Firstly based in Manila with the Microcadd Institute, he taught AutoCAD as well as Revit.
Reymundo ventured west to architecture/engineering consultancy group Zuhair Fayez in Saudi Arabia. This saw his first project in BIM and built the foundations for future years. Continuing in the Middle East, Reymundo also worked as a specialist in BIM at the Gulf Cooperation Council - providing trouble shooting advice, training and guiding the team to implement BIM.
This led to Reymundo's current position as BIM Coordinator/Consultant at Redstack Global. As the leader of many BIM projects, workflows and standards, Reymundo has a great perspective on BIM adoption across Asia.
BIM adoption - an overview
Asia is the largest emerging market in the world, fast becoming the hotspot for construction activity. In fact, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers report, 60 per cent of the world's infrastructure spending will be located in this region by 2025.
However, there are already markets that are seeing substantial activity with BIM playing an important role. Reymundo highlighted Japan, South Korea, Singapore, India, China and Malaysia as six good examples.
Of course, the main issue with BIM adoption is that many businesses within these countries are still in the implementation stage. Reymundo believes the next decade will be key for business leaders to learn more about the benefits and advantages of using this software.
"Even though a lot of businesses have heard of BIM, everyone is still in the beginning stages," he said.
BIM challenges in the Asian market
Although BIM has the potential to be a game changer, Reymundo and his team face many challenges in helping businesses adopt this approach. One such issue is that enterprises choose to remain stuck in legacy technology, rather than branching out into new innovations.
"Since they are very entrenched with their current 2D drafting practices, it is hard for them to move into a new process like BIM," Reymundo explained. "They are so comfortable with their system, there is a fear factor involved - what happens if we don't get any returns?"
Another problem Reymundo sees in the market is around recruitment. "It is not easy to get skilled BIM professionals currently in Asia. The learning curve for obtaining BIM experts is steeper than AutoCAD or 2D drafting because the whole process is in 3D. As such, many businesses are seeking modelers and BIM managers - the construction industry is changing." Without key BIM experts or skill sets, businesses can find it difficult to transition to a new way of thinking.
Future of BIM in the Asian region
For the Asian region, Reymundo believes the public sector will become a catalyst for BIM implementation. Take Singapore for example. The Building & Construction Authority has set a roadmap for this technology and is taking the initiative to help businesses make the leap - providing training and developing guidelines.
The scene is similar across Japan and South Korea, complementing the efforts of providers such as Redstack.
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