Thursday, November 10, 2011

BIM says bam to blueprints - Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal

BIM says bam to blueprints - Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal

BIM says bam to blueprints

Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal by David Goll, Reporter Date: Thursday, November 3, 2011, 10:52pm PDT - Last Modified: Friday, November 4, 2011, 10:59am PDT

BIM, building information modeling, is nudging aside blueprints in the industry.



David Goll
Reporter - Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal
BIM is brimming with potential. Computer software that allows architectural firms and construction companies to engage in virtual design and construction activities yields big reductions in costs and building schedules.

After spending $450,000 to jump into the BIM revolution several years ago, officials of Blach Construction Co. in Santa Clara realized there was a distinct shortage of prospective employees being trained in this specialty. Purdue University in Indiana and California State University, Chico were among a small handful of schools with BIM courses. So they approached former San Jose-Evergreen Community College District Superintendent Rosa Perez to see if she would agree to launch such classes in Silicon Valley.
"She thought it was a great idea and told her people to make it a priority," said Juan Barosso, Blach's vice president of pre-construction services.

Four years later, it's a reality. A three-semester BIM course of study started Sept. 6 at Evergreen Valley College in San Jose, enrolling 27 students working on certificates. According to Barosso, plans are already afoot to make the course a full two-year program that will award an Associate of Arts degree.

TODAYonline | Business | S$6m BIM fund benefits more than 100 local firms

TODAYonline Business S$6m BIM fund benefits more than 100 local firms

S$6m BIM fund benefits more than 100 local firms
04:45 AM Nov 10, 2011

SINGAPORE - More than 100 local firms, including about 30 engineering consultants, have received support through a S$6 million fund set up to promote building information modelling (BIM) in the construction industry. Speaking at the Professionals Engineers Board Day of Dedication yesterday, Minister of State for Trade and Industry and National Development Lee Yi Shyan revealed that S$4.2 million, or about 70 per cent, of the fund has been committed.The BIM fund is part of a larger S$250 million Construction Productivity and Capability Fund and was set up by the Government to ease the transition from two-dimensional computer-aided design to three-dimensional modelling technology. The BIM fund covers costs on training, consultancy, software and hardware.Referring to the Addendum to the President's Address last month in Parliament, Mr Lee reiterated that the Ministry of National Development is committed to raising the capabilities and productivity of the construction industry. "Towards this goal, I see great potential for our engineers to play a transformational role in shaping the industry," he said.The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) aims to have BIM widely adopted across the industry by 2015. Mr Lee also said that for the next two years, the BCA projects high construction demand of between S$21 billion and S$28 billion a year, primarily due to the ramp up of the supply of Housing and Development Board flats and new development projects.