Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) is a process that adopts Building Information Modelling (BIM) as a key component where it is a plan which fully integrated the whole building process into a Master Schedule in virtual reality form. It is fast becoming a necessity in today’s construction world given that it not only provides information for all building elements to be viewed collectively but more importantly, it enables critical review of all such building element and information as an integral component not possible previously on 2-dimensional drawings. Adopting VDC with BIM is even more vital and productive approach for current Singapore built environment as we are moving towards a construction era with highly productive technology such as Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA), advance precast technology, Prefabricated Pre-finished Volumetric Construction (PPVC), Prefab Bathroom Unit (PBU), Modular MEP, Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), etc.
Ho Lee has embarked on the BIM journey since the year 2012 with its Heron Bay EC project. We are still in the progress of training and developing the VDC and BIM team to take on more challenging projects and use VDC more extensively in all aspects of construction works. Our team is expanding to support the project needs to complete the VDC process. Over the years, Ho Lee has implemented BIM for projects to assist in the construction process such as clash detection, visualization and analysis of construction difficulties.
Following our VDC initiatives, Ho Lee is currently exploring the integration of BIM, ICT and smart technologies to create a value chain. This is a logical step in the process of technology integration and in line with the Government’s Integrated Digital Delivery (IDD) route map for the built environment. Moving forward, we see the company investing continuously into emerging technology.