Previously, the design process in the construction industry relied on the systematic multi-stage issuing of drawings and specifications to contractors, from concept design to final construction and beyond. With building information modelling (BIM), it is about bringing together the data and different components to form a coherent set of information.
We caught up with Rob Sanchez, Head of Corporate VDC/BIM at China Construction (South Pacific) Development. Rob will be giving a presentation on the technology advancement in 3D BIM at TECHX Asia 2017 He shared with us some of the technology trends which he’s excited about and gives a teaser of what he will be sharing at the event.
1. Could you share something about yourself with our readers?
I am Rob, having a 10-year experience in consulting & project implementations. Currently I am heading the corporate VDC/BIM operation in China Construction (South Pacific) Devt’ Co. a general contractor based in Singapore & Malaysia. I trained as an Architect in Mapua Institute of Technology in Manila, Philippines. And together with my team of BIM commandos, we try to revolutionize how we build. Strategizing how to integrate actual construction environment within the virtual world to achieve a high level of productivity and efficiency within our development & construction projects.
2. Could you give our readers a quick teaser on what you will be speaking at the show?
In the upcoming TECHX, I will be sharing;
- What is BIM & VDC is about?
- Pointers in achieving a high quality BIM models for VDC analysis
- BIM & VDC in operation for development & construction
- Technologies behind (IOT’s and automation)
3. Why is this topic close to your heart?
As an architect, I am a firm advocate of passion in design, not only in designing buildings but also in designing how we should build things is of equal importance (or maybe more). Since my primary engagement, our goal has always been to integrate or innovate (Probably both) systems with latest trends and technology within construction & design projects. And dealing with the set of unique multicultural people within this innovations in the industry (the greatest challenge so far). We believe that it’s a bit revolutionary and it is the perfect age to redefine how we do things. And with this, our team cultivates more passion in each developments of our work.
4. Could you share your thoughts on what the future of the construction industry might look like and how we should prepare ourselves to be future-ready?
With our developments in the industry, I firmly believe that automation and robotics is just across the margin. From how we are establishing BIM models and further utilizing this in VDC analysis and simulations, in the near future we might be able (we will) to push more motives for automating data management. As we know, with BIM we have the opportunity to access the volume of information and data in single file format in the model, but the problem is, you have un-measurable number of data but how can you manage it effectively and be-able to use it? Having this high volume of data or information is irrelevant! But having the correct information and having the ability or means to manage it at the right time is what is paramount in this development period of technology.
The future will be faced with innovations of all thing’s connected, from having a well-connected construction site, DfMA elements, safety and quality all associated in a system is what we inevitably we will have. From automations and robotics, quality and safety will achieve ten folds of advancements, as robotics can ultimately integrate with models efficiently, and with this uncertainty in design and construction is reduced to zero.
Technology will change how we do things inevitably, How can we prepare? (Quoting from PROSCI ADKAR Model)
- We must push ourselves to be aware and understand the nature and need for change.
- We must have the desire to change – support, participate & engage
- Equip ourselves with the knowledge – be able to implement new skills and behaviour
- Gain the ability to implement the change and demonstrate performance
- Be able reinforce – sustain the change and be able to build a culture and competence
Rob will be joining us at this year’s TECHX Asia, taking place 6-7 September 2017 in Singapore. As Asia’s leading event on commercial applications of emerging technologies, TECHX will bring together leading minds, entrepreneurs and innovators across the entire spectrum of emerging technologies: IoT, drones, AI, 3D, robotics, data and blockchain.
Find out more and book your tickets here.