On 20 and 21 October 2014, Tekla SEA hosted the first Regional Authorized Training Center (ATC) Symposium, bringing together educators and industry thought leaders from Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam for two days of best practice sharing and mutual learning.

Six educational institutions from four countries that are established as Tekla ATCs in Southeast Asia participated in the Symposium, including Politeknik Negeri Jakarta, Sun Moon University, Universiti Kuala Lumpur, Institute of Technical Education, National University of Singapore, and Nanyang Technological University. The event also included participation from industry associations such as Ikatan Ahli Pracetak dan Prategang Indonesia (Precast Concrete Association of Indonesia), ATCNK of South Korea, Prestariang of Malaysia, as well as Atlas Industries from Vietnam.

At the Symposium, the ATCs showcased their BIM (Building Information Modeling) education efforts, while roundtable discussions promoted the sharing of best practices and helped the ATCs align learning outcomes with the latest industry trends.

“This is the first time we are bringing together all the ATCs in the region to connect and learn from each other. The experience and best practices that the educational institutions, industry associations, and Tekla have learnt is invaluable, and will surely help drive the future direction of our educational efforts,” said Michael Evans, Education & Key Account Segment Director, Tekla.

“When you look at what students are demanding out of their education today, Engineering is rated as the second most in-demand Bachelor’s degree. Teaching our students how to use the actual tools they will use in the workforce will help address the demand for BIM-skilled graduates, while increasing graduates’ employability at the same time,” he added.

At the Symposium, Tekla also announced the recipients of a BIM Scholarship – three students from ITE: Cheah Shi Wen, 19, Zhang Jingjing, 23, and Su Latt Tun, 22. The scholarship recipients were selected based on their outstanding academic and CCA records, and are individuals who are keen to join the building and construction industry upon graduation. Through the scholarship, the scholars will learn to use Tekla Structures, the most advanced BIM software on the market, as well as be exposed to new ways of thinking and new approaches to construction concepts.

More than 120 educational institutions across the world are using Tekla Structures as part of learning curriculum, and thousands of students are registered on Tekla Campus, an online portal which provides students with free software, learning material, tutorials, as well as a discussion forum for peer support.

Hosted at ITE College Central, the Symposium included a tour of ITE’s engineering training facilities, where attendees were briefed on how ITE prepares its students for the jobs of tomorrow. ITE was authorized as the first Tekla ATC in Southeast Asia in early 2012.

In October, Tekla announced its latest ATC in the region with Prestariang Group in Malaysia. The partnership is set to benefit the local market in civil and structural engineering education through a benchmarked certification.

As the industry increasingly aims for higher productivity and minimised errors, more organisations are adopting BIM in the design and construction process, creating a large demand for BIM professionals in the industry. The adoption of new technologies such as BIM is expected to contribute towards the Singapore government’s goal of raising construction productivity by 2% - 3% per annum over the next 10 years.

To highlight the talents of budding civil, structural engineering and construction management students worldwide, Tekla is encouraging students to participate in the Tekla Student BIM Awards, a global BIM competition to celebrate the work and achievements of student Tekla users in the building and construction industry. Open to students worldwide, the competition offers a venue for students to showcase their BIM skills. Students have until 30 November to submit their project to stand a chance to win worldwide recognition for their school and submitted project, certificates and a feature in the Tekla Global BIM Awards booklet. More information is available on the Tekla Student BIM Awards website.

Further information

Moses Mok, Weber Shandwick on behalf of Tekla SEA; tel. +65 6825 8047, e-mail mmok@webershandwick.com

About Tekla

Tekla provides construction industry a chance to achieve greater competitive edge with Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Structural Design software. Established in 1966, Tekla has customers in over 100 countries, offices in over 20 countries, and a global partner network. Tekla Building & Construction is part of Trimble Buildings, a group focused on technology solutions that improve collaboration, efficiency and accuracy across the Design-Build-Operate lifecycle of buildings.