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SINGAPORE, 15 October 2015 – The Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) and Tekla SEA Pte Ltd today signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to extend its collaboration on research and development in the area of Building Information Modelling (BIM), with the goal of driving increased productivity in the building and construction sector.

The MoA signed today will extend the scope of the research that NTU’s Center for Infrastructure Systems (CIS) has been conducting with government and industry stakeholders, including the Building Construction Authority (BCA). The first MoA signed with Tekla, in November 2013, set out with a goal of identifying areas where BIM could be implemented in order to achieve increased productivity within the precast construction industry.

The initial collaboration resulted in a research paper  that was published earlier this year, which demonstrated that use of the proposed workflow for precast shop drawing generation could lead to a significant overall productivity improvement in terms of total time saved. The new MoA signed today will broaden the research to include precast element designs.

Precast element design refers to the analysis, design and detailing of structural elements, such as slab, beams, columns, walls and staircases, with due consideration for construction stage constraints and element design at final stage when a building is completed. These designs need to be fully compliant to the Singapore Code of Practices, notably Eurocode.

“When approximately 70 percent of a typical HDB project involves precast construction, being able to reduce man-hours notably during the precast fabrication stage is a huge leap in productivity,” said Risto Räty, Executive Vice President of Tekla and general manager of Trimble Buildings’ Structures Division. “We are very excited to continue our collaboration with NTU as they expand their research into precast element designs, which will further demonstrate the capability of BIM to bring increased productivity to the built environment in Singapore.”

The BCA is targeting for an improvement in productivity by at least 20 to 30 percent by the year 2020. In addition, starting this year, BCA has mandated regulatory submissions for architectural, structural and M&E plans for building works to be in BIM format.

Associate Professor Robert Tiong Lee Kong, from NTU’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, who led the research said: “By working closely with industry and government stakeholders, we are able to achieve impactful research outcomes. With our new workflow processes speeding up the pre-cast component designs, productivity can be increased, leading to possibly shorter building times for HDB flats. With NTU’s deep expertise in civil engineering and Tekla’s strong industry experience, I expect even more research breakthroughs in future.”

In addition to research collaboration, Tekla will support the training of NTU staff and students, and industry professionals, towards the development of their capability in the field of BIM solutions for building and construction designs. The MoA will also provide a platform for mutual sharing of best practices in the application of BIM solutions on buildable design and constructability, and ultimately to proliferate the adoption of BIM technology in the construction industry.

Tekla Structures is the most advanced BIM software on the market—it provides an accurate, dynamic, and data-rich 3D environment that can be shared by contractors, structural engineers, steel detailers and fabricators, as well as concrete detailers and manufacturers. 


[1] Tushar Nath, Meghdad Attarzadeh, Robert L.K. Tiong, C. Chidambaram, Zhao Yu, “Productivity improvement of precast shop drawings generation through BIM-based process re-engineering”, Automation in Construction, Volume 54, June 2015, Pages 54-68.


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Moses Mok, Weber Shandwick on behalf of Tekla SEA; tel. +65 9186 2794, 
e-mail mmok@webershandwick.com 

About Tekla 
Tekla’s Building & Construction business is part of Trimble Buildings, a Trimble segment focused on technology solutions that improve collaboration, efficiency and accuracy across the Design-Build-Operate (DBO) lifecycle of construction. Tekla drives the evolution of digital information models to provide greater competitive advantage to the construction, infrastructure and energy industries. Established in 1966, Tekla has customers in over 100 countries, offices in over 20 countries, and a global partner network. Information on Tekla solutions can be found at: www.tekla.com    
Trimble Buildings:   buildings.trimble.com

About Trimble
Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location—including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.

For more information, visit:  www.trimble.com.