Trimble Solutions (SEA) Pte Ltd award 3 scholarships to students of ITE furthering their commitment to invest and partner with academia to builds local BIM-related capabilities and expertise.

With Building Information Modeling (BIM) revolutionizing the future of construction, professionals with BIM skills are in high demand. Committed to increasing the number of local graduates equipped with skills to boost local talent in the building and construction industry, Trimble launched the Tekla Scholarship for Institute of Technical Education (ITE) graduates in 2013.

Early this year, three students – Hamza Abdullah Adib Bin Abdul Majid, Nurul Elly’sha Hisham and Absusalih Muhammad Imraan – from ITE were awarded the 2016 scholarships. The recipients were selected based on a set of broad-ranging criteria including their passion for learning, commitment to personal development and involvement in co-curricular activities.

The program is part of Trimble’s efforts to encourage millennials to join the industry and pursue diploma courses in BIM-related disciplines in order to equip themselves for their career paths. The scholarship is also an opportunity for Trimble to identify students who demonstrate leadership, have the drive and resilience to take on challenges and who share Trimble’s vision of transforming the way the world works.

At the scholarship presentation ceremony, Trimble also demonstrated its latest product capability with Microsoft HoloLens, bringing the next generation of technology to the next generation of architects, engineers, constructors.

Nurturing young talents to build the future

Nurul Elly'sha Hisham, one of the scholarship winners, shared, “The Tekla Scholarship has definitely opened up new opportunities for me. Potential employers will now be able to recognize my proficiency with advanced BIM software such as Tekla Structures, giving me the edge over my peers.”

The young student wasted no time when putting her knowledge to use. “My BIM knowledge was most useful during my internship when I was working on small SLNG drawings. With the information BIM provided, I was able to make important decisions involving the construction process and maintenance. It also helped me and my team decide safety aspects for the facilities.”

Nurul Elly’sha also said that scholarship will benefit her in the future, knowing that her knowledge of BIM software will be able to increase her opportunities to land a job that she is passionate about. “The building and construction industry in Singapore looks promising for engineers like myself. With the support of organizations such as Trimble and the Building & Construction Authority, I am confident in pursuing a degree and becoming a Project Manager upon graduation.”

Introducing BIM education in schools

“I observed that my students preferred to study building construction matters using BIM technology as it helped them to better visualize their designs and drawings. BIM also makes learning more fun – my students get inspired when they see various designs of building structures come to life and are always surprised at how easy the design process becomes. With a better understanding of the building concept and process, graduates with BIM knowledge are now better equipped to enter the workforce than ever before,” said Kwan King Kuen, Senior Lecturer / Engineering Design, School of Engineering at Institute of Technical Education, College Central.

"The BIM ecosystem is based on a foundation of innovative ways of thinking and new approaches to construction concepts. Programs such as the Tekla Scholarship that invest in the future of the industry are fundamental to attracting young, fresh talent in the local industry and keeping this ecosystem functional. Today, BIM offers a viable career opportunity to anyone looking to enter the building and construction industry,” said Thomas Phang, Area Director, Trimble Solutions (SEA) Pte Ltd.  

BIM’s potential to streamline the construction industry brings about much needed processes and productivity improvements, which is key to enabling the industry’s shift into one that is more high-tech. By equipping the younger generation with the necessary BIM skills, the possibility of BIM being a passing trend is significantly lowered. Instead, it now becomes a long-term solution that will eventually cement its position as the new industry standard.