Vigcon Construction (Vigcon) undertakes various projects across commercial, residential, industrial and institutional segments. With the coming of the Digital Revolution in the industry, Vigcon has embraced new digitalized work processes and construction technologies to stay competitive.
The Singapore Government has been pushing for the greater adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM), and more recently on the importance of integrating processes and stakeholders via a common digital platform, to enable greater efficiency through sharing of information, collaboration and quicker decision making – known as Integrated Digital Delivery (IDD). When Vigcon was awarded a project with 1st Class BIM requirements, it thus approached Trimble Solutions to explore possible technologies. Working with the Trimble team, Vigcon adopted Trimble Connect for the real-time status tracking of precast elements throughout the construction process, from the fabrication stage, delivery to installation.
“Through Trimble Connect, the cloud-based project collaboration platform enables digital data exchange through a single platform, allowing all stakeholders involved in the project to monitor the progress and status of work. This is an area our company has identified as a key area to venture into and Trimble Connect dashboard enables us to do so,” said Than Lwin, Vigcon’s Project Director.
The precaster engaged for this project has adopted Tekla Structures in creating the fabricated BIM model of a high Level of Details (LOD) as required by this project to demonstrate the use of BIM for DFMA for precast elements. The same high LOD model was assigned with a unique ID for each precast element, this digital information was eventually mapped over to the Infocomm technology such as the RFID tags or QR codes tags which are then secured on the elements for status tracking on the Trimble Connect platform. This enables the exchange of digital Information in the BIM model across the project stakeholders.
The adoption of Trimble solutions allows Vigcon to have accurate and real-time updated status information on production and site progress. This access of information allows early planning, on-time deliveries and more importantly visibility to identify possible site issues with the project owners, consultants and the trade contractors for more efficient management of site activities.