The Use of BIM at Chun Wo
As Hong Kong’s construction industry enters a new digital era, the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology is becoming increasingly important and prevalent. In 2018, Development Bureau (DEVB) established the Construction Innovation and Technology Fund (CITF), with an allocation of HK$1 billion, to facilitate applications of the latest technologies including BIM; it also announced that capital works projects with project estimates more than $30 million shall use BIM.
Asia Allied Infrastructure's subsidiary Chun Wo Construction Holdings (“Chun Wo”) founded the BIM Department to extend the scope of BIM uses on its construction projects. “Our BIM team has eight core members now. Although they are mostly youngsters as BIM is a relatively new profession, most of them hold a Certiﬁcation of BIM Managers (CCBM) or Certiﬁcation of BIM Coordinators (CCBC)”, said Mr. Antony Kwok, BIM Manager of Chun Wo. Today, Chun Wo adopts BIM in a wide range of building, civil engineering and fitting-out projects, such as the Road Re-alignment Project for Members Main Entrance Redevelopment and Multi-Level Carpark at Shatin Racecourse for the Hong Kong Jockey Club, and Construction of a 30-classroom primary school at Site KT2c of Development at Anderson Road.
The use of BIM enables better control over the whole project cycle, from planning, building and site design, managing, construction and even maintenance. “The largest benefit of BIM is that it allows prediction of potential problems in the planning stage. By preventing these problems from happening, we can save a considerable amount of time and money and enhance site safety.”
Speaking of training, Chun Wo spends more than 40% of the funding from DEVB on training BIM talents. “When designing courses and learning programs for our colleagues, we take a targeted approach, with a combination of inhouse and external training.” Antony emphasised these specialised BIM programs tackle practical problems BIM talents encounter from their own projects and focus on soft skills including cross-disciplinary collaboration and external communication, helping them excel at work.
Looking forward, we will continue to invent and step up the use of new technologies such as BIM, “Concrete Modular Integrated Construction (Concrete MiC)” and “Rapid Repairing Motor Material (R2M2)” on our construction projects, to build a “Smart City” by construction technologies.
“Twinmotion” is a 3D virtual reality software that can seamlessly transform raw BIM data into real life images and 360° VR animations, which greatly saves re-modelling time and avoids abortive work.
Road Re-alignment Project for Members Main Entrance Redevelopment and Multi-Level Carpark at Shatin Racecourse for the Hong Kong Jockey Club
BIM drawing of a 30-classroom primary school at Site KT2c of Development at Anderson Road