- BCA Academy introduces new courses to meet industry needs - Greater use of technology in the construction industry
Singapore, 31 October 2012 - Building capabilities in the built environment industry will continue to be the key thrust moving forward, as the industry evolves into one that is highly productive and technologically advanced. There is great scope and opportunity for BCA Academy graduates to help raise the technology level and enhance the project management process of the industry to catch up with productivity in other developed countries.
This was the key message at this year's BCA Academy graduation ceremony which saw 680 students graduating compared to 468 last year. This includes the graduation of an inaugural batch of students from the Diploma in Strategic Facilities Management and the first two cohorts from the Specialist Diploma in Building Information Modelling (BIM).
At the graduation ceremony, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry and National Development Mr Lee Yi Shyan encouraged the greater use of technology, such as the 3D modelling tool BIM, to raise construction productivity. He announced two new courses that the BCA Academy will be introducing.
New diploma plus certification course in BIM and full-time Diploma in Quantity Surveying
The new diploma plus certification course in BIM will be offered to final year full-time diploma students at the BCA Academy, to further strengthen students' BIM knowledge and skill sets. It will cover more advanced concepts and topics of BIM and tools used in developing BIM models from the conceptual design phase to the tender documentation phase.
Also, a new three-year full-time Diploma in Quantity Surveying will prepare students with a strong foundation in quantity surveying to serve the industry's needs. The programme will also include an industry practicum to help students gain real work experience in quantity surveying.
"These two courses will start by April next year to support the industry's demand for BIM professionals and quantity surveyors. The BCA Academy will continue to review its courses and programmes to support manpower and technology development in the construction industry. Also, we want to gradually establish the BCA Academy as the preferred institution for those seeking a career in the built environment as well as a national centre of excellence for training for our industry professionals", said Mr William Tan Yong Keh, Managing Director of the BCA Academy.
Launch of CONQUAS 8th edition and mobile application
Citing another example of the use of technology, Mr Lee Yi Shyan also launched a new Construction Quality Assessment System (CONQUAS) edition and mobile application.
The CONQUAS is a voluntary scheme introduced in 1989 to measure the quality level achieved in a completed project. As the national benchmark for building quality in Singapore, the CONQUAS will be revised to promote design and materials which support both high quality and productivity. For instance, bonus points will be awarded to projects using prefabricated components in construction, to encourage the use of less labour intensive design and materials that lead not only to higher build quality but also improved productivity.
Under the CONQUAS 8th Edition, CONQUAS scores will also be capped at 95 points. This is to discourage unnecessary and inefficient use of resources as more effort is required to achieve scores at higher limits, without a marked improvement in the quality observed. Furthermore, there will be an increased weightage on architectural works to better align quality standards with homeowners' expectations.
Also, developers and builders can now monitor the workmanship quality of their projects with a new mobile application introduced by the BCA. Named 'CONQUAS', the application is part of BCA's efforts to make CONQUAS/Quality Mark information easily accessible to industry professionals and even homeowners who are on the go.
The application has been available for free download from the Apple App Store last month. Features include an e-calculator to generate the Quality Mark score of residential units, as well as a checklist which carries information on CONQUAS requirements and procedures. Users are also able to access CONQUAS manuals and be updated on the latest CONQUAS initiatives and changes.
CONQUAS 8th Edition and Mobile Application (837KB .pdf)
Portable document format version of the media release is also available (863KB .pdf).