Up close with the winners of Tekla Asia BIM Awards 2016

Last month, Trimble announced the winning projects from its 2016 Tekla Asia BIM Awards competition. Participating countries included Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan, South Korea and Philippines.


Nam Nghiep 1, a hydropower project in Vietnam by Song Da 5, took the top spot for its innovative use of Tekla’s Building Information Modelling (BIM) solution to overcome challenges such as the mountainous topography of the facility’s surrounding area.

The West Super Block project by Makati Development Corporation from the Philippines came in second for using Tekla software to successfully co-ordinate the project amongst multiple stakeholders.

Third place winner, COTECCONS JSC, switched from 2D to 3D modelling for The Gold View Apartments project in Vietnam. While the project was initially challenging, the switch greatly improved collaboration and productivity.

Student category winner, the Toraja Art & Convention Center in Indonesia, was designed by a group of five Indonesian students from Jakarta State Polytechnic (PNJ) who used BIM to model the unique architectural features of the building with a high Level of Detail (LOD).  It was also the project that received the highest number of public votes.

Trimble caught up with three of the winning teams recently. Read more about their experience taking part in the Tekla Asia BIM Awards 2016 below.


First Place Winner: Power House of Nam Nghiep 1 Hydro Power Project, Vietnam

Mr Pham Minh Tung,  Mr Bui Trung Tu and Mr Mai Anh Duc (Team leader) from Song Da 5 JSC with Mr Mark Tung, Business Development Director from Trimble Solutions SEA Pte Ltd

In the past, Song Da 5 would prepare 2D construction drawings for the implementation and management of all construction activities in its projects. This time, because of the client’s requirements for high-quality construction drawings and tight progress timelines, the Nam Nghiep 1 team decided to use Tekla software for the project.

The team takes immense pride in applying Tekla software on a project as specialized as this hydropower plant. “Hydropower facilities are less common than other types of civil buildings. We had to work creatively to put our best foot forward,” the team added. The first big challenge was to modelize the concrete boundary of hydropower plants as they are often located in remote and mountainous areas with complex topography conditions. To tackle this, the team utilized several software, including Tekla Structures and SketchUp, both of which are Trimble Buildings solutions.

The team also concluded, “Tekla is able to provide 3D models with a high LOD and accuracy, pre-empting errors or defects from occurring later during the construction phase. Working with Tekla also meant that several users can access and manipulate the model, which facilitates and maximizes coordination.”

The winning team was rewarded with an all-expenses-paid trip to Thailand to attend the Trimble S.E.A BIM Forum as well as visit an automated precast concrete factory in Bangkok in end July. The factory adopted BIM with the help of Tekla solutions a couple of years ago. Song Da 5 was also exposed to new approaches of BIM and learnt how Thai precasters use BIM to meet quality and precision requirements of precast designs with end-to-end automation. When asked about the future of the construction industry, they said that they believe BIM and other technology will replace conventional working methods. 


Second Place Winner: West Super Block Project, Philippines

Mr Alfred Hng, Director of Services & Consulting from Trimble Solutions SEA Pte Ltd gives out trophy to the West Super Block project team.  Mr Dan Abando, President of Makati Development Corporation accepts the Award Certificate.


Mr Romeo Francisco, Managing Director of Vibrant Technology Solutions Co., Mr Henry R. Realon, Head of Commercial Group of Makati Development  Corp.,  Mr Alfred Hng, Director of Services & Consulting of Trimble Solutions SEA Pte Ltd. and Ms Corazon Corpuz, Technical Support Department Manager of Makati Development Corp.

The team behind this high-end commercial and retail complex faced particular challenges in co-ordination and collaboration between consultants, the owner and the project manager. On top of that, the team needed to develop a strategy to address project issues in terms of cost overruns due to incomplete plans, delayed project turnover because of design changes and delayed reconciliation of materials for variation in orders.

Makati Development Corporation (MDC) used Tekla’s BIM software to successfully improve the work methodology of the project, in particular, quantification, construction scheduling and simulation.

By using Tekla software during the early stages of the project, MDC was able to incorporate and improve the work methodology during the later phases of planning such as design and development.

The team also used Tekla software to easily quantify the orders for offsite fabrication and early procurement. “We were able to check and evaluate KPI targets for concrete, rebar, and formworks to prevent cost overruns. Using this new technology and approach, we achieved greater collaboration and visualization.”

For MDC, the main benefits of using Tekla solutions in this project were productivity and cost savings in terms of prevention of rectification and rework during the pre-construction co-ordination.






Third Place Winner: The Gold View, Vietnam

Coteccons BIM team with Mr. Nguyen Khuu Trong Luat, BIM leader accepting the trophy and certificate

COTECCONS JSC is one of the top domestic contractors in Vietnam that have applied Tekla software. When asked how Tekla software was used in The Gold View project, the team commented, “Tekla provides high LOD for difficult drawings, and makes it easy to find mistakes in special building components such as curved ramps and pre-stressed cables.”

The team added that with BIM, they were able to control the software to suit the large-scale project’s specific requirements. Empowered by Tekla software, they were able to extract the quantity take-off precisely for the concrete pour, which helped with the subcontractor payment.

Through the use of multiple Trimble Buildings software including SketchUp and BIMsight, the team was also able to communicate and connect with other departments such as Design and Equipment.

The COTECCONS team was pleased with their first experience with Tekla software and have plans to use Tekla software in more complex projects to help manage risks and lower costs.


Student Winner: Toraja Art & Convention Center project, Indonesia

Mr Thomas Phang, Area Director from Trimble Solutions SEA Pte Ltd gives away the Award Certificate to Mr Trimanta, ST., Instructor from Jakarta State Polytechnic (PNJ)


Student winners in yellow jackets, Dica Rosmyanto, Fakri Zia Ahmad Riyanto, Kartika Dani Lestari, Miftahul Ulum and Achmad Sofian.

Students participated in the competition by submitting BIM model mock-ups. According to the student winners from Jakarta State Polytechnic, major challenges faced when working on the project included choosing the building model, outlining the building dimensions and shape, and choosing the project materials. One of the project’s most unique features was its boat-shaped roof, shaped like a traditional Tongkonan house.

When addressing how they approached these challenges, they said, “Using Tekla software, we were able to have different materials show up while creating the 3D model. This made it easier to present the model than in 2D. Also, using a combination of models from various BIM software on BIMsight worked well to perform clash checks. With so much information in the final model, this project would have been carried out very efficiently in real life.”