BCA offers new degree on 3D modelling software

The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) is offering up a new degree on improving building productivity through the use of three-dimensional modelling software.

In a statement released on Tuesday, a spokesman said the programme - done in partnership with the University of Newcastle, Australia - will provide diploma holders a pathway to improve their skillsets and career prospects. Students undertaking the course, which is also available on a part-time basis, will get a hands-on in areas like project planning, cost estimating and building law. Upon graduation, they are also eligible to get accreditation in Australia.

Using such software, otherwise known as Building Information Modelling, has long been touted by the Government as a way to identify potential problems in construction before actual work begins, thereby increasing productivity.

"The impetus for the built environment sector to embrace this technology is driven by mandatory requirements for the use of BIM for regulatory approval of building projects greater than 5,000 square metres by 2015," added the spokesman. More information can be found at www.bcaa.edu.sg.