The global demand for Building Information Modelling (BIM) has been consistently strong with forecast of continuous exponential growth. The trend is specifically obvious in Hong Kong with the SAR Government imposed mandatory adoption of BIM for all centrally-funded architectural work.
Recent scandals involving several public works in Hong Kong have undoubtedly undermined the public’s confidence in the construction industry. The 2019-20 Budget has clearly addressed the issue and proposed to enhance the standard and efficiency of works supervision with digitisation of supervision system.
The construction industry in Hong Kong has long been plagued by high construction cost, skilled labour shortage and opacity of construction site supervision. But crisis creates opportunities. BIM appears as an innovative construction technology solution desirable for strengthening cost management and uplifting the performance of public works projects.
Apart from growing utilization rate within architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry, BIM application is somewhat beyond one’s knowledge. For scenarios ranging from virtual classroom, simulation training, digital directory kiosks in shopping mall and building lobby, huge potential of BIM is waiting to be unlocked.
As a BIM-based intelligent information system, CHAIN’s Hybrid Reality Platform (HRP) combines BIM objects with 3D reality meshes, and other geospatial data models into a big data hub for holistic analysis and project governance. Furthermore, CHAIN introduced the concept of BIM+ which brought the technology to a new horizon, by integrating with Internet-of-Things (IoT) connectivity, Digital Twin, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Streaming Technology, and much more.