OCT 2014 Issue
ESSENTIAL Tips & Tricks by BIM/CAD Trainers
FEATURES ONSITE OFFICIAL
with Khairul 窶連in B Kamarozaman
MY FIRST BIM ASSIGNMENT @ SEMBCORP! by Teo Yu Hao
EFFORTLESS DRAFTING through online BIM/CAD Resources
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CONTENTS MAIN EDITOR’S NOTE
ONSITE OFFICAL WITH KHAIRUL ‘AIN B KAMAROZAMAN
6 ESSENTIAL TIPS & TRICKS FOR ONSITE ASSIGNMENTS
BY ACEPLP BIM & CAD TRAINERS
MY FIRST BIM ASSIGNMENT AT SEMBCORP ARCHITECTS & ENGINEERS
BY TEO YU HAO
EFFORTLESS DRAFTING THROUGH ONLINE BIM/CAD RESOURCES
DISCOVER GROUND-BREAKING 11 DESIGNS AROUND THE WORLD
ACE BUZZ HEALTHY LIVING
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Employee Referral Programme
I’m writing this note 24 hours before publishing our Oct MAC issue. Look forward to it because even though I’m sleep deprived, I love working with my earnest and competent editorial team and secretly love the “uncertainty” feeling while awaiting the response of our readers. We have been actively involved with site visits to meet some of our engineers who have been onsite for quite some time. Such illuminating practice allow us to hear your feedback and when I heard the news that some of you shared the same “uncertainty” feeling before embarking on your first assignment, it solidifies the notion of how we should run this issue because every assignment is different and therefore it’s unique. I never quite understood how nerve wrecking it must be for some of you until I spoke with Khairul ‘Ain during one of our site visits. Despite having no civil structural background, he was first assigned to service our client at Parsons Brinkerhoff (page 4) on their MRT projects. We have also invited Yu Hao to share his story. Unlike most of our new trainee, he was eager to get this hands full of BIM despite knowing that it’s not an easy assignment (page 19). Hard skills and knowledge are a part of any passion or business. But it’s managing the expectation and pressure that truly allows one to do well. Having been through the same Traineeship Programme, AcePLP Trainers have provided some useful advice for your takeaway (page 28). Last issue (July MAC), we have raised a couple of eyebrows by including articles that advocates maintaining a healthy lifestyle. We get that question a lot during our site visits as well. Here’s your answer to everything – We peg meaningful values into our work and we take chances. Although I’m not a big fan of lifestyle preaching, I believe that adopting a learning attitude and being passionate about what you’re doing will inevitably make you an expert in your field of passion, simply because you seek continuously to master it. Start igniting this fire inside of you and that’s how you can make your uncertainties, certain. Lastly with November coming up our sleeves, have your RSVP to our Employee Appreciation Night?
Shareen Tam Shareen Tam HR Department, AcePLP
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Onsite official with
When Khairul 窶連in was first assigned to service a project at Parsons Brinkerhoff, he knew it was going to be challenging. With his Aerospace Aviation background, drafting Civil and Structural drawings for MRT tunnels is not going to be a walk in the park. Like any other Trainees in AcePLP, Khairul 窶連in was uncertain of his career prospect upon graduating from school. What he was certain of were the various clients projects that could propel him in vastly different engineering career directions through the AcePLP Traineeship Programme. Even through he was rushing to meet deadline for his projects, MAC managed to catch up with this chivalrous dude. Read on to find out what Khairul 窶連in has to share窶ｦ
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Hi Khairul ‘Ain, tell us more about yourself prior to joining AcePLP Traineeship Programme. I graduated from Singapore Polytechnic with Diploma in Aerospace Avionics. Back then, I was uncertain of my career prospects and unsure if Aerospace industry was suitable for me. Since I did not know where exactly my interest lay, I wanted a job that would allow me to explore the different engineering industries. Like any other trainees, I chanced upon AcePLP job advertisement. I felt that this is a good opportunity as I will receive training and at the same time, gain experience from different client’s projects. I decided to apply for the job and this is how I kickstart my career in the AEC industry. Right now, I’m about a year into my Traineeship Programme and I’m currently taking a private safety course as well. With that being said, I’m still exploring and anticipating the opportunities awaiting in the future. I see. So were there any hiccups and challenges that you faced during your training thus far? I started my in-house training with absolutely no experience with using CAD software. Initially, it was extremely daunting. Nevertheless, I have always been comfortable with using the computer since my polytechnic days. Therefore, I was quite comfortable with the in-house training and surprisingly, I found it quite fun.
How about your onsite assignments?
So far I have only been assigned to one on-site assignment, which was at Parsons Brinckerhoff. Parsons was working on an MRT Project at the time and I was there to help them do up 2D civil and structural CAD drawings for submission. I had to prepare the CAD drawings in accordance with the CAD Standards as set by Land Transport Authority (LTA). The types of drawings that I did were plans for the MRT tunnels, MRT Tunnel elevation and sections of the MRT tunnels as well as soil profiling for Parsons’ geotechnical studies. There were definitely many challenges and difficulties I encountered there, but I think it is all a natural part of learning. As this was my first assignment, I was very lost in the beginning and I made a lot of mistakes. Sometimes I was also requested to make some last minute amendments to the drawings and was given a unreasonable deadlines to complete the drawings. I coped with this by explaining why the amendments cannot be completed within such a short period. Always know that delays are not entirely your fault because CAD software is not magic and it requires time to study how the amendments will affect the rest of the drawings.
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Oh yes! We get that a lot. Most of our trainees also cited that the sense of satisfaction upon completion of a project gives them the extra boost. So is there any advice you wish to provide to freshies entering into the AEC industry? What are the things that you had learn on the job? How do you better prepare for project discussions? I have learnt a lot about how MRT structures are put together and how complicated it can get when it comes to diverting service lines and roads to make way for the construction of tunnels. I am also now very comfortable with using Bentley MicroStation because I've been using it since day one here. My skills and knowledge have increased very much and is a big improvement from me knowing nothing about civil and structural works and drafting software when I first joined. As each client has their own practices, you had to learn their common practices as you go along. You also have to learn the submission process of the drawings that you will be producing and you will need to know what exactly it is that you are working on and how your work will affect other areas of the project. It definitely helps if you know what your work is being used for if you want to improve your drafting skills.
If there is one advice I would give, it would be this: In this industry, nothing is ever not urgent. So, don't stress over a huge pile of work. Learn to prioritise and you will do fine. Khairul 窶連in aims to become a role model to inspire his juniors to enjoy this line of work as much as he does. You have our back dude!
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Are there any experiences that have changed/ inspired you and your career prospects? The satisfaction when the engineer tells me that I have done a great job really inspires me to continue doing the best I can for the project.
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ESSENTIAL TIPS & TRICKS
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6 ESSENTIAL TIPS & TRICKS 1. Tired of rotating and placing model reference to titleblock repeatedly? Use “saved view” in model and attach reference with the saved view to skip those drag. Tips by Jack Liew!
2. Use “Trim to Element” tool for a faster way of trimming and extending multiple lines to the same boundary during cutback. Don’t we love short-cuts? Thanks Jack!
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6 ESSENTIAL TIPS & TRICKS 3. Sometimes it can be a hassle to select elements with multiple joints. You never know how much time you can save, until you try out this simple trick by Duraisamy Sridharan! Click on â€œTabâ€? key and place your cursor onto the joint elements you wished to select. We have put together a simple illustration below.
4. Facing difficulties loading multiple families into your new project? Lim Yong Shen illustrates how you can select all the families you need before loading them into Revit, simply by utilising the preview panel to view the family before loading. Press Ctrl Key and click the families you wish to select. Click the first family at the top of the list, press shift key and select the last family from the bottom of the list.
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6 ESSENTIAL TIPS & TRICKS 5. Pham Hiep Luc shows us some of the moves he got for Planning. Instead of using assign in relationship tab, linking of activities can be made faster by clicking and holding the end of activity in the bar chart, and simply drag to the head or end of successor activity.
6. To show activity links on updated programme baseline, move the baseline bars to the bottom of the bars form.
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DISCOVER ground-breaking DESIGNS
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Rendering of the Botswana Innovation Hub created using Autodesk Revit software. Image courtesy of SHoP Architects.
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Rendering of the Beijing National Aquatics Center created using Autodesk BIM Solutions. Image courtesy of China Construction Design International.
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Vancouver Convention Center in British Columbia Prototype created using Autodesk Digital Prototyping Software. Image courtesy of Aluminium Curtain Wall Systems Inc.
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Rendering of Kitchen Interior Design created using Autodesk Revit. Image courtesy of Muhammad Azhari, AcePLP.com Pte Ltd.
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Rendering of Exterior Porch created using Autodesk Revit. Image courtesy of Muhammad Azhari, AcePLP.com Pte Ltd.
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Rendering of a Villa created using Autodesk Revit. Image courtesy of Muhammad Azhari, AcePLP.com Pte Ltd.
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Rendering of cliff-side houses created using Autodesk Revit. Image courtesy of Lim Tian Hock, AcePLP.com Pte Ltd.
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MY FIRST BIM PROJECT
@ SEMBCORP ARCHITECTS & ENGINEERS TEO YU HAO
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Before joining AcePLP, I was working as a Design Engineer at Aero Technology for 2 years. My job was getting routine and I felt that I should advance and explore other opportunities. A career switch was what I needed. I came to know about AcePLP Traineeship Programme through ST Career Fair held at Marina Bay Sands. I left my resume at the booth and was shortlisted for an interview. I officially joined the Traineeship Programme on 16 September 2014, in hope to receive skills training and getting hands-on experience to enter the AEC industry.
Like the rest, I started my in-house training in a batch. We were taught on how to use Autodeskâ€™s software such as AutoCAD, Revit Architecture and Revit MEP & Structure, and Bentley MicroStation right from the fundamental level. During our in-house training, we were also required to attend night classes such as Tips & Tricks, CAD Orientation and CSD/SEM MicroStation. 6 weeks passed and I went on my first onsite assignment at Hyundai Engineering & Construction. Although it was a short relief assignment for one of my senior, I did some 2D CAD drafting and amendment for 1 sequence drawing from the South Beach Mixed Development project using AutoCAD. My first official assignment was at Sembcorp Architects and Engineers. I was eager to have my first hands-on in Building Information Modelling (BIM) using Revit. I considered it as a breakthrough from the usual 2D CAD drafting, which at times can be a little bit boring.
During my assignment at Sembcorp, stress is inevitable as the team that I was assigned to work with only know the basic operations of BIM. There was one lady who is slightly more trained in BIM (at advance level) but unfortunately she was on leave for a week. Thus, whenever I faced issues with the Revit software, I have to search the internet and troubleshoot independently. Self-learning is part and parcel of my onsite training and the internet is really a lifesaver platform; where you can easily find an ever-ready pool of self-enhancement resources and videos.
My main role for the Bedok Integrated Community Centre Project was to convert the 2D floor plans supplied by the architects into 3D models in Revit. I thought it sounded like a simple and easy task. However, changes were frequent and I would have to update or redo the whole floor plans again, whichever I deemed would be better. The architectâ€™s drawings may not be accurate at times, which required one to analyse and use common sense to translate them into a better model in Revit For example, the drawing may be missing some flooring for people to move across. Thus, it makes sense to fill the gap in with flooring to make it more complete. When in doubt, I would always approach my clients to check if the apparent mistakes in their drawings were intentional. In fact, there were several times where I helped them to spot their mistakes with such constant checking!
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Curved roof to be modelled (need requires massing)
FaĂ§ade require customizing
Note: Model shown in Google Sketch up.
Along the way, additional technical difficulties arose when I had to do massing for the first time. Usually massing is performed at the conceptual design stage, when the actual construction has not taken place yet. After massing, the model gives the effect of objects in a plan looking heavier. Being tasked with this for the first time was challenging, but thankfully, the internet pretty much helped me solve my issues. I would not say the solutions found were perfect but they were good workarounds for simple modelling. Advanced modelling would most probably require more intensive hands-on or expert advice. However through this assignment, I have also learnt some tips and tricks. If there are several elements to be manipulated, you can make use of either Modal Group or Filter List. For Modal groups, if an element in a group is modified, the same group existing in different levels in the building would be modified too. For filter list, if an element in the list is modified, this will not be reflected in different levels of the building. So see which one fits your needs!
As by default, Revit displays the real line weight, when working in high scales or zoom, the model can become hard to read. You can use thin line features to trace lines, making it easier to read while working. Also, some files may have imported drawings/masses in them which will easily confuse you, so you can turn them off using visibility options. Shortcuts: MV : move CO : copy TL : thin lines on/off VV: visibility options
Working on the Sembcorp project was a good experience for me as it exposed me to building elements and certain codes of practice. I recommend those interested in BIM or building modelling to give such challenging assignments a try! Currently Iâ€™m servicing projects at ST Info-Comm System Pte Ltd but itâ€™s another chapter to share. Cheers, Teo Yu Hao
To help make your file size smaller, you can link CAD files instead of importing them. Purging unused elements & families at the end of the project will help make the file smaller too.
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Uh Uh, it’s not that kind of university that you’re thinking of. For those who are unfamiliar with Autodesk University (AU), the website offers a year-round learning and networking experiences to help its member develop professionally and advance in their career. You can sign up for a free membership and gain access to technical learning, social networking, blogs, videos and audio podcasts. The website focuses on technical learning, with in-depth training classes covering more than 1,500 topics with thousands of screencasts, class hand-outs, speaker previews and as well as technical articles. Autodesk Education Community Other than that, you can also login to Autodesk’s Education Community using the same account for: • Free software download • Learn and explore tips to work faster • Sharpen your skills and build a portfolio by entering Autodesk Competitions So what are you waiting for? Click on the links below and get busy!
Autodesk University: http://au.autodesk.com/ Autodesk Education Community: http://www.autodesk.com/education/home (First published in July MAC 2014 issue)
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What does STUDENTserver do? STUDENTserver is your one stop location for accessing all of the resources you are entitled to while participating in Bentley’s academic program. The virtual learning platform provides:
• Unlimited access to Live & On-demand training • Downloading and installing more than sixty of the latest version of Bentley software products relevant to your scope of work • Review of the logged-in user’s Bentley Professional Training Transcript • Professional networking and product support via Bentley’s BE Community social network site Request for login To reap the advantages of gaining unlimited access to the STUDENTserver, write in to email@example.com and request for your user ID and login details now! Start clocking learning units and stand to win prizes at AcePLP Appreciation Night 2014. Bentley STUDENTserver: http://apps.bentley.com/studentserver/home/index (First published in July MAC 2014 issue)
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CAD online CADALYST A great resource of user-submitted CAD tips & tricks. You can download useful files from this website as well. It is also a great place to find video tutorials (which are mostly by Lynn Allen who has a pretty awesome blog too). Sign-up for their tips & tools newsletter to get the latest tricks sent right to your inbox. http://www.cadalyst.com/
CAD NOTES A blog chock-full of CAD tips & tutorials. Software-focus is on AutoCAD, Revit & Microstation, with articles from beginner to intermediate level.
ELLEN FINKELSTEIN This site features tips & tricks for AutoCAD, and a google custom search for easy reference. The tips section is also segmented into useful categories, which makes it easy to navigate around.
http://www.ellenfinkelstein.com/AutoCAD_tips.html (First published in July MAC 2014 issue)
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CAD online FIRST IN ARCHITECTURE The website were initially developed to help students who are doing degrees in architecture of any type. This site features written tips and guides to help you become more efficient and generally lead you to free resources, information and downloads to great achievements. The site has ever since gone beyond the lecture theatre and into the office, relevant for people of any skill level.
REVIT CITY Apart from downloading CAD family components into your project through this site, you could also gain access to a host of materials ranging from news articles to CAD tutorials. Simply click on the “resources” tab.
CAREFUL DRAFTER The title of the website says it all. Careful drafter is a blog host by AcePLP very own resident Engineer – Muhd Salihin Bin Sis, with the hope of providing his tips & tricks to enhance your speed of drafting.
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CADPRO BLOG The official AcePLP Employee Blog features our resident engineersâ€™ stories, industry news update, CAD/BIM tips & tricks and events happening in AcePLP. Visit our CADPRO Blog here: www.cadpro.sg
ACEPLP E-TRAINING Unfortunately, only AcePLP employees are able to access the new and improved e-training facility. The intranet site provides useful information such as Code of Practices, CAD standards, BIM, Training videos and Projects references. You will also be able to find useful links to the AEC industry related websites. (First published in July MAC 2014 issue)
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My advice to trainees preparing to go for onsite assignments : To trainees whom are facing project deadlines: Break down your tasks into smaller parts, and set them as milestones to achieve. It helps you to keep moving forward instead of feeling demoralized!
Try to be involved with in-house projects while waiting for assignments as it is a good simulation and can help to mentally prepare you for onsite assignment. At the same time, you will be able to refresh all your knowledge on drafting skills all over again.
By Lim Tian Hock
By Kee Kay Loke
To Trainees whom are unable to take the first leap: Learn to visualize the drawings by forming a mental image that is similar to visual perception. Interpret the instructions given, study the drawings, symbols, legends and dimension before executing. By Hannah Leah
To Trainees whom are new to the environment: Build a good rapport with client is the most effective way to get things done. You donâ€™t have to be rich to be smart. Always remain humble and sincere when you approach situations. Also most importantly, be helpful and adopt a learning attitude! By Zulkifli Bin Mohd Ain
Having gone through the same Traineeship Programme themselves, hear the advices straight from our Trainersâ€™ mouth Disclaimer: All information stated above are obtained from feedback by our BIM/CAD Trainers
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Go beyond, achieve wellness Breakfast provides you the energy to start your day right while a fit and healthy body needs sufficient nutrients to keep going. Start getting to know why you should add a little seed and nutty flavour to your day.
These tiny superfood came from the desert plant Salvia Hispanica. “Chia”, meaning “strength”, is an edible seed grown in Mexico dating back to both Mayan and Aztec cultures. These cultures are known for using these seeds as energy boosters. Did we not mention it is packed with a flavourful punch?
A nut of any tree of the genus Juglans, this nutritious edible kernels is a good source of heart-healthy monosaturated and omega-3 fats. However, like other nuts, walnuts should be eaten in moderation since they are also caloriedensed.
Relatively low in calories, almonds have more calcium than any other nut, making them a great food for overall health. Plus, they are rich in fibre and vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps fight dangerous inflammation and possibly healthy conditions such as lung cancer and age-related cognitive decline. Because they are so versatile, you can buy them raw, toasted, silvered, or coated with a variety of fun flavours.
Soy milk contains agents that can contribute to a range of hormonal changes. Switch to oat milk instead. Oat milk is made with pre-soaked oat groats, which are hulled grains broken into fragments. The benefit to drinking oat milk is its nutritious content. Oat milk contains 10 minerals and 15 vitamins. Lactose free and calcium-rich, you can start counting while drinking.
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EASY AND EFFECTIVE EXERCISE Apart from proper nutrition, you need exercise to maintain your health. Here are simple but effective moves you can try…
• Walking This is the easiest exercise and the basic step before you move onto intensive exercises. Start with slow steps. Once you are comfortable, start increasing your speed.
• Jogging This is one of the most popular cardiovascular exercises. In the beginning you may feel a little tired, but once it has become a routine, you’ll feel so fresh!
• Swimming This exercise makes you move your whole body. Plus, every stroke has a different focus. For example, the breaststroke can build a muscular chest. Also, the coldness of the water can help alleviate stress.
• Cycling This exercise is very effective to lose weight as it increases metabolism. Cycling also helps reduce the risk of heart disease.
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Hari Raya non-stop feasting celebration @AcePLP
Packing! If you haven’t catch the wind, AcePLP has expanded our office space!
Farewell tea party for our intern…
Sushi birthday celebration for Aug babies!
Khairul & Aashiq @ Parsons Brinckerhoff
FANCY OR NOT, HERE’S WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO LATELY…
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The Bulletin LATEST ADDITIONS TO THE FAMILY We welcome fourteen new faces to the team! Line Manager Ng Teck Chye, Bob IT Executive Rustan Rezaba
BIM/CAD Trainees Abdul Salam Bin Salim Caroline Brigritte Dass Chong Meng Kiang Liu Zhi Yang Ismadi Bin Ismail Muhammad Fadhil B Merlan Muhammad Haiqal B Masri Muhammad Jubir B Muhd Muneer Muhammad Nuralif B Sutirno Muhammad Zikri B Mohd Yazid Nur Muhammad B Mohd Suwati Tan Yong Jian
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