Building Whiz: 8 BIM courses in Singapore to stay ahead of the game

(If you’re a school or organisation with great Building Information Modelling courses we’ve yet to mention, do get in touch! We’d love to add you to the list.)


What is BIM?

Building Information Modelling, in a nutshell, is a process allowing engineers, architects and contractors to collaborate and share physical and functional information of a project easily though intelligent 3D models. For a more in-depth explanation, check out this video from Autodesk!

Are you a student curious about BIM? The Singapore Government has a guide for organisations on how to adopt BIM in different stages of a project that can be found here. For those already in the Built Environment and want to upskill, here’s a course list just for you.

Course List*

* All fees are in SGD unless otherwise stated and are up to date as of Nov 2019. This is neither an exhaustive list nor an endorsement of the courses listed, so please do adequate research of your own before choosing any course!

Short Courses

1. DiHub Singapore – Range of courses

DiHub is a subsidiary of the CPG Group of companies and specialises in BIM services for the fields of Architecture, Construction, and Engineering. It is an Authorised Training Centre of Autodesk, offering a range of courses from Fundamental to Advanced levels. Course choices include Autodesk Revit for Architecture and Autodesk Revit for Structure, as well as Autodesk Navisworks training. They also provide exam attempts for the Autodesk Cerified Professional qualification.

Duration: Course dependent. Classes are typically on weekdays, with weekend classes offered only on request basis

Fees: Course dependent. Many are SkillsFuture credit claimable.

Curriculum: –

Accreditation: DiHub Singapore is an Authorised Training Centre of Autodesk.

2. Nanyang Polytechnic – Certificate in BIM Revit for Architecture (Level 1)

The course caters towards Draftsmen, Modellers, Designers, Architects or any other equivalent in the built environment sector.

Duration: 2 days (14 hours)
Fees: SGD 480.00. The course is SkillsFuture credit claimable.
Curriculum: Please enquire with NYP.

Accreditation: NA

3. BCA Academy – Various Certification Courses in BIM Modelling

Taught by practitioners from the Built Environment sector, BCA Academy offers basic BIM courses with the Structure track, MEP track, as well as the Architecture track. By the end of the course, participants should have gained an understanding of BIM processes and benefits, practical 3D BIM Architectural Modelling skills and technical knowledge, as well as the BIM e-submission template guidelines.

Applicants should possess CAD drafting/modelling experience in building and construction projects. For those interested, BCA Academy also offers a Certification Course on BIM Management.

Duration: 4 days (9am-6pm)

Fees: SGD 1,980.00 without subsidy, SGD 854.77 with WTU funding support.

Curriculum: Covers BIM Fundamentals, BIM Tool User Interface, Design Object Library (DOL) Creation, Project Documentation and more

Accreditation: BCA Academy is the education and research arm of Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA).

4. Singapore University of Social Sciences – Construction IT & Building Information Modeling

This module is one of SUSS’s CET courses. Offered every January, this course focuses on construction IT and BIM used in construction project management.

SUSS also has a Building Information Modeling for Facilities Management module.

Duration: 6 months

Fees: SGD 421.15 for Singaporeans <40 and SGD 158.75 for Singaporeans >40, with SSG funding. SGD 1,403.84 for Singaporeans and PRs without SSG funding (misc. fees excluded). You might pay less depending on initiatives you are eligible for.

Curriculum: Topics covered include Construction IT, Enterprise Resource Planning, Integration and 4D BIM, as well as Enterprise Resource Planning

Accreditation: NA

5. Ngee Ann Polytechnic – Building Information Modelling (MEP) course

Taught by Ms Eunice Ng, a Singapore Certified energy manager with over 2 decades of AutoCad, Building Automation and Intelligent Services teaching experience, the BIM course offered by NP covers the basics in BIM. Students will learn Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Fire Protection Building Information Modelling (BIM) using Autodesk’s Revit. Interested applicants should have experience in AutoCad/other drafting tools as well as a NITEC in Engineering or Facilities Management or above.

Duration: 60 hours (15 sessions, 4 hours each)

Fees: SGD 635.58 for Singaporeans and PRs (GST inclusive). You might pay less depending on initiatives you are eligible for. The full course price is SGD 2,118.60.
Curriculum: Topics covered include an introduction to BIM, Basic drawing/modifying tools, Air-conditioning systems, Fire protection systems, Plumbing systems, Electrical systems, Hot and Cold Water Supply, Sheets, BCA MEP template, Starting and Completing an MEP Project.

Accreditation: NA

Graduate Programmes

6. Singapore Polytechnic –Specialist Diploma in Building Information Modelling Management

Offered to Work-Study Programmes (WSP) participants and non-WSP participants, Singapore Polytechnic’s Specialist Diploma in Building Information Modelling Management is made up of two Post Diploma Certificates in BIM Management [Fundamentals, Deployment & Coordination Strategies] and Certificate in BIM Management [QA, QS & Construction Coordination] respectively.

The diploma caters to Polytechnic graduates or equivalent, who are currently working in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction Industry [AEC]. Graduates who go on to study the Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering at SIT may be exempted from selected modules.

Duration:  1 year, part-time

Fees: SGD 765.34 for Singaporeans <40, SGD 510.23 for Singaporeans >40, SGD 2,040.92 for PRs (misc. fees excluded). You might pay less depending on initiatives you are eligible for.

Curriculum: 6 modules comprising BIM Fundamentals, BIM Standards and Implementation Strategies, BIM for Design Coordination and Documentation, BIM for Quality Assurance Checking, Design & Quantity Surveying Analysis, BIM for Construction Planning & Coordination, as well as BIM Project

Accreditation: NA

7. Temasek Polytechnic – Specialist Diploma in BIM Construction & Asset Management

A joint Earn-and-Learn Programme offered by Temasek Polytechnic and the Building Construction Authority Academy (BCAA), the Specialist Diploma in BIM Construction & Asset Management is made up of two Post Diploma Certificates. These are the Post Diploma Certificate in BIM Building Data & Asset Management and the Post Diploma Certificate in BIM Construction Planning & Management respectively.

Graduates who go on to study the Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering at SIT may be exempted from selected modules. They can also pursue Bachelor Degree programmes offered by BCA Academy. They will also have opportunities to take on a Senior Associate role.

Duration: 12 months

Fees: SGD 710.80 for Singaporeans <40, SGD 898.8 for Singaporeans >40, SGD 2,143.92 for PRs

Curriculum: BIM Building Data and Collaboration, BIM Asset Management, BIM Project 1, BIM for Construction Planning, BIM for Construction Management, BIM Project 2

Accreditation: NA


8. Singapore Institute of Technology – BEng/BEng (Hons) Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering (Building Services)

BIM is covered in this programme, which was developed in consultation with the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Singapore. It aims to produce Green Mark informed engineers, engineers who are specialised in HVAC, Sustainable Building Engineering and BIM, as well as engineers who meet the industry standard in Fire Services Management and Workplace Safety and Health. BIM specific modules in the course are BIM for 1) Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Design Studio, 2) Facility Management using BIM, 3) Construction Management using BIM.

Students of this multidisciplinary degree will embark on an 8-12 month long Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP) to gain practical experience. After graduate, they have an option to pursue the Master of Engineering Technology degree (MEngTech), which gives them eligibility for future registration as a Professional Engineer (PE) (Singapore) or Chartered Engineer (UK and Commonwealth countries).

Duration: 4 years

Fees: SGD 24,570 for Singaporeans, SGD 47,160 for Permanent Residents, SGD 63,558 for International students (with subsidy).

Curriculum: The degree covers modules such as C Programming, HVAC (Heat, Ventilation and Air-conditioning), Sustainable Building Engineering, Fire Safety Management, as well as Indoor Environmental Quality Engineering.

Accreditation: NA

Building Information Modelling has seen increased adoption over the years as a more comprehensive alternative to 3D CAD modelling, and individuals with BIM related skills are highly sought after in the Built Environment sector today.  Acquiring BIM knowledge will surely put you in good stead. With that, the folks at Digital Senior wish you the best of luck!



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