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Homeowners upset about DBSS delay

Owners of Centrale 8 – a Design, Build & Sell Scheme (DBSS) development in Tampines – are unhappy about the delay in getting the keys to their new flats, said media reports.

They received a letter from developer Sim Lian Group in February informing them the keys will be given to them in May or June.

June is now over and they have yet to receive their keys. Some are scrambling to find alternative housing arrangements after the leases of their rental homes ended last month.

However, they are actually getting their flats ahead of schedule, given that the expected Temporary Occupation Permit (TOP) for the development was initially set for October, but was brought forward to June.

Early last month, Sim Lian Group also informed the homeowners of the possible delay in receiving their keys due to the vesting process – which involves transferring the development site to the HDB for lease administration as well as to the Town Council for maintenance of the carparks and common areas.

“Buyers should note that the expected vacant possession date is an estimated one and actual delivery of vacant possession may occur before or after the vacant possession date,” said a spokesperson from Sim Lian Group.

Industry experts said developers are unlikely to issue such letters to buyers unless they are completely sure of the dates.

This is because “owners might commit to the date given and, if the deadline is not met, the reputation and credibility of the developer would be doubted,” according to ECG Group Chief Executive Eric Cheng.

However, the developer is not in the wrong as long as it has not violated the legal date of completion.

With this, he advised owners to be cautious and “not take these dates as foolproof.”

BCA promotes use of 3D in construction industry

3D computer generated imagery (CGI) used in the movie industry may soon become more vital in the construction industry.

Khaw Boon Wan, Minister of National Development, wrote in a recent blog post that the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) is now promoting the use of 3D technology.

With the emergence of 3D technology, engineers and architects will likely transition from the two-dimensional Computer Aided Design (CAD) drawings they have used for years. A new tool called Building Information Modelling (BIM) allows architects and engineers to see, work and fix problems before, during and after construction. The time- and effort-efficient technology helps minimise reworking and wastage.

Along this line, Khaw opened the BuildTech Asia Exhibition at Marina Bay Sands yesterday, which marks the second Singapore Construction Productivity Week spearheaded by the BCA. An online BIM Competition with over 300 participants comprising 40 teams was the event’s highlight.

“This is triple the participation rate at last year’s inaugural competition. It speaks volume about how the industry has been venturing into the technology to up their productivity,” noted Khaw in his blog.

“The real test is in the industry’s response to BIM. That has been overwhelming.”

To promote BIM and technology adoption, the BCA Centre for Construction IT (CCIT) has introduced the Construction Productivity and Capability Fund (CPCF). Around 250 companies applied for the CPCF to finance their software and hardware costs, consultancy and training.

Additionally, the BCA recruits graduates with BIM training. Citing a recent CCIT survey, Khaw noted that companies in the built environment are willing to pay an average of 10 to 20 percent more for BIM-trained graduates.

Some of the projects which have adopted the BIM technology are the SAFRA Toa Payoh (pictured) and the Arts Science Museum, as well as the upcoming Sports Hub, Sky Habitat and the Star.

“Many more buildings will follow, as BIM transforms the way Singapore’s building professionals collaborate together. The common aim is to deliver more competitive and challenging projects that will be the pride of our construction industry,” added Khaw.