Nova Extends Services into Virtual Construction Technology

Nova MSC, the leading provider of e-Government solutions especially in the building and construction sector has extended our range of services to include Building Information Model (BIM), 5D and Facility Management services. This is made possible by the crossover of Consoft Asia’s and iBuild Technology’s core team to novaCITYNETS.

Headquartered in Singapore, Consoft Asia is recognized for its expertise in Design Technology for Building & Construction industry. For the past 20 years, Consoft has collaborated with world renowned AEC application providers and been involved in numerous prestigious projects such as Reflections at Keppel Bay, Gardens by the Bay, India High Commission in Singapore, Viz@Holland Condo, Orchard Central Shopping Complex, Hospital in Al Najaf, Iraq, a university project in Libya and Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Hospital in Kuwait.

Consoft is a member of Singapore Chapter of BuildingSMART Alliance, an organization that actively promotes the adoption of Building Information Model (BIM)1 and Industry Foundation Classes (IFC)2 for the benefit of AEC/FM industry to improve the communication, productivity, delivery time, cost, and quality throughout the design, construction, operation and maintenance life cycle of buildings.

In a joint statement Raymond Tan CEO, novaCITYNETS and Eddy Tan former Managing Director, Consoft, “Nova and Consoft shares common vision of increasing productivity in the construction industry through standardized building models and innovative use of technology. Through the unification of the technologies, we also see the opportunity of delivering greater value to our customers.”

Figure 1 – Amazing Possibilities with Building Information Modeling

In the past, Consoft has operations in Malaysia, Thailand, UAE, Philippines and China; and looks to augment growth through the Nova Group of Companies. In Nova, the former-Consoft team will be known as the Virtual Construction Division.

  1. Building Information Model (BIM) – is the process of generating and managing building data during its life cycle. BIM involves representing a design as objects – vague and undefined, generic or product-specific, solid shapes or void-space oriented (like the shape of a room), that carry their geometry, relations and attributes. BIM design tools allow for extracting different views from a building model for drawing production and other uses.
  2. Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) is a data model is intended to describe building and construction industry data. The data model is non-proprietary and open specification that is not controlled by a single vendor or group of vendors. It is an object-based file format with a data model developed by buildingSMART (International Alliance for Interoperability, IAI) to facilitate interoperability in the building industry, and is a commonly used format for Building Information Modeling (BIM). The IFC model specification is open and available. [1] It is registered by ISO as ISO/PAS 16739 and is currently in the process of becoming the official International Standard ISO 16739.

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