Over the years, BCA has closely monitored the performance of the one-stop e-submission system to ensure that the system remains adequate and relevant. These sustained efforts include regular dialogues with key stakeholders to address further concerns as well as seminars for adopters to share their best practices.
Based on the concerns raised, BCA had taken the lead in making enhancements to ensure that the online system remains adequate and relevant. These enhancements include upgrades to major hardware and software in 2008 and 2010.
In 2010, the system was also enhanced to leverage on the latest 3D BIM technology to improve construction productivity across the construction value chain. To ensure industry-wide BIM adoption, the key strategies include :
• Building BIM capability and capacity;
• Phased Mandatory BIM e-submission ; and
• Outreach & Awareness
Most importantly, the actual time and cost savings realised by industry professionals are key to the sustainability of the one-stop 3D BIM e-submission system. Since the introduction of the one-stop e-submission system, building industry professionals have saved more than SGD$30 million in printing and dispatch costs (just based on the submission to BCA alone). The World Bank Doing Business Reports have also reported that the one-stop system has contributed significantly in reducing the building approval process from 102 days in 2006 to 26 days in 2012.
As a result, the industry has now become so dependent on the one-stop e-submission system, it cannot do without it.
At the time of its implementation in 2001, the one-stop e-submission system was the first of its kind in Singapore and the world. It allowed virtually every building submission type to be made electronically via the internet from businesses to government agencies. As a result, there was significant savings in terms of materials and time as public need not make multiple hardcopies of drawings and need not make frequent trips to agencies for submission. These factors have contributed to Singapore being ranked 1st in the World Bank’s Doing Business Report as the most business-friendly economy in the world for the past seven consecutive years.
The strategies that have been adopted to promote wide-spread adoption of BIM in Singapore can also be easily adopted by others to improve public service delivery. In fact, these strategies under the BIM Roadmap have received effusive accolades from international experts from USA, UK, Norway, Germany and Korea during an International Panel of Experts meeting in 2011.
In addition, the success of BCA’s e-submission system in transforming the building regulatory system has been studied by many countries such as Brunei, Malaysia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Russia, Finland, Norway, Nigeria, Denmark, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, China, Thailand, Belgium, Dubai and Indonesia. This included a workshop in October 2010 for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) delegates who were keen to learn how BCA reformed the building regulatory system through the one-stop e-submission system.
So far, Norway followed suit to implement a similar e-submission system in 2003.