Dr. Za-Chieh Moh, Chairman of MAA Group
The rapid international expansion of BIM (building information modeling) is facilitating new ways of breaking down traditional information silos between project team members and generating exciting new opportunities for improving efficiency and productivity, along with project outcomes. While traditionally, the focus has been on the “M” (‘modeling’) of BIM, the world is now seeing a rapid shift to focus on the “I”—information. As a result, enhanced data communication and coordination among various project stakeholders, coupled with improved construction productivity, is now providing a leading edge to the BIM users such as various AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) industry practitioners.
Consequently, the BIM software tool is becoming exceptionally popular among end-users owing to its lucrative advantages such as increased return on investments (ROIs), time- and money-saving. The high cost of software and a limited number of trained professionals, however, are hindering the market growth to an extent. Moreover, given the early stage of BIM technology, many organizations are not familiar with BIM software and operation. To overcome these hurdles and move into the future of building and AEC, what organizations now need is an experienced partner who can help them reap significant benefits of BIM solutions. At this juncture, the BIM consultant that cuts above the rest is MAA Group Consulting Engineers.
MAA is one of the promising engineering service provider in the East and Southeast Asian regions carving its niche in the areas of infrastructure, land resources, environment, buildings/facilities, and information technology. The company has committed itself to become a key change enabler for the AEC industry.
Founded in 1975, MAA specializes in the disciplines of building information modeling (BIM), in particular for railway systems (including High-Speed Rail and Mass Rapid Transits), roads and highways, tunnels, bridges and viaducts, and common utility ducts. The company believes that BIM technology has the ability to preserve ecology and the environment, and driven by this understanding, it actively pursues opportunities to promote a sustainable, economical, and greener future through innovative solutions. The BIM services provided by MAA covers the entire project life cycle everything from planning to operation and maintenance. From designing of BIM solutions to system integration, to all the way through project and construction management service, the subject matter experts of MAA can guide clients through a multitude of complex and integrative buildings and systems. “We offer wider and diverse BIM services to cover all the fields of the construction industry,” highlighted by Dr. Za-Chieh Moh, the co-founder and chairman of MAA Group. In addition to BIM, MAA has extensive experience in geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, environmental and water engineering, project and construction management, architecture and planning services, mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP), and geomatics.
The company’s wide range of consulting services for BIM include 3D modeling, clash detection, integration for architecture, structure, and MEP models, 3D model visualization, initial structural and energy analyses, and quantity take-off. Additionally, in the areas of project and construction management consultation, MAA provides data management, construction simulation and scheduling services. With MAA’s Close-to-reality simulation and state-of-art techniques, AEC practitioners can easily simulate building schedules, coordinating with contractors to shorten timescale and ensure constructability. The company can handle multifaceted projects through our combined professional knowledge from different field engineers. Further, for facility management and asset management service in the field of BIM, MAA integrates IoT equipment, Augmented Reality (AR), and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies into BIM to develop a platform for facility and asset management. Notably, MAA’s BIM services for Taipei MRT System Sanying Line Project is one of its prominent success stories. MAA helped the client to construct architecture, structure, and MEP models of underground facilities, viaducts, foundations, tracks, and stations for the MRT system to enhance 3D visualization for design coordination and integration. Furthermore, MAA conducted clash detections, simulations, quantity take-off, etc. to provide an efficient, economical, and safe solution for the client. Such extensive BIM services helped the client to reduce the obstacles of the visualization for the underground facilities and save cost and time for the specific project.
Having already established itself as a trusted BIM consulting company, MAA is focusing on the application of BIM in the maintenance phase and combining new technologies with BIM. IoT equipment, augmented reality (AR), and virtual reality (VR) technologies are integrated into BIM to develop a platform for facility and asset management in the maintenance phase. MAA is combining BIM with 3D GIS, UAV, and 3D point cloud to achieve solutions for geotechnical engineering projects. In the coming months, MAA Group is heading towards using BIM for smart city and incrementally applying it in the whole project lifecycle.