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10 Sustainable Cities Changing the World Through VDC

The 11th goal on the United Nations’ list of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is dedicated to “making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable”. In the contemporary world, where sustainability has often taken a backseat to other ideologies, there is a pressing need for a shift.

While every city strives to achieve sustainability in its unique manner, some have decided to utilise virtual design and construction (VDC) to ease the process. By adopting VDC, these cities not only enhance their liveability but also play their part in transforming the world.

Let’s delve into specific examples of cities and examine how the implementation of VDC has helped in enhancing the sustainability of various projects.

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European Cities

1) Stockholm, Sweden – Förbifart Stockholm 

Förbifart Stockholm is a 21-kilometre series of underground tunnels currently being built just outside Stockholm, Sweden, and slated to become the world’s third-longest urban road tunnel. Trafikverket, Sweden’s national transport administrative body, utilised VDC principles to maximise sustainability throughout the design, building, and operation stages by minimising the amount of damage done to the surrounding area after gathering information on ground conditions.

2) Amsterdam, Netherlands – Shell Technology Centre

The VDC process was used to upgrade the building’s exterior with 200m² of photovoltaic panels to harness and utilise solar energy. The panels permit a more sustainable energy supply to the building itself as well as surrounding structures.

3) and 4) Tallinn, Estonia, and Warsaw, Poland – Rail Baltica 

A mammoth project of almost 1,000 kilometres to be completed in 2030, this railway runs through four former Eastern Bloc countries and connects the Estonian and Polish capitals. All tenders for the project required the use of VDC in collecting information to facilitate sustainable construction.

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North and Latin American Cities

5) Milwaukee, United States – Rite-Hite Headquarters

With the aid of VDC, all pipes and ducts in open and concealed spaces were located and optimised for maximum energy efficiency. The use of VDC also helped to ensure that the delivery of materials and system assemblies was done according to “lean construction” methods. 

6) Tijuana, Mexico – Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Industrial Plant

VDC principles were applied to minimise waste generated during construction, emphasising the crucial aspect of limiting interior contamination. This is particularly important given the nature of the plant, where medical equipment would be manufactured.

7) Vancouver, Canada – SFU Stadium at Terry Fox Field

Located approximately 17 kilometres from the city centre, the construction of the SFU Stadium significantly reduced carbon emissions levels by implementing VDC principles. Moreover, VDC played a vital role in addressing and resolving electrical system interferences with precision.

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Asia-Pacific Cities

8) Singapore – Paya Lebar Quarter

Right in our little red dot, we have an example of sustainability through VDC in construction. The Paya Lebar Quarter project seamlessly integrated buildings and infrastructures, while prioritising green spaces and responsible resource management. Recognising the challenges posed by climate change, the developers proactively employed VDC to mitigate these issues.

9) Melbourne, Australia – AAMI Park

The construction of this 30,000-seat stadium saw hardly any wastage of resources thanks to VDC. The VDC process helped the stadium’s developers position roof components to facilitate maximum efficiency during installation and construction.

10) Hong Kong – KTIL 240

Transforming the site of a former bus depot that had been operating for over 50 years, KTIL 240 is an office building exhibiting efficiency and sustainability. The meticulous consideration of facility maintenance and repair has played a role in achieving this. Traffic overload was also taken into account; pedestrian connections into adjacent streets were emphasised when planning entrances and exits.

Now that you’ve seen the impact of VDC on cities worldwide, seize the opportunity to make full use of it by contacting us at BIMAGE Consulting. As one of the leading construction consultant companies in Singapore, we are committed to ensuring that your construction project not only achieves functionality but also attains sustainability.

Talk to us today – call us at +6562717875 or email us at Together, we can make our communities more sustainable places.

Debunking 3 Myths About Virtual Design and Construction

The field of construction has seen many paradigm shifts over the years and one of the pivotal moments occurred in 2001 with the introduction of virtual design and construction (VDC).

Conceptualised by researchers at Stanford University, VDC is the process of combining traditional building management and project planning techniques with digital models. It allows stakeholders to analyse designs and plans during preliminary project stages via the use of virtual reality portals or software. VDC also promotes collaboration by making the sharing of information between team members significantly simpler, achieving more cohesive and feasible project concepts.

Despite its prevalence and benefits, several misconceptions still surround VDC. Let’s now look at common myths and debunk them one by one.

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Myth #1: VDC Is Only Suitable for Large Construction Projects

Some argue that VDC should only be used for large construction projects and this usually stems from the belief that it only shines where the coordination of multiple systems and disciplines is required. According to these same critics, VDC may not be relevant or beneficial for simpler projects where such intricate coordination is deemed unnecessary.

Contrary to this belief,  smaller projects present their own set of challenges which may include limited budget, restrictive pre-existing conditions, tighter schedules, and thinly-spread teams. Strategic implementation of VDC, however, can help with overcoming these challenges. Key advantages of utilising VDC in such scenarios include financial savings, expedited project completion, and enhanced precision in task management. Thus, VDC proves to be a valuable tool in navigating the challenges posed by smaller projects.

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Myth #2: It Is Overly Expensive to Implement VDC

Others have pointed to the cost associated with VDC implementation, claiming that its benefits may not justify the investment required for its optimal utilisation. Some specifically highlight the expenses involved in hiring a VDC expert, emphasising factors such as project complexity and duration, engagement model, and any additional services that can drive up the overall cost.

However, the reality is that VDC holds the potential to significantly reduce project costs. This can be achieved by minimising waste, reducing or even eliminating the need for rework, and optimising construction schedules. In addition, certain steps can be taken to lower the overall cost of a VDC-aided project. These steps include vigilant project monitoring, thorough assessment of the project scope, and the establishment of a highly specific project objective.

Myth #3: VDC Technology Is Difficult to Adopt

Some critics often express reservations about the perceived challenges of VDC adoption. These include sustained engagement complexity, early integration in the project lifecycle, setting up resources and systems, and the need for workers to acquire new skills through retraining.

While these challenges are indeed inherent to VDC, their difficulty should not be overblown. The availability of several VDC tools makes the adoption process much easier. These tools are designed to cater to different aspects of the construction workflow, offering solutions for tasks such as 3D modelling, project coordination, clash detection, and information management. As such, they support the planning, execution, and delivery of any project while promoting efficiency and sustainability. Additionally, achieving a certain level of collaboration and coordination among project stakeholders increases the likelihood of successfully adopting and implementing VDC in construction projects.

Now that you’re aware of the facts about VDC, get started by contacting us at BIMAGE Consulting for any of your virtual design and construction needs in Singapore. We’re a technology consulting firm serving businesses in the fields of infrastructure, construction, and smart cities via the use of streamlined processes and the latest technologies.

In addition to VDC implementation, we also provide building information modelling (BIM) consulting services that simplify the coordination, management, implementation, and collaboration phases of any project for all parties involved.

Get in touch by emailing us at or calling us at +6562717875. Trust us to handle your VDC matters with expertise.