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Building a better future with people and technology

ESCA Knowledge Academy Chairman, Dr Ernesto S de Castro at the 2017 Midyear Assembly of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers – UAE Chapter held in Dubai last July 7, 2017

Quezon City, July 11, 2017 – ESCA Knowledge Academy’s Chairman, Ernesto S de Castro, PhD spoke before more than two hundred overseas Filipino civil engineers at the recent 2017 Midyear Assembly of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers – United Emirates Chapter, in Dubai last July 7.

Attended also by members of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers’ international chapters from Kuwait, Oman, Northern Emirates, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, and the Western Region Municipalities of Abu Dhabi, Dr de Castro’s presentation about Transforming our Future with Building Information Modeling (BIM)was well-received by his audience.

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According to Dr de Castro, unlike in Dubai where half a million Filipinos are based, and where the use of BIM has been mandated across construction projects, the adoption of BIM in the Philippines remains to be at low-level.

Dr de Castro laments that while many Filipinos power the BIM capability of many countries where it has been mandated or is widely adopted, Philippine industry stakeholders from government to projects owners, consulting firms and contractors, including the academe, have been slow to adopt this technological opportunity shaping the global built-environment sector.

With the Philippines accounting for some forty three percent of all registered engineers in ASEAN, and with about five hundred thousand Filipinos currently taking engineering in our higher educational institutions, Dr de Castro – who is spearheading the country’s major push to engineering services outsourcing (ESO) – do not see any reason why the Philippines cannot be the Center of Excellence for Engineering Services in ASEAN and for the rest of the world.

Aside from early BIM adopter Singapore, the Malaysian government also recently mandated BIM for public projects and continues to promote BIM adoption as a means to modernize their nation’s professions and lead to increased productivity. This as Malaysia positions itself as the BIM Center for ASEAN.

Before other ASEAN countries overtake us again, Dr de Castro implores the government to seriously consider taking the road towards wider BIM adoption — as the Philippines goes on an massive infrastructure program. Dr de Castro believes that not only will BIM adoption lead to increase in productivity in the local built-environment sector, this will also enable transparency and quality in the constructed project.

Taking advantage of technology on how we conduct our profession and provide services, and transforming how we train our engineering students and engineers, Dr de Castro who launched ESCA Knowledge Academy early this year, is matching skills and knowledge with global industry needs that would add competitive value for the Philippines and the Filipinos.

ESCA Knowledge Academy whose aim is to produce BIM Knowledge Professionals by converging People and Technology under an industry-based Structured Learning Experience has forged linkages and training partnerships with the academe, as a way to build a sustainable talent base for the country.