Based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Alpha King is an international real estate developer with an extensive knowledge of the local market, a rich development portfolio, and a strong desire to innovate. The company’s team of 130 multi-national experts possess countless years of combined international project experience. They’ve worked on iconic developments including The Peninsula Hotel Shanghai (awarded the Best Hotel in Asia five years in a row) and Shanghai Disneyland.
Alpha King’s unique approach lies in leveraging advanced Building Information Modeling (BIM) technologies to redefine luxury living in HCMC and lay the foundation for a world-class city. The company’s two ALPHA KING iconic developments – Alpha Town and Alpha City – were selected as pilot BIM technology projects by Vietnam’s Ministry of Construction and are set to transform Ho Chi Minh City’s downtown CBD area.
The Alpha City premium integrated development will house the Alpha Mall commercial-complex and Alpha Hill - a two towered luxury residential building. Alpha King used Autodesk Revit and Autodesk AutoCAD extensively in the planning and design stages of both projects for joint productions, decal drawings, geospatial, traffic analysis, MEP, and structural design.
Autodesk Navisworks was leveraged for clash detection. Autodesk software was also critical for quantitative take-off, generating the plans, structures, and elevations of the Alpha towers.
Before embarking on both projects, Alpha King recognized the need for a construction project management platform for communication and documentation that was flexible and mobile, rather than the conventional method of sending mark-ups as e-mail attachments.
Alpha King team compared and evaluated several project management platforms and decided to implement BIM 360 Docs as a common data platform and life-cycle asset management, from conceptual design to construction, maintenance, and operations of the buildings. The “out of the box” implementation of BIM 360 was an additional bonus as the IT teams spent less time implementing and eliminated the need of expensive servers and time to customize them.
“The added advantage of BIM 360 is the scalability, where we could increase or decrease the number of users based on the project requirements without worrying about the hardware,” said Kevin. “It was an easy roll-out. When we kicked off the projects, we worked closely with Autodesk to set up the rules for collaborations and uploads on a weekly basis, as well as those needed for milestone releases.”
The informational mobility of BIM 360 Docs enabled Alpha King to take drawings into the field on an iPad, make markups, and then synchronize files to provide feedback to the design and construction teams.
It’s also easier with BIM 360 Docs to collaborate with external parties and manage shop and construction drawings using different RFI processes.
“We’re currently using the RFI feature to communicate the information with the general contractor (Shanghai Construction Group) and design companies in different cities and locations,” informs Kevin.
When there is a design change the primary architecture and design consultant updates the Revit models and updates it on the BIM 360 Docs cloud collaboration tool. An automatic alert notifies Alpha King of the design changes through a notification sent to the relevant stakeholders on BIM 360. Alpha King’s team reviews the drawings and models and provides feedback through markup and assigned back to the design company for any changes that need to be implemented.
Alpha King was also looking for a platform that would let them reuse data for other activities. Kevin says BIM 360 did just that. “With Autodesk BIM 360, we can use data for inspection as well as for future operations.”
Slated for completion in 2020, Kevin says, “We’ve saved an estimated 15% of effort in terms of collaboration and communication on both iconic projects thanks to BIM 360.”
Alpha King’s mission is to constantly challenge itself to push boundaries and create unique landmark developments that last for generations.
It’s committed to elevating the quality and the sustainable development of Vietnam real estate. In line with the company’s direction, Alpha King is keen to keep adopting and leveraging cutting-edge technology. The company plans to utilize Autodesk BIM 360 Docs not only for design and construction, but also for reusing data for future operations.
Moreover, BIM 360 Field has been approved to be used for quality control and inspections. The company expects the Autodesk solution to make it easier to meet the Vietnamese government’s documentation mandates as well.
Alpha King is also planning its foray into the development of cities of the future. According to Kevin, Alpha King will be contributing not only to its own projects but also to HCMC’s Smart City Plan. The company’s CEO, Jimmy Chan was the keynote speaker for APEC 2017 Da Nang last year and has already figured out a roadmap for the construction technology of the future.
As for Alpha Town and Alpha City, the projects are expected to complete within 3 years. We asked Kevin whether the work is going on time and he told us, “Everything is on schedule. And Autodesk BIM 360 will surely save us more time in sharing the information for collaboration.”