Forest City is a pioneering development consisting of four huge man-made islands on the straits of Johor, with a total land area of 1,386ha.  An enterprise of Country Garden Pacificview, this smart Eco City will accommodate an estimated 700,000 residents and offer international buyers luxury homes in a multi-layered urban planning concept in lush green surroundings.  The Landmark Building is the focal point of the first phase of construction for Forest City.


The ambition and complexity of the Integrated City vision makes it unique, with challenges that have not yet been tackled in real world scenarios.  BIM was an essential solution to digitise the built environment, enabling the creation of asset information models for the built infrastructure, commercial residential and other complex buildings.  This results in an end to end solution that collects and maintains city and building information throughout the lifecycle of the city.


BIM Academy’s expertise on similarly complex projects made us the ideal partner to develop and create a digital Asset Information Model (AIM).  The project was developed as a proof of concept and delivered within the greater Forest City smart city development, with the intention of replicating the approach across the entire site.



“We invited BIM Academy to help us because we know they scoped and delivered the Sydney Opera House BIM4FM project successfully.  This practical expertise is what we needed to facilitate our AIM project delivery at Forest City.”

Dr Wei Zhou, Deputy Director of Digital Engineering, Country Garden Pacificview


What we did

BIM Academy was commissioned by Country Garden Pacificview to develop a strategy for, and then create, a digital AIM.  This comprises a coordinated multidisciplinary 3D geometry model of the building fabric, structure and services, combined with non graphical data on the maintainable assets of the fabric and systems.


User experience and operational efficiency are fundamental to the success of the entire development, so the Landmark Building requires a holistic digital information model for improved management of the building and infrastructure in use.



BIM Academy worked closely with the project management, modelling and construction teams on site in Johor Bahru and developed the BIM protocols which enabled the structured development of coordinated 3D geometric models and data for the Landmark Building (Phase 1), which will allow their integration with future FM systems (CAFM and CMMS) following handover.


This will deliver high value in terms of operational efficiency and enhanced user experience on a city scale.  We worked closely with Dr Zhou’s team throughout the process, supporting the establishment of the Digital Engineering Centre to ensure successful delivery in the long term.


“This is a rewarding result for our smart city development and we thank BIM Academy for supporting us.  We sincerely hope BIM Academy will continue its commitment to deliver best practice for creating our wonderful world.”

Dr Wei Zhou, Deputy Director of Digital Engineering, Country Garden Pacificview