Boosting technology and productivity through myBIM Centre

Works Minister Dato’ Sri Fadillah Yusof trying out BIM

KUALA LUMPUR: CIDB Malaysia’s one-stop myBIM Centre can help increase the use of technology and improve productivity level in the local construction sector, said Works Minister Dato’ Sri Fadillah Yusof during the launch of the RM3 million centre on November 20, 2017.

Saying that the launch of the centre was timely, the minister added the centre also reflected the government’s move towards Industrial Revolution 4.0.

“The use of technology is no longer just a choice, it has to be a necessity in our aim to increase the productivity level in the local construction sector.

“Only with this, we can be on par with other developed nations,” he said.

He pointed out that the Building Information Modelling (BIM) allows construction industry players to model and visualise building projects in a simulated environment to produce, communicate and analyse digital information models throughout the construction project life-cycle.
The myBIM centre will now provide easy access to these players to achieve higher usage of BIM technology in Malaysia. At present, the BIM technology penetration is only at 17 percent. In comparison, the US has a BIM technology usage of 71 percent, Singapore (65 percent) and the UK (54 percent).

Fadillah also said the government hoped that by using the BIM technology, construction players can reduce their construction costs and avoid designing errors during the planning stage. He added that beginning 2019, all public projects valued at more than RM100 million must use BIM Level 2 as part of their planning process.

The myBIM Centre, to be located at Level 11 of Sunway Putra Tower here, is the country’s first such one-stop resource centre to promote and increase the use of BIM system amongst construction industry players.

BIM allows users to design, visualise, simulate and analyse the key physical and functional characteristic of each element in a project virtually and even before construction begins. This makes it possible to identify and rectify potential issues in the early stages.

Speaking during the launch, CIDB Malaysia Chief Executive Dato’ Ir. Ahmad ‘Asri Abdul Hamid said the advantages of implementing BIM in building projects was manifold and extends throughout the entire construction value chain.

“By being able to virtually analyse key physical and functional characteristics of each element even before construction works commence, it helps improve the efficiency and quality, and most importantly, the productivity of the overall construction process,” he said.

Notable projects in Malaysia that have been constructed through the use of BIM include the National Cancer Institute in Putrajaya, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Building in Shah Alam, the Educity Sports Complex in Nusajaya and the Ancasa Hotel in Pekan, Pahang.

BIM software and proficiency training programmes will be offered at the myBIM Centre, complementing the use of the National BIM Library portal. To date, 1,300 BIM personnel have been trained by CIDB.

The centre also features state-of-the-art facilities, including a studio which is available for rental to all BIM practitioners; a lab, seminar room and showcase area.

During the launch, CIDB also entered into several MoUs with numerous parties, including local universities and construction companies, to improve the myBIM centre and develop satellite centres.

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[November 21, 2017]