IBS Machinery in Gamuda
SEPANG: Works Minister Dato’ Sri Fadillah Yusof today unveiled two Gamuda IBS show units that boast a QLASSIC score of 86%, the highest score for a fully constructed IBS residential unit.
This was done during the minister’s visit to Gamuda IBS here this morning (August 17).
Gamuda IBS is the country’s first fully automated robotic Industrialised Building System factory that boasts superior technology capable of customising property products to individual specifications.
The Quality Assessment System in Construction (QLASSIC) meanwhile is an assessment method by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) Malaysia to measure and evaluate the workmanship quality of a building’s construction work based on the Construction Industry Standard (CIS 7).
QLASSIC assessment scoring of 86%
Speaking to reporters after the event, Gamuda Engineering Sdn Bhd managing director Dato’ Ubull Din Om said the high QLASSIC score of 86% was important “because QLASSIC has very stringent requirements that are not easily met through conventional construction methods.”
“In other words, we are assured of the highest standards when construction practices conform to this assessment.
“The QLASSIC scoring is significant because our Jade Hills project by Gamuda Land in Kajang, made up of 714 apartment units that we are currently building in this IBS factory, are being constructed according to the QLASSIC standards as the show units” he said.
Also present at the visit was CIDB Malaysia’s Chief Executive, Dato’ Ir Ahmad Asri Abd Hamid, who paid credit to Gamuda for taking the lead in adopting IBS and benchmarking construction standards according to QLASSIC scoring.
He said this will encourage other private sector industry players to follow suit and invest in increasing productivity and quality in construction as outlined within the Construction Industry Transformation Programme (CITP) 2016-2020.
“Gamuda IBS is an example of how modern technology in construction can enhance productivity, quality and safety levels at the construction site,” said Ahmad Asri.
He said the adoption of technologies and rating tools such as IBS and QLASSIC will give property buyers the assurance of superior quality, including for affordable housing.
“The Gamuda IBS show units are testimony to the fact that fully constructed IBS residential products can be modern in architecture, functional in layout and have high quality finishing,” he added.
Built at a cost of RM200 million (including land cost) and operational since June 2016, Gamuda IBS in Sepang has the capacity to produce 3,000 units per year currently.
Gamuda Berhad is building a second IBS factory in Banting and when ready by end 2018, will feature more product lines covering a wider range including double walls, pre-stress slabs and pre-fabricated bathrooms.
Both plants will have a combined workforce of 500 and have the capacity to produce 8,000 units per year by end 2018. Staffs will be trained to use modern IBS technology such a Building Information Modelling (BIM), Common Data Environment (CDE), Robotic machine operations, insulation of panels and construction using IBS.
BIM is used to customise design using 3D software while the CDE facilities the sharing of information for multi-stakeholder use on a single digital platform.
August 17, 2017