While the 3D Building Information Modelling (BIM) system is expected to help improve the local construction industry, its adoption rate in Malaysia has been slow, reported The Borneo Post.
Industry experts have attributed the slow adoption to the lack of professionals that are trained in BIM as well as the high cost of its software and implementation.
“You can have someone who is very experienced in BIM but the project still won’t run because everyone needs to know how to utilise it. From architects to technical officers to administrative assistants, everyone who is involved in the project will need to be knowledgeable or have some degree of knowledge on employing BIM,” said a local structural engineer, who wanted to remain anonymous.
To address these issues, Works Minister Baru Bian said the government is working to create a BIM ecosystem.
The BIM ecosystem will help maximise the use of technology, increase skilled workforce, optimise mechanisation, reduce construction cost and prolong the infrastructure’s life cycle via five main areas.
These are – mandating the use of BIM in public projects worth over RM100 million, assistance for the adoption and integration of BIM, promotion and awareness programmes, setting up training programmes to develop BIM personnel and enriching BIM resource via the creation of MyBIM.
Designed as a one-stop resource centre, MyBIM “features state-of-the-art facilities that enable users to model and visualise building projects in a simulated environment and houses the National BIM library where users can download and use any of the BIM objects and materials listed in the library,” said CIDB CEO Datuk Ir Ahmad ‘Asri Abdul Hamid.
To date, there are about 7,400 BIM components including pre-approved plans, industrial building systems and medical and manufacturing products.
The MyBIM centre in Kuala Lumpur also offers plenty of subsidised trainings as well as subsidies for companies that purchase BIM software or have their employees trained.
“These subsidies are provided by the government as a means of reducing the high-costs of BIM adoption, particularly for SMEs looking to adopt BIM in their processes,” he said.
Meanwhile, Baru said his ministry will continue to collaborate with industry stakeholders “not just to provide the expertise and skilled workforce but to also ensure that experts and skilled workers are available in the market to meet the demand of the industry”.
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