Malaysia’s CIDB urges construction industry to adopt BIM

Malaysia’s CIDB urges construction industry to adopt BIM

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Malaysia, September 25, 2014: Speaking at the recent International BIM Day 2014 conference held in Kuala Lumpur from 24 September, Construction Industry Development Board’s (CIDB) chief executive officer, Datuk Seri Dr Judin Abdul Karim, urged industry players to adopt the BIM technology to improve cost efficiency and reduce wastage.

Advocating the benefits of adopting BIM, he said, “The construction wastages would go as high as 10%…the [BIM] technology would be able to manage it and in turn could yield savings of up to 30%. This will make the industry more professional. BIM technology will be able to identify where the wastages are. If there are still wastages, you can identify who is responsible.”

Delivering her keynote address, Deputy Works Minister, Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin said BIM was not something new to the country's construction industry as the government has acknowledged the potential of the technology since 2009. She also added a lot of studies and trials had been conducted to gauge the level of understanding and readiness of the industry. “CIDB Malaysia, being the body entrusted to oversee the development of Malaysia's construction industry, had also put a lot of effort into promoting BIM since 2011,” she said.

Later, speaking to media, Abdul Karim said that the reason for the slow adoption of BIM was the fragmentation in the construction industry. “CIDB is inviting all industry players to work together on how to institutionalised BIM technology so that it becomes a norm rather than exception.” He also added that in the current year CIDB has already invested RM1.5 million ($461822.76) for BIM awareness programme.

Source: Daily Express