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KUCHING, Jan 23: Construction industry players are urged to adopt Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Highway Information Modelling (HIM) in implementing building and road projects in the state to optimise usage of resources.
Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof in his keynote address during the first day of the International Energy Week 2018 at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) today said in order to realise the 11th Malaysia Plan 2016-2020 (11MP), construction industry players need to intensify their efforts to ensure that implemented projects prioritise the wellbeing of citizens.
He said a big chunk of the 2018 Budget which comes to around RM6.6 billion had been allocated under its fourth thrust — driving inclusive development — which was to provide quality infrastructure to the people.
These efforts include the Pan-Borneo Highway, people-centric projects, development of communication infrastructure, and construction of roads in rural areas.
“I am proud to say that we are on par with developed countries. For example, we are using the HIM in implementing the 2,239km Pan-Borneo Highway which aims to increase connectivity in Sabah and Sarawak.
“HIM utilises a combination of Geospatial Information System (GIS) and BIM which are designed to minimise errors and rework during construction in ensuring optimisation of resources.
“Furthermore, mega infrastructure projects throughout Malaysia under the 11MP are largely responsible for the 8.3 per cent growth in the construction industry in 2017. These projects include the East Coast Rail Line (ECRL), Mass Rapid Transit project (MRT) and the Pan-Borneo Highway,” said Fadillah.
He explained that HIM and BIM was initiated by his ministry together with the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) under the Construction Industry Transformation Programme (CITP), which would help to manage the life cycle of roads and construction projects; reduce the generation of on-site waste; develop competencies via the Centre of Excellence (CoE); and to develop the Malaysian Standards for Construction Specification that included green technology requirements.
Fadillah also encouraged industry players to conduct proper planning and to reduce the impact of energy consumption by the construction industry in line with sustainable development practices to further the agenda of sustainable practices.
“These holistic initiatives will forge a continuous way forward for the construction industry which I fervently believe will yield global social wellness for humanity,” he concluded. — DayakDaily