Highway Information Modelling mooted for Pan-Borneo Highway

KUCHING: The Works Ministry is proposing to implement Highway Information Modelling (HIM), a combination of the Geospatial Information System (GIS) and Building Information Modelling (BIM).

The objective of HIM are to minimise and reduce errors during the construction stages of the Pan-Borneo Highway by visualising, monitoring and tracking the progress of contractors by integrating 3D-BIM to assist in the coordination, consolidation and checking of all information by establishing 3D As-Built Models that complies with the Works Department’s (JKR) requirements for asset management.

This was revealed by Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof in his keynote address “Enhancing Infrastructure, Enabling and Supporting Growth” which he delivered at the 4th Sarawak Business and Investment Summit event themed “Digitising Sarawak, Amplifying Growth” held at a local hotel here today.

“HIM is a specialised project monitoring tool in tracking real time information in a 3D environment which includes project coordination in a collaborative environment.”

“By using HIM in the Pan-Borneo Sarawak project, the improved collaboration between the project owner and designers during construction will minimise rework and reduce construction cost.

“The maintenance of the Pan-Borneo Highway is expected to be easier, result in cost savings and prolong the lifecycle of the road built,” said Fadillah.

He said through JKR, Industrialised Building System (IBS) technology has been actively implemented in all government projects.

“The use of IBS technology will reduce up to 50 per cent dependency on foreign workers and ensure more opportunities for the Malaysian workforce.

“As in the Construction Industry Transformation Programme (CITP introduced in 2015) target, adopting IBS technology can contribute by doubling productivity levels by 2.5 times to USD16,500 which is equivalent to RM61,939 per worker by 2020,” said Fadillah.

At the forefront of infrastructure development in Malaysia, the Works Ministry is banking on the Intelligent Traffic System (ITS) which is an advanced application aiming to provide innovative solutions and services relating to different modes of transport and traffic management which enable multiple users to be better informed and make safer, more coordinated and smarter use of transport networks.

“One other initiative of the Works Ministry is to look into the Weigh-in-Motions (WiM) technology which is to be implemented in federal roads and highways — a system for detecting, measuring and controlling the rampant overloading of vehicles in Malaysian roads,’ said the Petra Jaya MP.

He said the ministry was also expected to incorporate WiM with ITS in 10 years’ time, to reduce the maintenance and management cost of roads throughout Malaysia.

“Furthermore, under the umbrella of CITP, the Works Ministry through CIDB (Construction Industry Development Board) is in the process of developing a BIM Library which is a digital warehouse of Pre-Approved Plans (PAPs) of 3D design plans of buildings and integration of IBS components for construction materials.

“With the BIM Library, we expect to standardise all designs by consultants from all disciplines. With this new initiative, it will write a new era of business opportunities for contractors, material suppliers as well as facility management companies,” said Fadillah.

In terms of capacity building, he hoped 5,000 professionals from various disciplines may be trained to adopt IBS and BIM in their projects.

“CIBD is also targeting to train 37,500 contractors under the Continuous Contractor Development Programme to be facility management and IBS contractors,” said Fadillah.

He said, for 2017, the construction sector is projected to accelerate by 7.4 per cent as construction activities under the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) is anticipated to gain more momentum.

In 2016, the construction sector grew by eight per cent benefiting from the implementation of the various government projects under the 11MP including the ongoing construction of the Pan-Borneo Highway.

“The growth is also expected to be supported by the strong growth in construction activities by the private sector in both the residential and non-residential subsections,” said Fadillah.