SMA introduces BIM to drive Digital Competency in construction technology

Dr Zaidi Razak

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KUCHING, Feb 11: The Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) has assembled twenty-nine civil servants for a proficiency training program to introduce the concept and theory of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and the interlinked multiplier effects that go with the application.

According to SMA general manager Dr Zaidi Razak in a press statement today that BIM is a process that has been globally adopted by
construction professionals, developers, and governments to collaborate on construction projects.

“Using an intelligent 3D model, project constituents are able to collaboratively create, integrate and manage detailed building information efficiently.

“As a result, these inter-operable efforts lead to project resource optimisation, reduce design conflicts and construction time,” he said.

Dr Zaidi noted the course participants came from an array of professional backgrounds who can now progress with their BIM fundamental modules before sitting for a certification exam.

“Digital competency development for the state civil service is a strategic action of Sarawak’s Digital Economy enablers and SMA remains committed to actively pursue such upskilling initiative,” he added.

On the same note, Digital Economy deputy chief scientist and advisor Prof Dr Ir Al-Khalid Othman said the intended outcome of such digital initiative will equip state agencies overseeing the construction industry with a strong foundation to give excellent digital service and delivery and governance.

He said with the critical thinking, solving complex problems, creativity and soft skills attributes, there program are also in line with the Sarawak State Government’s aspiration through the Sarawak Economic Action Council (SEAC) wherein 2030 Sarawak will be one of the developed states by increasing the number of skilled and competent workers.

“These skilled manpower preparations proposed by the Public Works Department Sarawak (JKR Sarawak) to ensure BIM will be adopted as early in the design process of any physical projects’ development.

“With this, it will support expedite the construction, coordinated project management, improve facility management and also be able to optimise the cost for construction,” he said.

The training program is a collaboration between Jabatan Kerja Raya Sarawak (JKR Sarawak) and the Akedemi Binaan Malaysia (ABM), the training arm of the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), and was held on Feb 8, 2021, at CIDB Convention Center, Sarawak. – DayakDaily.