Five projects to use BIM system by 2020, says CIDB

THE Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia (CIDB) expects the newly launched Building Information Module (BIM), an enhanced digital construction software, to be adopted in five pilot public projects worth more than RM500 million by 2020.

CIDB CEO Datuk Ahmad Asri Abdul Hamid said leading property developers such as Brasfield & Gorrie and Sunway Property have already adopted BIM in their construction development and more industry players are showing interest in the software programme.

“Some of the companies that I know are very keen to adopt BIM are UEM Sunrise Bhd, Gamuda Bhd and IJM Land Bhd.

“Architectural firms have also expressed interest to be trained in BIM as a result of increasing demand from clients to have builders and designers that are equipped in using the software,” he told reporters at a media briefing in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

CIDB expects BIM to be adopted regularly in the industry, as it would simultaneously reduce the cost and period of any development.

“We will be doing a study every year to monitor the cost of construction saved attributed to the BIM.”

BIM is a detailed software that serves as a digital video platform to transform the construction industry by boosting efficiency in the planning stages of development, in line with the Construction Industry Transformation Programme launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak in 2015.

CIDB also announced the pre-launch of a new MyBIM Centre located in Sunway Putra Mall, Kuala Lumpur, yesterday.

Ahmad Asri said the RM2.5 million centre will serve to promote and increase the usage of BIM in the industry.

“At the moment, we have a temporary BIM centre in Jalan Chan Sow Lin and we are unable to accommodate huge demand from interested parties due to limitation in space and facilities.

“Therefore, we are looking to upgrade from the existing 12 terminals to 40 terminals with the latest software in the market that is expected to be launched and fully operational by May this year,” he added.

The cost to invest in the software is between RM9,000 and RM50,000, and it is on a rental basis each year.

The upcoming MyBIM centre would be a reference hub for the industry players, which serves to provide further information on the new digital software.

“It will also provide facilities to train the construction players such as developers, contractors and consultants, to utilise the technology.

“We hope the productivity of the industry will increase with the adoption of BIM, and it would contribute to the economy to be more effective,” he added.

A wholly owned subsidiary of CIDB, E-Construct Sdn Bhd would be the trustee to operate the upcoming MyBIM Centre.