Youth urged to take up construction course


KUCHING: The Ministry of Works (KKR) is calling all youth, including professionals in the construction industry in the state to take up a training course on Building Information Modelling (BIM) which is available at Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus (Swinburne Sarawak). 

BIM is an intelligent 3D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) professionals the insight and tools to efficiently plan, design, construct and manage buildings and infrastructure.

Senior Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said this is in line with the ministry’s policy towards digitalisation in the construction sector. 

“The ministry hopes to further enhance the use of IBS (Industrialised Building System), BIM and Pre-Approved Plan (PAP) in the implementation of government and private projects. 

“This is also to fulfil the aspirations outlined in the Construction Industry Transformation Programme (CITP) 2016-2020 and the National Construction Policy (NCP) 2030, which are going to be launched soon,” he told reporters in a press conference after a meet-and-greet session with state media editors held at Waterfront Hotel here today. 

He said presently, the construction industry is using the AutoCAD system but with the BIM system, it would provide more efficiency in building planning. 

“In the BIM system, every detail is there. You can visualise how the building looks like completed. If there is a problem in the design plan, the system will rectify it including the process of how to dismantle the building,” he said. 

Fadillah added that even after the construction of the building is completed, BIM could also assist in how to further maintain and operate the building. 

“We are now working closely with the Ministry of Local Government and Housing to encourage people to adopt BIM so that when they submit the building plan, it has to be a BIM concept, and no longer the conventional design. By doing that, hopefully, we will be able to migrate (from conventional to BIM),” he said. 

He noted that available architects are not fully qualified in terms of BIM.

On the BIM training, he said the ministry, together with Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), has worked with Swinburne Sarawak to establish BIM Centre to provide the training. 

Fadillah also said that the ministry wants to implement PAP for government projects more aggressively.

“We have started with PAP during my first round as the minister before. PAP means that you already have a complete building design and resubmission of plans to the local authorities is not required, thus, shortening the time of the planning process,” he said. 

Also present were State Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) director Abdull Hadi Mohd Yusoff, New Sarawak Tribune and Suara Sarawak chief executive officer Dr Jeniri Amir, Federation of Sarawak Journalists Association (FSJA) and Kuching Division Journalists Association (KDJA) president Jacqueline Nur Atiqah Abdullah, and Sarawak Press Photographers Association (SPPA) president Mohd Radzi Bujang.

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