Reports indicate that CIDB e-Construct Services (CIDBEC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysia’s Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), is anticipated to establish a Fourth Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR 4.0) roadmap by 2020 aimed particularly for the construction industry. Apparently, this roadmap would cover a five-year period from 2020.

Rofizlan Ahmad, Chief Executive of CIDBEC, was quoted saying that this roadmap would be providing a clear direction for industry players as well as streamline future programs associated with IR 4.0, particularly the Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Mr. Ahmad stated that a special committee has been set-up, which consists of different members from relevant fields, viz. Institute of Engineers Malaysia (IEM), Malaysia Institute of Architects (PAM) and the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT).

Mr. Ahmad said that the committee would study the status of construction sector of Malaysia in terms of BIM’s adoption level in comparison to those countries that have been implementing it, which include Mexico, Brazil, France and the United Kingdom. Surveys on BIM’s usage and future plans for the nation would also be outlined for enhancing the adoption of BIM further among industry players, he mentioned.

Depending on the construction and design of the project, using BIM could save around 15 to 20 percent time in the planning and design stage. The 3D visualization also has the ability for providing details of every infrastructure and items within it, Mr. Ahmad further said.

Supposedly, involving each personnel on a cloud-based platform would enhance the efficiency for design production, ability for analysis and design audit and facilitate a better understanding in the early stages of a project, among other benefits.

It would also enable them to access project information even after being at different locations through the cloud platform. In addition, building owners and clients could evaluate the proposed modifications and design and make quicker decisions on approvals, Mr. Ahmad added.