SMA Introduces Building Information Modelling (BIM)

To Drive Digital Competency in Construction Technology

KUCHING, 10 February 2021 – The Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) in collaboration with Jabatan Kerja Raya Sarawak (JKR Sarawak) and the Akademi Binaan Malaysia (ABM), the training arm of the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), on Monday, assembled twenty-nine civil servants for a Building Information Modelling proficiency training programme.


Coming from an array of professional backgrounds, these first cohorts of participants were introduced to the concept and theory of BIM and the interlinked multiplier effects that go with the applications.


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 interoperable efforts lead to project resource optimisation, reduce design conflicts and construction time.


These course participants can now progress to do 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.’, disclosed Dr Zaidi Bin Razak, General Manager of SMA.


‘The intended outcome of such digital initiative will equip state agencies overseeing the construction industry with a strong foundation to give excellent digital service delivery and governance’.


‘With the critical thinking, solving complex problems, creativity, and soft skills attributes, these programs 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 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 able to optimize the cost for construction’, expounded Prof. Dr. Ir Al-Khalid Bin Othman, Deputy Chief Scientist & Deputy Chief Advisor for Digital Economy.


This one-day BIM theory and concept programme was held at CIDB Convention Center, Sarawak.