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Malaysia BIM contest 2018 - Understanding BIM: What kind of Results?

Understanding BIM ~ What kind of Results?

Dr. Mohd Harris Ismail  (CEO at ATSB / Director of BuildingSMART Malaysia) 

It is becoming a cliche now that the stakeholders in the construction industry in Malaysia, claiming that they are adopting BIM when they simply convert the 2-D CAD drawing, from the design consultant, to a 3-D model. By doing that, the implementers will create a new issue in design and implementation, which will hinder the efficiency and effectiveness of BIM adoption.


The misconception about BIM implementation by many industry players (in Malaysia) is becoming a serious issue where they thought that by producing the 3D models and coordinating among disciplines using the 3D models, are already a full-fledge BIM adoption. This level of implementation is NOT contributing to the desired benefits and return. On the contrary, it will result in a low-impact cost reduction (or no reduction at all), no improvement in project delivery timeline, no improvement in operational efficiency, and eventually not helping the organization to improve its bottom-line figure. As such, it is most likely that the organisation will revert to its conventional way of doing things.

When the government of Malaysia mentioned about BIM adoption in CITP 2016-2020, they refer to the "Level-2" adoption of BIM, targeting to enhance cost efficiency in the construction project. How does the government ensure that its BIM adoption initiative will lead to the desired result?
The most crucial and fundamental fact to understand is that, we use BIM to deliver the project, rather than using the project to deliver BIM. The first will give the desired results in the implementation, while the latter will only develop further blunders to the project and create unnecessary burden to the site people.

When BIM implementation is properly done, efficiency will be achieved in every aspect of the project management. Data sharing, data visibility, collaboration and real-time data updating are among the basis of BIM adoption. Issues may arise when there are multiple contractors handling a project. Therefore, it is crucial to get all contractors who are involved in the project, to understand what BIM is REALLY about ~ before implementing it.

Never ever think that the goal for implementing BIM is so that you will produce a nice-looking 3D model (and coordinate or finding clashes using the model). This is a very wrong understanding! Having a 3D model is a prerequisite, and not a goal! Much more than that, the goal of deploying BIM is to improve efficiency and increase productivity, thus should be reflected in the bottom-line figure of the company.

P/s: Measurement details of BIM implementation results will be published in the future article.

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