Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a collaborative way of working which provides teams involved in a construction project with accessible, accurate data. BIM can promote better communication, greater efficiency, cost savings and reduced risk. The Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia (CIDB) has advocated its use since 2014. However, in a survey conducted by CIDB, challenges that hinder the adoption of BIM in Malaysia include high training costs, lack of BIM knowledge and the inaccessibility of BIM trainings(1). To bridge the gap, INTI International University and China-based Glodon Company Limited launched a BIM Development Centre in the university’s campus.
This is part of INTI’s commitment to prepare career-ready professionals and embrace new standards and market trends. As the sole training partner of Glodon in Malaysia, INTI provides competency-based training to industry practitioners, as well as members of academia at its new BIM Development Centre. This will enable industry practitioners to be trained in Glodon’s BIM software called Cubicost at INTI and gain exemptions from the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF). Glodon also contributed to the licenses for the software in INTI’s BIM Development Centre.
This development is on top of INTI’s existing curriculum where undergraduate Quantity Surveying students obtain a competency certification by Glodon upon successful completion of their studies, in addition to their full degrees.
“The setup of this Centre is a great milestone, not only for INTI but on a larger scale, for the nation to accelerate into the BIM era. Thanks to Glodon, INTI is the first and only overseas Cubicost training centre to provide competency training to industry practitioners as well as academia,” shared INTI International University dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Quantity Surveying Dr Lai Yin Ling.
“We are proud to be able to contribute to the Quantity Surveying talent pool required by the industry. Together with Glodon, we are confident that we can assist the nation to modernise the industry and assist professionals to unlock their potential in BIM.”
Glodon Company Limited vice president Helen Liu shared Dr Lai’s enthusiasm. “Glodon has vast experiences in working with universities in China - there are approximately 1,000 higher
education institutions in China that are already collaborating with us and are adopting Glodon’s syllabus into their modules, and training new talents for the industry,” she said.
“Glodon selected INTI to be its first overseas Cubicost training centre provider because of INTI’s stellar reputation in the education industry in Malaysia. Moreover, INTI’s industry-relevant curriculum and its active engagement with industry players shows that INTI knows global trends in employment and it is keen in improving industry standards along with Glodon to prepare a globalised workforce for future challenges.”
Ministry of Works Malaysia (Kementerian Kerjaya Malaysia) Under Secretary Azman Ibrahim who attended the launch event as a guest speaker at the end of last year also shared about the future of BIM in Malaysia. He applauded INTI’s move to prepare students for the industry by equipping them with BIM training prior to their graduation, so that they could take up available roles in the industry when they enter the workforce.
INTI students also proved their mettle in BIM in 2018 as two groups of students were named among the top three winners in the Malaysia BIM Contest organised by Glodon, beating out 16 teams from seven public and private universities who competed in the University category.
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- CIDB Malaysia BIM Report 2016, page V, http://www.cidb.gov.my/images/content/penerbitan-IBS/BIM-REPORT.pdf
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