MGKT survey head Pua Boon Hin (second from left) and Joseph holding their award, together with their team of young engineers that developed the BIMAR app (from left Tan Wei Hong, Mohan Naresh Kumar and Zur Ain Zulkafely).

MMC Gamuda KVMRT (T) Sdn Bhd (MGKT) affirmed its position as the leader in digitalising construction in the country with its recent win at the Malaysia Technology Excellence Awards (MTEA) 2020 presented by the Singapore Business Review.

The company clinched top honours in the category of Augmented and Virtual Reality – Engineering for its innovative BIMAR app, which streamlines and enhances onsite construction validation and planning, resulting in greater project efficiency.

The solution was developed in-house using building information modelling (BIM), Unity and Apple software development kits (SDKs) and is also the first such attempt by a Malaysian contractor.

The BIMAR app allows real-world visualisation of 3D building designs using a mobile device during site inspections.

Virtual 3D overlays of design and construction elements are overlaid on real-time screen camera capture of the worksite, allowing clashes or errors to be spotted instantly thus circumventing costly reworks.

It is an augmented reality (AR) solution that offers insight and precision unlike any other conventional methods which rely on photos, drawings, laser scan point clouds, and hardcopy documents for construction validation.

Speaking about the app, MGKT BIM and geographic information system (GIS) development lead Tony Joseph shared: “The benefits BIMAR brings has won over both our consultants and contractors, greatly minimising errors while saving time and improving the accuracy of their construction validation during its test implementation for the work on the MRT Putrajaya Line Project.

“I believe it will become an indispensable vital tool in future projects, ensuring efficiency of both time and cost while also inspiring and uplifting other construction players to be more future-oriented and develop the necessary tools in keeping with Industry 4.0 trends.”

MGKT is the underground works package contractor in the MRT Putrajaya Line.

It also successfully completed the underground portion of the MRT Kajang Line.

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