15.10.08

BARRIERS TO IBS 2 (MALAYSIA)

Mismatch between the roadmap and readiness among contractors and designers

The paper has agreed and accepted that IBS is ideal conceptualization and simplifying construction work. However, the reality in the projects is far from practical idealism in Malaysia. The transformation is not green a good respond due to the unlikely construction readiness (Hamid et al. 2008). Superior construction technology requires highly skilled workers to replace foreign workers but contractors left with no other choice. Local workforce is reluctant to join the industry because of the issues of low wages combined with low emphasis on occupational safety and health. The current training program to produce new construction workforce is still not be able to cater vast demand of the market. As such, regardless of foreign worker policy, foreign labour to do manual job is still badly needed by the industry and it is available abundant in cheaper cost (Construction Industry Master Plan, 2007). Moreover, specialized skills such as system integrator or assemblers need intensive training and apprenticeship which require more time and investment (Thanoon et al. 2003) (IBS Steering Committee, 2006) (Rahman & Omar, 2006). Contractors in Malaysia are also lack of past experience in IBS and their professional is lack of technical knowledge in this area (Hamid et al. 2008). Hamid et al. (2008) also observed lack of R&D, low IT adoption and limited technology availability have generally discourage IBS take up. It also appears that most innovative system and components or using innovative materials are based on imported technologies which are obviously more expensive and difficult to purchase by local contractor (IBS Roadmap Review, 2007).

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