Abstract of Keynote Address in CIRAIC November 2009 by Prof. Mustafa Alshawi (University of Salford)
The Construction Industry Master Plan 2006-2015 (CIMP 2006-2015) has been developed as mean to chart the future direction of the Malaysian construction industry. Outlined within the CIMP are the vision, mission, critical success factors, seven strategic thrusts, and 21 strategic recommendations that will guide the development of Malaysian construction industry trough the 2006 to 2015 period. Research and Development (R&D) is highlighted under the Strategic Thrust No. 5: Innovate through R&D to adopt new construction method. R&D is assigned to lead the way of promoting better adoption of Industrialised Building System (IBS) construction in Malaysia. The obligation to implement IBS serves concurrent both to improve performance and quality in construction and also to minimise the dependency of unskilled foreign labours flooding the construction market. The effort is inline with the Industrialised Building Systems (IBS) Roadmap 2003-2010 which already been adopted by the government since 2003. One of the visions of R&D in IBS is to adopt technology transfer of best practices from successful countries and applies it into Malaysian context.
This paper discussed the approach that ‘Salford-CIDB-UiTM’ have taken towards the development of solid foundation for the Malaysian Industry on IBS. This work is based on 13 Malaysian PhD researchers and their supervisors from the Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment (BUHU), University of Salford. The approach could lead to the establishment of a holistic framework to help industry to successfully adopt IBS. This work is a compilation of on-going R&D projects looking into issues pertinent to IBS; skills and training, transformation of companies, design integration and improvement of contracts in IBS life cycle. In addition, e-readiness, outsourcing, knowledge sharing models will be developed separately as management tools to support the implementation of the potential framework. After completion of this work, the outcome will be expected to stimulate future development on IBS and provide an essential value added to the construction industry at large in line with CIMP’s recommendations
The expected framework and its tools is an exemplary outcome for technology transfer on IBS implementation between UK and Malaysia. This research will provide constructive actions to expedite the success IBS and fulfill the recommendations as highlighted in Strategic Thrust No 5 of the CIMP 2006-2015
Keywords: CIMP 2005-2015, Construction Industry, Industrialised Building System (IBS), Malaysia, Research and Development (R&D)