8th IBS Rountable: Mechanisation through Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Theme: Mechanisation through Building Information Modelling (BIM) 
Date: 17 Nov 2011
Time: 9.00 am - 5.00 pm
Venue: Cyberview Lodge and Spa, Cyberjaya
Organisers: CIDB, CREAM, Universiti Malaysia Pahang and University of Salford Manchester 
Participants: BIM Consultants, Developers, JKR and Researchers


1. The Malaysian construction industry is currently positioned at prefabrication stage (production of IBS components) or lower

2. The level of industrialisation or IBS needs to be increased for construction industry to move forward and reduce the use of labour. For the beginning, the mechanisation stage is possible to be achieved in the future.  

3. The use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) was identified as a critical enabler that could support the move. Fundamental success of IBS and mechanisation relies on good communication between all members of team at all level. Accurate and timely information is essential to maximise the benefit of IBS and mechanisation

4. The general benefits of BIM are; standardisation of information, management of knowledge and information, standardisation in term of planning assessment, and application assessme

5. For the private sectors, the implementation of BIM is relatively easy based on demand requirements from clients, contractors or consultants

6. In the public sector, the complexity and rigidity of the sector procurement was viewed as a stumbling block to implement BIM

7. Other issues related to BIM implementation; the ownership of BIM design model, working flow that suits BIM process flow, readiness of the organisation and industry in term of capacity and capability, strategy, process and mechanism in implementing BIM

8. BIM should be evaluated and the potential success rate must be determined.

9. It always more difficult for small organisation to implement BIM due to relatively expensive upfront cost

10. In many cases, the top management of the company is not supportive as they do not recognise the benefit of BIM

11. The fragmented nature of the construction industry resulting in a silo thinking culture has also been highlighted as major challenges that might be fronting when the industry is committed to implement BIM

12.  Maintaining staff with sufficient BIM knowledge is difficult.


1. To conduct case studies to identify the readiness gap in BIM and how BIM could improve the present practice of construction

2. The push must come from the client’s side and the government should carry a big role to take BIM on board especially on a big project. Without the strong push by the government, the BIM uptake is heading nowhere.

3. The absence of guideline and standard was identified a drawback for BIM implementation. International guideline and standard should be adapted to suits the need of local usage to avoid reinvent the wheel

4. To conduct case studies on project that have been done by using BIM and to explore the needs and the critical success factors in implementing BIM

5. To establish a database to gather all researches regarding BIM implementation. CREAM’s close connection with local university was identified as a major strength to gather all related research.


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Dr. Kamarul Anuar Mohamad Kamar said...

Thank you for visiting this blog. Nothing special just to share some information on IBS. Thanks

Peniel said...

Hi Dr Kamarul, I'd like to include the findings from this roundtable discussion into my thesis. Is that possible? If yes, who should i state as the author to this report? Regards, PenieL