Trimble and Brunsfield Sign MoU to Accelerate BIM Adoption

• Brunsfield BIM Innovation Centre established with the aim to support the growth of the BIM community through knowledge-sharing, facilitating training and development of BIM resources

• Initiative supports the Malaysian Government’s push to modernise the construction industry – industrialising the industry by advocating the use of technology in creating a more efficient, lean and productive industry fit for the Digital Economy.

Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA, 15 May 2018 – Trimble Malaysia and Brunsfield International Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), expressing their readiness to develop a collaborative partnership focused on accelerating Building Information Modeling (BIM) adoption in Malaysia’s construction industry.

Brunsfield International Group has invested in BIM technology over two decades to ensure that it is building the capabilities that are crucial for competing in the 21st Century Digital Economy. As an industry player, Brunsfield is committed to embracing BIM technology to enable the industrialisation of the construction industry in Malaysia. The focus has always been to invest in technology and innovation that will lead to higher and significant productivity impact. With years of strong commitment from its leadership, Brunsfield is able to progress with its transformation journey working collaboratively with its local and global network of partners and industry experts across the integrated value chain.

In September 2017, Brunsfield BIM (BBIM) Innovation Centre was established with the aim to enable BIM practices and support the growth of the BIM community in Malaysia. The Centre’s focus is to work collaboratively with industry players to facilitate the use of BIM in the Malaysian construction industry through knowledge-sharing, training and development of BIM resources. An integral part of the Centre’s focus is on the development of BIM policies and BIM standards and methodologies that will enable the enhancement of the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) process.

Located in Kuala Lumpur, the BBIM Innovation Centre has been working with the latest in technology from industry vendors, including Trimble. In this collaboration, Trimble will provide Tekla software to facilitate BIM training purposes, as well as technical support and product showcase at the BBIM Innovation Centre. Trimble will also collaborate with Brunsfield on research and software application in real projects as case studies.

“Partnerships – both private and public – are key to realising a more efficient, productive and sophisticated future of the construction industry. This MoU with Brunsfield signals the mutual commitment to drive the awareness, knowledge and ultimately adoption of BIM amongst stakeholders in Malaysia,” said Thomas Phang, Area Director, Trimble Solutions South East Asia. “The bigger picture is our commitment and support of the Government’s vision for a modernised construction industry that is crucial to the economic growth of the country. We are delighted to play our part.”

“This MoU with Trimble is an encouraging step forward for collaboration to ensure the potential of BIM can be realised. It also signifies our commitment to advance BIM application to the next level of maturity. This includes the focus on refining and expanding the BIM standards and methodologies to enable the enhancement of the Integrated Project Delivery process,” said Hassan Zakaria, Executive Director, Brunsfield Engineering Sdn Bhd.

Engine of economic growth

The construction industry is one of nation fastest growing industries, recording double-digit growth over the last few years. A staggering average growth of 11% during the 10th Malaysia Plan (2011-2015) surpassed the performance of other economic sectors in the country while in 2017, the Malaysian construction industry is expected to grow by 8% in volume to RM170 billion. Last year, the sector grew by 7.4% to RM166.4 billion – a rise from RM140 billion in 2015. The construction industry is expected to contribute 5.5% to the nation GDP by 2020.

Today, BIM solution is a growing demand in most construction projects – providing seamless communication and improving efficiency and productivity for architecture, engineering and construction professionals. However, BIM adoption in the country is still low at about 10% despite the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) endorsing BIM in its Construction Industry Transformation Programme (CITP) 2016-2020 to empower and strengthen the construction industry.

Underpinning the nation’s economic growth is the construction industry, and BIM will be the cornerstone of the industry’s modernisation to boost further progress. CIDB is not resting on its laurels – the governing body mandated that by 2020, property developers working on government projects worth more than RM100 million will be required to use BIM. CIDB has also launched the RM2.5 million myBIM Centre, a one-stop centre providing resources for the use of BIM. This is beside other initiatives that are aimed at equipping and incentivising industry stakeholders, such as subsidised BIM training programs to train and build capacity of BIM experts and a specially set up BIM Transformation Fund to support local companies in their modernisation journey. Local companies have begun or are looking into BIM, including Gamuda, IJM, Sunway and UEM Sunrise.

The outlook for the construction sector in 2017 remains positive, spurred by a list of mega infrastructure projects such as the LRT/MRT lines and highways including the Pan Borneo Highway and the Damansara-Shah Alam Elevated Expressway (DASH). Other upcoming projects include the Tun Razak Exchange project, the 118-storey skyscraper development Warisan Merdeka and the affordable housing projects under the PR1MA initiative, all of which will benefit from the implementation of BIM in the course of the projects. The country has been using BIM in the building of large-scale projects like National Cancer Institute in Putrajaya, MATRADE International Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur, and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Administration Complex in Shah Alam.

About Trimble Buildings

Trimble Buildings, a part of Trimble’s Engineering and Construction segment, is focused on solutions that optimize the complete Design-Build- Operate (DBO) lifecycle of buildings. Trimble is dedicated to transforming the industry—increasing productivity, reducing waste and optimizing schedules, budgets and real estate portfolios—with powerful solutions that streamline communication and collaboration. These targeted solutions enable architects, engineers, contractors, owners, and occupiers to realize greater agility, efficiency and insight. Used in over 150 countries around the world, Trimble Buildings’ solutions are transforming the way the world designs, builds and operates infrastructure and buildings.

For more information visit: buildings.trimble.com.

About Trimble

Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location—including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978, Trimble is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

For more information visit: www.trimble.com

About Brunsfield

Brunsfield International Group is a global award-winning technology enterprise focused on property development, engineering and construction, and real estate investment and management. It is recognized as a progressive and innovative digital industry leader with a portfolio of sustainable world-class community developments. Brunsfield's strength is in its diversified ability to operate as an integrated global value chain.

For more information visit: www.brunsfield.com

Media Contacts:

Patricia Tee, Assistant Marketing Manager, Trimble Solutions Malaysia, +65 6871 5864, patricia.tee@trimble.com

Kenny Lim, Priority Communications on behalf of Trimble Solutions Malaysia, +6012 292 8223, trimble@priority.net.my

Brunsfield PR contact
Caroline Lee, Liaison Person, Brunsfield International Group, +6037 966 9133, chlee@brunsfield.com