Just recently, Gamuda Engineering earned its ISO 19650 Part 1 and Part 2 certification the first time. Internationally recognised, the certification supersedes BIM Level 2 – PAS 1192 the UK’s highest Building Information Modelling (BIM) compliance standard.
Executive Director of Gamuda Engineering, Lim Hui Yan congratulated the audited teams. The teams involved were from Gamuda Building Unit and GAIA Residences of Gamuda Gardens, headed by BIM manager, Aloysies Arrokiam Nathan and Senior BIM engineer, Ng Xue Yinn.
Lim Hui Yan (centre) and team receiving the audit certificate at an award ceremony hosted by BSI Malaysia on 2 November 2021 at Gardens Hotel, Mid Valley
With the certification, we are now in pole position for jobs that demand rigorous BIM specifications.
Interestingly, GAIA Residences at Gamuda Gardens was one of the earlier buildings projects back in 2017 where BIM was first trialed alongside Amber Residence from the twentyfive.7 township. What did it take for these projects to achieve ISO 19650-readiness today?
Before, in BIM rendering and after in actual construction for Amber Residence, twentyfive.7
The pilot of both projects brought the Product Management Unit, Project Management and Contracts and Commercial departments together to implement BIM for design and construction. Despite the low BIM readiness of the supply chain then, the project teams’ persevered and are finally reaping the benefits of BIM adoption.
BIM renderings of Gamuda Land developments, such as GAIA residences and Maya Bay Residence were featured in this BIM Studio explainer
BIM Manager, Lydia Nyomek shared, creating a lively BIM culture required a steep change from past industry norms. One example is the previous practice of relying on consultants heavily to generate 2D drawings and facilitate design coordination. With BIM and its digital twin system, all parties can access the same information independently and play a proactive part in the construction validation process.
Senior BIM M&E Engineer, Nana Andrea added, “We learnt that age wasn’t a barrier and sometimes people just lacked the confidence to pick up the software skills or have unfounded perceptions of BIM being technically complicated.”
One of the tens of BIM workshops held by Lydia and the team
“Hence with regular training, handholding exercises, and constant technical support to the team, we overcame these limiting beliefs together and saw significant improvement in BIM utilisation. It was gratifying to see staff that had zero BIM knowledge at first eventually running live BIM presentations to upper management on their own,” Lydia enthused.
At the linchpin is the BIM committee, an initiative of Gamuda Excellence Transformation under Pillar 4 of Gamuda Green Plan 2025. Headed by experts across various business units such as Aloysies, the BIM committee is charged with driving BIM excellence Group-wide for sustainable growth.
Aloysies elaborated, “At the heart of BIM excellence is a PROCESS to ensure good governance of our data and workflows. This enables a much more seamless and productive journey throughout the construction life cycle.”
Top on its list of priorities, the BIM committee strives to standardise Group-wide BIM implementations, develop BIM inspired innovations, conduct vendor evaluations for BIM readiness, and more.
To read more what our BIM colleagues are up to, check out the official GET blog for the BIMspiration series!
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