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Suitable technologies drive better construction management process

07/10/2022 04:23 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 7 (Bernama) – The usage of suitable technologies and digitalisation products such as building information modelling (BIM), industrialised building system (IBS), Internet of Things (loT), and Big Data Analytics (BDA) will drive the construction sector to better manage and control the construction process, although the sector is more labour intensive.

According to the Economic Outlook 2023 report released today, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) said the acceleration of digitalisation is the way forward for Malaysia as the country’s construction business models and operations are mainly reliant on manual labour and low technology adoption.

“The adoption of automation, digitalisation, and environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies as well as creating relevant skills and expertise would transform the sector to keep abreast of emerging demands in the economy.

“Thus, the importance of boosting the sector's development and growth will not only contribute to the gross domestic product (GDP) but also gear the industrial players to become major global competitors,” it said.

The World Bank had highlighted in 2018 that Malaysians use digital technologies widely, but digital adoption by Malaysian businesses still lagged behind the global average, with only 29 per cent of businesses having web presence while a meagre 5.2 per cent were engaged in e-commerce in 2015.


Embrace new practices

The MoF said Malaysia is moving towards automation in the construction sector and encourages the adoption of ESG policies in business practices.

It said the shift will ensure business competitiveness and sustainability in the long run.

The enhancement of digital construction was enshrined in Malaysia's Construction 4.0 Strategic Plan (2021-2025).

The five-year plan comprises 12 emerging technologies, namely prefabrication and modular construction; BIM; autonomous construction; augmented reality and virtualisation; cloud and real-time collaboration; 3D scanning and photogrammetry; big data and predictive analytic; IoT; 3D printing and addictive manufacturing; advanced building materials; blockchain; and artificial intelligence, which are expected to boost the sector in line with the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

“This plan has outlined a framework to improve the capabilities of the construction sector through the four enablers identified -- people, integrated technologies, economy and governance.

“Hence, construction projects are expected to be implemented efficiently through value optimisation and waste minimisation,” it said.


Development of workers' skills

The MoF said skills and expertise are needed for the execution of technical construction methods as the sector is growing towards automation and digitalisation.

“Hence, the Malaysian construction sector should invest in building capacity for workers and professionals to improve the capability, competitiveness and operational performance,” it said.

According to the Construction 4.0 Strategic Plan, the construction technology transformation requires companies to invest in talent development to increase productivity and overall sector performance.


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