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Last batch of HIM Modellers undergoes training at Bimasia

Wednesday, 11 October 2017, Kuching: They are the last batch of the 55 HIM Modellers who have just been sent for a month-long training at Bimasia 3D VDC Lab in Kuala Lumpur.

These nine HIM Modellers, all fresh graduates who hold a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, are enthusiastic about the opportunity of learning what Highway Information Modelling is all about.

The other 46 HIM Modellers have started the “real” work back here in Kuching where they are coming up with 3D drawings, from the conventional 2D drawings.

The best part of their training is being based at the South-East Asia’s first 3D virtual design and construction lab. It is indeed a rare and golden opportunity for these young graduates.

Despite just starting out, the one month-long training is intensive. Their day starts at 8.30pm and only ends at 6.30pm.

These HIM Modellers will be learning basic road modelling where they learn how to create and edit a road alignment, generate super-elevation, and create a typical cross-section of a simple road.

On top of that, they are also exposed to advance road modelling and data management for intersections, roundabouts and interchanges, among others.

The Modellers are introduced to Autodesk Revit, sketching and modify tools, setting up levels and grids and modelling mechanical and electrical.

For every assignment given, these HIM Modellers need to get endorsement of approval from Coordinators in a special diary for their daily updates.

In other words, the newly trained HIM Modellers are stringently assessed on their competency. So far, all HIM Modellers have done a superb job to impress their coordinators!

“While here, we learn how to create surface, alignment profiles, corridors and roundabouts by using 3D modelling software.

“I have never done this before as normally it is only through drawings. This technology is something new. I’m loving it,” said HIM Modeller, Dayang Nazihah Abang Utman, who is a civil engineering graduate from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS).

Nur Anisa Rakawi who graduated from Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus said they were given the task to complete 10km stretch of the road by the end of their training.

“That is part of our training as we need practice on how to use the 3D modelling system,” she said.

The HIM system in the construction of Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak is done by digitising bulks of construction information into a single database.

HIM is the combination of Building Information Modelling (BIM) data and Geographical Information System (GIS), which is basically the map.

In simple terms, HIM provides an X-Ray vision at any point along the highway, thus giving those involved in the project, from consultants, engineers to contractors, with a full picture of the construction process.

Errors in construction and clashes will be reduced and the capability to make technical forecasts to improve planning and execution will be developed.

HIM is part of the larger and more comprehensive Integrated Project Management System (IPMS) which will create seamless accessibility for various stakeholders seeking up-to-date and accurate information with regard to the project.