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Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak’s Capacity-Building Efforts in HIM Impress Sarawak Audience

Thursday, 13 September 2018, Kuching: “We are very proud of our efforts to upskill a group of 45 Sarawak engineers who are developing the nation’s first-ever Highway Information Modelling (HIM) which is being used in construction, monitoring implementation and later for operations and maintenance of the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak”, said Nor Zalida Ahmad, LBU’s Head of Corporate Communications during a panel discussion on the Future of Workforce (Sarawak Edition).

“With their efforts to build 3D modelling of the Highway from the traditional 2D drawings, we now have an accurate and up-to-date x-ray vision of the highway at any point along the alignment. This allows us to know what’s on the highway, above it and what lies below.

“This is changing the way Malaysia’s construction industry builds roads and highways, and our Sarawak engineers are leading the way”, added Nor Zalida to the applause of the audience.

Nor Zalida was speaking at the panel discussion focused on millennials joining the workforce, managing challenges to attract and retain millennials, and how technology is changing jobs.

Her fellow panellists were from PwC Malaysia, Sarawak Energy, and the Sarawak Chief Minister’s Office.

The panel discussion was part of a one-day forum entitled “What’s Next for Sarawak” organised by the United Kingdom and Eire Council of Malaysian Students (UKEC) in Kuching last Saturday.

“More exciting is the new skills in Building Information Management (BIM) which this team of Sarawak engineers, fresh out of university, now possess.

“This knowledge and experience will enable them to widen their career prospects not just locally in Sarawak or even Malaysia; they can go regional and beyond”, said Nor Zalida.

Some 180 students, members from corporates and NGOs attended the forum which was opened by the former Minister of Works Malaysia and Member of Parliament for Petra Jaya, Dato Sri Fadillah Yusuf, and closed by Member of Parliament for Bandar Kuching, Dr Kelvin Yii.

A series of inspiring keynote speeches, TED-style talks and panel discussions were held throughout the day.