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LBU wins ‘Year in Infrastructure 2018’ Award in Roads & Highways

Friday, 19 October 2018, Kuching: Lebuhraya Borneo Utara (LBU), the Project Delivery Partner (PDP) for Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak, was announced winner of Bentley System’s ‘Year in Infrastructure 2018’ award for the Roads and Highways category.

LBU beat two other finalists - Alabama Department of Transportation for its Birmingham AL I-59/I-20 Corridor Project, and Henan Provincial Communications Planning and Design Institute for its BIM-based further design and digital construction of the Yaoshan-Luanchuan Section of the Zhengzhou-Xixia Expressway in Luoyang, Henan, China.

In announcing the winner last night, the spokesperson from Bentley said “LBU’s implementation of a BIM (Building Information Modelling) process through the comprehensive use of technology solutions is impressive. But most important is they are leaving a legacy that they created through a training programme for local talents which will establish the wider use of BIM practices throughout industry, Government and the future ahead.”

The award was presented at a glittering awards ceremony held in London last night attended by infrastructure peers, jurors, industry thought leaders, and more than 130 members of the media.

At the earlier finalist presentation before a panel of independent, international judges, LBU’s story highlighted how we are leveraging on technology to change the local construction industry. This includes using technology in design, planning, construction and how LBU is preparing for asset management of the completed highway.

“The judges said they liked our presentation as it focused on outcomes rather than just technology”, explained Ravi Koka from Reveron who gave LBU’s presentation which included sharing how our team of young Sarawak engineers developed the nation’s first-ever Highway Information Modelling.

Bentley Systems is a global leader in infrastructure software solutions. Around the world, engineers, architects, constructors and owner-operators use Bentley’s software solutions to accelerate project delivery and improve asset performance.

With thousands of users of Bentley systems in projects of various sizes, each year Bentley profiles the ‘best of the best’ companies and projects at its annual awards as a showcase of digital advancements for infrastructure design, construction and operations. Since inception in 2004, the annual awards programme has recognised more than 3,000 of the world’s most outstanding infrastructure projects.

This year, 420 nominations were submitted by more than 340 user organisations. An independent jury panel comprising 12 distinguished industry experts chose only 57 entries as finalists.

In its submission for the ‘Year In Infrastructure 2018’ awards, LBU as Project Delivery Partner for Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak, highlighted its Project Information Management System (PIMS) which integrates 74 business processes. PIMS is being used to improve project delivery, optimise efficiency by reducing time, cost and risk, and create a common data environment (CDE) for the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and better asset life-cycle management.

Construction of the 1,060km highway across the state of Sarawak is on-going today. Phase 1 (786km) of the project began in 2015 and is slated for completion in 2021. Technology, such as Bentley’s ProjectWise, provides an end-to-end solution and seamless connectivity from project delivery to asset performance in a connected data environment.

This is enabling LBU to manage 3D design information, track changes in design, detect clashes, reduce rework, manage construction, and link information with asset tags to produce an efficient asset management solution for the Government as owner of the Highway.