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UNIMAS undergraduates to learn BIM, thanks to Pan Borneo Highway

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, Kuching: Engineering undergraduates from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) will be exposed to Building Information Modelling (BIM) for the next three years to ready themselves for the demand in the construction industry which is making use of the technology.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was inked here this morning between UNIMAS and Reveron Consulting Sdn Bhd, a technology solutions provider, where the latter will provide Bentley Systems software and training as well as internship for undergraduates and faculty staff.

It marks another milestone for Reveron Consulting in supporting public universities in the country to adopt BIM as part of their curriculum to enhance the employability of engineering graduates. UNIMAS is the 3rd University Reveron has signed the MOU apart from UiTM and UTM.

The cooperation will also see the promotion of collaborative research and publication by faculty members and practitioners from both institutions as well as collaboration on the exchange of reference data, publication, academic information and literature related to the disciplines

Present at the signing ceremony were UNIMAS vice chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi and Ravi Koka, CEO of Reveron Consulting.

The UNIMAS - Reveron collaboration and cooperation is a demonstration of ‘Efficient Connections’ and capacity-building of local Sarawak engineers to be equipped with new skills in Building Information Modelling (BIM) as a result of Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak.

Following the success of using BIM technology in the PBHS project, Reveron initiated this collaboration with UNIMAS with the aim of bridging the gap between academia and industry. Incorporating BIM technology and solutions into the learning of the engineering undergraduates will further encourage the wider use of technology in industry.

LBU is the leader in leveraging on technology in the building of roads and highways. LBU currently has a pool over 50 Highway Information Modellers comprising engineering graduates, mostly from UNIMAS who joined LBU two years ago. This team are pioneers of using BIM in roads and highway construction.

Being Project Delivery Partner for the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak, LBU’s Integrated Project Management System includes solutions that operate on a common data environment (CDE) to improve project delivery, optimise efficiency by reducing time, cost and risk, enable the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and better asset life-cycle management. 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.

In 2018, LBU won international recognition in the Roads and Highways category at Bentley’s ‘Year in Infrastructure 2018’ awards, beating strong competitors from China and USA. This year, LBU has been named a finalist at Bentley’s ‘Year in Infrastructure 2019’ awards under the Road and Rail Asset Performance category. The winner will be announced later this month.