Gamuda Engineering, the nation’s first main contractor awarded BSI Kitemark™ for Design, Construction and Commissioning
11 Nov 2021 |
Executive Director of Gamuda Engineering, Lim Hui Yan with Gamuda Engineering BIM team (Aloysies Nathan and Raymond Soo) receiving the BSI Kitemark™ for Design, Construction and Commissioning (ISO 19650 certification) from Emmanuel Hervè, Managing Director ASEAN, BSI, a recognition of Gamuda’s BIM-readiness and industry excellence in design and construction phases.

Gamuda Engineering (Gamuda) is proud to announce being the first main contractor in Malaysia to receive the prestigious BSI (British Standard Institution) Kitemark™ certificate for Design, Construction and Commissioning. The certification recognises Gamuda’s milestone in digital construction and demonstrates its excellent compliance with the global ISO 19650 standards in implementing Building Information Modelling (BIM) for construction. This milestone is a testament to the Group’s ongoing efforts to embrace BIM and Digital IBS technologies which enhances sustainability via digital construction towards a resilient future.

As a leader pioneering exemplary engineering solutions, Gamuda has challenged various industry boundaries and set new benchmarks with many firsts. This includes the launch of Gamuda Green Plan 2025 (GGP 2025), a comprehensive framework that commits the entire Group with specific steps to reduce its direct and indirect corporate greenhouse gas emissions intensity. BIM and Digital IBS are crucial enablers to digitalise Gamuda’s construction processes while minimising the environmental footprint and upskilling the workforce with Industry 4.0 skills-set.

The strategic usefulness of BIM is applied across Gamuda’s large-scale infrastructure and property projects to improve productivity at the design stage and reduce abortive works at the construction phase for increased savings and efficiency. It has resulted in a robust digital ecosystem with upfront detailed project planning and the timely delivery of Gamuda’s projects, namely the GAIA Residences at Gamuda Gardens and Amber Residence at twentyfive.7 township, and most recently gearing for the completion of Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Putrajaya Line, which are among the earliest adopters of BIM construction.

Executive Director of Gamuda Engineering, Lim Hui Yan said, “As Gamuda continues to transform into a data-driven organisation, we aim to digitally integrate our critical processes with a Group-wide focus on upskilling data literacy among our employees. The Building Information Modelling (BIM), a key digital engineering tool within this ecosystem, will enable us to holistically coordinate project design, costing and programming data. This will allow greater precision in the design and construction phases while providing an increased ‘lifecycle view’ in the operations and maintenance phases of the project lifecycle.”

“BIM integration is critical to realise a robust digital ecosystem for construction projects. For example, Digital IBS integrated cloud-based BIM with highly automated precision robotic production bring about value engineering from a digital ecosystem perspective. This is proven in our projects with reduced reliance on foreign workforce up to 60 percent and 40 percent faster construction.

“In support of this integrated digital construction ecosystem, the Group is upskilling its workforce and supply chain by establishing a BIM Academy, which will pioneer a significant move up the value chain ladder to nurture more skilled talents in the digital engineering system at the local construction scene.

“Beyond infrastructure and digital manufacturing, our expertise and capabilities have also pulled the entire building industry forward to arrive at this level of BIM maturity. This certification will future-proof our talent capabilities in leading and developing more BIM-inspired innovations and solutions. We are encouraged to collaborate with various industry players in elevating the nation’s BIM-readiness and driving digital construction to greater heights,” Lim added.

The BSI Kitemark™ for Design, Construction and Commissioning is a quality hallmark that differentiates leading industry players for delivering successful BIM implementations in the projects’ life cycle. It is also one of the most known symbols of quality and safety benchmarks owned and operated by BSI. This globally-recognised management system certification body has been assuring the built environment since 1903.

ASEAN Managing Director of BSI, Emmanuel Herve said, “The ISO 19650 international certification for Building Information Modelling (BIM) is just a stepping stone towards Gamuda’s digital transformation ambitions. This certification achievement elevates Gamuda’s processes and procedures in managing information and requirements from being more than just a computerised system for visualisation. This common framework aligns with how information is shared and managed between Gamuda’s various entities and its supply chain. Being an international certification, we are confident that this offers high level of competitiveness and allows market accessibility for Gamuda to the overseas market by ensuring client satisfaction through BSI Kitemark – our Mark of Trust.”

In a competitive market, the BSI Kitemark enables Gamuda to differentiate their BIM projects and prove their credentials in relation to the industry recognised standard for the design and construction phase through successful implementation in projects. This allows smoother delivery of projects to contract requirements, measurement and monitoring of client satisfaction against the delivery of a project, and the management of supply chain, or Gamuda’s role within it.

In the topic of building a resilient built environment, Emmanuel has also shared about the best practices and framework for Sustainable Cities and Communities, ISO 37106 and practices to meet sustainable development goals such as Green House Gas verification and Carbon Neutrality, PAS 2060. These international best practices are the framework that corporations use as a third-party verification to meet an organisation’s goals.

This certification supersedes the previous BIM Level 2 – PAS 1192 certification that Gamuda received as one of the first companies in the Southeast Asian region for an infrastructure project from the British Research Establishment.