The system, which incorporates the integration of information systems and computational models, is used to coordinate and manage efforts between architects, engineers, specialists and clients throughout a structure’s lifecycle. This innovative information system, through its significance in expediting construction efforts, has prompted an industry-wide implementation in the EU and has even extended its influence to the Malaysian construction industry.
A technology enthusiast at heart, I was delighted to be offered an internship last summer implementing this system by Sunway Constructions, a major player in the Malaysian construction industry. Operating within Virtual Design and Construction department, I was based in the administrative capital of Malaysia, working on a government megaproject, handling the simultaneous construction of a 10-block government complex. Due to the complexity of this multi-billion Ringgit project, this BIM system was key to the successful implementation and coordination efforts on site.
At the start, I was assigned, not unlike other interns who came into the department, to undertake structural modelling tasks based on technical drawings provided by consultants. Undertaking the role required analytical and time management, and without my experience with BIM, I would not have had a smooth transition into undertaking these tasks. Over time, I was happy to be was entrusted by the department to undertake more complex aspects to the project from steel structure coordination and also involve myself in model quality assurance prior to submission to the clients.
Another opportunity to practice this enterprise capability came when the department manager proposed the integration of automation into the quality assurance process. Finding automation to be the key to expediting checking procedures and eliminating human errors, I took on the task of developing a program configuration for the Autodesk Revit Automated Checker plugin for the use of structural quality checks and delivered the program to the manager.
The learning opportunities were boundless, especially with the foundational attributes emphasized by SELA prior to the summer. With the potential to be exposed to valuable industrial knowledge and the working environment, this was a golden opportunity for me to sharpen my character in preparation for a life in industry. This began with the exercise of proactivity in taking on multiple roles that allowed for me to obtain a well-rounded experience in the work process.