BIM as the Future Stalwart of Malaysian Construction Industry

As the construction activity in Malaysia experienced worrying contraction in 2021, stakeholders of the construction industry are battling against the challenge of hindered industrial growth. BIM might be just the solution to the challenge.

Since its earliest inception, Building Information Modelling (BIM) continue to uphold its credibility as an effective technology in aiding and facilitating construction projects across the globe. With numerous studies and actual projects inferring the effectiveness and efficiency of BIM, the construction industry stakeholders are shifting their focus to the technology. Malaysia witnessed the first successful implementation of BIM in 2009 through the construction of the National Cancer Institute of Malaysia in Sepang, and the track record were resumed in several other public projects throughout the country. The adoption rate of BIM is comparatively slower than other countries, but it is here to stay and revolutionize the construction industry, as acclimatized with  increasing demands of its adoptions in both public and private projects over the recent years.

Apart from the statistical reality on the positive adoption rate of BIM in Malaysia, here are some other reasons why BIM is the future of the construction industry :


Greater optimization of cost and construction time

With efficient use of time and resources due to greater certainty from better visualization and crucial information, BIM provides significant economic benefits to the construction industry stakeholders. Estimation for elements of projects are deduced even more accurately through the use of BIM in comparison to the conventional project estimation practices.

Based on a study conducted in 2020 by the Faculty of Engineering Diponegoro University, Indonesia

The need to adopt digital construction, such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) to make the industry more efficient and resilient in facing economic difficulties, which in return will lead to the reduction of foreign workers

Datuk Ir. Ahmad Asri Abdul Hamid

Chief Executive, CIDB Malaysia

Better project coordination and collaboration

BIM allows collaboration more accurately and efficiently in comparison to traditional processes. As the virtual model is generated, team members can constantly refine and adjust their portions according to project specifications and design customization, ensuring most accurate visualization and planning before physical construction.

A general illustration on how BIM improves overall project coordination and collaboration (the illustration is non-exhaustive and only shows some of the improvements offered by BIM).

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a crucial building technology to help achieve reliable and sustainable life-cycle maintenance of the built environment.

Construction Industry Transformation Programme

(CITP) 2016-2020 REPORT CARD

Advantage of parametric Modelling

BIM is evidently advantageous in comparison to its other counterparts as it offers the advantages of parametric modelling. Parametric modelling allows flexibility in producing designs, vast range of ways to view the model, better visualization even with the minimal initial details and better integration with downstream applications and reduced engineering cycle time. These lead to faster design around hence increasing efficiency.

Snapshots of parametric modelling visuals commonly used in the implementation of BIM

BIM is a modelling technology with associated set of tools & processes to produce, communicate, analyze and use of digital information throughout construction life-cycle.

National BIM Steering Committee 2013

Sustainable and climate-friendly

As BIM improves overall efficiency of the process, enhances design and reduces errors, the technology provides quantifiable opportunity for a reduced lifelong environmental impact. BIM supports thoroughly the entire philosophy of sustainable construction, as well as increases the use of modular construction technology and prefabrication.


Higher ROI and Lower Risk

Numerous studies reported significant savings on material costs and paperwork and shorter project lifecycles with the adoption of BIM technology in construction projects. One of the key reasoning to this is that accurate pre-construction visualization allows for greater use of prefabricated and bolted-in-place materials, consequently minimizing purchase surplus of materials.



Adoption of BIM in construction projects would require substantial initial investments, however in the long run, it would provide greater economic benefits to the stakeholders. As an agency mandated to propagate the use of BIM in Malaysian construction industry, CIDB E-Construct Services is always ready to work with the stakeholders of the industry.

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the shift towards digitalised construction. Stay ahead with our MyBIM Centre and its affiliated ecosystem at and

Probe enquiries to us at or +603-4040 0399.

If meeting in person is favorable to you, visit us at our MyBIM Centre located at Tingkat 11, Menara Sunway Putra, Lot 100, Jalan Putra, 50350 Kuala Lumpur.

Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB)

Tingkat 10, Menara Dato Onn,

Pusat Dagangan Dunia (WTC),

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tel: 0340477000


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