BIM in Malaysia (A Constructive Journey)

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is becoming more prominent as one of crucial technologies in enabling efficient and effective life-cycle management of the built environment in Malaysia, subsequently improving the rate of productivity and sustainability of the national construction industry.

1 JAN 2022

With its formal introduction in 2007 by the Malaysian Public Works Department, BIM ushers new paradigm to the design, construction, operation and maintenance of facilities in Malaysia. Leveraging on crucial insights and information via virtual environment before the actual construction stage, BIM minimizes margin of error and greater resources utilization to the construction industry stakeholders. The first adoption of BIM in public project was The National Cancer Institute of Malaysia Sepang in 2010. Since then, BIM is progressively becoming a prominent element in the national construction industry.

Beginning 2018, the Malaysian Public Works Department implemented the requirement for any public project budgeted at RM100 Million and above to adopt the use of BIM in their phases of projects. BIM was implemented according to design authoring, visualization, design review, coordination, documentation quality or record model of these public projects. Some landmark Malaysian public projects with BIM implementation are Istana Raja Muda Arauin Perlis, Hospital Kemaman in Terengganu, and Malaysian Anti-Commission Shah Alam Office in Selangor. Under way, there are significant number of public projects with BIM implementation, particularly projects announced under the Twelfth Malaysia Plan (2021-2025).

The conventional construction process as widely adopted among the Malaysian construction industry players had evidently results in cost overrun, delayed completion and impaired quality and productivity, on top of many other issues. These being the crux issues of its national construction industry, Malaysia through the Construction Industry Transformation Program (CITP 2016-2020) attempted to address such issues. In March last year, CITP 2016-2020 report card was presented by CIDB to the Malaysian Public Works Department, showing significant positive changes experienced by the national construction industry resulted from various measures implemented under CITP 2016-2020.

One of the integral measures of CITP 2016-2020 was the greater adoption of BIM in the national construction industry, where it served as one of the important technologies in boosting the industry's productivity rate. BIM consequently improved productivity and sustainability of construction projects, as witnessed through the success stories of CIDB's myBIM Centre and its affiliated components. One of the examples of such success is the National BIM e-submission (NBeS), an online platform building plans approval which managed to shortened the approval process to 24-48 Hours; a great improvement in comparison to the conventional period of 7-14 days. myBIM Centre serves as an avenue for CIDB's mission to provide a one-stop reference, support, services andcapacity building center, and is spearheaded by CIDB E-Construct Services.


It is undisputed that construction projects are disintegrated and convoluted in nature. Paired with a complex life-cycle management, construction works tend to be daunting.

As a delegated authority of CIDB, CIDB E-Construct Services is aware of such reality, and is mandated to provide efficient and effective construction life-cycle solutions to the national construction industry players. To discover more on BIM and BIM trainings and facilities, reach out to us at or +603-40400399. Alternatively, visit our training center at myBIM Centre, Tingkat 11, Menara Sunway Putra, Lot 100, JalanPutra, 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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