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ORANGEBEAM Saves Cost & Time in Infrastructure Development with Disruption

5 September 2019

Malaysia Global Business Forum

Group CEO of ORANGEBEAM, Dato’ Faris Yahaya has drawn up a bold blueprint together with his team, focusing on bringing intentional disruption of technologies in its businesses. ORANGEBEAM aims to build on the foundation of this highly technical building and construction landscape to disrupt the industry and build the future.

Access to basic infrastructure is necessary for social and economic growth. The lack of basic infrastructures further inhibit access to education, healthcare, marketplace – opportunities that make a difference to the standards of living in Malaysia. Increased accessibility can accelerate resource-rich states in East Malaysia and boost its key sectors such as industrial, tourism, mining and agriculture. Sarawak currently stands as the third highest contributor to Malaysia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), followed by Sabah in fifth place. With increased access to infrastructure, East Malaysia has tremendous potential in driving the country’s economy forward.

It is encouraging that our government has placed infrastructure improvements high on their agenda, despite recent measures to tighten budget spends. However, there are other cost-saving solutions for infrastructure developments like adoption of technology that should be explored and considered. When the construction market in the UK was contracting, companies there called for a digital revolution. UK experts believe that embracing technology could boost overall productivity in the sector by up to 40 percent.

If you are not already using Building Information Modelling (BIM) in construction design and planning, then it is time to change. BIM is a powerful solution that can be used to detect clashes, especially in complicated systems, even before the construction phase begins. ORANGEBEAM started using BIM in 2013 in our high-rise commercial projects. BIM allowed us to model the build virtually before the physical construction. This useful solution enabled us to spot and detect potential clashes, especially areas that require extensive planning and coordination like mechanical and electrical services and plumbing. With BIM, we can avoid costly mistakes like reworking certain areas that takes more time.

Industrialised Building System (IBS) is another cost and time-saving solution where building components are manufactured off-site before transported and assembled on-site. In our maritime projects with Westports, we have used IBS in the form of pre-cast planks and beams to tackle site wastages and environmental issues. It also provided a safer working platform for our workers and ease of installation over bodies of water.

The other solution that has yet to gain traction in our construction industry is data analytics. Known as “big data”, it refers to the use of advanced analytic techniques against huge quantities of data from people, computers, machines and sensors. Using this method, we can gather insights that enable us to make better decisions in project conclusions and construction management. Given the sheer size of infrastructure projects in East Malaysia, the efficient use of data will be paramount to foresee and tackle construction issues.

With drone technology gaining momentum, the awareness is greater than before. When used in construction, the delivery is faster, and the information is more accurate compared to traditional methods like human surveyor and manual on-site tracking. In 2014, we adopted drones for land surveys, site logistics and inspections for our Raw Water Supply Project for Petronas’ Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (PAMER), the longest large size raw water pipeline in Malaysia. These drones were also used during health and safety inductions and served as a virtual walk around tool for our clients. Our determination, and solution-oriented, innovative methods in delivering this project, which is a 23-month single contract package implementation, won us the Malaysian Construction Industry Excellence Awards in the Major Infrastructure category in 2018.

There is no two ways about it. With dynamism and innovation, we can solve complex construction problems and deliver iconic projects and contribute to the wider built environment. Ultimately, disrupting the industry requires a lot of collaboration within the value chain. ORANGEBEAM’s mission is to collaborate and work closely with local city councils, policymakers, authorities and relevant industry stakeholders to understand the requirements in infrastructure development today. It is only when we disrupt the industry together, we can work out how we can develop and improve our infrastructure in Malaysia – and further contribute to our nation’s GDP.

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