UEM SUNRISE HOSTS FIRST-EVER BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING (BIM) STRATEGY DAY WITH OTHER INDUSTRY PLAYERS
UEM Sunrise Berhad (“UEM Sunrise”), one of Malaysia’s leading property developers, in conjunction with its Digital Revolution initiatives, hosted its first-ever UEM Sunrise Berhad Corporate BIM Strategy Day (“BSD”) on 11 September 2019 at BlackBox, Solaris Dutamas.
What made the UEM Sunrise BSD unique was the fact that this was the first BIM event of its kind by a property developer to feature other industry players in sharing knowledge and experiences in BIM adoption. The event was well-received by UEM Sunrise staff and other developers, consultants, contractors and suppliers, with close to 300 participants in attendance.
The event started with welcoming remarks by UEM Sunrise’s Anwar Syahrin Abdul Ajib, Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer, followed by a keynote address by Zulkifly Garib, Director – Central 1 of UEM Sunrise in the presence of Zulfa Ashida Zulkifli, Chief People Officer of UEM Sunrise and the Guest of Honour, Rofizlan Ahmad, Chief Executive Officer of CIDB E-Construct Services Sdn Bhd. This was followed by guest speakers from AECOM, RSP Architects, VERITAS Architects, IJM Construction, Sunway Construction, and Chin Hin Group sharing their knowledge and experience on BIM adoption, value-add, lessons learnt, challenges, and the way forward for BIM in the property industry.
The UEM Sunrise BSD was held to re-introduce BIM to UEMS Staff and BIM implementation experiences, successes, and lessons learnt from other industry players. At UEM Sunrise, BIM has been adopted since 2017 and has currently been made mandatory for all its high-rise projects. To date, seven on-going UEM Sunrise projects are adopting BIM in its processes.
The UEM Sunrise BSD achieved its objectives as participants were involved in an energetic Q&A session with all the speakers with many strong opinions, thoughts, and ideas being shared on the advantages of embracing BIM, overcoming the challenges in BIM implementation, tangible cost savings from implementing BIM, and more.
The UEM Sunrise BIM Unit confirmed that with BIM, they have learnt to be more collaborative and open as they believe that the industry should be as open and collaborative as well for the betterment and growth of BIM adoption rates in the industry.
The Government, through the Construction Industry Development Board, have started promoting BIM since 2016 under the Construction Industry Transformation Programme (CITP) which includes initiatives in educating, providing facilities, introducing a learning syllabus, and mandating requirements for the industry in BIM adoption. It has been reported that by 2021, all city status local authorities will require BIM e-submissions through the National BIM e-Submission (NBeS) platform by its principal submitting person (PSP).
Lai Sook Fun, Head of Product Development at UEM Sunrise, delivered her closing remarks by expressing her appreciation for the collective efforts of all parties in making the UEM Sunrise BSD a success and hoped that everyone learned and took back impactful lessons on BIM, in terms of knowledge and discovery – however big or small – in uplifting the industry through BIM as a platform to promote open and collaborative work practices across all disciplines.
PLUS WINS MALAYSIA RISK MANAGEMENT TEAM OF THE YEAR AWARD 2019
PLUS Malaysia Berhad (PLUS) bags the National Risk Management Team of the Year Award at the recent Malaysian Association of Risk and Insurance Management (MARIM) International Conference 2019 held in Putrajaya.
“This national level recognition comes after our regional win at the Asia-Pacific Strategic Risk Award recently in Singapore. It’s fantastic to be acknowledged by peers throughout the region, but it is also an honor to be picked as the Country’s top Risk Management team,” said Datuk Azman Ismail, Managing Director, PLUS.
“Winning the Risk Management Team of the Year is a huge testament that PLUS’ Enterprise Risk team has gone the extra mile to effectively implement risk management strategies, while value adding to the organization, and most important, our results are measurable,” he added.
MARIM’s Risk Management Team of the Year Award was evaluated based on a two-tier judging process, which involves a submission of a comprehensive document prepared by the team and a presentation to the panel of judges ie. Bernard Lee Tek Ming, Head of BCM of Airasia Berhad (Chairman Judge), Faizatul Farhah Binti Ghazali, GM of MRCB, Dr. Mohd Taipor Suhadah, Lecturer of UUM and Raja Amir Abdul Hakem bin Raja Hedar, Head of BCM of Maxis.
The past winners for MARIM Risk Management Team Award were Malakoff Corporation Berhad in 2018, Telekom Malaysia Berhad in 2017 and Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor Berhad 2016.
UEM EDGENTA OPTIMISTIC OF LONG-TERM GROWTH THROUGH ASSET MANAGEMENT SERVICES AND TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS
UEM Edgenta Berhad ("UEM Edgenta" or "Company"), the region's leading Asset Management and Infrastructure Solutions company shared its growth outlook at a briefing session held here today. This comes in conjunction with the release of the Company’s H1 FY2019 results in which the Company recorded a 10.4% Revenue increase to RM1.11 billion, while Net Profit increased to RM68.1 million compared to the corresponding period in FY2018.
“We have delivered commendable first half results notwithstanding a challenging backdrop. All our businesses have been resolute in managing and expanding their respective operations across multiple sectors. We will continue to find new ways and clever solutions, innovating cost-effective methods to deliver our services efficiently to our clients,” said Dato’ Azmir Merican, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of UEM Edgenta.
UEM Edgenta’s Asset Management segment, which is represented by the Healthcare Support and Property & Facility Solutions divisions is expected to spearhead the Company’s growth for the remainder of 2019. The ongoing exercise of re-clustering healthcare facilities by the Ministry of Health of Singapore will provide further opportunities for the Healthcare Support division to add on to the successful contract win in July 2019 worth up to RM540.06 million.
Beyond Singapore, the Healthcare Support division is also present in Malaysia, Taiwan and India with over 300 hospitals under its care. The Company is optimistic that it will be able to secure more contracts to support the growth of these hospitals amid ageing population and increased life expectancy trends in all these countries.
In Malaysia, the division provides a comprehensive suite of non-clinical hospital support services to the Ministry of Health’s (“MOH”) hospitals and clinics in Northern Peninsular states. As part of its service offerings to MOH, the Company proactively seeks opportunities to value-add to its scope of works by proposing technology-based solutions via early adoption of artificial intelligence and machine learning, to efficiently monitor, as well as optimise asset health and energy usage at each of its facilities. Recently, the Company was awarded by MOH to deliver energy performance contracting services for their Kepala Batas Hospital in Penang, a service which has been phased out to be delivered in the next 6 years, taking the number of MOH hospitals enjoying this innovative, turnkey concept of shared savings to three.
The segment’s Property & Facility Solutions (“PFS”) division, a leading Green Building Index-certified asset management consultant has also secured new contract wins during the first half of the year, notably with Sime Darby Motors for works related to the upgrading of its showrooms and Bank Negara Malaysia for comprehensive facility management of two of its buildings in Selangor and Johor respectively.
Through its Infrastructure Services division, UEM Edgenta manages the maintenance of a vast array of highway network in Peninsular Malaysia, including the North-South Expressway, as well as iconic infrastructures such as the Penang Bridge and Malaysia-Singapore Second Bridge. The Company has successfully rolled-out its Road Asset Management System (“RAMS”), a cutting-edge integrated highway maintenance system which streams live data to the Company’s Command & Contact Centre, allowing the application of big data analytics which facilitates machine learning to enable predictive maintenance. This cloud-based system allows efficient work order management, remote monitoring and above all, support real-time decision making.
“As the largest highway maintenance service provider in Malaysia, we possess a proven track record to deliver an effective asset management programme which is sustainable and cost-efficient for the long-term. This includes adopting technology-enabled solutions to automate and mechanise our service delivery to enhance safety and modernise how this sector operates. Our partnership with key industry stakeholders, such as in the recent MoU signed with Malaysian Highway Authority (“MHA”) and Construction Industry Development Board (“CIDB”) is based on the shared value of ensuring peace of mind for highway users through better service delivery,” added Dato’ Azmir.
The Infrastructure Services division is also present in Indonesia and is currently exploring long-term growth opportunities in the face of expanding infrastructure plans to improve connectivity which was announced by the government, to add to the 3,432 kilometres of conventional roads and 941 kilometres of toll roads constructed between 2014 to 2019.
The Company’s Asset Consultancy division, which is also part of the Infrastructure Solutions segment will continue to focus on delivering its services for the Sarawak Coastal Road Network and Second Trunk Roads project.
The first half of FY2019 has seen UEM Edgenta focus its efforts on numerous continuous improvement activities which have included, among others, the launch of mechanised vehicles to modernise its highway maintenance service, and the commencement of the UEM Edgenta Learning Centre (“UELC”). The UELC is envisioned to facilitate the roll-out of Edgenta Academy and design programmes which offer employees and service partners across its value chain various training & development courses, as well as to identify, develop and institutionalise standards for Edgenta’s services in the asset management & infrastructure solutions segments.
For the remaining period of FY2019, the Company will continue its focus on such initiatives to further improve its efficiency and deliver cost savings for its clients.