This employer project—a collaboration between INTI International University and Kerjaya Prospek—offered students hands-on experience in project-based learning.
The students from INTI’s Faculty of Engineering and Quantity Surveying were tasked with producing a BIM model for an apartment building, Vertu Resort, in Aspen Vision City, Penang.
The development comprises 1,282 residential units within five blocks—from 20 to 36 storeys—atop a nine-storey podium carpark with common facilities. It is built using an aluminium system formwork and is scheduled for completion in November 2020.
The students were divided into four groups, each with its own focus area, namely foundation and roof level, podium level, facilities level and typical residences level. The experience included site visits, learning how to read construction drawings and sitting in site meetings.
They then spent four months to complete the BIM model at the university’s BIM Development Centre, an external training centre for Cubicost software.
They started by creating a base file, which was then shared to the four teams to work on their respective parts. The completed parts were then merged and imported using a BIM based quantity takeoff software to measure the quantity of reinforcement bars. The same process was repeated, and the final product checked to ensure there were no mistakes before the quantities were exported to a spreadsheet.
Regular follow-ups were needed to obtain the most updated and accurate design data and other details to ensure the element of costs generated reflected the latest updates as these would be used for the bill of quantities.
Student Leaders: Kit Sheng Ren; Chew Ze Hong
School: INTI International University, Malaysia
Programme: Bachelor (Hons) in Quantity Surveying
Supervisor/Instructor: Nurulhuda Ahamad
Project Name: Vertu Resort
Student Project Completion Date: 2017
Location: Seberang Perai, Penang, Malaysia
Client/Developer: Aspen Vision City Sdn Bhd
Main Contractor: Kerjaya Prospek Group Bhd
Images: INTI International University