BY JOANNA SZE
How do you transform a business built on brick and mortar into bits and bytes?
It is a no-brainer that technology greatly improves efficiency, accuracy and productivity. After all, design industry veterans would opt not to return to the back-breaking days of pencils and T-squares before the advent of drafting and modelling software. Yet, despite the obvious and compelling benefits of digitalisation in recent years, the construction industry in Malaysia remains mostly on manual transmission, with all its inefficiencies and quality control issues.
Hopefully this will soon change.
“Construction is a notoriously conservative sector,” says Datuk Ir Ahmad ’Asri Abdul Hamid, CEO of the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB). “However, it is also one of the major industries of the world that is ready for technological disruption.” CIDB has been pushing to elevate the local building industry in various key areas via its Construction Industry Transformation Programme (CITP) 2016-2020.