Petaling Jaya, 27 October 2020 – The team responsible for the tunnels of the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) system has developed an award-winning app that is set to cement its position as one of the pioneers of augmented reality in engineering.
The app, known as BIMAR, produces virtual three-dimensional overlays of design and construction elements that are overlaid on real-time screen camera captures of the worksite. With this, clashes or errors can be spotted instantly, preventing costly reworking.
BIMAR was produced by a team from MMC Gamuda KVMRT (T) Sdn Bhd (MGKT), the tunnelling joint venture unit of MMC Corporation Bhd and Gamuda Bhd, who are building the MRT Putrajaya Line. The team said that BIMAR offers insight and precision, unlike other conventional methods, which rely on photos, drawings, laser scan point clouds and hardcopy documents for construction validation.
The app has been customised to enable rapid, large-scale roll-outs across mega infrastructure projects, and enhanced with other digital and cloud-enabled functions. Developed in-house using BIM, Unity and Apple software, the BIMAR app marks the first such attempt by a Malaysian contractor and is already turning heads regionally.
The app won the Augmented and Virtual Reality in the engineering category at the recently concluded Malaysia Technology Excellence Awards 2020, an annual award presented by the Singapore Business Review, which honours enterprises that lead the charge in developing ground-breaking projects, digital services, reimagined strategies and technological initiatives.
“The benefits that BIMAR brings have won over both our consultants and contractors, greatly minimising errors while saving time and improving the accuracy of their construction validation during its test implementation for the works on the MRT Putrajaya Line Project,” said Tony Joseph, the MGKT BIM/GIS (Geographic Information System) Development Lead.
– Construction+ Online