The need of capable contractors and design team to share the technology between them is most crucial to ensure the successful implementation of project using the Industrialize Building System (IBS) construction approach.
The knowledge sharing of technology in the IBS is critically important between players in the industry.
It also confirms that it is crucial for local players to always be equipped with relevant knowledge and experience in this era of globalisation.
It is interesting to note that while local contractors are slow to adopt IBS, it was observed that many Malaysian contractors are using IBS in ensuring successful execution of their overseas projects.
IBS is being extensively being used in countries with relatively lower labour costs and higher pre-fabricated material costs such as Cambodia and Thailand.
It proves that IBS provides better quality and productivity; which are very important for the contractors in competing with their overseas counterparts.
As IBS is still a new playing field, it is important for local construction players – which include also include developers, consultants and manufacturers, to seize the golden opportunity and be ahead of others through possession of IBS knowledge and experience.
It started operation in January 2007. It was identified that there was an urgent need to centralize the IBS program in allowing undivided focus to the IBS Agenda as well as inviting greater participation by other government agencies and the private sector.
Greater participation by private sector is hoped to instil a higher sense of industry ownership of the IBS Agenda.
In-line with the IBS Roadmap and Construction Industry Master Plan (CIMP) 2006-2015, CIDB Malaysia has taken an initiative to form the IBS Centre.
IBS Centre is playing a proactive role in supporting the human capital development needs through continuous and well-structured programs.
The IBS Showcase at the grounds of the IBS Centre offers Malaysia’s largest external display of IBS components’ application.
Three units of dwellings were designed according to the Open Building and Modular Coordination (MC) principles.
The structural elements were assembled in a record time of 45 days using components from various local IBS manufacturers.
Besides the external display, IBS Centre also offers resource centre and product gallery to its visitors.
Innovations which are the basis of competitive advance of construction industry can be taken in many forms.
Construction innovation encompasses a wide range of stakeholders (an organization of suppliers, consultants, contractors, users, et cetera) within a ‘product system’.
The nature of production in the construction industry for innovation appears to be unavoidable and arise because of custom.
Therefore partnering in IBS is vital towards a success of innovation in construction.
Effective knowledge sharing is an important element in the knowledge manipulation process in construction industry.
Interdisciplinary team work enabled the transfer of knowledge acquired from partnering in IBS project operations into new innovative designs and construction methods.
In the case of partnering, knowledge could be acquired and transferred mutually between venture partners, and was reflected in the creative designs and methods.
Extensive personal interactions can help to the transfer and share know-how knowledge which is more likely to result in sustainable advantage.
(this article written for 1BINA.my)