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KLRCA Talk Series 2015 (Collaboration with King’s College London Alumni Malaysia) The Impact of Building Information Modelling (BIM) on Dispute Resolution
04 Mar 2015

KLRCA’s Talk Series was conceived back in 2012 as an initiative to step up the Centre’s efforts to advocate the benefits and practice of alternative dispute resolution amongst corporations,organisations and the public. The evening talks increased in regularity and have since become a permanent fixture on KLRCA’s monthly calendars. From humble beginnings of covering elementary arbitration topics, the Centre’s evening talks have evolved into timely informative and globalised talks, occasionally teaming up with leading international organisations – bringing expert speakers into the fray.

The scene for KLRCA’s latest evening talk was further enhanced by the Centre’s collaboration with King’s College London Alumni Malaysia (KCLAM) for the second time in the space of nine months. The last talk held in June 2014, at KLRCA’s previous premises in Jalan Conlay, was highly successful – as overwhelming response meant registration had to be closed one week prior to the event. Fast forward several months, the response received more than doubled.

The month of March, also brought along a new time slot – with all talks now scheduled to begin two hours later at 5.30pm, instead of the conventional 3.30pm slot. This is to accommodate a majority of interested parties who are bounded by the formalities of a ‘nine to five’ working cycle and also to strategically overcome the abhorrence of being stuck in rush hour.

Spearheading the evening’s talk titled, ‘The Impact of Building Information Modelling (BIM) on Dispute Resolution’, was the acclaimed Professor David Mosey, Director, Centre of Construction Law and Dispute Resolutions, King’s College London. Proceedings for the evening began with opening remarks from KLRCA’s Director, Datuk Professor Sundra Rajoo and KCLAM’s President, Tan Sri Emeritus Professor Datuk Dr. Augustine S.H. Ong respectively.

The evening’s moderator, Justice Datuk John Louis O’Hara of the High Court of Malaya, then took stage to read out the speaker’s glowing credentials that includes over 30 years of experience advising on building and infrastructure projects in the UK and the Middle East and being described in the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession as a “partnering guru” who “gives something to the industry”; before officially introducing Professor Mosey to the audience.

Professor Mosey started his presentation by engaging the audience into a show of hands; those who have heard of and worked with ‘BIM’ and those who have not. Having gauged the auditorium’s initial level of comprehension of the topic, the speaker proceeded to elaborate on the British Standards Institute’s definition of Building Information Modelling (BIM) as, “the process of generating and managing information about a building during its entire life. BIM is a suite of technologies and processes that integrate to form the “system” at the heart of which is a component-based 3D representation of each building; this supersedes traditional design tools currently in use”

The audience were then subsequently taken through three sub topics that included, ‘How to get the best out of BIM through the systematic build up of shared data in respect of project designs, costs, supply chain members, deadlines and risks’, ‘Different approaches to BIM in the UK, from the timid and defensive to the bold and progressive’, and ‘Links between BIM and project programming, partnering and early contractor involvement’. Professor Mosey continuously provided supporting illustrations to further enhance the crowd’s understanding as he went along.

At the conclusion of expounding on the points, Professor Mosey then treated the audience to a behind the scenes look at three varying case studies incorporating the implementation of BIM at different stages in the UK and the Middle East.

The informative and riveting talk session was then taken over at the hour mark by High Court Judge, Datuk John Louis O’Hara who moderated the Question and Answer session. A series of compelling questions were directed towards Professor Mosey. As time ticked down, a portion of the experienced audience managed to share a few institutional views of their own.

The talk session concluded with a fellowship that saw the alumni of King’s College London bonding further with their fellow law practitioners, quantity surveyors, engineers and attendees of the evening.