Malaysia’s MRT Powered by Microsoft Azure

Malaysia’s Mass Rapid Transit Corporation (MRTC) is taking advantage of cloud-based collaboration on a common data environment for its 51-kilometer Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) system’s Sungai Buloh–Serdang–Putrajaya (SSP) line. Hailed to be the first in Asia, MRTC is partnering with Microsoft’s Global ISV, Bentley Systems, to use information sharing on Microsoft Azure to ensure project completion on-time and within budget. This is a projected 35% productivity increase in the design, construction and operation of this infrastructure.

The Bentley Systems platform, hosted on Azure, allows MRTC to increase precision of construction, reduce instances of design rework and to improve safety standards by enabling synchronisation and information exchange between external vendors.  The use of the federated platform has enabled over 1,500 users on the Common Data Environment (CDE) to collaborate on more than 45,000 documents, corresponding to 750GB of design files, to base decisions and actions in both design and construction.  MRTC was able to improve efficiency of design coordination and achieve a significant reduction of design clashes by the Final Design stage. This repository also provided the basis for efficient ongoing asset management for the optimal lifecycle of this critical infrastructure.

The 32 Billion Ringgit project faced several challenges, including the management of 30% more consultants compared to the previous project, the SBK line. Site changes during construction, due to design discrepancies arising from either design changes or site constraints. With direct access to the common database, staff can continuously update design information, eliminating outdated and misinterpreted information.

With the increased use of mature Building Information Modelling (BIM) methodology in civil construction projects, a cloud-based, intelligent 3D model-based process provides many advantages for mega-scale infrastructure projects similar to the KVMRT SSP line. However, as BIM methodology matures from the use of 2D CAD and electronic print-based processes to 3D CAD and electronic data sharing based on industry standards; the added complexity with multiple teams involved in the project meant that MRTC needed to address how best to collaborate seamlessly across teams.

Poh Seng Tiok, director of planning and design with MRTC explains: ”This issue was further aggravated with the manpower and talent crunch, and the local Government’s ambitious plan to raise labour productivity levels aggressively by 2020. This meant that MRTC needed to adopt a platform to ensure quick, secure and efficient on-boarding of its engineers for the project; while ensuring an improved level of productivity. The platform deployed allowed the team to identify potential issues through visualisation, where the advanced modelling helped its engineers quickly detect any design clashes.”

Poh added: “We have seen improvements in the execution of the SSP line, despite the increased complexities faced. For example, we were able to reduce the number of on-site resolution meetings which required the attendance of all stakeholders, as the Virtual Design Review allowed us to identify design clashes in earlier stages. More importantly, embracing digital has enabled MRTC to improve our productivity, while also enabling our workers to acquire new skillsets necessary to adhere to the BIM standards which will be mandatory in civil engineering projects from 2020.”



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