Digital Conservation of Heritage Building in Malaysia

Guest Speaker:
Dr Noor Azeyah Khiyon (School of the Built Environment, University of Reading Malaysia)
Subject Area:
Built Environment
Internal Seminar
Date & Time:
Wed, 27. March 2019, 12:00 h - 13:00 h
Large Lecture Theatre (C2.21), University of Readi - EduCity@Iskandar​


Heritage buildings are iconic and symbolize the backgrounds of a country in both historical and cultural contexts. It is significant for heritage buildings to be conserved and therefore, quantity surveyors are needed to estimate the costs of the conservation. However, estimation of heritage buildings conservation costs is tedious and different from conventional approach for new buildings. This is due to insufficient amount of data especially the as-built drawings which in most cases are unavailable and even if they are available, they are often outdated. Heritage Building Information Modelling (HBIM) platform with the utilization of 3D laser scanner provides a bridge to this issue. However, previous studies on HBIM focus mainly on the creation of as-built Building Information Modelling (BIM) model and very little is known about its potentials in enhancing the estimation of heritage building conservation works by the quantity surveyors. Therefore, this research seeks to demonstrate the potentials of HBIM with the utilization of 3D laser scanner in enhancing the estimation of heritage building conservation works by the quantity surveyors. To achieve the aim of this research, single case study approach is adopted, and a 150 years old heritage building is chosen as the case study. The findings reveal that HBIM with the utilization of 3D laser scanner can acquire 3D data which can be subsequently processed to create as-built BIM model that can be used for preparation of cost estimation. Essentially, this research corroborates that HBIM with the utilization of 3D laser scanner provides enhanced platform and processes for quantity surveyors in preparing cost estimation for conservation of heritage buildings.


Noor Azeyah Khiyon is the Undergraduate Programme Lead of the Built Environment at this university. She is also a lecturer teaching various modules including Quantification, Projects and Research related modules. She has recently completed her PhD (Quantity Surveying). In 2011, she obtained her Master of Science in Construction Contract Management from UniversitiTeknologi Malaysia. Prior to that, she received a Bachelor of Quantity Surveying (Hons) from the same institution. She has been in the construction industry since 2011, playing important roles in both the pre- and post-contract phases of diverse project types. Before joining University of Reading Malaysia, she acquired teaching, learning and academic management experience with Heriot-Watt University Malaysia. Her subject expertise includes measurement and quantities take-off, construction technology, construction cost planning and estimating and contract and procurement. Her research interests focus on Whole Life Cycle Costing, Sustainable Facilities Management and Heritage Building Information Modelling.

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