Peter Zammit

Managing Director, iAS Limited

Peter Zammit is Managing Director at iAS Limited, which has established itself as a leading firm in Design and Project Management through its involvement in major construction projects. He commenced work in 1995 as a graduate architect/engineer after completing his degree at the University of Malta in Architecture and Civil Engineering. Peter attained status as a Chartered Structural Engineer when he became a Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers. He has also obtained a distinction result in an MSc degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Surrey, UK and was also a member on the board of directors of the Malta Environment and Planning Authority where he served two three-year terms as an independent member.

BIM in the local construction industry

Thursday 01st June 2017

What is BIM? Building information modelling (BIM) is a process involving the generation and management of digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of places. BIM is not 3D modelling, but 3D modelling is part of BIM.

BIM also represents a new paradigm shift in the essence of how design work is being done in the construction industry. One would argue that locally this shift was already experienced in the 1990s when the computer age forced the replacement of manual drafting with CAD systems; however, this time around the change is much more profound. It is not just a change in the drawing medium, but a change in the way the design is perceived, implemented and, more importantly, communicated to the rest of the world through one universal and regularised language.

Is the industry in Malta prepared for such a challenge? The short answer is ‘No’. I don’t even think that we realise that being surrounded by the sea is no longer enough to keep us protected in our Maltese way of doing things. The world is getting smaller and developers locally are as demanding as anywhere in the world. Whatever a project needs will either be provided locally or as easily imported from abroad. BIM is no exception.

Will the local firms and contractors ever achieve BIM excellence? Definitely. But I bet it will be a turbulent ride that is totally unplanned, wasteful and sparse. The local construction community should first realise the importance of implementing such systems and provide real effort and commitment towards better education of students and professionals alike in order to start moving in the right direction in a planned and steady manner.

Miriam Sultana

Head of Economics Advisory, PKF Malta

Venture Capital – Not Just A Cinderella Story For Start-Ups

March 2018

The concept of venture capital has proven to be one of the most successful financing concepts in the United States, much to the envy of the rest of the world.

Daniel Bugeja

Business Doctor

The Importance of Good Succession Planning for Business Survival

March 2018

How dependent on you is your business? Would it operate as efficiently without your constant presence?

Rebecca Agius

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Getting things done, the best way possible

February 2018

An organisation is built on the three pillars of people, technology and process.

Daniel Bugeja

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Three Key Factors To Successful Strategic Planning

February 2018

Strategic planning is an essential dogma for successful businesses. However, simply creating a great plan does not mean that it will be a lucrative one, especially when it comes to putting it into action.

Daniel Debono

EU affairs manager, Head of Brussels operations, Malta Business Bureau

Putting Education Back On The EU's Agenda

February 2018

The European Commission has published a new education package comprising of three proposals that seek to improve European citizens’ skills.

George Mangion

Senior Partner, PKF Malta

PKF Invites Members To Visit The CIC Thought Leadership Centre In Rotterdam

February 2018

PKF has the pleasure and privilege of inviting interested persons to visit the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) Thought Leadership centre in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.