Forum explores importance of Industry 4.0 project management

|     Danial Norjidi     |

THE Change brought by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) is inevitable – not optional – as automation, machine learning, mobile, computing and artificial intelligence are no longer futuristic concepts, but now a reality, said Senior Technical Specialist at Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) Regional Centre for Vocational and Technical Education and Training (Voctech) Dr Abbes Sebihi.

He made these comments at a forum on ‘Addressing the Challenges to Drive the Implementation of Successful Industry 4.0 Projects’ at the SEAMEO Voctech yesterday.

Dr Abbes Sebihi, who moderated the forum, added, “In this regional forum, we have invited four outstanding speakers from the industry and also from education.”

He said they would discuss “how we are planning and looking at Industry 4.0 and what challenges we have, and how we can be ready for these new trends.”

Information from the organisers noted that traditional project management strategies need to be transformed in the fourth era of industrialisation to account for a highly complex and diverse task profile. As such, the forum explored the importance of Industry 4.0 project management.

Senior Technical Specialist at SEAMEO Voctech Dr Abbes Sebihi delivering his remarks. – PHOTOS: RAHWANI ZAHARI
NiAT CEO Lim Ming Soon during his keynote presentation

SEAMEO Voctech Centre Director Dr Haji Mohd Zamri bin Haji Sabli was also present.

The first of the four invited speakers was Chief Executive Officer at Network Integrity Assurance Technologies (NiAT) Lim Ming Soon. His presentation highlighted technology, particularly in the telecommunications industry and how it has changed the way it does business and operates due to a paradigm shift in the way people communicate.

The second speaker was Education Consultant at Lucas-Nuelle GmbH Peter Heinrich. His presentation focussed on the forum’s theme, with a particular interest on the implementation of educational projects.

Country Manager, Siemens Pte Ltd, Brunei Darussalam and Lead, Power and Gas, Siemens Pte Ltd Singapore Kamaljit Singh Gill discussed the future of manufacturing in the world of Industry 4.0.

Deputy Director for Professional Affairs cum Research Manager and Specialist at SEAMEO Voctech Regional Centre Dr Paryono presented on ‘Managing TVET in the era of Industry 4.0: Issues, Challenges and Responses’.

The event continued with a question and answer session.