First publishedin World Highways as Trimble getting Indonesia connected
As freight transport costs soar and new legislation comes in next year to speed up the land acquisition process for new highways and toll roads, the Indonesian Government is encouraging contractors to use the latest “connected site” technology as the country gears up to build more than 500km of publicly-funded new roads every year for the next five years.
Badan Pengatur Jalan Tol (BPJT), the Indonesian toll road authority, has just helped to co-host a “Construction Technology, Site and Office Solutions” event in Jakarta for 20 leading local contractors as part of nationwide discussion on how the country can achieve its government master-Plan for US$400 billion in new infrastructure investment between now and 2025.
This ambitious programme, called the “Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesia’s Economic Development (MP3EI)”, aims to see Indonesia recognised as a fully-fledged developed economy in 2025 with a national GDP of $4 trillion to $4.5 trillion. It is a big challenge for a country that spans more than 17,000 islands and boasts a population of more than 250 million. This is where Trimble comes in, as Andrew Tull, regional manager consulting services with Trimble Asia Pacific Heavy Civil Construction explained. “We saw an opportunity for Trimble’s Connected Site solution – which uses technology to improve efficiency and productivity, while minimising waste and expense – to assist Indonesia in achieving its ambitious infrastructure construction plans.” The US-based technology firm stepped in to help to stage the Jakarta workshop event, flying in a series of expert speakers.