This Memorandum of Understanding signed on 12th April 2011 is between Institute Sultan Iskandar, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (ISI) and DES Consulting Pte Ltd, Singapore (DES).
ISI is a registered company limited by guarantee and is affiliated to UTM. ISI is an independent, non-profit making research and consultancy organisation serving both the government and the private sectors. The main role of ISI is to facilitate closer co-operation between UTM academics and relevant industries in the area of sustainability and urban habitat. The mission is to generate innovative and sustainable solutions towards sustainable urban environment and habitat through quality research, human capital development and professional services.
DES, headquartered in Singapore with offices in Malaysia, Pakistan, Indonesia and India, specializes in Geographical Information System (GIS) and Building Information Modeling (BIM). Established in 2004, DES offers high resolution satellite imagery, DEM products, BIM Models and technical consultancy in remote sensing, mapping, GIS and AEC customers.
The MOU signed today by both parties is to cooperate and undertake collaborative work in the field of urban heat island mapping and simulation studies. This effort is important for climatic change studies, sustainable planning and architecture development, energy efficiency management, carbon footprint and other related fields. The outcomes of the collaborative ventures are for mutual benefits and specifically geared towards supporting the development of Iskandar Malaysia region and the city of Johor Bahru.
The areas of cooperation that may be undertaken through this understanding include:
- Research activities and consultancy services.
- Partner in idea generation and innovation.
- Advisory capacity to advice on matters pertaining to development proposal.
- Technology development through research and development.
ISI and DES will from now vigorously embark jointly to develop new business opportunity through realization of research outputs and productization of knowledge. Other promising activities include joint involvement in consultancy commission, seminar, training and development of human capital in BIM and mapping technology.
This Memorandum shall commence on the abovementioned date for a period of three (3) years and may be subjected to extension by mutual consent in writing. Either party may however terminate the Memorandum by giving written notice 6 months in advance.