Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Blaming game

This photo show reality at site projects.
Site team especially site engineer will be blame if anything goes wrong.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Poor premix work

Performance of premix patching by services contractor never improved since i start working 30 years ago.

They still lack of knowledge and skills workers to carry out the work. Even worse when premix send to site already cold and surely it wont be good when we compact with small plate compactor.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

you are fired.

when projects  not run wells, change of person in-charge are immenient.

people left job or project with certain reason but when things not run smmothly or person become stumbling block, he will be removed.

i have seen before and  seen here again.

This project had gone one third of period already but progress was merely below ten persen. We had seen chief resident engineer, project managers been removed from their position. Even consultant also not save. Every layer are doing overhauling. Its unfortunate for certain people that fall into the above category.

hope the latest victim survived and project going to fly.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

panic button

our current project now enter to eight month but nothing happened.

we still struggle to start physically. Approval of site and drawings still outstanding.

My normal experiance all issue above always resolve within four month after contractor enter site. Until now no panic button really been pressed.

My conclusion, leadership to drive the project to achive objective are most important. Until then, everybody will move within their own territory.

I feel miserabble and sick to wait for all this.

Saturday, November 26, 2016


survey works are important element in any projects.

be it before design stage, during designing, after contractor entering site, during construction and after completion.

we always have problems when we start work. its more complicated when we have many designer and contractors within one package. Luckily we have only one licened survey.

all survey works must accordance to malaysian jabatan ukur JUPM data.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

starting project

we had enter second month on this project since 29th august 2016.

Starting projects always not an easy things. Furthermore when we are on joint venture which this is first time we are going to implement consolidate joint execution of project. Our first joint venture was being handover to one partner to execute.

First joint venture agreement which need to agree and give to client. Next was agreement how to separate the builders work. Which partner want to do this and that and equivalent to partner equity. This matter i found was very tiring exercise which finally took almost two months to resolve!!!

Next was finding contractor and consultant site office. It made worst when we had no area to construct site office and to settle with rental building along 2 kilometer of our site. And consultant show their 'lancy' not to accept our proposal.

After settle with location, now to arrange renovations, table, chairs and others equipments to made our site office a better place to work.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Practical training

Practical training is a must for engineering degree course.

During my study at UKM, our practical to be done during third year second semester.  Each students will be sent to engineering company selected by university.  During my time, two students for each company.  Most of companies are civil engineering consultant.

My friend, suntara and i was send to geotechnical consultant firm in Subang Jaya, GEA sdn bhd. 

We stay at ukm medical campus at kampung baru dan had to take bus every day to subang jaya.  We had to go out as early after suboh prayers to catch bus. Coming back from was more difficult as  Subang jaya at that time was very difficult and remote place not like today. If we miss bus, we had to wait for longer time. Later I bring back my motorcycle to commute from kl to subang.  Later I move to shah alam rent room with my office mate.

Last two months of training we was send to site office.  There was few engineers and supervisor which one of them I meet later when I start work at ipoh plus highway.
We learn so many things at site and one incident involving using mackintosh probe which I remember until today.
Mr resident engineer want us to carry out probe at filling area which we not aware that how hard was the compaction was. Normally mac probe was done at new or undisturbed area. After few hours hammering the probe, we cannot pull out the rod and had to call backhoe to help.

Actually what they done at Sime Uep was a controlled filling which newly implemented in the country.  This technique will allow immediate construction of house upon filling earth completed. Filling needed to filled at controlled thickness and testing will be carried out each layer.

Friday, August 19, 2016


After almost than six month prepare, submit and lobby two most prestigious elevated bridge, we finally secure one package at ampang site.
From five tender submitted, three been shortlisted which one was the lowest amount among tenderes and the other two being selected due to technical proposal.
Now enter another interesting phase where we are working how to run and manage project as joint venture at 70:30 share portion.
This is the first time I will involved from start to form jv at site and manage together.
Previously my involvement was either the majority control everything or under minority which been given less portion.

Next month will be very interesting and tricky situation. 
Even now I already feeling the heat.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016


This is another my favourite photo.

First excavation without proper shoring and safety marker.
Make the matter worst, the sand was sandy type. Difficult to handle, easier to collapse and danger to workers inside the pit.

secondly why excavation been done near road/
Actually this excavation been done to locate the actual damage of sewerage pipe after testing failed. During excavation, we found that sewer pipe is broken and need to be replaced.

Why broken?
Difficult to establish why it broken. maybe because its alignment was swing towards road area and affected by compaction during road construction.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016


One photo when you didint handle properly slope . It made worst when soil was sandy type.
Even turfing was not been able to prevent erosion.