Construction Industry Inside Out

The reason I put up this new topic is that I found out that there are quite a number of mcnet members are actually related to this industry. So, I guess it would be great if we start sharing some thought, idea and knowledge regarding this field of work. Whether your’re from the Oil & Gas sector or just the ordinary construction, it doesn’t matter. Expert from the Interior Design and Landscaping, M&E, E&I, C&S, etc… all are welcome to give your opinions and suggestion. Student, Lecturer, Professional, and even end-user like home owner are most welcome to voice their comments, complaints or anything at all…

Here are few things that probably we can discuss about :
Construction Principles and Environment / Laws and Ethics ( yes! that’s including those illicit method used by contractors ) / Project Management / Site Management / Pre & Post Contract Admin / HSE / QA/QC / Standard & Specification / Value Engineering / Material Coordination & Inventory Control / Site Operations & Logistic / Document Control / ISO / Construction Software / New Techologies - Plant, Machinery, Equipment & Tools.

Hope to see some contribution… Thank you. :wink:

Thyrius, too broad! Where to start?? :shock:

Anything at all… anything you feels like wanna discuss or need some advise or opinions… just simply anything that come thru your mind with regard to construction…

For example, for those house owner who wanna do house renovation works and don’t know how to start … having problem with budgeting… or simply wanna repaint the whole house and don’t know whether the contractor is cheating on you or anything… or maybe you wanna find out how much is the steel bar prices here in miri? heheehee… or maybe first hand info on government budget on certain tenders… :shock:

I design M&E System. :slight_smile:

I see. what sort of M&E system?

hmm… maybe it’s good to start off with little introduction… I’m a QS by experience… mainly dealing with contract administration… our company specialized in road construction.

i design elect, air-conditioning & mech ventilation, plumbing & fire fighting for building. I’m currently working for a consultant in miri. I think this thread is actually good for those in the construction line to do a networking. Sharing info and etc.

That is part of the reason this thread being setup… hehehee… :slight_smile:

Next time if I encounter M&E problem, I know who to look for… haha… :wink:

Do know anything about chill beam system? Is greenstar/energy efficient practise in Malaysia? How would they go about with that?

Anyone heard of a type of centralized air-conditioning system powered by gas? The type of gas your mom use to cook and widely available through pipings straight to our house in Miri.

I’ve heard that it’s been used in parts of China and Australia.

Anyone supplying it? I’ll be needing it for my new building.

i am a Steel Roof Truss Structure Designer…if got new house want to built n i suggest u better do Steel Truss dont use wood anymore. eheheheeee…
i give u guys some special price lor, say what ley hor. :slight_smile:

These is the sample about Steel Roof Truss System.
This shophouse near Yu Lan Building.

coool…
can we turn into a update on construction in miri LOL…
tat is something new
im in drafting…kuli to berngo LOL.

[quote=“alexallied”]Anyone heard of a type of centralized air-conditioning system powered by gas? The type of gas your mom use to cook and widely available through pipings straight to our house in Miri.

I’ve heard that it’s been used in parts of China and Australia.

Anyone supplying it? I’ll be needing it for my new building.[/quote]

Are you referring to gas fired absorption chiller? SSB has been using it for quite some times already.

Stef: I’ve read about chilled beam system and it is somewhat a relatively new method for HVAC solution. Unfortunately, Green Building concept is not really popular in M’sia at the moment. Some prestigious projects like those in Putrajaya might have it but overall it is still not really implemented. Implementing new system like chilled beam or underfloor air distribution system could be costly as most local contractors are not familiar with it and there is also a problem in getting the relevant codes and standards during the design stage. Couldn’t find any in ASHRAE.

In many countries, they have started to look into the Sustainability issues in most of their new buildings. Countries like the States, Australia, New Zealand, UK, etc. They even enforce Sustainability as a compulsory course alone in the uni for the construction related programs.

I know in Australia and NZ, they are currently investigating as to how sustainability might be regulated through the Building Code. Any future development will need to comply with the code for approval. The goverrnment is making this harder and needing more procedures to make sure that the building is “green” enough. It is a savings both environmentally and costs. Greenstar/energy efficient no doubt having significant increase in capital cost but it is worth it in the long run because it will save the running cost and maintenance cost, esp. for services.

Do we have building code of Malaysia to adhere to?

[quote=“relaxjack”][quote=“alexallied”]Anyone heard of a type of centralized air-conditioning system powered by gas? The type of gas your mom use to cook and widely available through pipings straight to our house in Miri.

I’ve heard that it’s been used in parts of China and Australia.

Anyone supplying it? I’ll be needing it for my new building.[/quote]

Are you referring to gas fired absorption chiller? SSB has been using it for quite some times already.

Stef: I’ve read about chilled beam system and it is somewhat a relatively new method for HVAC solution. Unfortunately, Green Building concept is not really popular in M’sia at the moment. Some prestigious projects like those in Putrajaya might have it but overall it is still not really implemented. Implementing new system like chilled beam or underfloor air distribution system could be costly as most local contractors are not familiar with it and there is also a problem in getting the relevant codes and standards during the design stage. Couldn’t find any in ASHRAE.[/quote]

gas fired absorption chiller? Elaborate please, cause I’m a newbie on this. Is there’s a source it would be even better coz within the next month I’ll have to decide what type of air-conditioning system would go into my building.

[quote=“Stef”]In many countries, they have started to look into the Sustainability issues in most of their new buildings. Countries like the States, Australia, New Zealand, UK, etc. They even enforce Sustainability as a compulsory course alone in the uni for the construction related programs.
I know in Australia and NZ, they are currently investigating as to how sustainability might be regulated through the Building Code. Any future development will need to comply with the code for approval. The goverrnment is making this harder and needing more procedures to make sure that the building is “green” enough. It is a savings both environmentally and costs. Greenstar/energy efficient no doubt having significant increase in capital cost but it is worth it in the long run because it will save the running cost and maintenance cost, esp. for services.
Do we have building code of Malaysia to adhere to?[/quote]

thanks stef. imho, this is a point worthy of further discussion.

foa, do you think buildings in miri comply with the concept of sustainable development? how so/not so?

have you ever wonder why buildings nowadays look so much different to those 50 years ago? many of you may be too young to ever live in one of those, but they are still common in kampungs. ever wonder why houses here used to be on stilt? why not any more? is it an improvement or have we gone backward in building science?

look at the place you are staying in now? is there anything wrong with it? if you don’t know where to start, try thinking, temperature regulation, ventilation, drainage, etc. anything that can be improved?

[quote=“alexallied”][quote=“relaxjack”][quote=“alexallied”]Anyone heard of a type of centralized air-conditioning system powered by gas? The type of gas your mom use to cook and widely available through pipings straight to our house in Miri.

I’ve heard that it’s been used in parts of China and Australia.

Anyone supplying it? I’ll be needing it for my new building.[/quote]

Are you referring to gas fired absorption chiller? SSB has been using it for quite some times already.

Stef: I’ve read about chilled beam system and it is somewhat a relatively new method for HVAC solution. Unfortunately, Green Building concept is not really popular in M’sia at the moment. Some prestigious projects like those in Putrajaya might have it but overall it is still not really implemented. Implementing new system like chilled beam or underfloor air distribution system could be costly as most local contractors are not familiar with it and there is also a problem in getting the relevant codes and standards during the design stage. Couldn’t find any in ASHRAE.[/quote]

gas fired absorption chiller? Elaborate please, cause I’m a newbie on this. Is there’s a source it would be even better coz within the next month I’ll have to decide what type of air-conditioning system would go into my building.[/quote]

Gas absorption chillers are actually not new. You can google and get plenty of info online. It is advantageous to us due to our relatively cheap source of natural gas. Another major advantage of the system is that it is using water as refrigerant and therefore more environmental friendly. The more apparent disadvantageous would be its requirement of a bigger space and lower efficiency compared to motor driven chillers. I’m not really an expert in it and i would suggest you to contact HVAC specialist like Carrier to get more info and the latest tech they have.

I m in the O&G World la… if u plan to buy O or G… page me… can give discount…selling in tonnes ok… :lol: :wink:

Just jumping in to potong “shiok” n u guys can continue ur construction stories la…hehehe…running like hell

[quote=“Stef”]In many countries, they have started to look into the Sustainability issues in most of their new buildings. Countries like the States, Australia, New Zealand, UK, etc. They even enforce Sustainability as a compulsory course alone in the uni for the construction related programs.

I know in Australia and NZ, they are currently investigating as to how sustainability might be regulated through the Building Code. Any future development will need to comply with the code for approval. The goverrnment is making this harder and needing more procedures to make sure that the building is “green” enough. It is a savings both environmentally and costs. Greenstar/energy efficient no doubt having significant increase in capital cost but it is worth it in the long run because it will save the running cost and maintenance cost, esp. for services.

Do we have building code of Malaysia to adhere to?[/quote]

We do have Building Codes to adhere to during the design process but green/sustainable building concepts are yet to be incorporated. However,it doesn’t mean it is non-existent here. MNC like Shell is actually engaging HOK, a well known consultant on the field of sustainable development to study the redevelopment of their HQ at Lutong. Whether or not it will implemented is another story though.

thanks thyrius… this is good topic… in fact quite wide… too many things can discuss here… i m also in c&s field… is this topic only to share the knowledge or can we sound or make some complain here??

sorry if my sentence is out of topic… what i want to say is… how you all, who involve the in the development in miri, found the client or the developer in miri or sarawak? in fact, i found that the some of the big developer in miri is realy realy difficult to deal with… as an engineer, we should provide them the practical solution, of cos also consideration of the economical factor . other then that, we should also follow the coucil requirement, which this will bring a bit cost for the developer… because of they are big developer and have big power in politic, the consultant are “instructed” to design based on thier own requirement to save the cost. they even use the politic power to ignore the council’s requirement… then what is the purpose of the rules and requirement ??

they are big developer, should also help the development in miri to become better, but sad to say that, they dont… they are bulding low cost value house, but selling hundred of thousand of money, also very bad finishing… i m quite peace off with the client or the developer like this… but what we can do?? construction in miri also something like cowboy style… :frowning: :frowning: :frowning: