Sunday, February 26, 2012



** this is only applicable for the requirement of one length (3.6m length) Timber (bakau) Pile by the method of excavator push-in.
  1. Setting out of piling point as shown in the construction drawing.
  2. Submission of the request for inspection for the approval and proceeding with the following works to the Superintending Officer (S.O) or Superintending Officer Representative (S.O.R).
  3. Pile driving works shall only proceed after receiving acceptance and approval from S.O or S.O.R's.
  4. Prior to proceed with the pile driving works the dimension of the timber (Bakau) pile shall first be inspected by S.O. or S.O.R's to confirm to specification and the construction drawing requirements. There shall be no timber (Bakau) pile allow for the works if it is does not fulfill the specifications and requirements of any as stated in the contract or construction drawings.
  5. Driving of timber (bakau) pile shall be as follows;

    a). Positioning of the timber (Bakau) pile shall be as per approved pile point as agreed in the setting out. The eccentricity of the pile shall be as accurate as possible or as advice by the S.O or S.O.R's.

    b). At any point of the pile, its verticality shall be continuously monitored to ensure that the vertical alignment of the pile as straight as possible or as advise by the S.O or S.O.R's.

    c.) The pile push-in by the method of excavator push-in than shall proceed until the whole one length penetrates into the ground or until the pile set.

    d.) Record of the pile driving works shall be recorded properly using the pile driving work record form.

**Note: No test pile or static load test is required for this one length timber (Bakau) pile is needed unless requested by the S.O or S.O.R's.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Project Behind Schedule

In construction Industry, it is very often that we heard the term "project is behind schedule". What does it meant with this term. Project Behind Schedule is when the achieved project progress percentage is less than the planned or targeted percentage for reporting period. This normally happened due to several factors. Among them are;
1. exceptionally incremental weather (of which the weather condition is not as usual or not as previously recorded for that particular area),
2. shortage of the construction material ,
3.insufficient and inefficient of manpower and machinery,
4. cash-flow for the project,
5.instruction by the client to change design and requirement,
6.Delayed in approval (material, method and etc) by client or their representative, issue and many other reasons.

In this situation contractor need to study why the project is behind schedule. Some of the delay might have been contributed by the act of client. and if there is any, contractor might want to consider applying for the extension of time to enable them to complete the project beyond the original contract period and also this will help contractor from being penalised due to late delivery of the project. If the extension of time is approved then the contractor have the ground to revised the work program to take into account the approved extended period. the second advantage to contractor is they have the ground to claim for loss and expense due to this event. however to lodge a claim for this is advisable that contract need to study their contract whether this is allowed in the contract.

In the occasion that the delay is due to contractor own fault, than contractor have to come out with the catch-up plan. This mean contractor might need to increase their productivity by engaging more machinery and manpower. The other option is to work around the clock to meet their deadline date.In the event the contractor cannot delivered the project on time, they are at a risk of being penalised or even being terminated from the contract.

To avoid or minimised this "project behind schedule" situation, a good project manager is the key. The project had to be well planned. All aspect need to be consider especially the cash flow, procurement of materials, manpower's, machinery's and weather conditions. With all these explanation, having a good Project Manger is crucial in ensuring project is deliver with in the contract period.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Pre-construction Meeting Agenda

Pre-construction meeting is the meeting that need to be conducted before any physical construction works started. Sometime this meeting being named as "Kick off meeting". Usually this meeting is to brief the contractor and consultants on the contract particular such as the official date of the site possession, the contract value, contract duration, the procedure of construction and contract and the do's and don't for the contract.

Below are the common agenda for the Pre-construction meeting.

1. Opening by the Chairman.
2. Contract Particular.
3. Introducing the construction team( Client, Consultant & Contractor )
4. Scope of work
5. Contractual requirement such as;
- Insurances
- Performance bond/Performance Guarantee
- Levy
- etc;
6. Line of Communication
7. Progress Claims and Payments
8. Requirement for Project Quality Plan
9. Requirement for Health and safety Plan
10. Environmental requirement (if any)
11. Monthly Progress reporting.
12. Other matters arising.

Construction Codes & Inspection Handbook

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