Extract from “Tuah Jebat” – Warisan Perintis

November 5, 2016


Unit Tindakan Khas (UTK) telah mengakhiri era kewujudan mereka apabila termaktub semua perjanjian PSC yang selebihnya. Pada masa mereka merangka dan merundingkan PSC, yang turut tertubuh ialah Jabatan Pemasaran Antarabangsa atau “International Marketing Department (IMD)” bagi mengagih minyak mentah ke pasaran antarabangsa dan Jabatan Pemasaran Dalam Negeri atau “Domestic Marketing Department (DMD)” untuk penjualan bahan petroleum di dalam negeri, khususnya melalui stesen-stesen servis.


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IEM Shout Out – 2017-02 One Day Course On Introduction To Demolition Using Explosives

January 17, 2017

You’ll get a bang outa this. And from lame joke to the main message:

My technical division will be hosting a 1 day seminar on the 15th February, 2017 (Hey, if things don’t work out on the 14th…) It is worth 6.5 CPD points, and held at Wisma IEM. The course will be presented by Hj Look Keman Bin Sahari, Brig. General Mustapha bin Omar and Associate Professor Ir. Dr. Mohamed Alias bin Yusof.

Malaysia is considered a young country and rapidly developing. We see many new high rise building coming up even on small plot of land in city area. This is due to high cost of land. However, anything that goes up some day, sometimes it will have to come down. It can be due to aging, high cost of maintenance, availability of new technology, new planning by the owner or authority or whatever other reasons. It is very rare when forwarding development plan, the subject of the need for demolition later is ever considered. Bringing down a building or any structure by mechanical means for example will subject the neighbours to vibration, dust noise and numerous other dangers to them for a long time. It may even take several months. There are also incidents where demolition workers were injured and some were killed in line of duty. Demolition by using explosive may require the services of civil/structural engineer working together with the blasters and blasting engineer. The preparation may take months to study the structural plan of the building to be taken down, to survey the surrounding area and plan how to mitigate the effect of air blast, fragmentation, dust and ground vibration. Beside that the proponent will have to convince the authority that demolition by using explosive is the most practical and probably the cheapest way. Demolition by itself will only take a few minutes. Demolition by using explosives will require the blasters/blasting engineers to have the knowledge of both military and commercial explosives which in Malaysian scenario will require a person to have military background but need to learn the use of commercial explosive in service of after he leaves. Currently the only Institution that give training in the use of commercial explosive is Institute of Quarrying and endorsed by Jabatan Mineral and Geoscience. However, it is tailored to quarrying.  Therefore, there is a need to add to the current syllabus for Shotfiring to include construction blasting and demolition issues a least for a short term. This will enable them to communicate and assist the future demolition expert. Currently only those with Shotfirer Certificate are allowed to apply for Explosive Permit. Demolition by using explosive is not taught at any higher Institute of learning in Malaysia. In USA and Europe for example the subject is learned on the job. The course is design as an introduction to demolition by explosives. An introduction of explosive engineering followed by insight into both commercial and military demolition and followed by the effect of using explosives on the structure. Videos on demolition will be shown to support the lecture. The subject of human resource development for demolition engineers will also be touched. The course be particularly useful for those who are likely to be involved in demolition and thinking of the alternative to mechanical means and also the evaluators of the proposal for demolition work such as government engineers.

Hj Look Keman Bin Sahari graduated in mining engineering from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland in 1979. He joined the Mines Department initially as Geotechnical engineer specializing in Slope engineering particularly technical investigation on slope failures. He later joined the Inspectorate division of the Department until retirement in 1996. In 1990 he continued his studies at Royal Military College of Science, Cranfield University, England and obtained M.Sc in Explosives Ordnance Engineering. His interest was then on the use of Shape Charge in the industry. On retirement, he worked as Consultant Engineer in the use of explosive for mining, quarrying and construction. He had also served as expert witness in control blasting in Arbitration. As a committee member of IEM Training Board, he had attended many courses particularly on Geotechnical Engineering, Health and Safety, forensic engineering and also tunneling as Auditor. He is a Professional Engineer with Practicing Certificate and a Fellow of IEM. He had also given lecture on explosives application at IEM and Institute of Quarrying, Malaysia. He is also a qualified Shotfirer.

Brig. General Mustapha bin Omar is a qualified Ammunition Technical Officer and had rose through the rank in the Malaysian Army to become Chief Ammunition Technical officer He is an expert in the application of military explosives including demolition. He also had a Diploma in Industrial Management from UKM in 1993 and subsequently Bachelor in Business Administration from UPM in 2001. In 2002-2003 he further his studies at Royal Military College of Science, Cranfield University at MSc level in Explosives Ordnance Engineering. He is also knowledgeable in the use of commercial explosives and had attended a Shotfirer Course organised by Institute of Quarrying, Malaysia. He is currently a Senior Research Officer at STRIDE (Institute Penyelidekan Sains Teknologi Pertahanan.

Associate Professor Ir. Dr. Mohamed Alias bin Yusof obtained his Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from UTM in 2002, MSc in Project Management from UITM in 2005 and Ph D in Civil Engineering in 2012 from University Pertahanan National Malaysia. He is also a Professional Engineer registered with the Board of Engineer. Dr Alias specialises in the Blast Effect on Structure. He is also knowledgeable in Commercial and Military explosives and had also attended course in Explosives Engineering at Royal Military College of Science, Cranfield University He also attended Shotfirer Course and Blast Vibration, Monitoring and Control Course at Institute of Quarrying Malaysia.

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IEM Shout Out – 2017-02 One-Day Course on “Effective Email Writing”

January 15, 2017

My technical division will be hosting a 1 day  course on the 16th February, 2017. It is worth 6.5 CPD points, and held at Wisma IEM. The course will be presented by Ir. Danaraj Chandrasegaran

CEmail is a problem that is hiding in plain sight – one which few people will tackle. We all use email every day. Yet, too often, email fails to be the effective communication tool it deserves to be. Simple mistakes are often a large part of the problem. Emails are more likely than other kinds of work to be littered with spelling and grammar errors. More fundamentally, poor structure can result in overlong emails that fail to get their key message across. And poorly worded emails can lead to disputes between colleagues or with clients, causing disrupted workflows and needless stress.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Used correctly, email gets ideas across quickly and with a minimum of effort. Rather than a barrier to action, it can be the opposite: an invaluable tool for making sure that everything your team need to happen, happens. That’s why we’ve developed this course. It’s specifically designed to help your team claw back the time lost to poorly written emails. The end result is clear, professional emails, that let your team hit ‘send’ with confidence.

This one-day course is designed to help you develop skills that will enable you to produce clear and effective email documents. We will focus on the basic principles of good writing which email writing shares with other forms of writing and on types of documents common in technical fields and organizations. Participants learn the protocol for email writing. Subjects include punctuation, grammar and “SCRAP” techniques.  Participants also may choose to bring a sample of their writing/ presentation/ commonly faced issues in the work place for one-on-one feedback

Ir. Danaraj Chandrasegaran, PEng, MIEM, CEng, MIMechE graduated from University Teknologi Malaysia in 2001 with Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Hons), subsequently, pursued his Master Degree in University of Malaya. He has published in international journals and conferences in the past. His career has a diverse outlook on project execution ranging from building construction, marine, mining and energy industry; as a mechanical engineer. He is also a Chartered Engineer of Engineering Council UK and Corporate Member of Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK).
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Malaysia to start producing oil at new offshore field by end-Dec

January 14, 2017

Dateline 2016-12-13, Reuters:

Malaysia is expected to start oil production at the end of December at a deepwater field that could lift February export volumes of key grade Kimanis by 25 percent from January, two sources with knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday.

Operated by Royal Dutch Shell, the Malikai field off the East Malaysian state of Sabah could boost exports of Kimanis to 193,000 barrels per day in February, they said, meeting demand from Australia and India.

Shell and its partner Petronas declined to comment.

Malaysia’s Petronas to adjust output after oil cut deal

January 13, 2017

Dateline 2016-12-19, Yahoo! News:

Malaysian state-owned oil firm Petroliam Nasional Bhd said on Tuesday it would adjust crude oil production in line with an agreement between OPEC and non-OPEC producers to reduce global supply.

“Petronas will make the necessary adjustment to the country’s crude oil production level in line with the agreement reached between OPEC and non-OPEC producers…towards a more stable oil market,” it said in an emailed statement.

“The voluntary adjustment is expected to be implemented beginning from January 2017, taking into account prevailing market conditions and prospects.”

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC producers reached a deal on Saturday to jointly reduce crude oil output to ease a global supply glut which has seen oil prices halving in the last two years.

(Reporting by Emily Chow; Editing by Biju Dwarakanath)

IEM Shout Out – Talk on HAZOP – A Practical Approach

January 12, 2017

My technical division will be hosting a talk on the 19th January, 2017 at 5:30pm. It is worth 2 CPD points, and held at Wisma IEM. Since I’m giving it, I expect hoards will have to be turned away at the gates. And it’s a big room, so I need to fill the seats.

A Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) study is a formal, systematic and detailed examination of new or existing facilities. It focuses on the process, rather than risks from ‘outside the pipe’, which are better analyzed using other studies such as HIREC/ HAZID/ HER. A HAZOP assesses the hazard potential, causes and consequences on a facility when there are deviations to the operating conditions, or the manner of operations. Existing safeguards need are reviewed to determine whether they can eliminate the cause or minimize the consequence.

Wata has 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, in both design and operations.

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Marketing Rounds – 2016-11 IEM SIL Course

January 11, 2017

Where were you? Were you in the IChemE LOPA course held 15ft away?

Oil output cut: M’sia to gain in form of lower depletion rate

January 10, 2017

Dateline 2016-12-19, NST:

NON-Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) producers, including Malaysia, will stand to gain from the recent agreement by the cartel to cut production. “Malaysia’s oil and gas (O&G) sector, including the supporting industries, will benefit from higher oil prices even with a lower production volume. The net impact depends on the relative volume or prices,” Sunway University Business School economics professor Dr Yeah Kim Leng told Business Times yesterday. Malaysia and 10 other non-Opec producers agreed on Saturday to cut their oil output with the aim of ending the crude glut and reversing the fall in income, following the Opec agreement.