IEM Shout Out – 2017-07 Talk On Implementation of conceive-design-implement-operate (CDIO TM) framework for Chemical Engineering challenges

July 20, 2017

My technical division will be hosting a talk on the 26th July, 2017. It is worth 2 CPD points, and held at Wisma IEM. The talk will be presented by Ir. Dr. Chong.

The conceive – design – implement – operate (CDIOTM) framework is implemented by educators to generate graduates, who are able to tackle complex engineering challenges. A set of 12 standards define this framework and how to implement it are useful for chemical engineers. Chemical engineers from the industry will be able to develop sustainable solutions using the structured framework. Several chemical engineering innovative projects are completed using the CDIOTM framework will be shared during the talk.

Medical Gas Piping System (MGPS) is required to deliver medical gasses supply to patients and surgical tools in hospitals. The medical gasses include oxygen, nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide, Entonox, medical vacuum, anesthetic gas scavenging system, medical and surgical air. Since the gasses are delivered direct to patients the quality and reliability of the system is very important to ensure the live of the patients and the safety of the facilities.

Ir. Dr. Chong obtained his BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia) in 2007 and  PhD in Engineering from University of Nottingham. He also is a Chartered Engineer in UK and a Professional Engineer of Board of Engineers, Malaysia. He received President Award of Excellent from IEM for four consecutive years from 2013 to 2016. He also bagged the prestigious Vice Chancellor’s Award as ‘Taylor’s Most Cited Academic 2015’. His scholarly activities encompass leading research projects, spearheading academic collaboration with leading academic institution both in Malaysia and in the world. In his brief academic career, he published more than 50  international journals, conferences papers, technical bulletin/proceedings and book chapters. He is one of the CDIOTM leaders in Asia Region. His academic research interest is in the area of drying technology, energy, health and engineering education.

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IEM Shout Out – 2017-08 Technical Visit to Yakult (M) Sdn Bhd

July 19, 2017

Yes, come and stock up before Hari Raya.

My technical division will be hosting a visit on the 19th August, 2017.

Yakult was born over 75 years ago and since then has been loved by 28 million of consumers overseas. However, in Malaysia, Yakult is still a young and growing company. Yakult Ace was launched here just a few years ago in 2004. Yakult (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Yakult Honsha, Japan. Yakult has committed millions of ringgit to establish and operate our one and only local factory in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan and our Head Office in Glenmarie, Shah Alam. Since then, we have opened branch offices in Johor Bahru, Melaka, Penang, Kuantan, Ipoh, Seremban and Kota Bharu. Yakult is a high quality probiotics in the form of a cultured milk drink. Yakult contains the probiotic bacteria “Lactobacillus casei Shirota” (also called the “Shirota strain”). With 30 billion live Shirota strain in each bottle, Yakult has among the highest concentrations of probiotics compared to other probiotics on the market (most probiotic drinks and supplements claim to contain at most 1 to 10 billion live probiotic bacteria per serving or per capsule). The Yakult factory was built specially with visitors in mind where the participants can view the whole production process and see how Yakult is being made and can even take a closer look at our bacteria using a microscope, enjoy fun and educational video shows, and sample some delicious, freshly-made Yakult.

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IEM Shout Out – 2017-07 Talk On A Comparative Study: Offshore Facilities Load Out Methodology

July 18, 2017

aMy technical division will be hosting a talk on the 25th July, 2017. It is worth 2 CPD points (why is it shown as 0 on the web page?), and held at Wisma IEM. The course will be presented by Ir. Hj. Ahmad Khairiri.

The presentation will share the author’s experience in load out activities and its’ various methodologies. Load-out is the process of transferring offshore structure from fabrication yard onto the transportation barge/vessel and the process of structure’s sea fastening prior to sail away. The load-out process generates load-out forces on the structure as it moves from the fabrication yard to the barge.  Most often, these activities are performed at the fabrication yard which is located near the sea area.

Ir. Hj. Ahmad Khairiri is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, United Kingdom, and a Professional Engineer with the Board of Engineers Malaysia. Currently, he is with Global Project Delivery, Project Delivery & Technology Division of PETRONAS. Responsible in ensuring the governance of onshore construction and fabrication work. Recently completed task include the load-out activities of F12, Angsi-Besar and Bardegg jackets and topsides. Previously, he was responsible to ensure the successful completion of the offshore installation hook up work for PETRONAS first floating LNG, PFLNG SATU Project. He was with PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd, OGP Technical Services Sdn Bhd and PETRONAS Gas Bhd involving in various project locally and globally.

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Saturday Star 2017-07-15 – Job Opportunities

July 17, 2017

Eid Mubarak. IGL has pivoted into training, so book your seats now.

We’re thinking of republishing Young Turks of PETRONAS, but it’s a minimum 500 book printing run. Do I have enough interested persons to purchase?

Donate to your favorite charity (me), buy my recommendations, or through my Amazon store. Or get the Young Turks series (3 books until I can get YTP republished). Where are those corporate sponsors? Or throw donations at me, my camera dive case flooded, and I need a new replacement. Heck, if you want to send me a Canon 5D Mk III plus dive case, I will not say no.

  • I have a feeling that The Star isn’t the preferred O&G job recruitment portal now. Either that, or the electronic version of The Star doesn’t have all the content of the dead tree version. I see more adverts via social media. What do you think, is it a step change that the papers need to embrace?
  • I’m looking for jobs for 4Q2017. Send me your POs.

Food choice of the week? Iftar, of course.

Book choice of this week, Chemical Engineering Process Simulation, authors are Nishanth Chemmangattuvalappil Denny Ng Kok Sum Rafil Elyas Cheng-Liang ChenI,Lung Chien Hao-Yeh Lee. I intend to get a signed first edition, and place it in my Charles Dickens first edition cabinet.


Is There a Relationship Between the Malaysian Ringgit & Crude Oil Prices?

July 16, 2017

Linkbait. Read according to your blood pressure.

Dateline 2017-06-02, CommodityTradeMantra:

Is There a Relationship Between the Malaysian Ringgit & Crude Oil Prices?

The notion of intermarket relationships is nothing new, as there remain inextricable links between various sectors within the financial marketplace. Take the relationship between stocks and commodities, for example, which is usually defined by an inverse correlation that sees one asset rise while the other declines in value.

The same principle cannot be applied in advanced industrial economies, however, as these nations are largely commodity-based and reliant on natural resources for their growth. In the case of Malaysia, for example, crude oil remains a prominent export and a lucrative commodity, and in this instance the value of stocks is likely to progress along a similar trajectory to commodities.


Malaysia’s Petronas cautious on 2017 even as quarterly profit doubles

July 15, 2017

Dateline 2017-06-02, Reuters:

Malaysia’s Petroliam Nasional Bhd said on Friday quarterly profit more than doubled
from a year ago, helped by higher margins and a recovery in oil prices, but the state-owned energy firm maintained a cautious outlook for the rest of the year.
First-quarter profit at Petronas [PETR.UL], as the company is known, totalled 10.3 billion ringgit ($2.41 billion),
compared with 4.6 billion ringgit in the corresponding quarter last year.
Revenue for the quarter ending in March rose 25 percent from a year ago to 61.6 billion ringgit.
“The group continues to maintain a conservative outlook for the remainder of 2017 despite the positive results as supply and demand balances are still slow to return to a sustained equilibrium,” Petronas said in a statement, adding it will keep its focus on cost cuts and improving efficiency.


Petronas Q1 pre-tax profit surges to RM15.5 billion

July 14, 2017

They don’t mention that this was helped by all suppliers having a price race to the bottom. We need to fix prices, perhaps get them into the scale of fees in the Registration of Engineers Act.

Dateline 2017-06-02, FMT:

Petroliam Nasional Bhd’s (Petronas) pre-tax profit for the first quarter ending March 31, 2017, surged more than 100% to RM15.5 billion from RM6.8 billion in the same period last year.

The national oil company said higher earnings for the quarter were primarily driven by higher oil prices and improved margins from upstream and downstream businesses, in tandem with its ongoing transformation efforts that have resulted in heightened cost optimisation and efficiency improvements across its value chain.

Stronger pre-tax profit for the quarter was also mainly due to higher revenue, which benefitted from higher average realised prices and lower net impairment on assets, partially offset by higher taxation, amortisation of oil and gas properties and product costs, it said in a statement today.