IEM Shout Out – Two-Day Course on Technical Writing For Engineers and Technical Personnel 2017-07

June 15, 2017

My technical division will be hosting a 2 day course on the 18th and 19th July 2017. It is worth 12.5 CPD points, and held at Wisma IEM. The course will be presented by Ir.Danaraj Chandrasegaran.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course delegates will:
• understand the benefits and challenges of effective technical writing
• be aware of the fundamental concepts of writing as a communication skill
• know how to plan their document for maximum effect
• be able to write in a style that is clear and appropriate
• be able to use punctuation correctly and effectively
• appreciate the importance of a document review
• know how to use social media for professional networking

Why this course?
• Excellent Value
• Detailed guide book and templates for continuous learning and improvements
• Practical learning approach using latest tools
• Limited class size to ensure quality delivery
• Helps you to develop your own personal branding

Danaraj Chandrasegaran P.Eng MIEM CEng MIMechE. He is a Chartered Engineer and has honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Technology Malaysia. He also holds a MEng degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Malaya. He also presently a committee member with The Institution of Engineers Malaysia and Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK) Malaysia Chapter. Since starting his career as a Mechanical Engineer, Danaraj has had a varied service; both in front line project execution as well as in technical, training, and management functions. His career has a diverse outlook on project execution ranging from building construction, marine, mining and energy industry; as a mechanical engineer. He has worked on several large-scale projects worldwide such as Shell Malikai TLP and Barzan Offshore Project. In addition, had edited and completed many large writing projects such technical reports, operating manuals and technical papers in the oil and gas industry.

Register here, or download the form here.

IEM – Family Day 2017

June 14, 2017

The raffle netted the OGMTD 2 prizes. When do I get to try out the skateboard?







IEM Shout Out – 2017-07 Three Day Course on “Air Conditioning Fundamentals and Basic System Design (HVAC)”

June 13, 2017

Can Tech Safety Engineers attend this course?

My technical division will be hosting a 3 day  course on the 3rd to 5th July, 2017. It is worth 18 CPD points, and held at Wisma IEM. The course will be presented by Ir. CHUA KENG SENG.

This fundamental course is designed to give you the understanding of the essential theories and the working principles of air conditioning system. It will also show you how to apply them in practice for the proper operation, energy saving and troubleshooting of the air conditioning system.  It also includes an overview of different types of air conditioning systems and their applications.  The second part of the course will equip you with the capability of designing air conditioning systems in cooling capacity calculation, air duct design and chilled water piping design.

Ir. CHUA KENG SENG, B.E. (Hons), MIEM, P.Eng, MASHRAE, MIMM, CCP, graduated from the University of Malaya in 1974. Qualified as a Professional Engineer, he worked with Carrier Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., first as the Service Manager and then as Engineering Manager for about 10 years. During the next 25 years, he operated his own companies in contracting, maintenance and also in consultancy business. He has wide experience in the design, installation, and troubleshooting on various types of systems and also in project management. He was in the design and project management team which implemented the Putrajaya Precinct 2 District Cooling Plant which has a capacity of 30,000 cooling tons. Ir. Chua has also been involved in many training programmes. He lectured air conditioning design in the Mechanical Faculty of University Malaya between 1978 and 1984 as well as in Monash University for the 3 years. Besides he had been invited to deliver lectures and presentations in the University Technology Malaysia, University Technology Petronas, The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia and conducted in-house training for some Corporate Companies.

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Saturday Star 2017-06-10 – Job Opportunities

June 12, 2017

Ramadhan Kareem. 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. 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 3Q2017. 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.

Malaysia’s Sapura Energy says interest in upstream projects picking up

June 12, 2017

Dateline 2017-05-08, Reuters:

Sapura Energy Berhad , Malaysia’s largest oil and gas service provider, said it was beginning to see interest building in upstream projects following sharp rollbacks in recent years from lower oil prices.

“Projects that were on hold before are starting to be looked at again (globally),” Sapura Chief Executive Shahril Shamsuddin told Reuters on the sidelines of the Asia Oil & Gas Conference in Kuala Lumpur.

“It’s going to take time for the decisions to come through. It would take about 10-15 months before we could see projects come online again,” he said.

Shahril attributed the increase in interest to the recovery in oil prices and the need to replenish a natural drop in reserves.

Brent crude prices have recovered about 80 percent from 12-year lows hit early in 2016, although they are still at less than half the levels of mid-2014 due to a supply glut, and retreated back below $50 at the end of last week.


Malaysia’s Petronas says will support extension of oil output cuts

June 10, 2017

Dateline 2017-05-08, Nasdaq:

Malaysian state-owned oil firm Petroliam Nasional Berhad [PETR.UL] will support any extension of oil output cuts by OPEC and non-OPEC producers, its chief executive said on Monday. Petronas, as the company is known, announced last year that it would cut its oil output by up to 20,000 barrels per day (bpd) as part of Malaysia’s commitment to reduce supply following an agreement between the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC producers. “If there is extension of the arrangement, of course we are committed to continue with the same production cut,” Petronas Chief Executive Officer Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin told reporters at the Asia Oil & Gas Conference in Kuala Lumpur.

IEM Shout Out – 2017-06 Talk On Issues of Vibration From Blasting

June 9, 2017

My technical division will be hosting a talk on the 10th June, 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 Look Keman bin Sahari.

Blasting of rock using explosives is a necessity when other rock breaking equipment such as rock breakers, chemical or any other means could not do so. Rock blasting is actually the cheapest mean to break rock, to fragment rock or to remove rock to a design level such as road, building foundation, sump etc. in construction work. However, the use of explosives produces ground and air vibration which may cause damage to structure and annoyance issues to the public. There are many complains from the public of alleged cracks on the walls, ceiling etc. resulted from this blasting work. There are also fears from the public that the use of explosives at construction site may endanger the people and properties nearby. Blast monitoring using seismograph is actually a necessity and the authority had imposed a condition that vibration from blasting must not exceed certain limit that will minimise annoyance and reduces any risk of damage to structure.

Ir. Hj Look Keman bin Sahari graduated from Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland in mining engineering in 1979 and served as engineer at Mines Department (now Jabatan Mineral dan Geoscience) from 1979 to 1996. He started his career as mining geotechnical engineer specialising in landslide investigation at Pusat Penyelidekan Mineral, Ipoh and later as Inspector of Mines serving Perak, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan and Malacca. In 1990 he further his studies at Royal Military College of Science, Cranfield University, England and earned M.Sc in Explosives Ordnance Engineering. He had also attended many rock blasting courses in mining, quarrying and tunneling locally and overseas. He had given lectures on the subject at IEM.

From 1996, he works as independent consultant engineer specialising in the use explosives in mining quarrying and construction work. He also specialises in blast monitoring work. He is a committee member of IEM Training Board and Oil & Gas and Mining Technical Division. He is Professional Engineer with Practicing Certificate, Fellow of IEM, Fellow of the Institute of Quarrying and a Member of International Society of Explosive Engineers, USA

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