IPOH: Group of four visitor from Czech Republic which include Prof. Drahmir Novak and Associate Prof. David Lehky from Brno University of Technology, while Dr. Radomir Pukl and Martin Berka from Cervenka Consulting were visit Dura Technology Sdn Bhd Factory on 24th April 2018.
They toured the factory’s production process of bridge segments , and an experimental testing of specimens in three-point and four-point bending configurations for expert discussion, knowledge exchange and establishing a future cooperation.
Later on, during the presentation session, two professors from Brno University of Technology presented the FraMePID-3PB software for mechanical fracture parameter identification of plain concrete which is now being extended for UHPFRC. The presentation include, parameter identification procedure implemented within the software uses artificial neural network-based inverse analysis.Meanwhile, two representatives of developers, Červenka Consulting company from Prague presented main aspects and features of the software which is nonlinear finite element software ATENA (http://www.cervenka.cz) to excels in realistic simulation of concrete and reinforced concrete structures.
They showed the main advantages compared to other commercial software highlighting its tight connection with the reliability software FReET (http://www.freet.cz) and the identification software FraMePID-3PB. The whole system is very powerful tool for reliability analysis and lifetime prediction of bridges and other structures.
Finally, possibilities of future cooperation were discussed. There is a high interest from both sides especially related to mechanical fracture parameter identification and FraMePID software development. “We have planned to collaborate with Dura Technology to develop our software (FraMePID-3PB & ATENA) in Ultra High Performance Concrete,’’ they said. The Czech group will analyze data from Dura Technology company and will consider them for implementation into the software. A future international project collaboration will be appreciated by both sides.
The Event of The Letter of Acceptance (SST) and Contract Documents (2 In 1) to Dura Construction Sdn Bhd
KUALA LUMPUR, March 21 - The Letter of Acceptance (SST) and Contract Documents (2 In 1) were held at 12 noon at Mezzanine Level, Menara KKR Block G, Headquarters of the JKR Malaysia. Guests present are the top senior directors of JKR in Malaysia. YBhg. Dato' Sri Ir. Dr. Roslan bin Md Taha, Director-General of Public Works Malaysia (KPKR) has handed over SST to contractors who have secured the invitation of the project by the Public Works Department (JKR).
SST and Contract Documents at this time are the new targets of JKR Malaysia under Dato' Sri Ir. Dr. Roslan bin Md Taha. In this way interim affairs will no longer be delayed and both parties from the beginning have a Contract Document for reference of any dispute. There were 4 projects to be implemented by successful companies and our company, Dura Construction Sdn Bhd was selected for a program replacing the old bridge for the purpose of increasing the weight limit of commercial vehicles in Peninsular Malaysia with contract costs totaling 34.45 million. The proposed bridge is intended to provide convenience to residents and also to ensure the safety of the population The construction period is for 24 months or 2 years.
He also said "for the information of Design and Built projects as well as ordinary projects, open tender and so on and we have been approved by MoF to shorten the duration of the contract as well as the return period of the design for JKR to assess".
YBhg. Dato' Sri KPKR also conveyed his wishes and expectations to these successful companies to:
• Success today can inspire all JKR staff to have more projects in the future to emulate this 2 in 1 success.
• The contractor can deliver quality and quality services in line with the benefits earned.
• Work performed should be in accordance with specifications as contained in the contract of work.
• Need to work together and have good relationships with JKR and always communicate with the JKR so that the project can be implemented perfectly
• Comply with any safety rules and procedures outlined.
• Comply with any safety rules and procedures outlined.
• Appreciate and have a sense of ownership of the project.
Among the mandates he has also delivered is that upon completion, contractors must have 3 items namely Certificate Practical Completion (CPC), Statement of Final Account and As-built Drawing. The ceremony concludes with the Letter of Acceptance (SST) and Contract Documents to successful contractors as well as photo sessions with the top directors of the JKR.
Public Works Department (JKR) Malaysia , Ministry of Public Works (KKR), Prime Minister’s Department (JPM), and Ministry of Finance (MOF) were attend the technical visit program to the factory in Chemor, Perak Darul Ridzuan .
On 13th November 2017, it is indeed a gratifying moment as Ir. Abd. Rahman bin Salleh from JKR and also Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Razali bin Mohamad from MOF visited Dura Technology’s factory. Subsequently, they were given a short presentation on Dura products by Prof. Ir. Dr Voo Yen Lei for sharing the knowledge about UHPFRC to participants at the Wilson Hall. During the presentation, a demonstration on the flexibility of UHPFRC was shown through a simple experiment with 10 average men standing on a 50mm thick, 5.5m long plank without even cracking or breaking it, and with much more enthusiasm, the plank went back to its original point even after it has been deflected with a midspan deflection.