On the 18th April, a total of 26 Chinese from People's Republic of China (PRC) visited Perak, with the aims to study and visit some of the on-going bridge construction project and completed bridges using UHPC precast girders. The groups consist of one of the most leading expert of UHPC standards writer, Professor Yan Peiyu from Tsinghua University and many PhD students from Fuzhuo University. On the first day of the visit, a lecture of three hours was presented by Dr Voo to the crowds. Many new research ideas were exploited during the session on the potential applications of UHPC in PRC. One of the major identified potential application was UHPC in-filled into steel tube member for arch bridge construction.
On 19th April, the first site visit was at the on-going bridge construction project at Kampung Paloh, crossing Kinta River at Ipoh town. A single span UHPC composite bridge of 55 metres long was under construction by JKR Perak. During the first site visit, the groups could examine and see the assembled five numbers of DURA UBG2000-55m girders near the job site without the girders being post-tensioned. The students were amazed by the simplicity of UHPC precast girder when comparing to normal conventional construction.
Singapore, March 30, 2017- The CEO of DURA Technology Sdn Bhd, Adj. A/Prof. Ir. Dr. Voo Yen Lei has been invited by the Singapore chapter of American Concrete Institute (ACI) and Building and Construction Authority (BCA) to shared his knowledge by delivered a thirty minutes lecture on Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC): Technology for Present and Future during the one day seminar.
The seminar that was held at Concorde Hotel aims to covers challenges on the production control, innovative ways to improve concrete construction productivity as well as green concrete for sustainable construction. Upon the discussion of the current practices of concrete construction, there were 11 distinguished guests from local and overseas speakers comprising industry experts, academics, and private practitioners that present papers of various topics in this field.
China, February 14, 2017- Dr. Voo has been invited to a meet and greet session with the Bridge Design Department of China Communications Construction Company Limited (CCCC) that is located at the Wuhan. CCCC, a state-owned infrastructure firm which specializes in projects such as ports, roads, bridges, railways, and dredging. The Company has been committed to its brand development strategy and technology innovation, which has enabled it to successfully attract talent.
China, February 2, 2017- Fuzhou University is one of the national key universities that are selected into the “211 Project”, a Chinese government programme for the 21st century to support 100 selected universities for their further rapid development. The university are pleased to invite Dr. Voo to give some insight about the success stories and pass projects of UHPC bridges and how it has greatly influenced the productivity and sustainability of the bridge industry in term of Malaysian perspective. During the dialogue, many thoughts and inspiration about UHPC Technology were exchanged and sparked. It was a knowledgeable and fruitful session for the PhD students especially in Fuzhuo University. A two hours lecture was taking place at the School of Civil Engineering of Fuzhuo University and the lecture was attended by a total of 20 students under the guidance of Prof. Chen Bao Chun.