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Annual Conference of Malaysian JKR Officers (SOCs) 2018 themed "JKR ASPIRATION ON INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION ERA (IR) 4.0"

15ALOR SETAR, 7 JULY 2018: The Malaysia Public Work  Department (namely JKR) has organized an annual Conference of  Malaysian JKR Officers (SOCs) themed "JKR ASPIRATION ON  INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION ERA (IR) 4.0" held from 7 to 9 July  2018 at Hotel TH and Convention Center, Alor Setar, Kedah. The  ceremony was officiated by the Minister of Works, Mr. Baru Bian  followed by a speech by YBhg. Dato 'Sri Ir. Dr. Roslan bin Md  Taha, Director General of Public Works.

The main objective of organizing this annual conference is the platform for senior JKR officers to share knowledge, experience, expertise as well as a field of discussion on issues and matters relating to the Department, exchange ideas and opinion to inspire new innovative ideas in business improving the level of professionalism to achieve excellence in the delivery of departments.

The program involves the participation of 400 Senior Officers of the JKR consisting of Branches and State Directors, District Engineers, Kader Officers who lead the branches, divisions and units from all over the country. A total of eight papers on the construction industry have been presented throughout the conference. Opening and Exhibition Visit by YB Minister was held shortly after the opening ceremony expired. There are 43 exhibition booths that have participated in the exhibition involving government departments and private agencies. This year, it has become the 9th year of Dura Technology has been invited to take part in this exhibition. During the exhibition, YB Minister, along with JKR Officers, was briefed by Ir. Dr. Voo Yen Lei, on UHPC's technology.

Also present at the opening ceremony was YB Tuan Haji Mohd Anuar bin Mohd Tahir, Deputy Minister of Works, YBhg. Dato 'Sri Zohari Bin Haji Akob, Secretary General of the Ministry of Works, senior officers of the Public Works Department and senior officers of the Public Works Department. Among the essence of YB Minister's speech are:

• Industrial Revolution 4.0

• Procurement Policy of the Pakatan Harapan Government

• Empowering the Implementation of Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Dura Technology wishes to record the highest gratitude to the hosts of the Kedah State Department for hosting this conference. Hopefully, the commitment and effort of JKR staff in Malaysia to uphold the department to a higher level is ongoing.

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Experts From The Czech Republic in Dura Technology

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.

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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.
• 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.

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DURA Presents UHPFRC Bridges to JKR Sarawak

Dura Technology was invited by Jabatan Kerja Raya (JKR) Sarawak to give a presentation on Ultra-High Performance Fiber Reinforced Concrete (UHPFRC) bridges here in Kuching at Bangunan JKR Sarawak on 25th January 2018. There were 16 participants, from top management to design engineers attended the presentation organised by JKR Sarawak.

Dura Technology Sdn Bhd represented by Adj. Prof. Ir. Dr. YL Voo presented the talk on Ultra-High Performance Fiber Reinforced Concrete to educate about UHFPC and to create an understanding on it’s applications as to how it can be more sustainable compared to current technology. The presentation ended with a Q & A session with the participants followed by an afternoon tea session. It was a well received presentation by the audiences.

After the presentation session, Dura team visited three sites located in Betong, Sarawak. The three sites were Bridge 1 (Sg. Layar), Bridge 2 (Penyelanih Kanan) and Bridge 3 (Buluh Antu). A single span 80m bridge as proposed to be builts as Bridge 1 which is located in Sg Layar. In addition to that, the width is further expended to 11m. The existing Bridge 2; Penyelanih Kanan which connects a school and longhouses, has debris and timber blockage which are stuck in between the piers. Therefore, the team proposed a single span 52m bridge with the width of 4m to effectively resolve the blockage in between piers issue. Lastly for Bridge 3 in Buluh Antu, a single span of 23m and 4m wide long was proposed.

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