“Pay first Argue Later: Making Sense of Adjudication under CIPAA 2012” Seminar 2013

The “Pay first Argue Later: Making Sense of Adjudication Under CIPAA 2012” seminar was successful held on 14th May 2013 at the Convention Hall, Block B12, Faculty of Built Environment, UTM. It was jointly organized by the Master of Science in Construction Contract Management Programme, the Department of Quantity Surveying, UTM, the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) and the Royal Institutions of Surveyors Malaysia, Johor Bahru Branch. The Dean of the Faculty of Built Environment, Associate Professor Dr. Roslan Amirudin had delivered the opening speech and officiated the seminar. In his opening speech he spoke about the importance of understanding the law set out in CIPAA 2012. The sole speaker of the seminar was the distinguished Professor Datuk Sundra Rajoo, the Director of Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA).

In his presentation, Professor Datuk Sundra Rajoo deliberated on the main content of the 2012 Act, its main aims, the conditions and procedures for referring payment disputes to adjudication. He also explained the qualification required to become registered adjudicators. He also informed the participants that KLRCA is the authority that is responsible for the implementation and enforcement of the Act. The Centre is now drafting the necessary regulations for the purpose of enforcing the Act in June 2013.

The seminar agenda was divided into two sessions. Each session provided informative insights of the CIPAA 2012. The first session was essentially an introduction to statutory adjudication generally and then proceeded with an explanation of the adjudication process, jurisdiction of arbitrator and adjudication authority. The second session concentrated on the CIPAA regulations: registration and administration of adjudication, appointment of adjudicator, costs of adjudication, adjudicator’s fee, adjudication proceedings and exemptions.

This one day event had attracted an impressive 100 participants from various professionals in the construction industry such as architects, quantity surveyors, lawyers, entrepreneurs and the other surveyors. They had actively participated in the question and answer sessions. Several pertinent issues were brought up. The participants’ main concerned was basically about the strategies to embrace the implementation of CIPAA 2012 and the need for more qualified adjudicators. The seminar had receive remarkable support from the industry players and many of them had indicated interest to participate in any upcoming programme.

To the organizing committee of the Seminar on Pay First Argue Later: Making Sense of Adjudication under CIPAA 2012, a hearty congratulation and thank you is surely due for a job well done.

UTM Quantity Surveying and Construction Students Won the 5th RICS-RISM International Surveying Conference for Undergraduate Competition 2013

UTM students capturing their moment of victory after the prize giving ceremony held at Taylor’s University, Lake Side Campus, Subang Jaya.

UTM students capturing their moment of victory after the prize giving ceremony held at Taylor’s University, Lake Side Campus, Subang Jaya.

SUBANG JAYA, 19 May 2013: A big congratulation to Quantity Surveying and Construction Students of Quantity Surveying Department, who managed to won 2 awards at the 5th RICS-RISM International Conference for Undergraduates 2013 held on 19 and 20 April at Taylor’s University, Lake Side Campus, Subang Jaya.

The conference is a series of annual event jointly organised by Royal Institution of Surveyors (RICS), Institution of Surveyors Malaysia (RISM) and Association of Authorized Land Surveyors Malaysia (AALSM) hosted together with participating Universities on a rotational basis. It provides a platform for undergraduates from the various accredited surveying courses in Malaysia as well as Asia Pacific Regional Universities to share and exchange ideas, promote understanding and build their networks amongst the participants from the various surveying disciplines and universities apart from giving the opportunity to the students to present their undergraduate research publicly. This year, it was hosted by Taylor’s University at Lake Side Campus.

The 5th RICS-RISM International Surveying Conference for Undergraduate 2013 was opened to both national and international participating universities within the Asia Pacific Region. The participating university comprises of Universiti Malaya, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Taylor’s University, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong), Tong Ji University (China), Chong Qing University (China) and Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China).

Our students have managed to win two of the Best Speakers Award category. The winners for the Best Presenters are Farah Azwanee Aminuddin and Dayang Afiqah Abang Mohammad Shibli. The students were also given the opportunity to send in their resumes to several future employers who participated in the career booth during the conference. From the responses gathered, it was found that many of them have managed to secure a job during the walk-in interviews.

The papers presented were judged by both academicians and prominent industry players that includes Dato’ Mani Usilappan (RISM), Prof. Omar Munir (UTAR), Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ting Kien Hwa (UiTM), Sr. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Azlan Shah Ali (UM) and Dr. Mastura Jaafar (USM). The adjudicators for the parallel session were randomly selected from the participating universities and had been given the task to choose the best speaker during each parallel session. All in all, 27 papers were vetted and presented.

The plenary session of the conference was chaired by Bill Jones, the President of RICS Asia Pacific Region and the presenters includes Ar. Ben ThumMun Cheong (SIACAD Pte Ltd), Prof. Sr. Dr. Hjh Wan Maimun Wan Abdullah (Khalid Ahmad Architects), Sr. Ho Chin Soon (RISM), Sr Ong Hock Teck (RICS) and Prof. Dr. Ting Kien Hwa (RICS). Topics presented at the plenary session were in conjunction with the conference theme ‘Empowering Young Surveyor: Technologies of Tomorrow’. The awards were presented by Sr Kwan Hock Hai, the Chairman of RICS Malaysia. The next competition will be hosted by Universiti Malaya in 2014.

Once again the students of Quantity Surveying and Construction Programme have managed to outshine other contenders’ from participating universities within the Asia Pacific region. Kudos to all as this year is the 4th year in a row that the participating students from the Quantity Surveying department have managed to win in the conference.

New Research Topics Offered by Greenovation Research Group for Postgraduate Studies

Dr. Kei Saito
1. Towards New Urban Design Process Incorporating Urban Cooling Effects Verification Models for Historical Town in Malaysia

2. Analytical Design Approaches for Understanding Walkable Urban Residential Neighborhood in Malaysia

Dr. Ismail Said

1. Effect of Urban Morphology on Distribution of Loose Fit Spaces for Children’s Play in Small Town

2. Old Settlement Morphology in Malaysian Small Town: A Progression or Disturbance

3. Spatial Planning of Landscape Arts as Identity of Place in Small Towns in Malaysia

4. Spatio-temporal analysis of Urban Morphology on Riverside Towns in Malaysia

5. Landscape Ecology and Urban Diversity of Small Towns in Malaysia

6. Children’s Language Signifying Interaction with Nature Towards Environmental Learning

Dr. Hisyam Rashidi

1. Urban River as a Social and Habitat Corridor in a City

2. Urban Street as a Green Corridor in a City

3. Sustainable Community Environment for Agriculture Land Development: A Case Study of FELDA

4. Heritage foot print on public space development at Riverside Corridor: A Case Study of Melaka River

Dr. Dilshan Remaz Ossen

1. Urban Design and Climate

The research areas are focused on urban microclimate and human comfort.
a). The influence of urban geometry on outdoor microclimate in the tropics
e.g.: Sub topic

  •  The influence of street geometry on outdoor temperature/ ventilation
  • The influence of open spaces geometry (urban squares) on outdoor temperature/ventilation
  • The influence of landscape and water bodies on outdoor thermal comfort
  • The influence of thermal properties of urban surfaces on outdoor temperature
  • Residential Neighborhood Layout and outdoor temperature

b). Influence of Future Master Plan on Urban Heat Island
c). Environment conscious city model

2. Building Environmental Performance, User Response

The research areas are focused on indoor microclimate and human comfort in the tropics, user response on environmental performance of building and environmental responsive architecture:

  • Thermal comfort in court yard houses in the hot and humid tropical climate, e.g.:Traditional Malay courtyard houses/ Traditional Chinese Shophouse/ Modern terraced house with court yard
  • Daylight performance of court yard houses in the hot and humid tropical climate, e.g.: Traditional Malay courtyard houses/ Traditional Chinese Shophouse/Modern terraced house with court yard
  • Influence of “Green Roof” and “Green Façade” on indoor thermal comfort in the hot and humid tropical climate
  • Workplace occupants’ satisfaction e.g.: User response to daylight & lighting design/ User response to thermal comfort/ User response to outdoor view (office space, library, studio etc.)
  • Form and Function in Environment Responsive Buildings
  • Influence of Environmental Responsive Design on Place Attachment
  • Evident Base Architecture

3. Urban Heritage & Conservation

  • Urban Centers of the Vernacular Cities: e.g. Traditional Malay Royal Towns: Basic Elements of Malay Royal Towns, Spatial Organization
  • Design Principles of New Buildings in Historic Urban Context
  • Capturing the public value in Heritage: Melaka & George Town
  • Environmental and Climatic threat on Urban Heritage

Berita Kematian Keluarga Staf

Kedua orang tua En Syamsul Hendra Mahmud (Pensyarah Jabatan Ukur Bahan), telah kembali ke Rahmatullah akibat kemalangan rumah terbakar semalam di Kampung Pasir, Skudai, Johor Bahru. Semoga rohnya akan ditempatkan bersama-sama roh orang yang beriman. Al Fatihah.

Majlis Penyampaian Sijil Akreditasi Program Sarjana Muda Perancangan Bandar dan Wilayah Dengan Kepujian

Pada 17 Mei 2013, majlis Penyampaian Sijil Akreditasi Program Perancang Bandar dan Wilayah dengan Kepujian (2013-2017) telah dijalankan di Fakulti Alam Bina, UTM Johor Bahru, Johor. Ia telah disampaikan oleh Yang Bhg. Dr. Dahlia Bte Rosly, Pendaftar, Lembaga Perancang Bandar Malaysia (LPBM) merangkap Timbalan Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Perancang Bandar dan Desa Semenanjung Malaysia.

Majlis turut dihadiri oleh Dekan Fakulti Alam Bina, Prof. Madya Dr. Roslan Bin Amirudin, Pengarah Kualiti UTM, Prof. Dr. Abdul Samad Bin Haji Ismail serta staf Jabatan Perancangan Bandar dan Wilayah.

Setinggi-tinggi tahniah kepada Jabatan Perancangan Bandar dan Wilayah atas pengiktirafan tersebut.