Seminar by Malaysian Structural Steel Association (MSSA)          

    Topic: Curvilinear Building Forms In Steel 

Speaker: Assoc. Prof. Ar. Faridah Adnan APAM

Date :  12 April 2017

Time :  11.00 am - 12.00 pm

Venue: Seminar Room 2


Speaker profile:

Title : Associate Professor, Ar., A.P.A.M.
Education : Bachelor of Architecture (University of Manchester, UK), B.Sc. Architecture (Hons) (University of Manchester, UK)
                     Professional affiliation : Lembaga Akitek Malaysia, Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia
Position : - Associate Professor, (1990 – present),Centre of Studies for Architecture, FSPU, Universiti Teknologi MARA,Puncak Alam, Selangor. 
                  - Principal, Arch Impec, (1990 – present) Consultant Architect and Interior Designer,54, Jalan Serambi U8/29, Bukit Jelutong, 
                     Shah Alam.                  
                 - Architect, (1985-1990)Cawangan Kerja Perubatan dan Kesihatan, Jabatan Kerjaraya Malaysia, Kuala   Lumpur.    
Specialisation : Curvilinear architectural forms, Advanced architectural construction, Islamic principles in architecture.
Other interest : Travel, Photography, Writing


Curvilinear architectural forms may be classified into developable forms, synclastic forms, anticlastic forms, and free-form. The surfaces of developable, synclastic, and anticlastic forms are mathematically derived from equations of straight lines and curved lines. The surface of free-form shapes, however, is derived from NURBS (Non-uniform rational B-Spline) technique. The presentation traces broadly and briefly the various types of curvilinear architectural forms and the associated structural systems. 

The structures of contemporary curvilinear forms are mainly executed in steel. The structures consist of a framework of crisscrossing steel members that are connected at specially jointed nodes and are mutually reinforcing. Curvilinear steel structures thus use relatively small sized members to achieve very large spans. They have a very low weight to span ratio and are capable of catering for complex architectural design forms. 

The presentation showcases the canopy structure of the plaza at the boating ticket office at Taman Botani Kuala Lumpur, designed by award-winning firm GDP Architects Sdn Bhd. It comprises a free-form reticulated surface that is structured from RHS arranged in a triangular configuration. Due to the free-form nature of the canopy each jointing node for the RHS members is different. It is the unique design of these nodes that make the construction of the canopy possible. PERI Malaysia, the proprietor of the detailing design and construction method, shall be invited to share and demonstrate their experience in this freeform shell structure, which is the first of its kind in Malaysia.

    Topic: Structural Deformation Monitoring System Using Geospatial Technique

Speaker: Assoc Prof Dr. Abd Nasir Matori [UTP]

Date :  12 April 2017

Time:   12.10 pm - 1.10 pm  

Venue : Seminar Room 2

Speaker profile:

Assoc. Professor Dr Abd Nasir Matori obtained his PhD from University of Newcastle upon Tyne UK in 1996. Over almost 20 years in academia Dr Nasir has specialized in geodesy and geospatial analysis for several engineering applications such as offshore platform subsidence and structural monitoring. Dr Nasir is currently a faculty member of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) as well as the member of the Offshore Engineering Centre of UTP (OECU). Amongst his involvement in structural deformation monitoring using geospatial techniques are offshore platform deformation monitoring using Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS/GPS), Offshore platform and onshore gas terminal complex deformation monitoring using PsInSAR technique and man-made slope monitoring using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and Close Range Photogrammetry (CRP) technique. As part of his expertise visibility in this area, he has been awarded research grant amounting almost RM 1 million from various research funding agencies. At least 30 of his latest finding in his research was published in indexed publications. 


Due to aging and prolonged exposure to external loads, engineering structures may experience deformation (i.e. alteration of shape and/or dimension), which may affect the performance of their intended function, it is very crucial structural deformation monitoring and analysis to be conducted, as part ‘Structural Health Monitoring (SHM)’ of these structures for the purpose of optimizing performance, enhancement of operational safety and predictive maintenance. Deformation monitoring system architecture will involve an array of sensors (geospatial, geotechnique etc…) to log ‘periodically sampled deformation-causing data’, measurement interval and deformation analysis. This talk will highlight deformation monitoring system using geospatial technique, its advantages and will showcase some examples of the previous deformation monitoring and analysis done using this technique.

    Topic: Blue Ocean in Brown Field: Decommissioning in South East Asia

Speaker: Assoc Prof Dr. Noor Amila Wan Zawawi, UTP

Date :  14 April 2017

Time:   2.20 pm - 3.20 pm   

Venue : Seminar Room 4 

Speaker Profile:

Dr. Amila Zawawi is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP). She obtained her MSc and PhD from Malaysia in Building Engineering and Built Environment. She has 18 years of academic experience, with research related to offshore rigs decommissioning. Amila is the lead researcher of the Decommissioning Initiatives division of the Offshore Engineering Centre, UTP (OECU). She provides training on decommissioning to the industry in Malaysia and South Korea, working closely with various industry/university collaborators and institutions. She works with non-profit organisations and NGOs such as the Malaysia Structural Steel Association (MSSA) and MOGSC. Since 2015, she has been appointed as chair for Rigs.volution Working Group in MSSA (a joint initiative between UTP - MSSA – CIDB), She is listed in the National Industry Expert Directory as a Panel member for the National Occupational Skills Standard (NOSS) for Oil & Gas, by the Department of Skills Development, Ministry of Human Resources Malaysia. Dr Amila has published over 70 articles on her research findings, and passionately championed development of local capability in decommissioning.


This presentation summarizes the decommissioning market outlook for Malaysia, with the aim to provide an overview of the potential decommissioning market in Malaysia/South East Asia. It is not meant to be the guidance of where the market should move into or invest in. The overview main focus is on fixed offshore platform decommissioning. The presentation gives a general decommissioning outlook of Oil and Gas (O&G) industry, the status overview of ageing offshore platforms in Malaysia and decommissioning potential market based on projected cumulative tonnage of steel and costs of decommissioning to the platforms owner. Four case studies are reviewed based on Malaysia decommissioning experience, for an appreciation of the actual decommissioning experience in Malaysia and the South East Asia in general. Finally, the presentation provides the recommendations for decommissioning outlook.

Topic: Dominant Elements in Construction Planning for PETRONAS Upstream Fabrication Projects – The current practice by Malaysian Major O&G Fabricators

Speaker: Ir Abd Rahim Bahruddin & M Firdhaus B Khazali

Date :  14 April 2017

Time:   03.30 pm - 04.30 pm   

Venue : Seminar Room 4

Speaker, Ir Abd Rahim Baharudin Profile

Abd Rahim Baharudin is a Principal Engineer of PCSB. He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree and has more than 24 years of experience in the O&G industry. His expertise is in the field of Project Management of Onshore and Offshore O&G Project Facilities.He has served the company in various project management related capacities, including the Company Site Representative (CSR) for EPCC project in PETRONAS Carigali Myanmar Ltd (PCML) and Project Team Lead for Surface Facilities for Greater Nile Petroleum Operating Company (GNPOC) and Sabah Gas Onshore Gas Terminal (SOGT) Projects. 

His experience working in international Joint-Venture (JV) companies and projects of varying nature and complexity, ranging from design, contracting, procurement, onshore fabrication, offshore fabrication, retrofit & upgrade, hookup & commissioning and start-up of facilities has enabled him to acquire, develop and adopt project best practices specifically in the field of project planning and execution. He currently provides construction management advices to various PETRONAS projects. 

Speaker, M Firdhaus B Khazali profile

Mohd Firdhaus Khazali is a Construction Quality Manager of PETRONAS. He holds a Master’s degree (MBA) in General Management and an Information & Communication Technology degree with over than 10 years of experience in Project Management and Construction Management of the O&G Upstream industry. Currently he is pursuing Project Management Professional (PMP).

He has served the company in various project management related roles capacities, including the Senior Construction Engineer for PCSB Projects, Senior Project Engineer for Infill Drilling Projects and Resident Engineer (RE) for PCC project in PETRONAS Carigali.His experience working in projects of varying nature and complexity, ranging from engineering design, contracting, procurement, onshore fabrication, offshore installation and tie-in up until hook-up & commissioning of upstream facilities has enabled him to acquire, develop and adopt project best practices specifically in the field of project planning and execution. He currently provides Project Quality Management advices to various PETRONAS Offshore and Onshore projects. 


Onshore yard fabrication work for the construction of oil and gas (O&G) facilities have been on-going for years with rising unexpected challenges faced during Construction Project Management Processes i.e. project initiation, planning, execution, monitoring & control and closing. Successful construction will depend primary on good planning, estimation, contingencies and sound management skills hence it is imperative to be more prescriptive on the Construction Planning requirements to ensure all technical and non-technical aspects of construction are well encompassed.

Having comprehensive considerations of dominant Construction Planning helps Fabricator/Contractor to better understand Client requirement in relation to quality Construction Planning document submission, prepared for construction challenges; aimed for better managed and controlled construction works.

This session will share the dominant elements of Construction Planning derived from previous projects managed by PETRONAS involving comparisons between various upstream fabricated structures over more than 10 years ago.

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