Make sure you Strive for the moon, if you fails, you will land among the stars...
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Make sure you Strive for the moon, if you fails, you will land among the stars...
Wishing All Of You A Healthy And Happy New Year!
May it brings you the beginning of the brighter tomorrows..
Our deepest gratitute to our beloved colleague/lecturers who has contributed so much on the development of QS department, UiTM Samarahan. Especially to Mdm Akmal Adilla, Mdm Shahela Mamter and Miss Myzatul Aishah, thank you so much and we wish you all the best for your future undertakings.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
If they can pull it off then David Fisher's energy generating, rotating towers may well be the future of buildings.Scepticism intermingled with wonderment are the first two reactions people feel when they first hear about Dynamic Architecture's rotating towers project in Dubai. Italian architect David Fisher launched the revolutionary Dynamic Tower in July 2008, and assuming all goes according to plan, a tower in Moscow will follow. Reading the material and seeing the enthusiasm of its proponents, if it works, this concept will be a genuine revolution in building technology, construction and energy. The pedigree of the companies involved with the project and the sheer brilliance of the concept would make any one want it to work but experts from engineering firms, other architects and even the general public have pointed out potential difficulties.
City as power plant
Probably the greatest claim and the most amazing attribute of the rotating tower is that it will not only create enough energy to power the whole building it will also generate enough electricity to feed back into the grid. If this were really the case it would change the way people, planners and architects viewed buildings forever. Supposedly, this energy will be generated by silent carbon-fibre horizontal wind turbines between each floor of the building and solar panels placed on the roof of each floor as 20 percent of these areas will be exposed as the elliptical tower rotates.
There are other buildings that claim to be zero energy but Fisher thinks his creation goes beyond them. "The Dynamic Tower is environmentally friendly and the first building designed to be self-powered, with the ability to generate its own electricity, as well as for other nearby buildings. An 80-story building will have up to 79 wind turbines, making it a true green power plant," Dr. Fisher stated. Far less energy would be wasted than if they had bought from the grid and if he is correct this would not just change out concept of buildings but of a city. The city itself becomes a wind farm with the infrastructure for maintenance and repair far more accessible than currently exists.However, Dubai isn't very windy so it is possible, some say likely, that the tower won't generate sufficient power and will in fact rely on the grid as other conventional buildings. Not only that, the mechanics of rotating the tower use a lot of energy, as do the lifts, which are designed to be driven into so that residents can park their car on their floor and step straight out into their own apartment. An occupant's Ferrari can have a very good view, at a cost. Another commentator pointed out that separating each floor of the tower would place the cooling system under a great deal of stress – requiring even more energy to keep indoor conditions in Dubai's 50 degree summers bearable.
From an industry perspective the most mind-blowing aspect of the tower is its construction methodology. It is the first skyscraper to be built entirely from prefabricated parts that are custom made in a workshop. For the first tower, for reasons of quality control these parts are being built in Italy, where Dr Fisher is based. This approach known as the Fisher Method, also requires far fewer workers on the construction site, thereby dramatically lowering construction costs. "Each floor of the building can be completed in only seven days. From now on, buildings will be made in a factory," Dr. Fisher said. The preassembled units are hooked to each other mechanically and hoisted up the central circular core. They will start with the top floor and work down. This results in environmentally clean construction sites, avoiding unloading of materials, waste, noise and pollution, there will be less risk of accidents to construction workers, and construction time will be reduced by over 30 percent. Dynamic Architecture also claim that prefabricated buildings will also be easy to maintain and repair, the building's maintenance facility, type of materials used, and the quality control employed will also make them more durable than any traditional structure.With nothing much having changed in the world of construction for 4000 years Fisher is correct that it is time to consider more efficient options. "Almost every product used today is the result of an industrial process and can be transported around the world, from cars and boats to computers and clothing, factories are chosen for their ready access to materials, production technology, inexpensive labour, efficiency, and other conditions that result in high quality at a relatively low cost," Dr. Fisher noted.
"It is unbelievable that real estate and construction which is the leading sector of the world economy, is also the most primitive,…buildings should not be different than any other product, and from now on they will be manufactured in a production facility," Dr. Fisher believes. However the building is not up yet and the technology has not been tested. If it works, globally major construction companies will have to radically reorganise.
While impressive, the first inkling that some of the claims are overstated in the sales materials comes partway though the rotating towers presentation. One lesser known claim of the building is that this construction methodology and design makes the tower more stable thus more resistant to earthquakes than traditional buildings. However, the animation in the presentation shows two shaking buildings with the dynamic tower wobbling while the traditional structure crumpled to dust smelt of pseudo science. When questioned, the presenter admitted that it was just a little bit more resistant to earthquakes.
Gimmick or staying power?
Designed by its founders to be the "world's first building in motion" (not counting all the other buildings that have one or more moving floors) a lot is made of the rotating views, the advantages of on floor parking and how exciting and new the project is. But can they pull it off and even if they do is it just the latest fad to dominate the Dubai skyscape? People from the industry have serious concerns but is this a 'who moved my cheese' moment or genuine expertise talking? Evidently the founders do believe, stating: "By combining motion, green energy and efficient construction, the Dynamic Tower will change architecture as we know it, and herald a new era of Dynamic Living. "Our intention is to build the third Rotating Skyscraper in New York," reveals Dr. Fisher. "Additional Dynamic Towers will be built around the world, following an expression of interest from developers, governments, and public officials to construct a Dynamic Tower in Canada, Germany, Italy, Korea and Switzerland".
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tahniah kepada Shaizul (First Batch) kerana akan melangsungkan perkahwinan pada 30 Mei 2009.
Saya diberi amanah untuk menjemput semua pelajar yang tinggal berdekatan dengan Beaufort & Setiawan untuk turut sama hadir jika berkesempatan.
Saya doakan semoga bahagia ke akhir hayat, amin.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
For your info:
Perpustakaan Tun Abdul Razak (PTAR) digital collections can be accessed via web by the following link http://digital.ptar.uitm.edu.my/portalptar/.
You can download exam questions, journals and publications for free.
YOU CAN ONLY USE INTERNET EXPLORER TO ACCESS TO PTAR, don't use Firefox
Good Luck in your upcoming exam.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Kunjungan beliau adalah yang pertama kali sejak beliau dilantik sebagai Ketua Program dan merupakan satu penghargaan bagi semua pensyarah dan juga pelajar di UiTM Sarawak.
Aktiviti yang dijalankan pada awal pagi bermula dengan mesyuarat bersama pensyarah, kemudian beliau mengadakan mesyuarat bersama wakil pelajar untuk mengetahui perkembangan dan juga untuk mendengar pandangan pelajar mengenai suasana belajar di sini. Pada sebelah petangnya, beliau telah sudi untuk memberikan ucapan ringkas kepada semua pelajar Diploma UiTM Sarawak.
Pada sebelah malam, beliau telah sudi untuk meluangkan masa bersama pelajar semester terakhir untuk mengadakan taklimat ringkas tentang cara memohon untuk melanjutkan pelajaran di peringkat Ijazah di UiTM Malaysia.
Saya mewakili semua pensyarah dan juga pelajar ingin mengucapkan ribuan terima kasih atas kehadiran beliau dan diharapkan aktiviti seperti ini dapat diadakan lagi pada masa akan datang.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
This year, Earth Hour has been transformed into the world’s first global election, between Earth and global warming.
For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote – Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming. WWF are urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.
This meeting will determine official government policies to take action against global warming, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol. It is the chance for the people of the world to make their voice heard.
Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all stood in darkness.
In 2009, Earth Hour is being taken to the next level, with the goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights as part of a global vote. Unlike any election in history, it is not about what country you’re from, but instead, what planet you’re from. VOTE EARTH is a global call to action for every individual, every business, and every community. A call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet. Over 74 countries and territories have pledged their support to VOTE EARTH during Earth Hour 2009, and this number is growing everyday.
We all have a vote, and every single vote counts. Together we can take control of the future of our planet, for future generations.
VOTE EARTH by simply switching off your lights for one hour, and join the world for Earth Hour.
Saturday, March 28, 8:30-9:30pm.
Click http://earthhour.org.my/ to sign up for Malaysia
Thursday, March 12, 2009
The Quantity Surveyor is a construction professional; he or she is qualified and adequately trained to advice on all aspects of construction costs, financial and contractual administration. He or she is an expert on the cost and management of construction projects, whether building, civil or heavy engineering.
Throughout the world, Quantity Surveyors are working on projects as diverse as housing, commercial property developments, hospitals, mosques, petrochemical plants, highways, dams and airports. There are more than 1000 qualified Quantity Surveyors in
Whenever any building project is proposed, it is important that the cost involved is known in advance. These include site preparation cost, construction, labor, material and plant costs, professional fees, taxes and other charges as well as the likely running and maintenance costs for the new building. The Quantity Surveyor is trained to evaluate these costs and to advise on alternative proposals.
Once the decision is made to build the project, the Quantity Surveyor advises the client on appropriate contract arrangement as well as the legal contract and conditions under which the building will be constructed.
He or she also, acting on behalf of the client advises the architect and engineer on the cost implications. This includes the different construction methods, alternative choice of materials and size and quality of the project. This is also to ensure that each element is reconciled with the cost plan allowance and the overall project cost remains within the budget.
These skills place Quantity Surveyors in a strong position to take a leading managerial role throughout the development of a project. For example, they are able to assess the implications of changes in design, site conditions and working arrangements and give the client accurate budget and time estimates.
Retrieved from http://www.ism.org.my/1_public/p_qs.asp
Credit to the following for the pictures:
Monday, March 2, 2009
The ceremony took place at Hotel Riverside Majestic (formerly known as Crowne Plaza) on 19th of February 2009 with special guest of honour, our Vice Chancellor, Dato' Seri Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Abu Shah.
Congratulations to all students for your great effort in previous examinations.
For those who have yet to receive the certificates, please come and see me as soon as possible.
Credits to Shafiqah & Hafizah for the pictures
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Satu kursus Green Card untuk Part 4 telah dianjurkan oleh Koordinator Kursus, Jabatan Ukur Bahan dan Bangunan , FSPU pada 22 februari 2009 dari jam 8.30 pagi hingga 4.30 ptg.
Kursus ini adalah aktiviti wajib setiap semester bagi para pelajar yg bakal menjalani Latihan Industri.
Kursus ini dianjurkan bagi mendedahkan pelajar kepada aspek-aspek keselamatan di tapak bina dan bertujuan untuk memenuhi syarat bagi mendapatkan Green Card. Dengan adanya Green Card ini, pelajar part 4 yang bakal menjalani latihan praktikal semester hadapan, adalah dilinduingi oleh insuran dan mereka juga layak untuk memasuki tapak bina selain mengetahui aspek keselamatan yang perlu dipatuhi dan diketahui serta diamalkan.
Seramai 49 orang pelajar Part 4 Diploma Ukur Bahan dan Bangunan telah menyertai kursus tersebut.
Majlis penyampaian safety helmet dan green card telah disempurnakan oleh En Mohd Ezad, Ketua Program Diploma Bangunan dan wakil dari CIDB sekaligus penceramah pada hari tersebut iaitu En Abdul Hayi.
Terima kasih atas kehadiran yang memberangsangkan dan kerjasama yang diberikan sepanjang kursus berlangsung.
Maaf kualiti gambar tidak begitu memberangsangkan.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Saya mewakili semua pensyarah ingin memohon ribuan terima kasih atas kunjungan beliau.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Retrieved from http://www.thestar.com.my/lifestyle/story.asp?file=/2009/2/10/lifefocus/3096937&sec=lifefocus
By TAN CHENG LI
The greenest building in the country requires little energy, and whatever it needs, it generates itself.
STEPPING into the ZEO building, I felt momentarily transported to a building say, in Berlin. Sunlight filtered in through endless rows of windows and a glassy ceiling, flooding the atrium and offices with natural light. It was around 5pm when I visited, yet not a single light was turned on.
A typical Malaysian building would have been all walled up, and the dark interiors lit with multiple artificial lights. Not so the ZEO building which houses Pusat Tenaga Malaysia (PTM). It appears to embrace the sun and this is just one of the many tricks employed in the building to conserve energy.
ZEO is actually Zero Energy Office. It is the showcase for sustainable building and to demonstrate that a commercial building can be independent of the grid.
Though we hear a lot more about power generation and transport being the major emitters of greenhouse gases, buildings are actually the single largest contributor to global warming – they account for 33% of global carbon dioxide emissions, according to the World Green Building Council.
In Malaysia, commercial and residential buildings use up 48% of the electricity generated – which is why green architecture is so important.
Since its completion in October 2007, a staff of 60 has occupied the three-level ZEO building in Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor. The RM20mil project by the Energy, Water and Communications Ministry, was co-ordinated by Danish consultancy IEN.
To shrink its energy needs, the 4,000sqm building some 40km from Kuala Lumpur not only takes advantage of free sunshine to light its interiors and produce solar power, but also relies on insulated building materials to keep out the heat. Using low-energy lighting, office equipment and cooling systems add to utility savings.
Whereas most buildings guzzle between 200 and 300 kilowatt hour per square metre (kWh/m2) annually, ZEO is designed to use only 40kWh/m2 and even that is supposed to be met by its self-generated solar power – hence its name as Zero Energy Office.
However, ZEO cannot claim to be that – not yet anyway. Initial glitches have caused energy usage to exceed what was designed, so its energy index now hovers around 60 to 90kWh/m2/year.
The higher energy needs is because of a leak in the airtight building, according to Ahmad Hadri Haris, who heads the renewal energy division of PTM. “This means more heat is entering the building, thus requiring more cooling. Excessive use of office equipment such as printers might be another reason. Or it could be that too much heat is coming in from the windows.”
Indeed, the system is not perfect yet. Some areas of the building, especially those near the skylight, do get uncomfortably warm.
Ahmad Hadri says the cooling and lighting systems in the building are being refined and the energy index is moving towards the goal of 40kWh/m2/year. “Ours is still far lower than any other building in the country. It usually takes a year to fine-tune any building but this building is more complicated because of its many innovations, plus we want to optimise and perfect the systems,” explains Ahmad Hadri.
The green credentials of ZEO are not limited to energy savings. Harvested rainwater provides up to two-thirds of its water needs, and is used for the garden and for cooling the condenser. This has shrunk its monthly water bill to only around RM170.
There is also the healthier work environment. “We can wear lighter clothes and are not enclosed inside the building,” says Ahmad Hadri. “The windows allow us to see daylight and the surrounding greenery. This has a psychological effect that has been proven to increase productivity.”
But building green has its price – in the case of ZEO, an extra 45% or 21% if the photovoltaic (PV) systems are excluded. With such high expenses, would it be possible to replicate the eco-efficency of ZEO in another scyscraper? Ahmad Hadri thinks so, as many of the low-energy designs will pay for themselves.
“You might pay a little more for double-glazed glass but in the long term, you will have cheaper electricity bills as less air-conditioning will be needed.”
He cites the example of a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur that has a monthly electricity bill of RM2mil. The building needs strong air-conditioning because of the heat penetrating from its glass roof. “Why not spend a little more to use PV (instead of glass) as the roof? It can give shade as well as produce electricity.”
But many building owners and developers are loath to invest in energy efficient systems that only translate into cost savings in the long term. Resistance to change and to new technology, plus relatively cheap electricity tariffs, have further stumped the growth of green architecture.
To drive the trend forward, some cites in the United States require certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), which evaluates sustainable architecture based on materials, heating and cooling efficiency, green roofs and water recycling.
Last April, Singapore made it mandatory for all new buildings or works on existing buildings exceeding 2,000sqm in size, to achieve a minimum Green Mark rating.
Locally, there are guidelines on energy efficiency but the decision for buildings to go green remains voluntary – which is why most office towers consume twice as much energy as that deemed efficient.
“Building managers do not include energy efficiency when vetting the performance of buildings. And they tend to over-operate the system, for instance setting the air-condition at cold temperatures, so as to avoid complaints,” says energy management consultant Steve Lojuntin.
To nudge the sector forward, the Government has fiscal incentives which include import duty and sales tax exemption on low energy equipment or machinery and investment tax allowance for companies involved in renewable energy or energy efficiency. Not many have applied for these, however. “Many people are unaware and some think it too difficult to obtain these incentives,” says Lojuntin.
Now, many have pinned hopes on the recently launched Green Building Index to steer architects, building owners and developers towards sustainable construction. Drawn up by Persatuan Akitek Malaysia and Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia, the index evaluates the eco-friendliness of buildings on six criteria: energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, a sustainably managed site, optimal use of materials and resources, water efficiency, and innovativeness.
Such a certification scheme has benefits. “If a developer builds homes which are certified as energy efficient, they will have a marketing edge,” says Ahmad Hadri. He also thinks it worthwhile to consider what Singapore has done – buildings certified as eco-friendly under its Green Mark are eligible for grants.
The ZEO project certainly demonstrates what is possible when resources are combined with high ideals and green design. Plus, if the trend of building green catches on, the battle against global warming would be half-won.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
- Register your subjects via student portal before 25 Januari 2009.
- Make sure you register the right subjects and groups.
- Come to see me if you want to add unlisted courses or you want to drop courses.
- Inform me or Ms. Mala if your timetable clashes.