Alstom has been awarded a turnkey contract by Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) to reconstruct the 275 kilovolts (kV) Tudan substation in Sarawak.
The project, to be completed in phases over 41 months, will strengthen the Sarawak Grid for reliable electricity supply to the Miri population, the second largest city in Sarawak, as well as industries in and around the Northern Region in Sarawak. Alstom will supply the necessary civil works, as well as products and commissioning, for the upgrade, including a new 275 kV switchyard and two new 240 MVA auto transformers. Alstom will also relocate existing systems and auxiliaries from present site to the new substation.
SEB is the state owned utility serving over 500,000 account holders on East Malaysia and a generating capacity of over 350 gigawatts (GW).This project is part of SEB’s efforts to support Sarawak’s development strategy and new power plants, completed or forthcoming, to strengthen the electricity grid to ensure efficient transmission and to help manage load distribution.
The Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy, for instance, is one of Malaysia’s five economic corridors that aims to improve infrastructure, manage urbanisation and develop renewable power generation to encourage industrial investments accelerating Sarawak’s economic growth and development.
Alstom Services Sdn Bhd engaged PCSS to facilitate Project Management solution by providing project control, planning and scheduling for Tudan 275kV Substation Reconstruction Project at North Borneo and consider one of the most challenging high voltage projects in the industry as it is a live substation. By working directly with each project team, our Planning consultant ensures that every project planning aspect is of the highest quality and that all deadlines are met. Client’s engineers can handle the entire process of building a substation from designing each detail of the substation to overseeing the project team during construction. The critical planning is essential to ensure the project is to be completed successfully.
Esprit Vista Sdn Bhd was awarded with Refurbishment & Upgrading health Center, Clinics and other Facilities for the Ministry of Health Malaysia. Esprit Vista engaged PCSS for planning, scheduling and controlling works on Apex Sarawak Clinic Refurbishment Project. PCSS is responsible to produce the Project Master Schedule and SMP Curve in order to coordinate the major task among sub-contractor and to establish project progress monitoring from time to time to ensure project to be completed under contractual requirement.
PSO Ruby II which replaces FPSO Ruby Princess is leased to PC Vietnam Ltd (PCVL), the exploration and production arm of PETRONAS in Vietnam, and operator of Blocks 01 and 02, on a time charter contract for a period of eight (8) years. The FPSO is turret‐moored at the Ruby Field, 160 km offshore Vung Tau in water depths of approximately 49 metres, within Block 01 & 02, Vietnam. The overall Ruby Field development consists of the existing Ruby A and Ruby B platforms, which currently supplies the full well stream to the FPSO Ruby II, and will also include the Pearl and Topaz fields which will be tied‐in to the FPSO in the near future.
FPSO Ruby II is based on total repair, life extension and conversion of the 1990 built Aframax tanker MT Cherry II. The FPSO features a bow mounted turret with nine (9) mooring lines and slots for a total of five (5) production risers and three (3) gaslift risers. The topsides are designed for a throughput of 45,000 barrels of total liquid per day, and in addition provides gas treatment and compression facilities to handle 11.5 million standard cubic feet of gas per day.
PCSS has been engaged by Ruby Petronas Vietnam under Shapadu Engineering to be involved in planning, scheduling and controlling works for Ruby Petronas (Vietnam) FPSO PLEM Construction Project. The construction of FPSO PLEM has taken around 15 months and was completed in June 2010.
The Murum Dam is a gravity dam on the Murum river in Sarawak. The dam site is located on the Murum River, which is in the uppermost part of the Rajang River basin, 200 km (124 mi) from Bintulu. The upstream of Rajang river includes four steps, which are Pelagus, Bakun, Murum, and Belaga. The Murum Hydroelectric Project is the second Step-Hydroelectric Project of the four steps, and is 70 km (43 mi) from the constructing Bakun Hydroelectric Project downstream. The Murum Hydroelectric Project is SEB’s largest construction project and marks the start of an ambitious expansion and development program of hydroelectric generation in the state to support the SCORE agenda. The Murum project has a capacity of 944MW and the expected average annual output is 5,542GWh. The hydroelectric scheme consists of a 141m high concrete Dam wall. This Dam controls a catchment area of about 2,750 km2. A Water Intake Tower at 53m tall is connected to the Powerhouse via a 2.7km twin tunnels with Surge Tanks.
The project developer is Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB), Sarawak’s state-owned electricity generating company. Dam construction was supervised by China Three Gorges Corporation and undertaken by Chinese dam builder Sinohydro. Both Chinese companies have expressed intentions to invest in subsequent hydropower projects in Sarawak Three Gorges Development Company (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd has engaged PCSS into Project Control and Planning for Murum Hydro Electric Power project.
PCSS has been involved and engaged by Brooke Dockyard & Engineering Works Corporation for their Project Management Auditing Services for South Acis Satelite Topsite Construction for SPSA Development Project. PCSS undertake all PMA utilizing the Guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) as a standard benchmark. The PMBOK® Guide is not prescriptive in its content and so the elements contained therein can be applied to projects on an as required basis. This allows flexibility in its application while still adhering to standard practices
This project calls for project planning, scheduling and controlling for Similajau 275kV Substation Capacitor Bank. PCSS is engaged by GE Energy Management Grid Solutions in formulating the Master project planning and control policies, establishing the planning procedure and performance measuring standards with PMC for entire project period. There is meticulous planning and scheduling conducted in order to ensure the work program is compliance to the contact’s requirement and also responsible for in providing all reporting scheduling activities. Ensuring work program is compliance to the contract’s requirement date/Milestone and have logical sequences, realistic duration based on the proposed allocation resources and ‘S-curve’ (projected cash flow/ planned value), and applying/implementing the most suitable and latest construction methodology. PCSS also tasked to Assist Senior Project Manager to establish and implement project controls for system works contract and liaise with systems contractors and establish fully integrated and robust design and construction programmes, to render all assistance to enable a fully integrated programme is prepared, submit and approved by the Client.
Before you start thinking about your construction project visualization, you have to decide exactly what do you expect, how will you achieve it and why do you need it?
The fact that, there is a confusion between the construction project 4D simulation and realistic presentation for many AEC companies especially who are new in the market
The architecture, engineering, and construction (“AEC”) industry has made significant strides in the implementation and use of new virtual design and construction (“VDC”) tools. Building projects in virtual reality during planning, pre- construction, and construction phases of a project can improve a project team’s efficiency and assist in the resolution of problems before they become a reality in the field, when the solutions have a higher cost and risk.
1.Realistic construction presentation (Architectural Visualization):
It was only since a few years ago when architects have reached a point where their visualizations have become all-dominant in their profession, the digital revolution have brought together the construction industry and information technologies in ways that were once unbelievable, Architectural visualization has become such an important commodity for the construction industry.
Architects nowadays are so addicted with creating stunning visualizations because they believe their clients understand images better than the plans on blueprints. They are very keen on creating beautiful architectural visualizations and yet it is almost impossible to always become updated with the best and latest architectural visualization software.
Because of the constant evolution of the tools used in creating architectural visualizations, clients may now be presented with a new breed of visualization technique. Architects now have access to the latest software used by moviemakers and game developers which produce realistic and beautiful scenes.
After information technology and the construction industry, a new set of industries are now having the lines between them, the game industry and the rendering engine developing companies. The moviemakers and game developers can look to architects for advice in designing and modeling buildings for their projects while the architects are now looking to them for instructions on creating a new form of architectural visualization where the renderings can be presented in a navigable manner. This hybridization between these two industries is otherwise known as Gamification.
These engines allow the users to select between multiple options of compositions and materials in the proposed building and see the changes in real-time. Static renderings sometimes fail to impart on the client the building’s spatial and experiential qualities. The engines allow the client to walk around the proposed building virtually in the most realistic and the highest definition possible as if they were playing a video game. The software developers aim to give their clients an experience of what it feels like to “live” in that building as though it was already built by allowing them to move through the project virtually as freely as they would after it is built.
2. 4D Simulation (Planning Visualization):
Project schedules alone are not detailed enough for performing certain process analyses. Some parameters used for planning are lost once a schedule is created and some schedules are not conducive to considering “what-if” scenarios. 4D modeling solves many of these problems by enabling project teams to simulate the virtual construction of a project. The following sections will provide an overview of 4D modeling and its typical uses.
Standalone 4D Models
Figure 1 depicts the components of a standalone 4D model. These components include a 3D model of the project design, representative of the product, and the project schedule, representative of the process and plan. “Virtual” project models can also incorporate other parameters, such as cost and resources, and are referred to as XD models, where X represents the number of additional parameters included beyond the product and process.
Comparative 4D Models
Comparative 4D models involve the simultaneous review of multiple, yet related 4D models in adjacent computer screen “windows.” The playback of such 4D models is synchronized through the use of internal or external software links. related to a comparative 4D modeling scenario that allows the user to perform a visual comparison of a single 3D model and two schedules. This scenario uses one 3D model that is linked to two schedules
Simply , there is a great difference between the scheduling visualization and Arch visualization :
a.Input : 3D model , material , LOD , schedule , etc…
b.Tools/techniques : Software , work flow , etc…
c.Output : 4D advanced simulation video for project management purpose or realistic fancy presentation for marketing purpose.
So to create a 4D planning simulation you don’t need a 3D model containing a full realistic finishing materials and details since the 4D simulation will be used for the project management only ,but on the other hand for the Arch. visualization you will need the full 3D model containing the realistic materials and finishes.But what about having both of them in the same model and video ?
From my point of view it is not a bad idea since you want to create a construction sequence video with realistic finishes,but keep in mind that it will take a lot of time and effort because you will go through the both ways, also no need show the exact construction sequence time line in both of them ( for example : planning visualization every week sequence and Arch. visualization show every 3 months sequence )
PCSS has been selected to sit on the judging panel for a Building Information Modeling (BIM) competition organized by National University of Singapore (NUS) in collaboration with their BSc. Project and Facilitation Management course, final year BIM module. The event will take place on NUS 1pm to 6pm.
Altogether there will be 8 teams for this cohort and each team will have 8 to 10 members. The awards for this year will be:-
· Best ArchiBIM Award
· Best 4DBIM (Time) Award
· Best 5DBIM (Cost) Award
· Best BIM Project 2015
PCSS has been selected to provide and present awards for the ‘Best 4DBIM (Time) Award’ and as we are the Synchro 4D BIM software Certified Business Partner for the region we are extremely proud and honored to be a part of this award ceremony at this distinguished university.
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