Kuching (Sarawak), 28 August 2019 – Recently, over 100 professional engineers attended a ‘knowledge sharing’ session, organised by The Institution of Engineers (IEM), Malaysia (Sarawak Branch) in collaboration with Swinburne University of Technology (Sarawak Campus) on the ‘Guidelines for Construction on Peat and Organic Soils in Malaysia’.
At the event, Senior Project Director at Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad (CMS), Ir. Vincent Tang Chok Khing, who is a registered Professional Engineer with Practising Certificate (P.Eng) from the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM), shared his 35 years of experience in the field. He is also a fellow member of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (Civil), an Ordinary Member of the Road Engineering Association of Malaysia, and an Immediate Past Chairman of IEM, Sarawak Branch and former Head of Project/Senior Regional Manager of Southern Regional Office at JKR Sarawak. Ir. Vincent is arguably one of the most well-versed practitioners in the country to lead the debate on this topic.
Speaking at the event, Ir. Vincent said, “Peat is a type of soil formed over hundreds of years. In essence, peat is an accumulation of partially decomposed vegetable or organic matter, which contains high water content and high large void ratio. This high level of void ratio combined with the often-saturated water content makes construction on a peat base unpredictable and problematic which poses many challenges.”
The talk delivered a clear understanding of best practices with overview of the guidelines regarding peat design that was developed from over 25 years of Malaysian experience dealing with the subject.
Ir. Vincent presented a range of topics from detailed compilation of peat occurrences throughout Malaysia, to appropriate soil investigation methods and the criteria for road and earth fills design on peat. He also shared various case studies on the construction of roads and earth fills on peat, as well as to expound the design methodology with emphasis on design parameters estimation from basic properties including natural moisture content and organic content.
Dato Isaac Lugun, Group CEO – Corporate said, “CMS invests heavily in R&D throughout all of our industries in our portfolio, but what makes CMS special and admired is the fact that we do not monopolise the information, instead we share it with our industry peers in order to ensure real and consistent State-wide growth delivered with absolute quality. This talk by Ir. Vincent Tang is yet another proof-point of this ethos.”