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Among the country’s major infrastructure projects are the Mass Rapid Transit Line 2 (MRT2), the Pan-Borneo Highway or PBH and the much talked about high-speed rail (HSR) linking Malaysia and Singapore.
Others include the Forest City mixed development project and Robotic Future City in Johor, Melaka Gateway, Kuala Linggi International Port, Kuantan Port expansion, waterfront land reclamation in Penang and a green technology park in Pahang.
While all these multi-billion ringgit projects looked set to present tremendous opportunities to local companies, there were also various challenges involved.
Professor Dr Cheng Ming Yu of the Belt and Road Strategic Research Centre, University Tunku Abdul Rahman, shared insights on how Malaysian companies could benefit from the much talked about Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
“The primary objective of this China-led initiative is to establish connectivity through infrastructure, cultural and technological exchange to promote mobility and achieve sustained economic progress. For local companies to participate actively and benefit from BRI, they need to know how to manage the inflow of capital, people and technology and be ready to face challenges brought by rapid changes in the global environment. This calls for continuous investments and upgrading in education, training, human capital development and technologies,” she said.
Tunnelling expert Ir Syed Rajah Hussain Shaib from The Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) pointed out that many infrastructure projects now required the deployment of new technologies such as tunnelling to reduce the impact on the natural environment.
He called for institutions of higher education to update their syllabuses accordingly to meet the human capital needs for the use of such advanced technologies.
His colleague in IEM, Ir Derick Chia, then spoke on the complexity of project management and the importance of preventive maintenance on machinery to ensure timely delivery at each stage of a project.
“Machine is definitely one of the five key elements of project management as any breakdown would interrupt work activities on site. Delays could be extremely costly as the contractor could end up paying the full penalty, which is 15 per cent of the total contract amount.
“Hence, we strongly urged the project managers or site managers to pay serious attention to the ‘machine integrity’ issue. The ‘machine’ element might not comprise a huge portion of the entire project cost, but it definitely would impact the project schedule, especially those that involved a large portion of site installation works,” he said.
At the conference, two Shell experts on lubricant technology also shared their views and knowledge on the crucial role of lubricants in ensuring machine integrity and availability and their impact on total cost of ownership.
Lubricants technical specialist Dr Felix Guerzoni from Shell Shanghai Technology Centre highlighted the extensive range of lubricants developed to meet the needs of increasingly sophisticated machinery used in infrastructure development projects, including the Shell Naturelle range of biodegradable lubricants suitable for sensitive environments.
Meanwhile, Shell Global Technical and OEM Manager Karen Lee touched on how private companies, including lubricants suppliers such as Shell, could play a role in supporting infrastructure developments in Malaysia.
As the largest lubricant supplier in the world for the past 11 years, Shell said it had the right products and technical expertise to help construction companies improve their machine availability by using the correct lubricants to lower maintenance costs, reduce equipment downtime and achieve higher productivity.
Shell Malaysia Technovation is an annual technology conference organised by Shell Malaysia Industrial Lubricants units for its customers across the industries.
超过200名来自水泥丶采石及建筑业的业界人士参加2018年Shell Malaysia Technovation，并因此对国家基础建设继续发展所将呈现的机会和挑战有了更深的了解 。
其它计划包括位於柔佛的森林城（Forest City）综合发展计划、未来机器人工业中心（Robotic Future City）丶马六甲皇京港（Melaka Gateway）丶瓜拉宁宜国际港（Kuala Linggi International Port）丶关丹港拓展计划丶槟城海滨填土计划及彭亨绿色科技园区。
拉曼大学“一带一路策略研究中心”（Belt and Road Strategic Research Centre）郑明瑜教授分享了大马企业公司如何能受惠於“一带一路倡议”（BRI）见解。
马来西亚工程师协会（IEM）隧道专家赛拉加（Syed Rajah Hussain Shaib）指出，如今的许多基础建设计划需要应用到新的挖隧新科技，以降低对自然环境的冲击。
他在马来西亚工程师协会的同事Derick Chia接着提到了计划管理的复杂度， 还有机械预防性保养的重要性， 以确保计划里的每一个阶段都能准时完成。
蜆壳上海科技中心润滑油技术专家圭尔佐尼（Felix Guerzoni）博士则重点介绍了特别为愈发复杂基础建设机械所研发的润滑油系列产品，包括适合敏感环境的Shell Naturelle生物分解润滑油。
与此同时，全球壳牌（Shell Global）技术及原设备制造部经理Karen Lee谈到私人公司，包括润滑油供应商如蜆壳，能够如何在马来西亚基础建设上提供支持。
Shell Malaysia Technovation是大马蜆壳旗下工业润滑油部为其客户举办的年度科技大会。
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