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50 participants attend bridge assessment seminar

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, Kuching: Some 50 stakeholders from LBU, Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Transportation (MIDT), State Public Works Department (JKRS), Independent Checking Engineers (ICE) and works package contractors attended a one-day seminar on bridge assessment last Friday at Auditorium JKRS here.

This knowledge sharing session was organised following the recent proof load test which was carried out on three bridges under the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak namely Kemena Bridge, Sadong Bridge and Tatau Bridge.

The seminar came timely as bridge assessment is a very specialised skill in road construction where the experienced consultants and speakers invited for the seminar were able to share their expertise on bridge construction with the participants.

One of the speakers who delivered in the seminar was Ir. Ku Mohd Sani who presented a study on axle load where he recommended maximum safe axle loads and vehicle dimensions on the roads.

In his study, he also recommended maximum axle loads and vehicle dimensions to be used for design of roads and bridges.

Other than this, he also enlightened the participants on where and when the bridges and road pavements need to be strengthened apart from the need for legislations to control pavement and bridge loading.

Another speaker, Ir. Dr Lim Char Ching meanwhile presented a paper on the proposed amendment to Weight Restriction Order (2003).

Ir. Dr Lim opined that there is a need to formulate a coordinated programme for road transport sector in relation to the proposed plan to increase vehicle configurations and weight limits.

Earlier, LBU Head of Construction Management Ir. Ng Chin Meng delivered a welcoming address prior to kickstart of the seminar.