Thursday, 12 December 2019, Sibu: It was an insightful visit to the second Durin Bridge for 40 quantity surveying students from University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS) when they were given on site briefing on bridge construction here recently.
On hand to brief these second-year students from the Built Environment Faculty were LBU construction manager for Batang Rajang section, Wesley Chong and the senior project manager for HSL DMIV JV Sdn Bhd Philip Lau.
The Durin Bridge is under the Batang Rajang section of the Works Package 07 (Bintangor Junction-Julau Junction and Sibu Airport-Sungai Kua Bridge). The other two sections are Sibu and Julau.
The site visit provided the students with knowledge on bridge construction and how the implementation of construction model throughout the projects’s operation process as well as showing the students the real construction life at project site.
Chong also briefed the students during the question and answer session that this second bridge is expected to be opened to traffic by March next year now that its “stitching” process to close the segment in between two adjoining piers is already completed.
Once this process is completed, it means that the construction work on this 1.708km bridge is already at its tail end of construction with roadworks, streetlighting works and signages to be ensued soon after this.
On the key factors contributing to the success of the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak project, Chong sad it was very much due to the project delivery partner’s (PDP) construction model with its professional work system to guide the contractors to deliver the project on time and within the budget.
Meanwhile, the faculty lecturer, Angela Ting said the site visit had opened up the eyes of the students as they could see for themselves the real action at site.
“This is to expose them to the real construction works as what they have learnt in classroom are just theories. So, it is a very insightful visit for all my students,” she added.