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Visit by Master degree student from Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

A group of master degree students from Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands visited our KL office on 28 April 14. The visit was for inter cultural exchange and technical exposure and the enrichment that comes with it. Our Head of Operations, Ir Mohd Fazidin gave a talk to the students on the firm’s iconic projects joined by the senior structural engineers, Mohd Khaithir and Rezky Mulia.  

Visit by Master degree student


Tree Top Walk, Kedah


Tree Top Walk situated in Hutan Lipur Sungai Sedim, Kulim, Kedah is one of the longest tree top walks in the world. Arup was involved in the structural engineering for the one kilometre long walkway 50m above the ground. We are very proud of our involvement in the canopy walkway which is now set to become a tourist attration.

- Wan Anuar Wan Endut, Project Director

- Saw Hin Cheong, Project Manager

Joint Celebration for The ACEM Engineering Awards 2013 - Gold Award of Special Merit for St Jo's

In celebration of the Gold Award of Special Merit for St Joseph's @ Gurney Paragon, Arup Jururunding Sdn Bhd & Hunza Properties Bhd organised a dinner in the Heart of St Joseph's @ Gurney Paragon.

Developers, architects, contractors and others turned up to celebrate the event. The guest of honour on that night was YB Lim Hock Seng (Penang Executive Councillor for Works, Utility and Transportation).

The evening kicked off with a speech by Hunza's Executive Chairman, Dato' Khor Teng Tong, who highlighted the importance of blending development with existing culture & heritage. He expressed his appreciation to all parties who had put in valuable hard work in bringing Gurney Paragon to fruition.

This was followed by a video presentation of the underpinning of the St Jo's creating two basement levels beneath it.

Next Arup Jururunding Sdn Bhd's Director, Ir Tong Veng Wye, was invited on stage to share his inspirational speech. In his speech, Ir Tong Veng Wye especially praised and thanked Mr Saw Hin Cheong (Senior Associate) and Ir Wong Sik Kwang (Associate) for their highly commendable work in designing and managing the Gurney Paragon project.

After that our Guest of Honour, YB Lim Hock Seng, presented his speech by thanking Hunza for giving a new lease of life to St Jo's and also congratulated Arup for winning the Gold Award of Special Merit by ACEM.

To round up the night's presentation and speeches, tokens of appreciation were given to YB Lim Hock Seng by Ir Tong Veng Wye and Dato' Khor Teng Tong.

The night proceeded with a sumptuous and delicious three course dinner. Soothing and relaxing jazz pieces were played through the night to make it a complete and enjoyable dinner in the chapel hall of St Jo's, interspersed by people going around chatting, networking and offering congratulations. The night adjourned with a sweet dessert rounding up another memorable and meaningful event for Arup to archive. 

ACEM Engineering Awards 2013 - Gold Award of Special Merit for St Joseph's @ Gurney Paragon

Praised for demonstrating innovation, uniqueness of construction and conservation of a heritage building, St Joseph’s @ Gurney Paragon, Penang won the ACEM Engineering Gold Award of Special Merit 2013 under the Building (Structure) category.

St Joseph’s is an almost 100 year old load bearing masonry building.  The engineering challenge of St Joseph’s did not lie in the conservation or rehabilitation of the actual structure of the building.  Its superstructure was in generally good condition.

The challenge lay in creating two levels of basement parking floors under St Joseph’s.  This was achieved.  The building was underpinned and excavation was carried out underneath it followed by construction of the two-level basement beneath it.

This resulted in gaining a significant number of car parks for the mixed development project as well as freed up the architect’s for unconstrained planning of the basement floors below the entire development.

Arup provided Geotechnical, Civil and Structural services.

"To preserve the entire structure and building fabric of St Joseph's in a way that will keep its integrity so that it can be integral to the new development of Gurney Paragon." 
- Tong Veng Wye, Project Director

The award was presented at the ACEM's 50th Anniversary Dinner held at Hilton KL on 22 June 2013. 

South East Asia Collaboration Face-to-Face Meeting

Arup Malaysia played host to the South East Asia Collaboration Face-to-Face Meeting on 26 February 2013 to enhance collaboration in this region.

The participants included (right to left) ST Poh (Australasia), Mohd Fazidin (Malaysia), KK Yin (East Asia), Lawrence Yeap (Malaysia), DL Sing (Sabah/Brunei) and Michael McGowan (Australasia).

The South East Asia Collaboration was set-up specifically to promote closer regional ties between the practices operating in this region. This recent event provided the opportunity for both local and global challenges to be addressed.

Second International Seminar On The Design And Construction of The Second Penang Bridge

The Second International Seminar On The Design & Construction Of The Second Penang Bridge conducted on 28 & 29 November 2012 was jointly organized by Jabatan Kedua Sdn Bhd and the Malaysian Highway Authority. The seminar was officially opened by Works Ministry Secretary-General Datuk Himmat Singh. 

The seminar involved 13 technical working papers on the design and construction of the Second Penang Bridge.  Arup’s Ir. Guo Yeang Yang, assisted by En. Mohd Nazri, presented one of the Technical Papers on the Construction and Monitoring of Embankment for Minimal Settlement.  This paper described the design and construction control aspects for the ground treatment carried out at the project site.

Dhiraagu Head Office Official Opening

The Dhiraagu Head Office (DHO), engineered by Arup in the Maldives, was officially opened on 15 October 2012 by the President of Maldives, HEP Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan.

Dhiraagu is the nation's largest telecom service provider and a No. 1 brand. DHO is a 8-storey building with a 25m tall telecommunication tower on top of the building to accommodate their administrative offices, customer front office and technical / equipment facilities.

Arup provided both C&S and M&E engineering services.

"The construction plant and equipment in the Maldives is typically constricted by space and allowable building height. We had to consider the construction methodology carefully as part of the design process."
- Lawrence Yeap, Project Director

Site Visit To Penang Second Bridge

On 29 September 2012, about 38 office staff led by Guo Yeang Yang, Mohd Nazri and Azzuana Nasri visited one of our mega projects, the Penang Second Bridge.   

It will be the longest bridge in South-East Asia when it opens for traffic in September 2013. Arup Malaysia, in collaboration with Arup Hong Kong, is the independent checker for the marine structure. In addition, Arup Malaysia is also responsible for the design of the land expressway and supervision of all land works.

The Penang Second Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge being built across the South Channel of Penang, Malaysia. The 24km bridge will link Batu Maung of Penang Island with Batu Kawan on the mainland.

The visit was inspiring. 

Setia V Residences, The Tallest Residential Tower in Penang


Arup is the civil, structural and geotechnical engineer for this project by S P Setia.  It comprises two residential towers of 48 and 43 storeys with the former slated to become Penang’s tallest residential building. 

Situated in a prime location, the towers are designed to resist earthquake tremors in the region.  The car parking and facilities podium straddles a two storey heritage building which is co-opted into the development.

Kelana Jaya LRT Line Extension

Fajarbaru Builder Group Bhd had won a contract worth RM87.3million from Trans Resources Corp Sdn Bhd to construct, complete, test and commission stations 1, 2 and 3 for the Kelana Jaya line extension in March 2011. Arup provides design consultancy services for the System Works Contract for the extension of the existing elevated twin track KLJ line by approximately 17.4km from Kelana Jaya station, including 13 new stations with connection to the proposed Ampang line (AMG) extension at Putra Heights. Services include Trackwork, High Voltage Traction Power, SCADA, Communications, Combined Services and Safety & Assurance.

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