ISTT’s latest Affiliated Society hosts inaugural event

The Malaysia Association of Trenchless Technology (MATT), ISTT’s newest Affiliated Society, has held the association’s inaugural event.

Indah Water Konsortium (IWK) has been influential in the establishment of the association, with the organisation’s CEO Faizal Othman serving as the first MATT President. The event took place in a conference suite at the utility’s state of the art Pantai 2 Regional Sewage Treatment Plant, southeast of the centre of the city.

Valuable knowledge transfer

The Trenchless Technologies Technical Seminar, supported by ISTT, focused on the theme ‘Trenchless – current trends, developments and opportunities’. Knowledge transfer and education is a key priority for stakeholders in Malaysia’s trenchless sector, including government, utilities and private contractors.

MATT invited international dignitaries to attend the event, including ISTT Past Chair and Trenchless Opportunities Principal Dr Dec Downey, Xylem’s Martin Shaw and JBP Managing Director Börje Persson.

JBP, through one of its group companies in Malaysia – JBP Consultancy Services Asia – has worked closely with IWK and other stakeholders to offer a range of trenchless training programs. Over the last two years, through exclusive cooperation with WRc in the ASEAN region, more than 100 engineers have been educated and certified in Sewer Pipeline Condition Assessment Classification.

L-R: IWK COO lr. Haniffa, Dr Downey, Mr Othman, Mr Persson and JBP Trenchless Training Coordinator Frank Reilly at IWK’s Pantai 2 Regional Sewage Treatment Plant.

Engineering training course

Prior to the MATT seminar, Dr Downey and JBP provided a two-day course to more than 40 engineers from IWK, the Malaysian Public Works Department, also known as JKR Sabah, and private contractors. The course gave an in-depth insight into current trenchless methods and technologies, benefits and limitations, and effective assessment and decision making.

In combination, these initiatives are an example of the importance of education and training to increase awareness of the potential and opportunities of trenchless, raising standards and helping to improve effective decision making around, as well as use and deployment of, no-dig methods.

Moving forward these events will be excellent forums for local, regional and international participation and networking in Malaysia and the wider Asian region. It is hoped that similar technical seminars will become a regular part of MATT’s annual program of events, fulfilling one of the association’s key objectives: to provide a platform for education and training of trenchless professionals.

This article was featured in Fall Edition of Trenchless International. To view the magazine on your PC, Mac, tablet, or mobile device, click here.

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