Awards & Achievements
MMC-Gamuda wins International Tunnelling and Underground Space Awards 2014: Technical Innovation of the Year Category
Kuala Lumpur, 5 December 2014: MMC-Gamuda was awarded the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Awards 2014: Technical Innovation of the Year Category for the Variable Density Tunnel Boring Machine (VD TBM) that overcame major MRT tunnelling challenges posed by the karstic limestone formation in Kuala Lumpur.
The annual award was held under the auspices of the London-based New Civil Engineer and the Switzerland-based International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association which pay tribute to excellence in the delivery of the international tunnelling and underground space projects.
MMC Gamuda KVMRT (T) Sdn Bhd Director Dato’ Ir. Paul Ha Tiing Tai, who received the award, attributes the win to the proverb “Necessity is the mother of invention.”
“We knew the challenges and risks posed to tunnelling the karstic limestone in Kuala Lumpur are unique to us. TBMs are manufactured worldwide for 100 cities, but none of them are equipped to face the challenges that we face in Kuala Lumpur,” Ha said.
“We knew from the onset that we have to take it upon ourselves to initiate and develop the modifications in conventional TBMs to better handle the risks in Kuala Lumpur,” said Ha, adding that MMC-Gamuda’s close collaboration with Herrenknecht AG allowed the development of the Variable Density range of machines at the University of Bochum in Germany.
“But even though the tests (in the University of Bochum) were successful, it still required actual on-site tunnelling performance to be the real arbiter of this innovation. The recent completion of our tunnelling in karstic limestone (for SBK Line) and tonight’s Technical Innovation Award are proof of the success of this innovation,” said Ha.
The VD TBMs’ success resulted in a 95% reduction in the incidence of sinkholes for the MRT SBK Line compared to tunnelling for the Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel (SMART) back in 2003, under the same geological conditions.
From the six karstic limestone drives totalling 7.5km for SBK Line, only two minor incidences took place with the VD TBM, compared to the more than 41 sinkhole incidents caused by the 9km tunnelling journey during the construction of SMART.
Dr.-Ing E.h. Martin Herrenknecht, founder and chairman of Herrenknecht AG, said the proposed idea of a new VD TBM technology by MMC-Gamuda’s engineers provided the motivation behind this achievement.
Other companies that were also shortlisted tor the award category are AECOM Asia Company (Hong Kong), Arup, Atkins and QuantumBlack (UK), Grounforce/Costain Skanska (UK), Monitor Optics Systems (UK), Senceive (UK), SWS Engineering S.p.A (Italy), and Volker Stevin International (Netherlands).
KVMRT Tunnel Contractor Wins Safety Award from British Safety Council.
Kuala Lumpur, 9 April 2015: The Underground Works Package Contractor for the KVMRT Sungai Buloh – Kajang Line, MMC-Gamuda KVMRT (T) Sdn Bhd (MGKT) has recently been announced a Winner of the International Safety Award (with Distinction) from the British Safety Council in recognition of its commitment to health and safety management.
Now in their 57th year, the International Safety Awards are highly regarded by health and safety management practitioners. MGKT as one of the 2015 Distinction Award winners demonstrated their commitment to preventing workplace injuries and work-related ill health to the British Safety Council’s independent adjudicators.
Neal Stone, Acting Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, congratulated MGKT for winning the award.
“On behalf of the Trustees and staff of the British Safety Council we warmly congratulate MGKT and its employees on gaining an International Safety Award with distinction for 2015. All of those working at MGKT’s Underground and Tunnelling work sites have made this award possible, which recognises their pledge to preventing injury and ill health in the workplace”.
“It was also apparent that these winning organisations overall recognise the value that proportionate and sensible management of occupational health and safety risks brings to the organisation, its people and society”.
Stone added, “The International Labour Organisation estimates that every year over 2.3 million people globally are senselessly killed due to workplace injury and work-related ill health and an estimated 4% of global GDP is lost due to health and safety failure. Awards have an important role to play in shining a light on those employers who are taking sensible and effective steps to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their workers, celebrating their efforts and encouraging other businesses everywhere”.
MGKT Director Dato’ Paul Ha said the International Safety Award reflects the importance of high standards of Safety and Health at work.
“A Culture of Safety is not something that can be adopted or realized overnight, it takes years of hard work, commitment and more importantly, it is about the Senior Management making impactful Safety and Health related decisions. The decisions have indeed resonated in the form of definite action plans at site culminating in the Award benchmarking us against our peers internationally, and our efforts have borne fruit,” Ha said.
It is worth noting that the prestigious annual award is given exclusively to companies that demonstrate exemplary levels of commitment and performance attainment within Safety and Health management at a specific site or business unit.
“MGKT was one of 29 organisations globally to have achieved the ‘Distinction’ award, being the top 5% of all 535 organisations that were eligible to enter this international competition”, Ha said.
In addition to the strict pre-entry criteria where an organisation cannot have sustained any fatalities or have any prosecutions past or pending, the award is based upon stringent assessment of safety management systems, practices and strategic philosophy.
Ha said the recent win was a concerted effort from all staff and the construction team of MGKT.
“Without significant effort by all, this international recognition of excellence would not have been possible,” he added.
The Award will be presented to MGKT at a special ceremony in London on 24 April, 2015.