• Lighthouse Club Kuala Lumpur and Chartered Association of Building Engineers Malaysia Join Forces for Successful Conference

    29 May 2018

    On Friday 19th January 2018 the annual CABE conference took place at the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre of Arbitration (KLRCA), this year’s theme being “Developing Professional Practice and Responsibility”. The conference was jointly organized by the Lighthouse Club Kuala Lumpur and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers Malaysia (CABE) and was attended by more than a hundred delegates, comprising a mix of engineers, quantity surveyors, lawyers and other professionals from the Construction Industry. As a result of the generous sponsorship both CABE and LHC KL were also able to invite about twenty students from various universities to the conference. The proceeds of the conference were shared by the two organisers and benefited both their respective charitable projects.

    The conference programme included speakers from the UK, Ireland, Malaysia and Singapore with a variety of topics from Fire Engineering to Innovation in Cement Technology, Standard Form of Contracts, BIM and Health & Safety. At the conference the organisers were very pleased to welcome special guests from the CABE UK and CIDB, who also supported this conference as the headline sponsor. The CABE president David Taylor and CABE CEO John Hooper both set the tone of the conference by inviting and challenging the speakers and delegates on the global challenges in the Built Environment as well as the challenges facing the profession of Building Engineering. CIDB presented QLASSIC, quality assessment in construction, which enables developers to benchmark the quality of workmanship.

    All speakers gave great insights into the current challenges we face regarding engineering, quality, sustainability and contractibility. Three presentations made a great impression to all: The first one was the talk by Tay Hao Giang who gave us further insight in the importance of fire engineering and the devastating effect fire has if not considered correctly during the design, construction and operational phase. Terrible disasters, like the Grenfell tower fire, are a sad example of how fast fire can spread and how much havoc it can cause. The talk by Ian Pughsley was about Health & Safety and addressed once again that the statistics in Health & Safety in Malaysia require much improvement and highlighted that all parties involved in a project need to step up and take responsibility since everyone has the right to return home each day to their loved ones unharmed. Both CABE and LHC KL will continue to emphasize the importance of compliance and enforcement of the Health & Safety regulations in the Construction Industry.

    The final presentation to be highlighted by Ronan Collins had a lighter theme but none the less touched a very important development: BIM. The use of BIM is already adopted in megaprojects in Malaysia and is causing a revolution in the industry. This requires all stakeholders, government, contractors, consultants, etc to invest in training programmes to assure there are sufficient BIM resources available in the near future.

    After the conference the delegates were invited for dinner and drinks in the Pavilion at the KLRCA. It was a great opportunity to continue to discuss the various interesting topics of the conference, do some more networking or just relax after a long but interesting day.


    These conferences cannot take place without the support of our sponsors. Both CABE and LHC KL would like to thank CIDB, Driver Trett, Plus Three Consultants, 39 Essex Chambers, MAC Consultant, Kinsabina Group, Pro Consort and KLRCA for their continuous support and sponsorship.


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