Prepared by Awarudin Saidu Mohamed
Blogged by Lee Mei Ping
HALF- DAY TECHNICAL VISIT TO SMART TUNNEL
IEM G&S organised a half day Technical Visit on 8 Dec 2007 to SMART Motorway Control Center Jalan Davis, Off Bulatan Kg Pandan. Total of 20 participants with 13 IEM members, UCSI (University College Sedaya International) students, 1 IET member and 2 private individuals participated in the visit. The visit started at 9.30 and ends at 20 noon.
This visit was an excellent opportunity to understand the concept of smart tunnel which has been verbiage to most of us. The philosophy behind flood mitigation via smart tunnel a premier project in KL was explored. The visit was handled by Smart JV whom involved in project planning till the execution. They are given the concession for 10 yrs in managing the smart tunnel. Their warm welcome and excellent briefing has indulged all the members. Everyone given the opportunity to watch video presentation and followed by sharing session – Tea Break.
The presentation and Q&A session covered the project planning, construction, smart tunnel concept, Engineering innovation and latest technologies in tunnel building. The talk was concluded with soft part of the operation (i.e. challenges and limitation) and public and government related issues.
Indeed all of us concluded that the Smart Tunnel is definitely an Engineering wonders made in Malaysia by Malaysian. The Engineering acumen complemented by Hunger for Innovation has astonished all of us. The Malaysian Capability in development far surpluses by what is always commented by public.
As a nutshell, the visit was very fulfilling and eye-opener to many of us in the field of tunnel construction.