It has been a collective vision by all three directors, Ir. Joe Chow Wai Ming, Gs. Ts. Ir. Jeffery Pirah and Ir. Muhd. Farid Zulkipli provides a niche or specialized service in order to serve the construction, development and maintenance industry where structures can increase their sustainability and extend their serviceability period with a proper approach - systematically and holistically. The other nexus and core to the formation of this firm is the envisaged potentials and contributions for the industry development through the sharing of knowledge in academia, nurturing good engineering practices within the engineering industry, creating awareness on the importance of forensic structural engineering to the public, and passing down knowledge to the younger generation. Our concept is a niche market, open-door approach.
Oreads Buildingcare is propelled forward by three professional engineers with a combination of almost 80 years' worth of experience mainly in structural design which is closely related to forensic works as well as the geological and geotechnical fields.
Ir. Joe Chow Wai Ming
A veteran professional civil engineer who was the Chairman of the Institute of Engineer Malaysia (IEM) for the Sabah Chapter between 2005 to 2007. Further, he is also one of the committee members for the High-Risk Committee for Kota Kinabalu City Hall which oversees structural engineering risks for engineering submissions and also a committee member of the Association of Civil Engineer Malaysia (ACEM) for Sabah Chapter. Apart from structural design, Ir. Joe Chow Wai Ming is the principal of a soil laboratory in Sabah who is vital when it comes to geotechnical considerations which play a major part in structural forensic works. These valuable exposures and experiences garnered throughout the years made Ir. Joe Chow Wai Ming the Chairman and the greatest asset for this firm in upholding the professional way of conducting structural forensics and an important proponent for this industry.
Ir. Muhd. Farid Zulkifli
He has been involved with structural repair and forensic works where his short stint in IKRAM and years of experience as a maintenance engineer for the University Malaysia Sabah Development & Maintenance Department. This made Ir. Muhd. Farid Zulkipli is an experienced building maintenance and forensic engineer apart from being a principal of a consulting firm which involved largely with civil and structural engineering design works for mega infrastructure projects besides superstructures.
Gs. Ts. Ir. Jeffery Pirah
A seasoned professional engineer who has hands-on experience in supervising structural forensic and structural repair works for more than a decade for government projects and dealt with various private clients for onshore and marine facilities. Apart from quality control and supervision, Gs. Ts. Ir. Jeffery Pirah is also heavily involved with soil investigation, soil instrumentation interpretation and geotechnical design in addition to his forte in structural design works and as an associate to a few engineering consulting firms. One of Gs. Ts. Ir. Jeffery Pirah's many fortes are in project management where he worked as a project control engineer for numerous oil and gas projects, and as a project planner for mega infrastructure projects as well as large housing development projects which provide exposure in construction management, risk management and statistical analyses. He was awarded a certificate in Advance Project Management by Project Planners and Management.
He is a Geospatialist (Gs.) accredited by the Institute of Geospatial and Remote Sensing Malaysia (IGRSM) and holds a master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a master's degree (MSc.) in Geology and Hydrology; specializing in pedology. Apart from being a Professional Member of the Malaysia Institute of Engineers (M.IEM) and as an ASEAN Chartered Professional Engineer (ACPE) under ACPECC; he is also a Professional Member of the Malaysia Institute of Material (M.IMM), a Professional Technologist under the Malaysia Board of Technologist (MBOT), and a member of Malaysia Stormwater Organization (MSO).
Capacity and Workforce
The firm is new and in fact, is still at its infancy stage at the moment. Nevertheless, the workforce is sufficient to undertake tasks whenever required. The firm is assisted by a handful of master's degree and doctorate candidates who work on a project basis. Several local university associate professors are attached to the firm during their sabbatical leave. Apart from civil and structural design engineers, the firm is also assisted by a few associates who are senior quantity surveyors, professional geologists, reputable builders, and mechanical, electrical and piping engineers.
Joint Venture and Partners
Oreads Buildingcare works very closely with local and international affiliates and associates such as accredited laboratories, recognized universities, engineering firms and various parties including local authorities.
Undergraduates Industrial Training
The firm is keen on taking in undergraduates from local universities for industrial training as part of social responsibility in disseminating knowledge from the academic realm with hands-on application in the field. One of our CSR exercises is as industry panels to colleges and universities. We welcome requests as co-supervisors for academic research and final-year projects 0r theses.
Academicians and Sabbatical leave or Industrial Attachment
Oreads Buildingcare has yet to openly or publicly accept academicians for industrial attachment or as a destination for sabbatical leave. Nevertheless, we are open to research ventures and other beneficial cooperation in academia.
For more information and/or general correspondence, the following are our office address, office phone number and our email address.
Address : C17-1, Cyber Perdana Commercial Centre, Jalan Lintas-Kepayan, 88200 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Phone: +6088 312 392
Email : general @.oreadscare.com
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