AYER MERBAU PHASE 2 RECLAMATION

LOCATION

Singapore

CLIENT

Confidential

SERVICES

Project & Program Management, Construction Management, Site Supervision Consultancy, Contract Management & Administration, Drone

About the Project

The Ayer Merbau Phase 2 (AM 2) project involved reclaiming 35 hectares of land at Ayer Merbau. Home to 100 leading global petroleum, petrochemical, and specialty chemical companies, the works for this reclamation project include marine dredging, sand mining, shore protection, land reclamation, and soil improvement. It also involves rock sorting and construction of Merbau Channels to cater for the conveyance of process water and stormwater.

Our Role

Asia Infrastructure Solutions (AIS) was appointed to provide Project Management, Construction Management, Employer’s Representative, and Contract Management and Administration services.

Key Challenges & Solutions

Surveillance of Extensive Sea and Land Areas

As the reclamation project site covered a large sea and land area expanse, the PM team explored various means of delivering the project more efficiently.

AIS carried out preliminary planning and construction sequencing. This is to understand better and anticipate construction, safety and EMMP constraints. Such simulations facilitated the team in estimating the rate of dredging the volume of excavated material, sand and rocks needed to complete the project within the stipulated time.

The team also adopted new technologies and initiated digital trials to address operational issues and enhance safety throughout the project delivery. The team deployed drones to inspect reclaimed areas, which supported the inspection of work progress, enhanced project health and safety surveillance and significantly improved the PM team’s and site staff’s productivity.

The team’s successful utilisation of drones prompted them to explore another digital initiative: conducting volumetric analysis of sea vessels. This digital trial was conducted in collaboration with the Client to design an efficient workflow that can produce accurate and reliable results in computing the volume of sand in holds of sea vessels. 

Working in a Harsh Environment

The working environment in reclamation projects is harsh, and many proactive steps are taken, such as ensuring the necessary precautionary measures are followed. This includes the mandatory use of full PPE for all staff before walking the site. We also actively participate in safety meetings and safety walks regularly. Through this, we can understand the real Health and Safety issues the field workers face and make recommendations to improve specific areas to achieve zero incidences at project sites.

Although the contractor had a good safety regime, we, as the Project Managers, continuously challenged them to improve the working environment through positive interventions. In many instances, we intervened and highlighted lapses to the contractor.

AIS also went the extra mile and invited our Health and Safety Manager to conduct a site inspection and audit. Observations were shared with the contractor to enhance health and safety in the working environment. 

Best Practices

We aligned our delivery with the Client’s project objectives and maintained regular communication with them and other consultants for seamless delivery. The Client’s satisfaction determines our project’s success, as evidenced in their testimonial.

Building on AIS’ core strengths in Engineering, Reclamation, Contract, and Cost Management, our team developed a strategy for achieving timely project delivery while adhering to environmental monitoring, programme management, and workplace safety standards.

Our strategy also includes strong collaboration with all project stakeholders, fostering an open communication culture and delivering value-added services.

Meeting the client’s Expectations of Time, Cost and Quality

One of our key initiatives was to conduct an independent review of the contractors’ programme and work sequence. We analysed the programme update using Primavera software to identify critical and near-critical paths and suggested ways and means for the Contractor to re-sequence the works to catch up on the schedule.

Strong Collaboration and Communication

AIS maintained a close working relationship with the project team and practised an open culture of communication and collaboration with all stakeholders. Our senior management also pays regular visits to constantly interact with the Client, Consultants and Contractor Management staff to strengthen the working relationship.

Improving Project Delivery and Strengthen Client Relationship

AIS provided value-added advice on Navigational Risk assessment, construction simulation and geotechnical engineering advice. AIS also assigned our senior contract advisor to assist the Client in addressing some of their challenging contractual issues.

People First

In addition to ensuring that the project team could work together as one team, we also made health and safety a top priority. Mandatory safety induction training was conducted for all team members before they accessed the project site.

Sustainability

Recycled excavated fill materials from MRT and other developments in Singapore were used to minimise the use of sand. More than 3 million cubic meters of materials were recycled throughout this project. In addition, rocks removed from rock cavern projects were also recycled to form shore protection and for a surcharge.

Other initiatives on site, which the AIS team actively participated in and supported, included recycling used plastic water bottles and using digital drawing management systems to reduce paper waste.

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