IN THE SPOTLIGHT

As someone who is deeply passionate about hydraulics studies, particularly in the realms of drainage, stormwater, sewerage, and waterworks design, Anthony is determined to enrich his skills to play a pivotal role in AIS’ infrastructure projects.

In the Spotlight

Interview with Anthony Liew, Senior Engineer

1. What’s the day-to-day of your role like?

My day typically begins before I even arrive at the office. I prioritise an early start by heading to the gym for a workout, during which I visualise the tasks and goals I aim to accomplish throughout the day.  Upon reaching the office, I promptly outline my work plans, setting target times for completion to ensure productivity and efficiency.  Utilising Post-it notes on my computer desktop helps me track deadlines, particularly when managing multiple projects simultaneously.  Regular communication with my supervisor or department head is integral, as I provide updates on my tasks, seek assistance when needed, and ensure alignment with project timelines, especially if client interaction is involved.  With these preparations, I focus on executing my tasks diligently throughout the day.

2. How many years have you been with the company, and what attracted you to this role?

I have been with this company for more than two years.  Previously, I applied for a position here but unfortunately didn’t get it.  Since then, I’ve been focused on honing my professional skills and acquiring more experience at my previous job.  Fortunately, after four years, I reapplied and was fortunate to be accepted.  I have been familiar with this company for quite some time and have always admired its commitment to professionalism.  That’s what draws me to my current role – I see it as an opportunity for professional growth as an engineer and personal development as an individual.

3. What has been your favourite project or biggest accomplishment at AIS?

My favourite project and most significant accomplishment at AIS is undoubtedly the Liquid Bulk Terminal 4A Jetty, which is currently nearing completion with a progress rate of 95%.  Serving as my inaugural marine project experience and acting as the Project Engineer for this endeavour, successfully delivering this project stands as a significant milestone.  Ensuring its safe construction, particularly with the installation and approval of the firefighting system by the Fire Department, has been a paramount achievement.  The jetty, spanning 265 meters in length, serves as a vital nexus for the transfer of materials between ships and the terminal.  Notably, the inclusion of the fire pump platform, equipped with Seawater Pumping Equipment sourced from the Netherlands, provides robust firefighting support essential for the jetty’s operations.

4. How have you grown professionally while at AIS?

During my time at AIS, I have achieved substantial professional growth. A highlight of my tenure was earning my professional certification, an accomplishment that was the result of dedicated effort and the direct application of skills acquired within the company. Furthermore, I have refined my abilities to craft detailed professional reports and proposals, which were crucial skills during the certification process. Beyond these achievements, the direct mentorship I received from my supervisor and the department head has been pivotal. Their expert guidance not only sharpened my technical proficiency but also enriched my understanding of industry standards and best practices. This mentorship has been transformative, equipping me with a deeper insight into the field and elevating my overall professionalism, which has undoubtedly shaped me into a more capable and comprehensive professional.

5. Are there any opportunities for growth or learning that you’re pursuing?

Certainly, I am deeply passionate about hydraulics studies, particularly in the realms of drainage, stormwater, sewerage, and waterworks design.  While I have explored various fields within civil engineering, including structural and geotechnical aspects, I consistently find myself drawn to the intricacies of infrastructure design and its functionality.  Recognising that there’s always room for growth and learning, I am eager to delve deeper into this specialisation.  I intend to actively pursue opportunities to enhance my expertise and contribute meaningfully to future infrastructure projects undertaken by the company.

6. Describe your hobby.

Freediving is my passion and hobby, where I explore the depths of the ocean without scuba equipment, relying solely on my breath. I train weekly in the pool to refine my technique and breath-holding skills, pushing the limits of what my body can achieve. It’s not just a sport but a journey of self-discovery, testing my resilience and connecting me to the beauty of the underwater world.

Anthony Liew, Asia Infrastructure Solutions

7. How do you balance your career at AIS and your family?

Balancing my career at AIS with my family life is a priority for me, and I’ve learned valuable lessons along the way.  One crucial lesson came from my first job, which emphasised the importance of fully engaging in whichever sphere I find myself in.  When I’m at home, my focus is entirely on my family, and I make a conscious effort to set aside work-related thoughts.  Conversely, when I’m at work, I dedicate myself wholeheartedly to the success of my projects and the company’s well-being.  This approach has served me well over the years, and I continue to apply it diligently, drawing upon the advice and experiences accumulated throughout my career journey.

8. What is it about you that most of your colleagues don’t know?

On a personal level, something that many of my colleagues may not be aware of is my ability to hold my breath for an extended duration, reaching up to 4 minutes and 35 seconds and diving to depths of 29 meters in a single breath.  It’s a skill I have developed over time, which I find quite fascinating.  Additionally, I am passionate about participating in various sports events, having engaged in over 140 competitions ranging from triathlons and marathons to obstacle races and walkathon events. These experiences have not only contributed to my physical fitness but also taught me valuable lessons in perseverance and goal setting.

9. What are three words to describe AIS?

“Power, Excellence, Professionalism”

These words convey a sense of strength, high standards, and professionalism associated with the organisation.

Direct mentorship from both my supervisor and department head has significantly improved my technical proficiency and overall professionalism. Their guidance has been instrumental in my development, helping me evolve into a more capable and well-rounded professional.
Anthony Liew, Asia Infrastructure Solutions
Anthony Liew Tze Yean is the Senior Engineer with a Certified Professional Engineer and Professional Technologist in the Geotechnical Department at Asia Infrastructure Solutions. He has over 13 years of experience in civil engineering, particularly in planning, design, tender preparation, management, and implementation of various infrastructure projects. In Malaysia, Anthony has contributed to projects such as the 1010-acre Sewerage Work for Setia Ecohill 2 by SP Setia, Infrastructure Work for Eco Sanctuary by Eco World Development, Paradigm Garden City by WCT Land, and Aman Putri by PPC Glomac.

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