Curtin Malaysia’s Department of Built Environment hosts workshop to foster understanding and adoption of new MyCESMM2 standard

Miri – 27 September 2023 – The Department of Built Environment of Curtin University Malaysia’s Faculty of Humanities and Health Sciences successfully organised a workshop to introduce relevant stakeholders to the new MyCESMM2 standard.

The standard, aimed at facilitating the preparation of Bills of Quantities (BQ) for civil engineering works, tender document submissions, and tender costings in the industry, was met with enthusiasm and active participation from various professionals.

The workshop, conducted in a hybrid format, saw a diverse group of 54 attendees joining online, while six participants were present physically at the event. This inclusive approach ensured the involvement of key stakeholders, fostering collaboration and knowledge sharing within the industry.

The participants comprised Quantity Surveyor (QS) consultants, contractors, academics from institutions of higher learning, construction management students, and staff of Curtin Malaysia. With such a diverse mix, lively discussions and insightful exchanges were the highlight of the workshop, contributing to an engaging learning experience for all involved.

Professor Vincent Lee, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor and advisor to the workshop, expressed his satisfaction with the event, stating, “We are delighted to have hosted the MyCESMM2 workshop, providing a platform for key stakeholders to familiarise themselves with this important industry standard. The widespread participation and active involvement demonstrate the industry’s commitment to staying updated with the latest developments and practices.”

Workshop chair Dr. Low Wai Wah, meanwhile, said the workshop aimed to enhance participants’ understanding of the new MyCESMM2 standard, emphasising its impact on the preparation of Bills of Quantities and tender processes. By providing a single measurement standard, the MyCESMM2 standard seeks to streamline project management and promote efficiency within the civil engineering sector.

CESMM is a Civil Engineering Standard Method of Measurement that incorporates rules and regulations for measuring various parts and elements of a major civil engineering project. In Malaysia, the standard has gone through different stages of updating, evolving from the CESMM introduced in 2001 to the MyCESMM in 2013. Through rigorous adaptation of CESMM3 (UK), CESMM4 (UK) and current local practices, the standard is now known as MyCESMM2.

The event featured a presentation by industry expert Ts. Sr. Dr. Zakaria Mohd Yusof, who has served in various roles at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) for over 30 years. He holds a Diploma in Quantity Surveying from UTM and a Master of Science in Construction from Loughborough University of Technology, United Kingdom. He completed his PhD in Technical and Vocational Education (PTV) at UTM Skudai, and was formerly Director of Lifelong Learning at UTM’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (UTMSPACE).

Additionally, practical demonstrations and interactive sessions ensured participants gained a comprehensive understanding of the MyCESMM2 standard and its practical implementation. The workshop also encouraged networking opportunities among attendees, fostering new collaborations and partnerships within the industry.

The Department of Built Environment at Curtin Malaysia is committed to delivering high-quality education and research in the field of civil engineering and construction management. With a focus on industry relevance and practical skills development, the department equips students with the necessary knowledge and expertise to excel in their careers and contribute to the advancement of the built environment sector.

The Department of Built Environment plays a crucial role in educating students and conducting research on the planning, design, construction, and management of the built environment. This includes education, research and innovation in quantity surveying, construction management, urban planning, construction, and the broader built environment.

The department offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, namely Curtin’s Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons.) in Construction Management, and a graduate certificate and graduate diploma in project management leading to the Master of Science in Project Management.

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The physical workshop attendees at Curtin Malaysia

The online workshop attendees