Graduates BBQ Get-together Party [3.12.2011]
The Graduates BBQ Get-together was a fun filled event with tones of food, sharing from various PAM committee members, and introduction to the CAEM training programme and Graduate events coming up in 2012! It was a relaxed evening in Waikiki Condominium apartments in Tanjung Aru, and we enjoyed good company, a beautiful sunset and did we mention the amazing food?!! The evening sharing comprised of Ar. Lo Su Yin giving a short welcoming introduction on behalf of PAM, Ar. Victor Wong and Ar. Yong Ming Cheong introducing the CAEM programme and lectures, Sharon M Amin talking about the past events, as well as James Wong who shared about the exciting vision and direction of where the Graduates Network is heading in 2012. We ended the night with a relaxed informal time of jamming on the guitar, playing bowling water bottles and a coconut, and good conversations. !
Through the planning sessions the Graduate Committee has had, they have identified several areas this Graduate Network should work towards in this coming year, amongst those are:
*Education: encouraging new and fresh thinking:
- Promoting fresh and innovative thinking in Design and Architecture in Sabah.
– Growing to be better practicing professionals, amongst which are the preparation and working towards Part 3 examinations with the CAEM programme.
*Fun and enjoyable:
- Social activities: Island outings, trips, etc.
– Encouraging a fun-loving attitude and collaboration in quality Design
*Public awareness for Architecture/ Public involvement:
- Engaging with the public and educating them in relation to Architecture.
- Building a network of Innovative Design professionals amongst graduates and other design disciplines
The night as commented by many of the PAM Sabah committee members was a very successful event. Many thanks to Sharon Amin and the Graduate Committee team for spearheading such an enjoyable event!
Mr. James Wong
SELECTION CRITERIA FOR CEMENT BASED ADHESIVES
Saturday, 5th November 2011
PAM Mini Auditorium, PAM Sabah Chapter
The seminar was generously sponsored by MG Ceramics & Homeware Sdn Bhd, and the speaker is Mr. Felix Quek, Technical Service Director of ad2 Building Solutions Sdn Bhd. Felix has more than 30 years experience in the building industry providing solutions, materials and technical support of ceramic tiles, stones and waterproofing. Some of the major projects under Felix were the Singapore Changi Airport Passenger Buildings Terminal 1, 2 and 3, and the KLCC Suria Shopping Centre.
Tiling failures have become more common these days, especially the buckling, delamination (debonding) of tiles from the substrate, cracked tiles etc. It is happening not only in Malaysia, but across Asia Pacific.
There are many factors for tiling failure, including the following:
i. Insufficient gap/ expansion joint between tiles
(especially large sized tiles),
ii. Insufficient contact between adhesive and tile surface
(Min 85%, 95% preferred).
iii. Incorrect use of adhesive (e.g. should not mix with cement, do not prolong open time),
iv. Incorrect types of adhesive (e.g. wrong adhesives for structure subject to movement),
v. Incorrect application of adhesive
(e.g. Should apply on the substrate instead of back buttering),
vi. Incorrect steel trowel (should use small notch for small tiles, large notch for large tiles),
vii. Water pressure from penetration below the substrate (lack of waterproofing),
viii. Incorrect tile grout and incorrect scrub.
Felix also briefed on the common use of Cement Based Adhesive (CBA):
i. 1 Component :
CBA only (typical installation of tiles on floors and walls).
ii. 2 Component :
CBA + latex. (for improved performance on areas subject to movement).
He emphasized on getting the right adhesive for the job, and reminded all on the age old maxim that “You Pay One Cent, You get One Cent Product”!
Felix may be contacted: 012-9107182, 03-8061 9335 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reported by Ar. Mok Juang Yu