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Introduction to
Construction
Industry
--
An Interview with a
Quantity Surveyor
(Consultant)
MR. SIA
CHENG SENG
FNBE AUG 14| Issue 13
	
  
  	
   	
  
	
  
SIA	
  CHENG	
  SENG	
  
47	
  YEARS	
  OLD	
  
GRADUATED	
  AT	
  UNIVERSITY	
  OF	
  
GREENWICH	
  @	
  UK	
  
DEGREE	
  IN	
  QUANTITY	
  SURVEYING	
  
20	
  YEARS	
  OF	
  WORKING	
  EXPERIENCES	
  
IN	
  3	
  DIFFERENT	
  COMPANIES	
  
`
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
BIODATA
 
	
  
	
  
Why	
  did	
  you	
  choose	
  QS	
  as	
  your	
  career?	
  Are	
  you	
  
happy	
  with	
  being	
  an	
  QS?	
  
My	
  father	
  is	
  a	
  builder	
  and	
  I’m	
  often	
  exposed	
  to	
  
constructions	
  since	
  young	
  and	
  then	
  I	
  eventually	
  
grew	
  interested	
  in	
  QS.	
  I	
  enjoy	
  and	
  feel	
  rather	
  
satisfied	
  when	
  I	
  see	
  the	
  end	
  product	
  of	
  my	
  efforts.	
  	
  
	
  
How	
  long	
  have	
  you	
  been	
  working	
  in	
  this	
  line?	
  	
  
After	
  my	
  diploma	
  in	
  Building	
  Surveying,	
  I	
  worked	
  as	
  
an	
  assistant	
  QS	
  at	
  my	
  dad’s	
  company	
  for	
  about	
  a	
  
year	
  plus	
  before	
  furthering	
  my	
  studies	
  at	
  UK	
  taking	
  
degree	
  in	
  QS	
  for	
  a	
  year.	
  After	
  graduating	
  from	
  UK,	
  I	
  
worked	
  as	
  a	
  consultant	
  QS	
  for	
  10	
  years	
  and	
  then	
  
joined	
  a	
  Design	
  and	
  Built	
  Contractor	
  company	
  
which	
  is	
  also	
  the	
  company	
  I’m	
  working	
  with	
  for	
  12	
  
years	
  now.	
  I	
  obtained	
  the	
  qualified	
  and	
  registered	
  
QS	
  of	
  ISM	
  and	
  RICS	
  in	
  my	
  early	
  thirties,	
  with	
  that,	
  I	
  
formed	
  two	
  of	
  my	
  own	
  companies.	
  	
  
	
  
Who	
  do	
  you	
  usually	
  work	
  with?	
  
I	
  usually	
  go	
  for	
  site	
  meetings	
  and	
  meet	
  clients,	
  
subcontractor	
  and	
  architect.	
  But	
  I	
  work	
  mostly	
  with	
  
contractors	
  as	
  I	
  need	
  to	
  make	
  sure	
  the	
  work	
  meet	
  
the	
  budget	
  and	
  expectations	
  of	
  clients.	
  	
  
Q&A
  	
   	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
Tell	
  us	
  more	
  about	
  your	
  company.	
  
I	
  have	
  two	
  companies,	
  I	
  was	
  a	
  consultant	
  in	
  a	
  
developer	
  company	
  belong	
  to	
  my	
  father	
  and	
  then	
  
decided	
  to	
  form	
  another	
  contract	
  company	
  with	
  my	
  
elder	
  brother	
  to	
  make	
  projects	
  a	
  lot	
  more	
  
convenient.	
  My	
  brother	
  has	
  now	
  taken	
  over	
  that	
  
developer	
  company	
  and	
  I	
  am	
  taking	
  care	
  of	
  this	
  
four-­‐year-­‐old	
  contracts	
  company,	
  Wei	
  Sheng	
  
Builders	
  Sdn.	
  Bhd.	
  	
  
Wei Sheng Builders Sdn. Bhd
(905863-K)
 
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
905863-­‐K	
  
No.	
  1,	
  Ground	
  Floor	
  
Jalan	
  Perwira	
  1,	
  	
  
Taman	
  Perwira,	
  Bukit	
  Bakri,	
  	
  
84200	
  Muar,	
  Johor	
  
Date	
  of	
  registration:	
  25th	
  June	
  2010	
  
Certified	
  by:	
  Noorlida	
  Hanim	
  Binti	
  Ahmad	
  
	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  (Assistant	
  Registrar	
  of	
  Companies,	
  Malaysia)	
  
Authorized	
  capital:	
  RM	
  500,000.00	
  
Paid-­‐up	
  capital:	
  RM250,000.00	
  
  	
   	
  
	
  
“We plan to achieve mutual
satisfaction and to reach bigger goals in
the construction industry, we are fully
committed to complete all construction
project undertaken on time, within
reasonable price and with the excellence
quality.”
	
   	
  
	
  
	
   	
   	
   	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
Organizational	
  chart	
  
 
Slightly	
  brief	
  us	
  about	
  two	
  projects	
  you	
  would	
  like	
  to	
  
share	
  with	
  us	
  and	
  tell	
  us	
  why.	
  
1)	
  Two	
  projects?	
  
Hmm,	
  a	
  10	
  units	
  
of	
  semi-­‐d	
  and	
  2	
  
units	
  of	
  bungalow	
  
project	
  in	
  
Ampang	
  Jaya,	
  
Selangor	
  which	
  is	
  
not	
  yet	
  awarded	
  
so	
  we	
  cannot	
  
proceed.	
  I	
  chose	
  
to	
  share	
  the	
  
Ampang	
  Jaya	
  project	
  with	
  you	
  is	
  because	
  I	
  am	
  really	
  
looking	
  forward	
  to	
  work	
  with	
  the	
  contractors	
  
involved	
  in	
  this	
  particular	
  project	
  because	
  I	
  have	
  
never	
  worked	
  with	
  them	
  before.	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
Projects 	
  
  	
   	
  
	
  
	
  	
  
	
  
“I	
  was	
  actually	
  invited	
  by	
  a	
  client	
  to	
  tender	
  the	
  
Ampang	
  project,	
  which	
  means	
  I	
  have	
  to	
  arrange	
  the	
  
tender	
  documents	
  such	
  as	
  drawings,	
  plans	
  etc.	
  and	
  if	
  the	
  
drawings	
  are	
  lump	
  sum	
  (not	
  stated	
  specific),	
  this	
  is	
  
where	
  I	
  become	
  important.	
  I	
  have	
  to	
  estimate,	
  foresee	
  
and	
  to	
  also	
  visit	
  the	
  site	
  so	
  the	
  estimations	
  are	
  more	
  
accurate.	
  Choosing	
  types	
  of	
  cement	
  and	
  tiles	
  such	
  as	
  the	
  
marble	
  ones,	
  china	
  ones	
  and	
  so	
  on	
  are	
  also	
  part	
  of	
  my	
  
responsibilities	
  as	
  well.	
  Once	
  everything	
  is	
  settled,	
  I’ll	
  
check	
  the	
  drawings	
  one	
  last	
  time	
  and	
  then	
  summit	
  them	
  
to	
  the	
  contractors	
  (yes,	
  the	
  one	
  I’m	
  looking	
  forward	
  to	
  
work	
  with)	
  during	
  meeting	
  and	
  procurement	
  questions	
  
concerning	
  my	
  documents,	
  supplier	
  or	
  anything	
  related.	
  
Now,	
  we’re	
  just	
  waiting	
  for	
  our	
  tender	
  to	
  be	
  awarded	
  so	
  
that	
  we	
  can	
  proceed.”	
  
2)	
   The	
   second	
   one	
   is	
   15	
   units	
   of	
   double	
   storey	
   in	
  
Muar,	
   Johor,	
   that	
   cost	
   about	
   3	
   million,	
   which	
   is	
  
already	
   completed	
  
for	
   about	
   half	
   a	
  
year	
   now.	
   While	
  
for	
   Muar,	
   I	
   am	
  
proud	
  and	
  satisfied	
  
with	
   my	
   work	
   and	
  
achievement	
   as	
  
both	
   my	
   company	
  
and	
   my	
   brother’s	
  
company	
   worked	
  
hard	
  together.	
  
	
  
	
  
  	
   	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
“I	
  	
  took	
  over	
  this	
  Muar	
  project	
  from	
  my	
  brother’s	
  
company	
  so	
  I	
  had	
  lesser	
  responsibilities	
  here.	
  My	
  
brother	
  will	
  have	
  to	
  take	
  photos,	
  measurements	
  
and	
  to	
  also	
  calculate	
  the	
  amount	
  and	
  total	
  cost	
  of	
  
materials	
  needed	
  to	
  be	
  used.	
  As	
  a	
  consultant	
  QS,	
  I	
  
will	
  have	
  counter	
  check	
  the	
  measurements	
  and	
  
such	
  that	
  he	
  had	
  calculated	
  as	
  well	
  as	
  the	
  
preliminary	
  price	
  overhead	
  (electricity,	
  water,	
  QS	
  
price	
  etc.)	
  When	
  everything	
  is	
  settled,	
  meeting	
  will	
  
be	
  held	
  to	
  talk	
  about	
  the	
  project	
  to	
  get	
  awarded	
  to	
  
proceed.	
  Clients	
  will	
  pay	
  when	
  we	
  pass	
  them	
  the	
  
progress	
  plan	
  but	
  if	
  there	
  are	
  any	
  variations	
  or	
  
changes	
  that	
  the	
  clients	
  want	
  to	
  add,	
  extra	
  charges	
  
will	
  be	
  charged.	
  After	
  whole	
  project	
  is	
  finished,	
  
we’ll	
  have	
  to	
  claim	
  on	
  final	
  accounts	
  and	
  that’s	
  it.	
  	
  
“It	
  is	
  tiring	
  being	
  a	
  QS	
  and	
  sometimes,	
  	
  
it	
  might	
  even	
  get	
  boring.	
  	
  
But	
  look	
  ahead	
  of	
  those	
  negativity,	
  	
  
success	
  is	
  all	
  you	
  want.	
  	
  
So	
  just	
  do	
  it!”	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
MR SIA’S
ADVICE
FOR
STUDENTS
“Make	
  sure	
  to	
  brush	
  up	
  your	
  general	
  knowledge	
  
because	
  as	
  a	
  QS,	
  we	
  learn	
  things	
  depending	
  on	
  our	
  
surroundings	
  and	
  also	
  about	
  IT	
  and	
  technology	
  
because	
  the	
  world	
  now	
  can	
  solve	
  mostly	
  anything	
  
with	
  a	
  computer	
  especially	
  AutoCAD.”	
  	
  
  	
   	
  
	
  
Special	
  thanks	
  to:	
  	
  
§ Wei	
  Sheng	
  Builders	
  Sdn.	
  Bhd.	
  	
  
§ Taylor’s	
  School	
  of	
  Architecture,	
  Build	
  and	
  Design	
  
§ Author	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  :	
  Cynthia	
  Fong	
  
§ Interviewers	
  :	
  Hau	
  Hui	
  Yee,	
  Lim	
  Zia	
  Huei	
  
	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  	
  Ee	
  Yun	
  Shan,	
  Gabriel	
  Chin	
  
Available	
  at	
  all	
  major	
  bookstores	
  &	
  newsagents.	
  	
  
Next	
  month’s	
  issue	
  about:	
  Developments	
  of	
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  New	
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  • 1. ` Introduction to Construction Industry -- An Interview with a Quantity Surveyor (Consultant) MR. SIA CHENG SENG FNBE AUG 14| Issue 13  
  • 2.         SIA  CHENG  SENG   47  YEARS  OLD   GRADUATED  AT  UNIVERSITY  OF   GREENWICH  @  UK   DEGREE  IN  QUANTITY  SURVEYING   20  YEARS  OF  WORKING  EXPERIENCES   IN  3  DIFFERENT  COMPANIES   `                                               BIODATA
  • 3.       Why  did  you  choose  QS  as  your  career?  Are  you   happy  with  being  an  QS?   My  father  is  a  builder  and  I’m  often  exposed  to   constructions  since  young  and  then  I  eventually   grew  interested  in  QS.  I  enjoy  and  feel  rather   satisfied  when  I  see  the  end  product  of  my  efforts.       How  long  have  you  been  working  in  this  line?     After  my  diploma  in  Building  Surveying,  I  worked  as   an  assistant  QS  at  my  dad’s  company  for  about  a   year  plus  before  furthering  my  studies  at  UK  taking   degree  in  QS  for  a  year.  After  graduating  from  UK,  I   worked  as  a  consultant  QS  for  10  years  and  then   joined  a  Design  and  Built  Contractor  company   which  is  also  the  company  I’m  working  with  for  12   years  now.  I  obtained  the  qualified  and  registered   QS  of  ISM  and  RICS  in  my  early  thirties,  with  that,  I   formed  two  of  my  own  companies.       Who  do  you  usually  work  with?   I  usually  go  for  site  meetings  and  meet  clients,   subcontractor  and  architect.  But  I  work  mostly  with   contractors  as  I  need  to  make  sure  the  work  meet   the  budget  and  expectations  of  clients.     Q&A
  • 4.                                       Tell  us  more  about  your  company.   I  have  two  companies,  I  was  a  consultant  in  a   developer  company  belong  to  my  father  and  then   decided  to  form  another  contract  company  with  my   elder  brother  to  make  projects  a  lot  more   convenient.  My  brother  has  now  taken  over  that   developer  company  and  I  am  taking  care  of  this   four-­‐year-­‐old  contracts  company,  Wei  Sheng   Builders  Sdn.  Bhd.     Wei Sheng Builders Sdn. Bhd (905863-K)
  • 5.                   905863-­‐K   No.  1,  Ground  Floor   Jalan  Perwira  1,     Taman  Perwira,  Bukit  Bakri,     84200  Muar,  Johor   Date  of  registration:  25th  June  2010   Certified  by:  Noorlida  Hanim  Binti  Ahmad                                            (Assistant  Registrar  of  Companies,  Malaysia)   Authorized  capital:  RM  500,000.00   Paid-­‐up  capital:  RM250,000.00  
  • 6.         “We plan to achieve mutual satisfaction and to reach bigger goals in the construction industry, we are fully committed to complete all construction project undertaken on time, within reasonable price and with the excellence quality.”                           Organizational  chart  
  • 7.   Slightly  brief  us  about  two  projects  you  would  like  to   share  with  us  and  tell  us  why.   1)  Two  projects?   Hmm,  a  10  units   of  semi-­‐d  and  2   units  of  bungalow   project  in   Ampang  Jaya,   Selangor  which  is   not  yet  awarded   so  we  cannot   proceed.  I  chose   to  share  the   Ampang  Jaya  project  with  you  is  because  I  am  really   looking  forward  to  work  with  the  contractors   involved  in  this  particular  project  because  I  have   never  worked  with  them  before.         Projects  
  • 8.               “I  was  actually  invited  by  a  client  to  tender  the   Ampang  project,  which  means  I  have  to  arrange  the   tender  documents  such  as  drawings,  plans  etc.  and  if  the   drawings  are  lump  sum  (not  stated  specific),  this  is   where  I  become  important.  I  have  to  estimate,  foresee   and  to  also  visit  the  site  so  the  estimations  are  more   accurate.  Choosing  types  of  cement  and  tiles  such  as  the   marble  ones,  china  ones  and  so  on  are  also  part  of  my   responsibilities  as  well.  Once  everything  is  settled,  I’ll   check  the  drawings  one  last  time  and  then  summit  them   to  the  contractors  (yes,  the  one  I’m  looking  forward  to   work  with)  during  meeting  and  procurement  questions   concerning  my  documents,  supplier  or  anything  related.   Now,  we’re  just  waiting  for  our  tender  to  be  awarded  so   that  we  can  proceed.”  
  • 9. 2)   The   second   one   is   15   units   of   double   storey   in   Muar,   Johor,   that   cost   about   3   million,   which   is   already   completed   for   about   half   a   year   now.   While   for   Muar,   I   am   proud  and  satisfied   with   my   work   and   achievement   as   both   my   company   and   my   brother’s   company   worked   hard  together.      
  • 10.               “I    took  over  this  Muar  project  from  my  brother’s   company  so  I  had  lesser  responsibilities  here.  My   brother  will  have  to  take  photos,  measurements   and  to  also  calculate  the  amount  and  total  cost  of   materials  needed  to  be  used.  As  a  consultant  QS,  I   will  have  counter  check  the  measurements  and   such  that  he  had  calculated  as  well  as  the   preliminary  price  overhead  (electricity,  water,  QS   price  etc.)  When  everything  is  settled,  meeting  will   be  held  to  talk  about  the  project  to  get  awarded  to   proceed.  Clients  will  pay  when  we  pass  them  the   progress  plan  but  if  there  are  any  variations  or   changes  that  the  clients  want  to  add,  extra  charges   will  be  charged.  After  whole  project  is  finished,   we’ll  have  to  claim  on  final  accounts  and  that’s  it.    
  • 11. “It  is  tiring  being  a  QS  and  sometimes,     it  might  even  get  boring.     But  look  ahead  of  those  negativity,     success  is  all  you  want.     So  just  do  it!”           MR SIA’S ADVICE FOR STUDENTS “Make  sure  to  brush  up  your  general  knowledge   because  as  a  QS,  we  learn  things  depending  on  our   surroundings  and  also  about  IT  and  technology   because  the  world  now  can  solve  mostly  anything   with  a  computer  especially  AutoCAD.”    
  • 12.         Special  thanks  to:     § Wei  Sheng  Builders  Sdn.  Bhd.     § Taylor’s  School  of  Architecture,  Build  and  Design   § Author                        :  Cynthia  Fong   § Interviewers  :  Hau  Hui  Yee,  Lim  Zia  Huei                                                          Ee  Yun  Shan,  Gabriel  Chin   Available  at  all  major  bookstores  &  newsagents.     Next  month’s  issue  about:  Developments  of  A  New  Land