SIRIM STS, UTM METERAI MoU BENTUK KERJASAMA STRATEGIK DALAM LATIHAN PROFESIONAL

Perkenal Program SIRIM ‘Certified Quality Professional’ untuk pelajar Sarjana Kejuruteraan Perindustrian

SIRIM STS Sdn Bhd pada 23 Ogos 2021 telah memeterai Memorandum Persefahaman (MoU) bersama Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), bagi mewujudkan kerjasama strategik dalam bidang latihan profesional.

Melalui persefahaman ini, kedua-dua pihak akan membangunkan modul latihan untuk program profesional yang diperakui, bekerjasama dalam bidang penyelidikan terpilih, selain mengadakan pertukaran dan pembangunan kakitangan. SIRIM STS juga akan bekerjasama dengan UTM untuk melaksanakan aktiviti Tanggungjawab Sosial Korporat.

SIRIM STS juga akan memperkenalkan program SIRIM Certified Quality Professional (CQP) kepada pelajar Sarjana Sains Kejuruteraan Perindustrian (MScIE) di UTM, yang menjadikan UTM sebagai universiti awam pertama yang menawarkan CQP kepada pelajar program sarjananya.

SIRIM STS berharap dapat menyediakan pengiktirafan profesional kepada individu yang berjaya menamatkan program berkenaan dan membangunkan kepakaran tempatan dalam amalan kualiti untuk memenuhi permintaan industri.

Dalam sesebuah organisasi, CQP adalah pekerja yang diberikan mandat melaksanakan aktiviti berkaitan kualiti dengan menggunakan prinsip dan tul-tul kualiti. Mereka merupakan pakar rujuk Pengurusan Kualiti organisasi di mana mereka telah mempelajari kaedah terkini dalam Pengurusan Kualiti dan amalan terbaik industri.

Kerjasama UTM-SIRIM STS diyakini dapat menyokong usaha melahirkan siswazah yang mempunyai nilai tambah sebagai profesional diperakui seterusnya membantu pertumbuhan nasional modal insan industri tempatan agar lebih kompetitif dan berdaya saing di peringkat global.

Program CQP secara bersemuka dijangka mula dilaksanakan di UTM pada Oktober 2021 iaitu selama tiga semester. Bagaimanapun, program secara atas talian telah bermula sejak Mac 2020. Setakat ini, 18 pelajar MScIE telah ditawarkan bagi mengikuti program berkenaan.

Hubungan UTM dan SIRIM STS telah terjalin sejak 2017 lagi di mana SIRIM STS turut dijemput sebagai ahli panel penasihat industri bagi Program Sarjana Muda Kejuruteraan (Mekanikal-Industri) dan Program Sarjana Sains (Kejuruteraan Industri) universiti berkenaan. SIRIM STS juga turut terbabit dalam pelbagai program taklimat industri anjuran UTM.

UTM adalah universiti ketiga selain Universiti Terbuka Malaysia (OUM) dan AIMST University Malaysia yang telah menjalin Kerjasama Strategik dengan SIRIM STS dalam melaksanakan CQP. Sehingga kini, SIRIM STS telah mentauliahkan 451 individu melalui pelbagai SIRIM Personnel Certification Program di mana 50 daripada mereka telah ditauliahkan sebagai CQP.

INTERNATIONAL DELEGATES TRAINED ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AGAINST ISO/IEC 20000-1:2018

SIRIM STS Provides Training to seven delegates under the Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP) 2021

 International delegates of a five-day Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP) 2021 had gained insights and knowledge from SIRIM STS’s experts on Information Technology Service Management System against international standard ISO/IEC 20000-1:2018.

 The MTCP programme is a yearly programme funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia (MOFA). A total of seven participants from various countries namely Bhutan, Brunei, Ghana and Iran attended the online training course from 16 – 20 August 2021.

The training, which was managed by SIRIM STS Sdn Bhd, provided an understanding and implementation of Information Technology Service Management System (ITSMS) against the international standard ISO/IEC 20000-1:2018.

Information resource serves as one of the competitive edges of the contemporary digital world whereby organizations must assess the most relevant information for their business and exploit it.

Such information should be concise with changing business dynamics and technologies. Within the Industry 4.0 (I4.0) era, most services and production of products are supported by IT applications, hence all industries should not exempt themselves from using IT applications within their systems. Therefore, it is crucial for organizations to manage these applications and their IT infrastructure systematically.

It is very beneficial to all parties, to the service providers, to the organizations and to the customers to have the applications and/or the IT infrastructure to be certified against any good practice in the world to ensure that the applications and the IT infrastructure are managed and implemented accordingly.

The Internet is a further tool that can help make life easier and IT Management is all about using advancements in technology to simplify the processes and help make the business run more smoothly. Most businesses and organizations nowadays are keeping electronic records and there are a wealth of programs and apps developed to help in the management of the essential business processes.

The training programme was designed mainly to provide the understanding and implementation of IT Service Management System (ITSMS). The requirements within the standard includes the design, transition, delivery, and improvement of services to fulfil agreed service requirements.

The international standard ISO/IEC 20000-1:2018 describes an integrated set of processes and management approach for the effective delivery of IT services to internal or external customers. The standard is not only applicable to service providers, it is even suitable to be used by organizations or relevant departments that are monitoring the IT services provided internally or externally.

SIRIM STS was honored to realize the Malaysian Government’s aspirations and commitment towards the promotion of technical cooperation among developing countries, strengthening bilateral regional cooperation as well as nurturing collective self-reliance among developing countries.

AHMAD SABIRIN ARSHAD PRESIDEN DAN KETUA EKSEKUTIF KUMPULAN SIRIM YANG BAHARU-

Pakar kejuruteraan aeroangkasa, Dato’ Dr. Ahmad Sabirin Arshad dilantik sebagai Presiden dan Ketua Eksekutif Kumpulan SIRIM yang baharu bagi tempoh dua tahun, berkuat kuasa 1 April 2021.Dr Ahmad Sabirin, 57, sebelum ini berkhidmat sebagai Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Aerospace Ventures, sebuah anak syarikat bagi syarikat minyak dan gas, UZMA Berhad. Sebelum itu, beliau memegang pelbagai jawatan di Astronautic Technology (M) Sdn Bhd (ATSB), sebuah syarikat di bawah Menteri Kewangan Diperbadankan dengan jawatan terakhirnya sebagai Pengarah Urusan / Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Kumpulan dari tahun 2000 hingga 2019.

Beliau adalah antara perintis kumpulan jurutera yang terlibat dalam pembangunan satelit MEASAT-1 di Hughes Aircraft Company (kini Boeing). Beliau juga antara kumpulan yang mempelopori pembangunan satelit mikro pertama Malaysia, TiungSAT-1, yang telah dilancarkan ke orbit pada 26 September 2000.

Beliau seterusnya mengetuai kumpulan jurutera untuk mereka bentuk, membangun, melancar dan pengoperasian satelit kedua negara, RazakSAT. Dr Ahmad Sabirin juga berperanan dalam mengetuai pasukan penyediaan logistik dan sokongan saintifik untuk pelancaran Angkasawan Pertama Malaysia ke Stesen Angkasa Antarabangsa (ISS) pada tahun 2007.

Program penting lain yang beliau telah ketuai termasuklah pengaturan Sistem Amaran Awal Tsunami Nasional dan Pengesan Radiasi Mesra Alam.

Dr Ahmad Sabirin mendapat pendidikan tinggi di California Maritime Academy dalam Ijazah Sarjana Muda Sains (B.Sc) Kejuruteraan Marin pada 1986; lepasan Diploma dalam Pendidikan dari Universiti Teknologi Malaysia pada 1988, Sarjana Kejuruteraan (M.Eng) dalam Kejuruteraan Mekanikal dari Universiti Malaya pada tahun 1990; dan Doktor Falsafah(PhD) dalam Kejuruteraan Mekanikal – Combustion dari University of Wales College of Cardiff, UK pada 1993.

Fostering Sustainable Environment through Green Construction Standards

A green product is a sustainable product designed to minimize its environmental impacts during its whole life cycle and even after it is of no longer in use. Green products are usually identified by having two basic goals – reducing waste and maximizing resource efficiency. They are manufactured using toxic-free ingredients and environmentally-friendly procedures and are certified by recognized organizations such as the Green Seal in the US, Korea Eco-Products Institute, and in the case of Malaysia, one such organization is SIRIM QAS International, a subsidiary of SIRIM Berhad.

The growth and development of communities has a large impact on the natural environment. The manufacturing, design, construction and operation of the buildings are responsible for the consumption of many of the natural resources. Hence, the use of green products in the construction industry is critical to reduce the negative ecological footprint and simultaneously help create a more sustainable environment over the long haul.

In Malaysia, Jabatan Kerja Raya or JKR is the government department responsible for the construction and maintenance of public infrastructure. JKR has been promoting the use of green products in the construction of buildings and roads, in line with the government’s green policy and initiatives. The department has laid out initiatives in promoting the use of green products in the industry since the year 2000.

By encouraging the use of green products in construction, it is anticipated that the demand for such products will increase. The manufacturers may respond to the demand by improving the environmental aspects of their products. This will result in reduced environmental stress from that product category and in the long run will foster the promotion of environmental protection and the emergence of a sustainable society.

As part of its strengthening efforts in implementing the country’s green initiatives, JKR since 2017 has been collaborating with SIRIM STS, another subsidiary of SIRIM Berhad, to come up with development of green related standards.

One such initiative is the development of the JKR/SIRIM 1:2017, Manual for Green Product Scoring System (GPSS), as part of the initiatives to promote and encourage the use of green products in the construction industry and constructing more sustainable buildings. The term ‘green’ within the context of this standard refers to environmentally friendly preferable attributes of a product. Environmental labels and declarations from the manufacturers are used to indicate the product as ‘green’. These labels and declarations provide information about a green product in terms of its overall environmental character, a specific environmental aspect, or any number of aspects based on life cycle considerations and assessment.

The standard provides the assessment criteria and method to evaluate the content of environmentally friendly or green products used in the super structure of buildings and roads.

This standard was developed with the following objectives:

  1. to provide a systematic and structured assessment system for green products in building and road projects;
  2. to measure the number of green products used in building and road works;
  3. to educate and create awareness among the stakeholders on green products and services; and
  4. to encourage manufacturing industries to apply for green product certification based on the current criteria by independent certification body.

Another standard developed by JKR and SIRIM STS is JKR/SIRIM 2:2020, Penarafan Hijau (pHJKR) bagi Fasiliti Bangunan Kediaman dan Bukan Kediaman, to standardise the evaluation criteria and methods for assessing the sustainability of a building. The standard was developed with the intention of making construction industry ‘greener’ in terms of the its environmental protection, environmental performance, use of green products and environmental technologies in the building, and conservation of natural resources.

The standard emphasizes the seven key areas namely sustainable site planning and management; energy efficiency management; resource and material management; water use efficiency management; quality management of the internal environment; sustainable facility management; and innovation in design.

JKR/SIRIM 2 was developed with the following objectives in mind. First, the document will serve as a guideline for assessing the sustainable consumption and development of a building project. Second, the document will provide a comprehensive and appropriate strategy for sustainable project implementation. Third, by implementing the requirement of this standard in building project, it will provide awareness and encourage sustainable development. And finally, the document will become a guide to all parties involved in green rating of a building.

Apart from JKR/SIRIM 1 and JKR/SIRIM 2, another standard that has been developed under the collaboration is JKR/SIRIM 3: 2020, Environmental protection and enhancement works for projects. The standard was developed to provide a comprehensive guide to prepare tender documents from the planning, design and construction phases of projects in accordance with technical requirements incorporating the latest environmental protection, mitigation and enhancement measures. This standard incorporates the current technical requirements such as policies, legislation and needs of various external technical agencies that have been identified as stakeholders of construction projects in Malaysia.

All these standards are developed with the awareness that it is important to provide requirements, specifications, guidelines or features that can be used to ensure that the materials, products, processes and services supplied meet the needs and wants, as well as achieve best practices in the field of sustainable construction and development.

In the latest development, the two collaborators are currently in the process of developing JKR standards for indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) for Government Office Building which outlines the need to include common factors that affect the quality of indoor environment and IEQ such as indoor air quality, acoustic comfort, thermal comfort, visual comfort, cleaning, and safety and health.