Celebrating over 20 years of Built Environment Education, Research & Advice

Devan Nair Institute for Employment & Employability

80 Jurong East Street 21
#04-08, Singapore 609607
Tel: (65) 6563 4166
Fax: (65) 6563 4156
Email: enquiry@recc.com.sg

Executive Training Courses




The course will provide a better understanding of the building design and construction process and the properties and performance of building materials, prerequisite underpinning knowledge in proactive defects mitigation and defects management.


Day 1 ,2 & 3: Structural Forms, Systems & Materials: Construction & Maintenance Overview

(9.00 am – 6.00 pm)

1   Building Development & Construction

  • Building Project Life Cycle & Parties Involved
  • Building Legislations
  • Procurement Systems & Contractual Arrangements
  • Construction Process Planning & Management

2   Building Structures & Materials

  • Structural Mechanics & Structural Forms
  • Building Materials & Properties
  • Sustainability & Green Technologies

3   Building Science & Environment

  • Moisture & Condensation
  • Aural & Visual Comfort
  • Thermal Comfort, Ventilation & Indoor Air Quality

4    Substructure Systems

  • Shallow Foundations
  • Deep Foundations
  • Underpinning Foundations

5    Superstructure Construction Systems 

  • Solid, Skeleton/Frame and Shell Structures
  • Structural Frames & Walls
  • Floors & Stairs

6     Building Envelope Systems

  • Infill Panel Walls
  • Claddings & Curtain Walls
  • Roofing Systems

7      Architectural Systems & Finishes

  • Doors & Windows
  • Architectural Finishes
  • Painting & Decoration

8     External Works

  • Aprons, Drains & Footpaths
  • Estate Roads & Car Parks
  • Linkways & Outbuildings
  • Fencing, Landscaping & Playgrounds
  • Swimming Pools

Day 4 : Building Life Cycle Performance & Defects Management 

(9.00 am – 6.00 pm)

9  Assessing Building Life Cycle Performance 

  • Performance Concept
  • Performance Measures
  • Technical Performance & Inspection Standardisation

10   Defects in Buildings

  • Building Performance & Degradation
  • Common Causes & Manifestation of Defects
  • Design-Construction-Maintenance-Defects Link

11   Dampness & Leaks in Buildings

  • Basements: Causes & Repair Methods
  • Walls & Facades: Causes & Repair Methods
  • Wet Areas: Causes & Repair Methods

 12   Common Concrete & Masonry Defects & Repair

  • Defects Causes & Diagnosis
  • Maintenance & Repair
  • WSH Practices

13   Common Defects in Finishes & Coatings  

  • Stonework & Ceramic Tiles: Causes & Repair Methods
  • Wood & Wood Finishes: Causes & Repair Methods
  • Paints & Coatings: Causes & Repair Methods 

Day 5 : Building Services Systems

(9.00 am – 6.00 pm)

14    Building Services Systems

  • Water Supply & Plumbing Systems
  • Waste & Sewage Disposal Systems
  • Electrical Supply & Lighting System
  • Ventilation & Air Conditioning
  • Vertical Transportation
  • Fire Safety & Protection
  • Security Systems
  • Building Automation Systems
  • Energy Management
  • Other Control Systems


Dr Quah Lee Kiang FRICS

Dr Quah is the Director of the Real Estate & Construction Centre and the Real Estate & Construction Academy in Singapore. She has extensive regional and international experience in Project and Facilities Management & Maintenance research, advice and academia.

Dr Quah led the EU funded project BE4213 Condition Assessment and Maintenance Strategies for Buildings and Building Components, which among other things, sought to develop an objective building condition assessment system. This project formed part of ongoing research over the last 20 years which culminated in Dutch Standard NEN 2767 on Condition Assessment of Buildings, believed to be a ‘world first’.

Dr Quah’s professional and research affiliations include being Coordinator of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) Working Commission 70 on Facilities Management and Maintenance for a decade and past President of the Chartered Institute of Building Singapore Centre.  She was also a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Asia Board, Singapore Board and Asia Pacific Sustainability Board.

Dr Quah was conferred an Honorary Fellow by Oxford Brookes University for her work in real estate and construction education and the unusual impact her career has had on this particular academic field in Asia.

Er. Yong Shan Chi MBA, B.Eng (Civil)
Er Yong, a Professional Engineer (Civil) has extensive design and construction management experience. He started work with the HDB, moving on to the private sector where he was involved in foundation engineering and precast concrete work. He has been involved in D&B projects in Singapore and China providing project management and engineering design support. Mr Yong has developed learning material for CITI and lectures for them.

Er. Hui Beng Hong, PBM MSc Fire Safety Engg, BEng (Mech), CEng, FIES, RI (Mech)
Er. Hui is the Principal of Apelles Consulting Engineers and has been an M&E consultant for more than 25 years. He has acquired a wealth of experience in all aspects of Building Services across many building types. Amongst the services he offers include project management, supervision, inspection, testing and commissioning of the complete range of M & E Engineering Systems and Services.


Wednesday 1 Jun, Friday 3 Jun, Thursday 9 Jun, Tuesday 14 Jun & Friday 17 Jun 2016

Devan Nair Institute for Employment & Employability
80 Jurong East St 21, Singapore 609607


The course fee of $3900.00 includes  full colour course documentation and refreshments at tea breaks. 


A Certificate of Attendance in Building Structure & Systems will be issued upon completion of the  training and submission of a project on the  survey of an existing building. This Certificate may  be suitable for meeting the CPD requirements of other relevant professional bodies not operating a CPD course accreditation system.


The course will benefit those who have a vested interest in buildings including:

  • Developers
  • Building Owners
  • Government Officials
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Project Managers
  • Quantity Surveyors
  • Contractors/Sub-Contractors/Suppliers
  • Property Managers
  • Facilities Managers
  • Maintenance Managers
  • Management Corporations
  • Town Councils
  • and Others


Cancellations made one week before the scheduled commencement date of the course will be subjected to an administrative fee of $100.00. The full fee will be payable thereafter for any cancellation; substitutions can be made at any time.


Mr Ken Chew
Tel: 6563 4166
Fax: 6563 4156 
E-mail: exectrg@recc.com.sg


It may be necessary for reasons beyond RECC’s control, to change the content and timing of the programme and the identity of the course leader/s.



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