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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

4th Run


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Building structures are generally designed on the premise that the concrete in the structural members are strong and durable, last for a very long time and require little or no maintenance during their service life. However, this age old belief is increasingly being challenged by reports of distress and deterioration of concrete in structures, with repairs running into millions of dollars in the US and UK.

Reinforcement corrosion is the main cause of concrete deterioration. The loss of bond between the reinforcement and concrete, if left unattended for too long, can lead to localised loss of sections of concrete, an exponential increase in repair costs and a significant reduction in the service life of the structure

Whilst current legislations in Singapore mandate the inspections of building structures at intervals of between 5-10 years by a Qualified Person, it is prudent to complement these mandated inspections with a condition assessment and maintenance programme aimed at identifying concrete defects and the detection of corrosion. As maintenance funds are invariably limited, the structure of the programme should ideally provide guidelines on repair prioritisation to facilitate effective allocation of the available funds and effective facilities management of the structure.


The course will provide knowledge for the pro-active maintenance and repair of concrete building structures and will include:

  • An understanding of the properties of concrete which contribute to it being used widely in building structures            
  • Factors affecting the durability of concrete including an appreciation of the impact of upstream construction activities on subsequent service life performance

  • Maintenance of concrete structures in the context of maintenance management systems 

  • The pathology of concrete defects and mandatory requirements for inspection of building structures

  • Condition assessment of concrete structures after NEN 2767, a Dutch inspection norm, believed to be a world first in addressing the subjectivity problem in inspections

  • Planning and carrying out concrete repair work and workplace safety and health in connection.

COURSE PROGRAMME (9.00 am – 6.00 pm)

  • Concrete Technology
    • Composition & Manufacture of Concrete
    • Properties of Concrete
    • Types of Concrete 
    • Use of Concrete in Buildings
  • Service Life Performance of Concrete Building Structures 
    • Durability & Service Life Performance
    • Upstream Construction Activities Link
    • Downstream Construction Activities Link
  • Pathology of Concrete Defects 
    • Concrete Deterioration, Performance Loss & Defects
    • Common Manifestation of Defects & Causes
    • Concrete Defect Development 
  • Planning & Executing Concrete Repairs  
    • Systematics of Planning Concrete Repairs (after EN 1504-9) 
    • Repair Principals (after RILEM TR 124-SRC) 
    • Concrete Repairs & Protection  
    • WSH in Concrete Repairs 
  •  Maintenance Systems & Maintenance of Concrete  
    • Maintenance & Types of Maintenance Work
    • Maintenance Systems
    • Maintenance of Concrete 
  • Condition Assessment/Inspection of Concrete Building Structures
    • Condition Assessments in Maintenance Planning
    • Mandatory Inspections of Building Structures
    • Condition Assessment Standardisation and Prioritising Repairs (after NEN 2767)


Er. Yong Shan Chi 

Er. Yong, a Professional Engineer (Civil) has extensive design and construction management experience. He started work in the HDB, moving on to the private sector where he was involved in foundation engineering and precast concrete work. He was instrumental in introducing the Autoclaved Lightweight Masonry Wall system and was in the forefront of the UOB Tower project, the first building with unitised curtain walls. He has taught modules such as Building Envelope and Precast Concrete water-tightness for the CITI (now BCA Academy) and has been an Associate Trainer and Consultant with the Real Estate & Construction Centre for the past decade.

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.


Tuesday 18 Dec 2018 / Thursday 21 Feb 2019 / Friday 12 Apr 2019
Devan Nair Institute for Employment & Employability
80 Jurong East St 21, Singapore 609607


$615 nett per person. Course fees includes full colour course documentation and refreshments at tea breaks. 

For individuals, all Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their $500 SkillsFuture Credit from the government to pay for a wide range of approved skills-related courses. Visit the SkillsFuture Credit website (www.skillsfuture.sg/credit) to choose from the courses available on the Training Exchange course directory.  NTUC members may claim up to $250 under the Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP). 


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 of $615.00 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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