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Maintenance of External Works

The open spaces between and around buildings often incorporate building work such as outbuildings serving as weather shelters/meeting points/security huts and, linking covered walkways and paved footpaths.

These external building works form part of the hard landscape complementing the soft landscape of trees, shrubs and grass, enhancing the outdoor building environment. Most elements of hard landscape require varying degrees of maintenance, the extent of which can be influenced by good design.

The course will provide knowledge in the following aspects of external works maintenance:

  • Framework for Defects Assessment, Classification and Measurement
  • Appreciation of the Technology of Constructing the External Work Element
  • Maintenance Requirements of the Element
  • Common Defects in the Element and Repair Methods

External Works Overview

  • Construction Overview
  • Unique Features of External Building Works
  • Inspecting External Building Works
  • Inspection Standardisation


Covered Linkways, Outbuildings & Stairs

  • Covered Linkways
  • Outbuildings
  • Stairs


Aprons, Surface Water Drains & Footpaths

  • Aprons and Surface Water Drains
  • Footpaths


Estate Roads, Driveways & Kerbs

  • Estate Roads and Driveways
  • Kerbs


Lighting & Light Fittings and Lightning Protection

  • Lighting and Light Fittings
  • Lightning Protection


Pest Management/Vector Control

  • Types of Pests/Vectors
  • Integrated Pest Management Model



  • Softscape
  • Hardscape
  • Skyrise Greenery
  • WSH in Landscaping Works
  • Landscaping Workforce Development


Dr Quah Lee Kiang

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
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.

Lin Shiaw Ying

Mr Lin is an EMA Licensed Electrical Worker (Technician Grade). He has over thirty years working experience and lectures part-time for the ITE, delivering modules and customised courses on electrical installations and maintenance.

Ng Say Kiat

Mr Ng is presently the Vice-President of the Singapore Pest Management Association (SPMA). His experience in the field of Pest Management goes as far back as 1973, where he was Entomologist and later, Head of Vector Control & Research Department, Ministry of Environment. During this period, his work involved managing, planning, controlling and researching into urban vectors and pests and was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) for his 15 years of service to the Ministry. After leaving the Ministry, Mr Ng held various senior management positions in Rentokil, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Ikari Services and Fumiga from 1988 to 2017. Mr Ng also contributes his knowledge and experience by serving various Trade Associations and Government Advisory Committees, such as the Workplace Safety & Health Committee (Facilities Management), NEA Inter-Agency Dengue Task Force and the NEA – Advisory Committee on Hazardous Substances and Toxic Wastes (HSTW).

George Kyaw

Mr Kyaw is presently the Director of Horticulture at Wildlife Reserves Singapore where he is responsible for the Horticulture operations at Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, River Safari, Jurong Bird Park and New Mandai Park Development Planning. He had been the head of Horticulture at JTC Corporation for close to 12 years before assuming his present employment. Mr Kyaw has extensive experience in the various sub-disciplines of Landscaping, including Maintenance and Management, Nursery Management, Landscape Project Management etc. He holds an MSc (Life Sciences-Environmental Science) from Nanyang Technological University and is a Certified Arborist, Horticulturist as well as a Certified Green Mark Parks Assessor.

Option 1 (Face-to-Face)Venue: Unit #04-08, Devan Nair Institute for Employment & Employability
80 Jurong East St 21, Singapore 609607

Option 2 (Live Streaming via RECC Elearning Portal)Username and password will be assigned on receipt of registration and course fees

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

The course has been approved for 7 PDU units under the PE Board Continuing Professional Development programme. Attendance certificates will be issued; they may also 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 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 

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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.

1 Day Training Course

9th Run

Maintenance of External Works

Qualified for 7 PDUs by PE Board

$615.00 / person

Course Date & Venue:

Thursday 11 Apr 2024

Course Objectives

Framework for Defects Assessment, Classification and Measurement Appreciation of the Technology of Constructing the External Work Element Maintenance Requirements of the Element.

Important Note:

In addition, 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).

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