REAM and Lafarge Malaysia jointly organise a half-day seminar

The half-day Seminar on Building Better Rural Roads, currently third in the series of seminars under the REAM / Lafarge Malaysia memorandum of understanding inked in October 2015, was held on 17 April 2017 at the Ministry of Works, Kuala Lumpur.

This seminar addressed the application of rural roads for flood prone and plantation areas focusing on the challenges in maintaining rural roads and the effectiveness of a combination solution of Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC), Cold In-place Recycling (CIPR) and Soil Stabilisation in terms of durability and cost.  The objectives of the seminar were:

  • To share knowledge on the challenges in maintaining rural roads traversed by plantation harvesting machines and heavily loaded vehicles and roads located in high water table areas.  
  • To introduce new construction methods for concrete roads that are cost competitive and with higher durability in the maintenance of the rural roads.
  • To provide guidance on the testing methods and QA/QC of concrete roads.

Dato’ Sri Ir. Dr. Roslan bin Md. Taha, Director General of Public Works Department Malaysia spared time from his busy schedule to declare open the seminar. In his opening address, he acknowledged the benefit of rigid pavement’s durability and highlighted that there was no major maintenance required, quoting the example of some 30% concrete stretch of the North South Highway that had endured heavy traffic for more than 30 years. Be that as it may, the general perception has been that concrete payments project a high initial cost. To allay this, suppliers should endeavour research towards cost reduction and promoting its long term sustainability.

Three papers were presented encompassing the following topics: 

  • Challenges in Maintaining Rural Roads by Ir. Zulakmal bin Haji Sufian, Director, Roads Facilities Maintenance Branch, Public Works Department (JKR)
  • Durable and Cost Effective Concrete Roads Solutions for Rural Roads by  Encik Sahruzi bin Sahari, Product Development Manager, Lafarge Malaysia
  • Testing and QA/QC of Concrete Roads by Encik Mohd Yazip Matori,, General Manager, IKRAM Integrated Engineering Lab.

The wrap up session was moderated by Encik Vigneswaran Velautham, Adviser, Infrastructure Segment, Lafarge Malaysia.


Dato’ Sri Ir. Dr. Roslan bin Md. Taha (left) receiveing a souvenir from Mr. V. Vickneswaran,

Adviser, Infrastucture Segment, Lafarge Malaysia. 

More than 100 participants at the seminar.

Participants viewing the exhibits on concrete pavements by Lafarge Malaysia.