Managing Construction Second Edition June/July 2022

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Editorial Editor: Ruben Caruana MCIOB

I welcome you to the second edition of Managing Construction.

Who We Are

The response received on the first publication was overwhelming, hence I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support. This achievement encourages us as a team, to provide you with a larger variety of interesting articles.

The Chamber is the voice of the construction managers at the various levels operating in Malta and beyond. We promote and expect, high standards in, quality, ethics, integrity and to be at the forefront of innovation of the local built environment. Through our input we strive to influence policies and regulations that impact the industry and their impact on the common good.

During the planning stage of this publication, we made certain to add other interesting topics related to the construction industry. This resulted, that as from this publication we introduced a series of articles to address the contribution of the building industry to a net-zero economy, followed by a sustainability article highlighting the importance of green infrastructure and green buildings. Another interesting series of articles is the Introduction of Building Information Technology (BIM) emphasising on the combination of using technology through the project’s lifecycle. Facilities management is an important stage in a project life cycle; hence this publication launched a series of articles covering this topic.

Mission Statement To promote science and technological advancement in the process of building and construction for the public benefit. To be at the forefront of public education, encouraging research and sharing the outcome from this research.

We have also included an interesting read about Legal – Court Report. Another short article is the factory visit by the editorial team to one of the renowned local suppliers. This edition also offers a continuation of the topics included in the other previous edition. We have included attractive reads covering Technical, Industrial Heritage in Malta, Procurement in Construction, Quality, Health and safety and the EDI – Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion.

To make sure that advancement in the built technology is aimed at improving the quality of life of the public in general.

MCCM is a dynamic chamber, for this reason this publication offers a glimpse on the main MCCM initiatives such as the First Year Anniversary Celebration event, the Dissemination of the Chamber Strategy, further agreements with major companies and suppliers and the Chamber’s participation at the MARE Summit. It also introduces one of the Working Group – Educational and Secretarial operating within the Chamber. In this and forthcoming publications, this Working Group will be promoting interesting Publications and courses related to our sector and an overview on a number of CPD `s.

To promote the highest levels of integrity in every decision that we take that affect others.


Lastly, this edition portraits the collaborative work between MCCM and CIOB to coordinate the International Heritage Conference programmed for November of this year.

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To enhance professionalism, encourage innovation and raise quality in construction management. To promote high standards and professional ethics in building and construction practices.


Ruben Caruana: Editor Andrei Cachia: Vice-Editor Fabrizio Gerada: Publication and Financial Officer


Contents JUNE/JULY 2022 03





Message from: The President and the CIOB CEO


How to become a Construction Project Manager


Legal by Dr. Ivan Mifsud


Agreements with Simprolit and Universal Imports.




Facilities by Karl Attard


BIM Introduction by Clarabel Versace


Health by Saint James


Health & Safety: Short Rigged Cranes by Michael Spiteri


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MCCM First Year Anniversary Event

14 MARE Summit

Chamber Strategy 2021-2023 Dissemination 4


Scaffolding in Malta


JM Vassallo Vibro Steal Limited


Heritage by Joe Magro Conti and Jospeh Rossi


Times are a changing by Marc V. Spiteri


A Net Zero Economy by David Xuereb


Sustainability by Chantal Stagno Navarra


Procurement in Construction by Mohammed Elaida


Industrial Heritage in Malta by Ruben Paul Borg


Quality by Terracore


Quality by Solidbase











Education Feature Institutions CMBS




Events 2022

Message from THE PRESIDENT AND THE CIOB CEO I would like to start my short message for the second edition of our Managing Construction magazine, by thanking a number of people, who in one way or another believed in and assisted our chamber in all the work and initiatives that it embarked on since its inception.

I am pleased to take this opportunity to offer my congratulations on your event in April marking the first anniversary of the MCCM, with the exciting launch of your magazine and website. MCCM was also a priority, I understand, for Hon Dr Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi in his first outing as the new Minister for Public Works and Planning. Having him want to engage with sector professionals shows the drive to improve standards and increase collaboration is having an impact and starting to make a positive difference.

On the 9th of April we celebrated our first anniversary with the launch of this magazine and a new website. From the received feedback, these two initiatives were not only embraced but encouraged to be pursued further. This second edition will be proving once again, the meaning of progress for our chamber. As an association that is striving to represent the entire spectrum of the construction management sector, we are ensuring that our magazine provides a valuable platform for all those stakeholders that, in one way or another, form part of the life cycle of a project.

I also received positive reports of the joint participation of our two organisations at the Mare Summit in May. It’s always useful when there’s a forum in which the broad church of construction can come together, with experts from across the industry, including construction managers, architects and planners, to name just a few. It’s brings our collaborative approach to life and helps in understanding the challenges faced by and opportunities in working closely with the whole supply chain.

As from this edition we will be including features related to BIM technology. BIM technology is not the future but it is the present. Hence even in this circumstance, our chamber will be making sure that not just our members and partners but all those involved in our industry, are kept informed about the latest developments. This magazine shall be a means of keeping abreast with these developments.

I’m also delighted more MCCM members are obtaining their chartership and becoming members and fellows of CIOB. Good luck to those that are currently working through the Professional Review process.

Additionally, we will also start featuring subjects like Facilities Management, Technical Site Visits, Materials, Legal aspects related to construction, together with the continuation of H&S, Heritage, Procurement, Education, and many other interesting features.

We also have much to look forward to – planning is underway for the joint MCCM CIOB Heritage Conference in November. Do check out the features elsewhere in this issue for some of the venues that will be part of this event.

Jesmond Chetcuti MCIOB AMICE - President Malta Chamber of Construction Management

Caroline Gumble - CEO



BENEFITS Instil professionalism, innovation and quality - Continuing Professional Development Opportunies - Affiliation with the Chartered Insitute of Building Preparation for the Cosntruction Project Manager Warrant An active community willing to improve the industry Built around the busy schedules of professionals


HOW TO BECOME A CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGER The previous edition highlighted the need of appointing a Construction Project Manager, as a key leading role in managing a successful project. This edition will now guide the reader to the process of becoming a Construction Project Manager. At present, in Malta, the profession of a Construction Project Manager is not regulated by any local act or laws. The process for this to happen commenced earlier in the year and the expected outcome is the formal legal recognition of this important key player within the local construction industry.

For those applicants who have a vast experience in the industry but do not satisfy the minimum academic entry level, the MCCM ensured to support these individuals by providing fully accredited programmes targeted specifically for the role of the CPM.

To become a CPM, the Malta Chamber of Construction Management ensured that in the Chamber’s statute specify a set of criteria which are to be considered by the applicant as the minimum entry requirements. These are divided into two main sections: the minimum academic level requirements and the minimum years of experience expected from the applicant.

Further information can be provided in the Education Section of this publication.



Clarabel Versace

Chantal Stagno Navarra

Fabrizio Gerada

Ethel Grima

Clarabel is a graduate in Construction Engineering, with more than 5 years experience in the industry. Throughout the past year within the chamber she focused on the Education and Development section together with a team of people. The initial aim was to get in contact with local and foreign institutes to provide members with the right courses on the market and at various levels. This goal was reached thanks to the hard work and teamwork behind because various agreements with both local and foreign institutes were signed. She together with the Education team, work hard to keep in touch with all members to assist and guide them into the right educational path. In addition to this, which is an on-going process, CPD’s and various literature are shared with the members for their benefit and to make sure everyone is always up to date with the latest industry updates.

Chantal is a Chartered Construction Project Manager and a full member of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). In 2007, she founded her own interior design and project management studio. During this period, she also completed a master’s degree in Architecture, Environmental & Energy studies through the University of East London. For a number of years, she acted as a project expert for the European Commission in relation to EU funded projects. Last July she joined MCCM and was appointed as the chamber’s secretary. Apart from the chamber’s secretary role, Chantal forms part of the Education working team and has recently been appointed to collaborate with the CIOB in order to ensure our commitment as a chamber, towards equality, diversity and inclusivity is indeed reached.

For the last 16 years, Fabrizio occupied roles in operations and general management. Daily, Fabrizio managed factories and their auxiliary branches, such as sales, product development, and strategy. In due course, he was part of several key projects where he was responsible for the company's technical, design, and management aspects. Such projects include Hilltop Gardens (AX Holdings), Transport Malta Lija (Hal Mann) and a good number of private properties, including Villa Fiorentina (Camilleri Paris Mode).

Ethel started her career as an assistant quality manager with a testing laboratory while was completing her studies with University of Bath in International Construction Management. In the early years of her carrier, she was exposed to national projects with complex detailing and finishing systems.

In 2020 Fabrizio graduated from Global College with a bachelor's degree in management with Human Resources Management. He is currently sitting for an MBA with the University of Suffolk.


She has augmented her career by holding consecutive positions in quality assurance and quality control role. Amongst other things, she was responsible to plan, coordinating and developing an ISO certified quality management system for construction firms including the management of construction projects and obtainment of construction products CE certification.

Legal Court Report DR. IVAN MIFSUD LLD PhD In a judgment dated 20th July 2020 (Ref. App. Ċiv. 282/19) the Court of Appeal confirmed an earlier judgment of the First Hall of the Civil Court, awarding damages to the family of an 84-year old lady who died when her home collapsed on her.

1. The facts A house collapsed, killing the occupant, after the house next door was demolished and other excavations occurred. Action was instituted against the owners, their architect, the contractor in his personal capacity as well as director of a particular company, and the sub-contractor who actually carried out the rock excavation and earth clearance.

2. The pleas raised by the defence The owners pleaded that they engaged people with the requisite skills; their architect blamed the contractor for disregarding his instructons, the contractor denied any personal resposnibility and as director of the company which signed the contract of works he claimed that the work was done according with the requisite skills, the sub-contractor submitted that he only followed the perit’s instructions.

3. The court expert’s findings The court expert found that as a direct result of excavations, a dividing wall was exposed and had to serve as a retaining wall, when it was not built for such a purpose leading to the collapse of the building. The same expert found that the excavations went deeper than what was required and beyond what was instructed by the architect. It also resulted that on the day prior to the collapse of the house the architect had warned those involved in the excavation of the danger and instructed remedial work to shore up the property, which instructions were disregarded.

4. The court’s findings The Perit failed to go on site to ensure that his instructions for remedial work were actuallly carried out; on the other hand the contractor as sole director was not allowed to hide behind his company when he was the main activist in the business and was also the person who decided to excavate closer than 76cm from the dividing wall and to continue excavating as much as he thought necessary without seeking the advice of the Perit. The sub-contractor although obeying the contractor’s instructions carried out the actual work. For this reason all were found liable for material (non-punitive) damages which damages were calculated according to the Butler v Heard formula. Part 2 will be available on the next edition of the MCCM Magazine

Looking for a Construction Project Manager or a Site Manager? Reach out to our chamber and we will help you find the right professional for the job! E: W: T: +356 7711 6778


Agreements Simprolit Simprolit are an innovative company that specialises in the conversion of ‘waste,’ namely polystyrene, and from the waste generated, in the purpose-built factory, building blocks, insulation and other building products are generated. Patented Simprolit System® is a true game changer in Circular Economy for manufacturing of construction material. The agreement with MCCM will provide Simprolit with a platform to further disseminate the benefits of their products. Simprolit will be present on the chamber magazine Managing Construction and on the chamber website. In a short speech following the signing of this agreement, the President of the MCCM, Mr Jesmond Chetcuti, expressed his satisfaction that this company and its directors Alex and Jo Sakota are not only appreciating the efforts and hard work our chamber are putting, to be part of the nationwide upscaling of the construction industry, but also believe in the reach of the chamber portals through the local community. On behalf of Simprolit, Director Alex and Jo Sakota, expressed that Simprolit is eager to be an active partner and that through this agreement with MCCM, Simprolit will be supporting further professionalization of construction industry in Malta.

“This is a cause of high importance, not only to the members of the MCCM only but for the general public and the local construction industry. This is for the benefit of our citizens and country, Malta!”


Simprolit Manufacturing Ltd. are the main and exclusive manufacturers and distributors of Simprolit Systems® and through its head company, Simprolit Global is offering license of its innovative technology globally. For more information on the products and services offered by Simprolit Manufacturing, go on the company website: and Facebook page:

Universal Import & Export Ltd

“Scientific Business Manager Adam Barton, expressed his pleasure that through this agreement with MCCM, his company will be supporting a cause of high importance, not only to the members of the MCCM but also for the general public and the local construction industry.”

The Malta Chamber of Construction Management is pleased to announce a cooperation agreement with Universal Import & Export Ltd. Through this agreement, the members of the chamber will be able to benefit from the various discounts, on products that Universal Import & Export Ltd will be offering as part of this agreement.

Universal Import & Export Ltd are the main and/or exclusive importers of the global brands: 3M; Ansell; Honeywell; Showa; Tigergrip; and U-power. Through the agreement with MCCM, Universal will be offering discounts on health and safety products sold at their outlet in Paola.

In an introduction to the signing of this agreement, the President of the MCCM, Mr Jesmond Chetcuti, expressed his satisfaction that one of the major companies in the import and export of H&S gear and equipment, is appreciating the efforts and hard work our chamber is putting towards the upscaling, not only of its members but also the construction sector in general.

For more information on the products and services offered by Universal Import & Export Ltd, go on the company website: or visit their shop.

On behalf of Universal Import & Export Ltd,


MCCM First Year Anniversary Event

As part of the celebrations for its first anniversary since its official registration as an official body, the Malta Chamber of Construction Management, on the 9th of April organised a public event for which the newly appointed Minister for Public Works and Planning Hon. Dr. Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi was invited.

to enhance the professionalisation of the construction industry in Malta.

The President of the Chamber, Mr. Jesmond Chetcuti, opened the ceremony by accentuated the importance of the organization that is the voice of various managerial roles working within the Construction Industry. The Minister for Public Works and Planning Dr. Zrinzo Azzopardi emphasised on the need to change the law to boost the standards through regulations and understood the importance of MCCM, a chamber that represents project managers in the construction sector and promote good and professional practices. A special address via video link was delivered by Mrs. Caroline Gumble, the CEO of Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). In August 2021, a memorandum of understanding between the two organisations was signed

Joe Magro Conti MCCM Heritage Consultant


Mr. Daniel Camilleri, the web designer provided the present with a brief overview on the contents of the new MCCM website. Mr. Ruben Caruana, Editor of the magazine, presented the first edition of the quarterly magazine titled ‘Managing Construction’; he explained the process involved and thanked the sponsors for their belief and constant support towards MCCM.

“ Construction in Malta is a sector of great economic importance, but we have to ensure we continue improving the standards through which this sector is implemented '' Minister Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi In addition, Mr. Joe Magro Conti provided a preview to the Heritage Conference, a joint project between CIOB and MCCM. This event is being planned to take place later on this year. Ms. Chantal Stagno Navarra outlined how the chamber will be participating in the MARE Summit; an event that will be taking place on the 4th and 5th of May at the Hilton Conference Centre, in St Julian’s. The ceremony came to an end after Hon. Dr. Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi presented the membership certificates to the latest successful members.


Mare Summit 

MARE Summit Malta Events: 5th May 2022 Hilton Conference Centre

In Partnership with our international partner the Chartered Institute of Building, our chamber was one of the partners and participants for the Mare Summit that took place in May at the Hilton Conference Centre in St Julian`s.

“The open and objective discussion on the true value of planning and the regeneration of buildings was comprehensive and compelling thanks to the expert panellists that included MCIOB's Chantal.” Perit David Xuereb

Chantal Stagno Navarra MCIOB and Perit Wendy Jo Mifsud during the panel discussing the subject ''Rehabilitation: sustainable urban future based on urban regeneration'' the other two participants on the panel, Profs Alex Torpiano and Perit Andre Pizzutto. Moderating the discussion Perit David Xuereb.

For this Summit, a number of experts contributed with interventions on a number of panels that covered all aspects of the built environment.

Minister for Environment, Energy and Enterprise for Malta Dr. Miriam Dalli visiting our stand


“We need to ensure that our living and working spaces are fit for our future. The challenge is to create a new relationship between cities and nature while also creating a more equitable relationship between people” Chantal Stagno Navarra MCIOB MCCM From inception, financing, planning, design, implementation, delivery, maintenance and finally the most important aspect for the developer, the selling of his investment. Hon. Ing. Stanley Zammit Stanley Zammit , Spokesperson for the Opposition visiting our stand

Other aspects like sustainability, regeneration and technology were topics that attracted a lot of interest. Apart from having a stand in the exhibit area, our chamber and CIOB were represented in one of the panels by Chantal Stagno Navarra MCIOB, who is also the chamber secretary.

MCCM and CIOB stand at the Mare Summit



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to which course they need to follow in order to move forward. When they attend courses, obtain qualifications and start progressing, this will be translated into the work they give the public, both as clients and as bystanders, neighbours of construction projects.” - Jesmond Chetcuti, President

Construction Sector to be Better Regulated Minister Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi

The construction sector is to be better regulated and standards of work practice will also be improved. This was announced by Minister for Public Works and Planning Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi when he addressed the Malta Chamber of Construction Management.

Mr Chetcuti said the project managers are involved in projects from the very beginning until final completion.

This organisation, which represents Project Managers, among others, is helping for construction projects to be carried out in a professional manner, be more sustainable, and cause less inconvenience to the general public. In order to achieve this aim, the MCCM is training its staff, has launched an electronic site and has even issued its first publication. The Malta Chamber of Construction Management is providing a very important service so that projects in the construction sector are carried out in a professional, planned and coordinated manner, both so that investors are satisfied with the end product and for the public and residents in surrounding areas not to be inconvenienced or suffer damage to their properties. MCCM President Jesmond Chetcuti said the MCCM works to improve its members’ skills in order to provide a professional service. “Our chamber consists of three categories, rather than just one, so those joining the minor categories will be guided as


Minister for Public Works and planning Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi said the need is felt for changes to the laws in order to boost the standards through regulations, including licencing of contractors and improvement in the skills of workers in this sector. Zrinzo Azzopardi said the aim of the MCCM is to represent project managers in the construction sector and promote good and professional practices. “Construction in Malta is a sector of great economic importance, but we have to ensure we continue improving the standards through which this sector is implemented. There are targets that are very clear, including the introduction of building codes as well as other important ideas, through which the direction will be to improve standards and ensure we have more skilled persons to run this sector in the best possible manner.” - Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi, Minister On the first anniversary of its inception, the Malta Chamber of Construction Management is continuing to boost its importance through more persons joining the Chamber, and has even launched an electronic site and issued its first publication with information about what is happening in the sector, and about the need for all this to be run effectively and sustainably.

Facilities WHAT IS FACILITIES MANAGEMENT? KARL ATTARD Over the last centuries, humans have always thrived to create safe and secure spaces for shelter and human convenience. With the development of technology, engineering, and the construction industry facilities management has become a process to align the organisation’s corporate strategy with their physical assets to ensure they are in synergy.

However, it is not an easy task to ensure satisfaction since all tenants have different influential factors and perception. One needs to understand the importance to integrate the facilities management within the building operation structure to obtain and reach clients’ satisfaction The service excellence performance identifies and differentiates one office building from another and hence identifying tenants’ satisfaction and loyalty becomes vital. The critical factors that may improve retention comes from the service performance and relationships that the landlord may offer. The greater the level of satisfaction the higher the probability that the tenants will stay.

Facilities are no longer defined only as the physical structure of the building alone but also includes various factors that make every building or organisation unique by its own. There is no accurate definition to define facility but as a context, facility is a workplace – which can either be a place for work, interaction, play or learn. However, to understand the workplace you need to know the facility factors of such building that one need to maintain and operate. These factors’ can be categories into two parts, which are: - the soft services and the hard services. The soft services are those services which either be used to make the building more secure and pleasant working environment or efficient. Such services may include – landscaping, waste management, pest control, administration, health and safety and others. The hard services are those technical services that the building is making used to maintain and operate such services. These are plant services equipment, fire safety equipment, finishes, IT infrastructure, building management system, vertical transportation (lifts) and access control system.

Facilities management will remain a point of contact to share information and knowledge to the landlord or tenants to obtain ones’ needs. The importance of social connectivity will become a major factor to achieve better facilities management in the future. Facility will not be defined as a workplace anymore but a centre of experience where one can interact, share information, and create knowledge. Facilities will exist to obtain an optimum space to create an effective design for the necessary working environment. Every design must be reviewed from facilities management perspective to ensure that it is practical, operational, and sustainable design. This will help the organisation to be more organic and variant. What is relevant today will be reset and reconfigured for tomorrow. That is why facilities management will not be engaged to manage the organisation but capable to use every facility to drive the organisation. Management’s role will be used to optimize the involvement structure to obtain the necessary and uniqueness service to the occupants or landlords.

In today’s real estate market space demands, landlords are facing different challenges to attract new tenants and keep their current occupants satisfied. Understanding tenants’ criteria to select their ideal office space helps landlords to focus on a specific market and allows competition with other commercial office buildings.


INTRODUCTION TO BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING Clarabel Versace BIM has been in existence for some years now. However, in recent years it has become crucial. It has become mandatory in some countries and specific projects. Countries like Finland, the United States, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Australia, Singapore and the United Kingdom have mandated BIM. Although it has been used around the world for the past years, it is constantly evolving, and this comes along with the technological advancement and creation of BIM software. The term BIM has expanded lately and is considered the ‘current expression of digital innovation’ across the construction industry.

a 3D model, BIM dimensions are defined to differentiate between the conventional 2D or 3D geometry model and BIM models. BIM models, as the acronym states, consist of 3D but also further information. The ‘I’ in BIM stands for information, which is very important. 2D and 3D characterise the geometry of a model. The other BIM dimensions characterise additional information associated with the model. These BIM dimensions are 3D, 4D, 5D, 6D, 7D and 8D BIM. Every dimension represents a different type of information, as defined below.

What is BIM?

BIM stands for Building Information Modelling or Building Information Management. It is a collaborative process for creating and managing information throughout the whole lifecycle of a project. It is a new methodology of developing a project, a cultural change for all stakeholders involved. Such a process consists of coordinated digital information, mainly consisting of 3D models and associated information defined by ISO standards and other policies.

The dimensions defined: 3D BIM – It is the digital three-dimensional geometric model. 4D BIM – It is the dimension related to time; hence scheduling and planning are integrated. 5D BIM – It is the dimension related to cost; hence cost-related information is integrated into the model.

BIM has different dimensions and levels for which various software and processes may be applied. This article focuses on the various BIM dimensions, which show the multiple uses and applications of BIM in construction projects.

6D BIM – It is the dimension related to facility management. 7D BIM – It is the dimension related to sustainability.

The BIM dimensions refer to the information associated with the 3D model. Since BIM is not only about having

8D BIM – This is a more recent dimension, including health and safety-related information.






Facility Management


3D 4D 5D 6D 7D 8D

As mentioned previously, the BIM dimensions define what information can be associated. For such reason, this is defined in the initial stages of a project to develop the requirements precisely.

Technology will keep on evolving, and so will BIM. The more it advances, the more the BIM dimensions will play an important part in the BIM processes. In the next article, the definition of BIM levels will follow.


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Michael Spiteri The improper handling of cranes can result a very big impact on a construction project. Accidents involving cranes can be categorized as technical accidents such as in terms of mechanical failure, loss of balance and crane overturned that would increase more liability losses.

that a relevant risk assessment and ground investigation have been carried out) Like many Valletta centre projects and also other areas outside Valletta, the street or road has to remain open throughout crane operations, meaning that full extension of the 4 outriggers is not possible, otherwise the street or road would have to be closed meaning traffic diversions with additional expenses incurred on the client or contractor.

It was a beautiful summer day and a 30T mobile crane was lifting and placing steel beams inside a three-storey old building in Valletta. This old property is undergoing major restoration and it seems that the placing of the beams is part of the initial elements of the job. To undertake the project, the crane is sitting outside on a downslope beside the building. It’s outriggers are 100% fully extended on the left-hand side, but short rigged on the right. In order to lift over the existing building the crane telescopic boom is almost fully extended. The presence of possible basements along the street meaning that pressure could not be exerted over the pavement. ( I understand


Apart from a huge disadvantage that the crane lost out on capacity that it actually has, resulting from the full extension on the left and, if the crane is not fitted with a load chart or a computerised control system to identify the precise centre of gravity, crane and boom configurations, outrigger settings and the pressure of the support cylinders, the risk of overturning is high. One of the contributing factors for overturning is when the counterweight is positioned towards the short outriggers.

Accidents are a common occurrence on construction sites and happen due to many reasons and causes. An incident which dates back in 2009, the owner of a mobile crane was found guilty by the court of appeal because outrigger was not extended properly resulting in the crane to topple over parked cars. A recent event happened in June 2021 due to short rigged crane that toppled over a building.

It is a system that is intended to allow the MCCM to welcome members from across the Construction Management community

Based on other relevant events, it can be concluded that the solution to reduce crane accidents still has not reached a satisfactory level, crane accidents keep happening and thus increasing the number of accidents. Many of these incidents have occurred due to poor planning of the lifting operation – often because basic factors have been overlooked.

Investigation on crane accidents is necessary to determine the root causes of the accidents and relevant liabilities of parties involved, and to recommend effective measures to prevent recurrence of similar accidents. Insurance companies hold policyholders as well responsible on grounds that any damages resulting from negligence and contrary to the manufacturer’s guidelines are not ‘accidental'.

Actions required At the design and construction stages, designers and contractors should consider that adequate space is available so that a crane or any mobile plant required as part of the building process, can be safely set up. Outriggers help to increase the stability of the crane during lifting operations. The cranes should also be regularly maintained, inspected and tested by competent persons before they are to be used at construction sites. Finally, the proper and safe operations of a crane mainly falls to the operator. The operator must be provided with appropriate training regarding the proper use of the crane, stabiliser or outrigger setting, understand load charts along with managers or supervisors so as to be able to use this information to plan the lifts and crane safe operations.


SCAFFOLDING IN MALTA Authors: Jesmond Chetcuti & Marc V. Spiteri


and time again in your average health and safety officer’s report. However, there are companies that try to achieve the standard for proper safety and well installed scaffolds. The problem is that they are shunned as a means of cost cutting and general lack of awareness.

Other countries and Code of Practice Within the European context, scaffold structures considered under the temporary works category are regulated by Standards and by Code of Practices, especially with regards to their safe erection, maintenance and use.

However, all is not lost. For the past years many of the local historic buildings and fortifications have gone through a restoration programme to return them to their former glory. Working on such structures comes with new risks and their access is inherently associated with having scaffold in place as a necessity.

The workers that erect scaffolding must be trained and certified, they need to have the competence to work in such a dangerous and responsible environment and also to erect such structures safely.

At least for most of these type of buildings and structures, the quality of the scaffold used has improved considerably. The likelihood here is that these works are being monitored more closely, by the client and their consultants whilst the nature of the works require a different calibre of contractor.

Locally there are few properly trained and certified people competent in the safe erection of scaffolding, and it is very evident which companies employ such individuals. It is also very clear, when scaffolds are not erected under the direction of such individuals.

It is pleasing to see that in such facets of publicly funded projects, the industry is headed in the right direction. For scaffold structures of certain height and complexity, the submittal of a design should be mandatory. Erecting scaffold is not a task that is done without ‘a plan’. A reflection that there is ‘a plan’ , is the design. By this design the contractor can calculate the material he requires and the safety features required. Eventually these designs need to be reviewed and followed up by making sure that what is in the plan is effectively being built, or else it will be a futile document filing exercise.

Locally, the training that is offered is a series of short courses that are less technical and more a case of “don't do this, and this must be done”. They are also very basic and intended for all persons on a site, offering little towards raising one to becoming a certified competent person. From personal experience, the individuals boasting such status have received their training abroad.

The local scaffold contractors should be encouraged to invest in both human resources -training of personnel, and even the materials used.

In many cases of amateurish works, we see a notable absence of some of the most basic and necessary items in a scaffold. No toe boards (that protect anyone walking underneath from being hit by a falling object), handrails not at the right height (or even missing), missing boards (increasing the risk of falls), the structure not ‘tied’ properly to the supporting building, etc.

Good quality boards, good quality metal pipes, tidy netting, access stairs, ladders etc. and more importantly to keep up to date with new practices and materials used in other countries.

It is typical, to see ‘the metal skeleton’ of the structure in place, but missing a high percentage of boards and toe boards, not to mention the ‘structure’ not properly secured to the supporting building of elevation.

However, it is not just the contractors. Developers need to be educated on the reality of the situation. Overheads are real costs and safety is a running cost that needs to be catered for at all avenues. It cannot be skirted and most of all, the responsibility that comes with it cannot be shirked.

This means that this ‘death trap’ is facilitating the worker to reach higher levels BUT in an unsafe manner. It is imperative to understand that the above are but a few of the issues we encounter on site and which arise time


What about the public? A good portion of scaffold structures are required to be built on public footpaths or walkways This requires permitting and clearance to be issued by the relevant entity, usually the local council, and comes with certain criteria that need to be adhered to regarding the protection of users of the walkways, and the need to ensure safe, continuous, free and unobstructed access. Are the client and his contractor looking at this aspect when they are due to erect a scaffold? Are the conditions on the permit being followed and adhered to? Some of the structures, just occupy the footpath, blocking it, and in simple terms, the builder is ‘inviting’ the public; being just a normal pedestrian, a woman with a pram and a little child, or even a wheelchair user, to ‘step down’ from the footpath and walk on the road- if they are lucky- as most of the time cars are parked, meaning they need to go onto the carriageway facing all the related dangers. Again, in public contracts, it is noticeable that this scenario is being catered for and the contractor is being instructed, to keep the public in mind when erecting the structure. Forming a tunnel - like access, allows for the pedestrians and other footpath users, to remain safely on the footpath. Even here, another safety aspect that is to be kept in mind is the design and building of the ‘tunnel’ itself. Making sure that no debris (or even water) falls from the platforms above, is a priority. If the latter is not happening, the public will be avoiding ‘the tunnel’ and what looks a safe set up will result in the opposite. Concluding comments Scaffold building is a specialist industry. Locally, it must be regulated better. This will not only help the ‘’good and professional’’ contractors, but also encourage them to invest in better and safer practices.


Similar to many other safe systems of work, scaffolding is not a costly system that a builder or a client can do without when there are planned works at height. It is a necessity. The investment when compared to the greatercost of the project is nominal, and even so, there can be no excuse for putting a price on the safety of all those on or around a construction site. Yet, if a developer needs further convincing, it can be readily seen that the expense typically pays for itself by allowing for the works to be carried out quicker and minimises the chances of being halted due to shortcomings. Despite its growth, the local construction industry in general, particularly in the private sector, is still a far cry away from meeting the standards we see in the rest of Europe. Be it a matter of mentality, or an inertia to accept new methodologies, or a stigma towards accepting additional costs which might minutely impact the bottom line, the matter needs to be addressed, especially if we intend to continue building vertically. A significant paradigm shift is needed, and it must stem from our basic education. Imposing fines and stop orders and other forms of enforcement can be counterproductive and simply result in new- fangled ways to dodge the system. Energies and investments would be much better focused upon creating an environment where developers and contractors actively and willingly want to provide for safe and accessible works sites, not just doing it to avoid a proverbial slap on the wrist. We trust that recent changes in the echelons of our local authorities will result in new regulatory systems being introduced, and the drive to introducing the SKILLS card amongst other things will achieve the desired results in most major works, but education will always remain essential in moulding our approach and objectivity towards the general principles of health, safety, obligations and duties towards each other.

News News CHAMBER STRATEGY FOR 2021 - 2023 DISSEMINATION Meeting with the Minister for Infrastructure The andChamber the CIOBStatute CEO This document is considered of high importance An invitation to Mrs Caroline Gumble, givenofa the foundation status and aofdocument that CEO Chartered Institute Building was shall provide therepresentative governance baseline. initiatedthe bychamber local CIOB This document isChetcuti intendedMCIOB to regulate and govern Jesmond AMICE. Hon. Bernard Grech all theDr. chamber doings including butMalta not limited Mrs Caroline Gumble, visited Leadertoofthe The Opposition membership and eligibility, the in February 2020and and as part of her visit, Hon. Ing. Stanley setting up ofZammit the council andwith the the duties a meeting was organized Hon. Ing. Rebecah Cilia of each official within its Hon Dr Ian Borg administration. Andrei Cachia Minister for Infrastructure. February2020 2021 (MCCM)February

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Legal recognition for the Construction Project Manager The necessity of the legal recognition for the profession of the Construction Project Manager is the baseline for the setting up of the chamber. As one of the major players within the construction industry and the project life,it is high time that the CPM is recognized. We believe that management is key to successful execution of a construction project and the perceived local interpretation of a Construction Project Manager’s role is to change drastically. The role, benefits and value adding aspects that a construction project manager provides to the project’s delivery cycle Martin Saliba areMr. areas that need tobe Chairman Planning Authority communicated Chantal Stagno Navarra and emphasized on. (MCCM) March 2021

Meeting with the Parliament Secretary Hon Chris Agius A meeting with Hon Chris Agius was scheduled during the month of March and attended by representatives from the Chamber during which the collaboration between Government and Chamber was re-confirmed and hence resumed. March 2021 Ing. James Camenzuli Projects Plus CEO

The Quintano Report The Quintano Report is a report that was commissioned by the Office of the Prime Minister subsequent to the Hamrun tragedy. The acting committee of the chamber appointed a sub committee to review this report and provide the chamber its review feedback to the same report. The members of this sub committee included Mr. Karl Azzopardi-Chairman of the sub committee, Mr. Reno Vassallo, Mr. Andrei Cachia and Mr. Jesmond Chetcuti. The outcome of the review exercise would be Dr. Aaron subject toHon. approval via theFarrugia structures of the Minister forbe Transport, chamber, and shall submitted to the Infrastructure Capital chairman of and the BICC andProjects the Parliament AndreiSecretary Cachia for Construction. (MCCM) 2nd March 2020

Chamber Registration Assisted by the chamber’s legal advisor Dr Ivan Mifsud, the administrators and acting council members signed the documentation relative to the chamber’s official registration as well as that related to the Malta Business Registry. The Malta Chamber Perit CharlesManagement Buhagiar of Construction BICC is now anExecutive official body. 2ndChairman March 2021


JM VASSALLO VIBRO STEEL LIMITED A FACTORY VISIT BY THE EDITORIAL TEAM optimisation of production on various machinery, utilising a barcoding and labelling system to track each and every process from manufacturing to delivery in real time.

Our editorial team met with Mr. Raymond Vassallo, chairperson of JMV Group, a family-owned business based in Zebbug, which owns amongst others JM Vassallo Vibro Steel Ltd.

Although the company is geared towards high volume production, they also have a set-up for custom orders, both for steel mesh and structural beams. JMV are the only manufacturers of electro-welded steel reinforcing mesh in Malta which is produced from hot rolled wire, with Quality Certification to Grade B500C satisfying anti-seismic properties.

The company, which is now in its third generation of management, was started by the late Mr. John Mary Vassallo, over 50 years ago, in 1969 and nowadays employs over 45 employees in different areas of its business operations. While they are one of the market leaders in construction steel products,the company also owns two retail outlets dedicated to the well renowned Isomat and Kerakoll brands, offering complete building solutions.

A 2400 square meter warehouse holds the steel sections and beams. There is also a 40-metre line for the processing, cutting and drilling of steel sections. All processing of steel sections is carried out under Certification of EN 1090 offering a CE Marked product.

The editorial team had the opportunity to discuss various topics during the site visit, where, together with a technical entourage we were shown various cutting and bending lines that process steel reinforcement from straight bars or directly from coils.

Towards the end of our visit, our team also visited the in-house testing laboratory from which the company issues quality assurance certification for all its processed steel, in order to be in line with the various quality standards, with the impressive ability to also test 32mm rods with over 60 tons of force. This laboratory is the only one of its kind in the industry in Malta.

“ The high level of health and safety standards was immediately noticeable, not only in terms of personal protective equipment, but also in the frequent routine checks that are carried out”

Although the laboratory was visited towards the end of our visit, in reality, the structure was the first one that we could note on the premises, a sign of pure commitment towards their clients, where through professional partnerships, they consistently managed to supply the local construction industry with efficiency and the highest quality possible to fulfil orders for a wide variety of projects.

JMV also process all orders through a professional enterprise resource planning software, which allows the



A Net Zero Economy the Role of Buildings DAVID XUEREB


intangible resources and respect to building users and owners. This is a compelling ask of real leadership that will make this change tangible.

I have been asked to write a series of articles to address the contribution of the building industry to a net-zero economy ambition. This first one is a reality check.

“Expectations of society are changing and will continue to be demanding of the industry and of all of us.”

A net-zero economy target is motivated by the harsh realities of climate change, but in tangible terms is really about a transition that will affect all sectors, all business and our lives. This is a reality and the faster we embrace this, the more successful we will be.

Government will interact with business and business with technology and talent. Emphasis will be placed on innovation and measurement of the true improvement of current practices.

Production and supply lines are changing continuously. Disruption is around us and value chains are being repurposed. Economies will need to become more regional, local and certainly circular. Our talent whether professional or trade need to be reskilling and upskilling.

We all have a role and responsibility. This is an opportunity. We must adopt a critical thinking approach while persuading our peers and leading an industry into a bright and responsible future.

This is an evolving story and it is our obligation to seek to repurpose what we do. We are called to design a world that contributes to a net-zero economy. The process of building and how spaces we designed and built is significant influence on more efficient use of natural and

The articles that will follow intend to inspire and motivate real, tangible aspirations and actions for true change and to get us all to establish our role in this transition.


Sustainability WHY GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE AND GREEN BUILDINGS ARE IMPORTANT Chantal Stagno Navarra MCIOB In order to combat climate change, the European Green Deal's biodiversity plan for 2030 emphasizes the necessity of safeguarding nature and reversing ecosystem deterioration. The action plan for the initiative includes green infrastructure. While green infrastructure is used to manage stormwater, it also benefits the community since it reduces overall energy consumption, provides a pleasant environment for users and a sense of belonging, improves air quality, lowers greenhouse gas emissions, increases property value, and extends the life of buildings. Green infrastructure promotes outdoor activities such as walking, cycling, and other recreational activities on a broad scale. People are encouraged to walk around, stay and spend time in environments that are pleasant where people feel they belong. Green roofs and walls are a means of re-establishing the connection between nature and the city. They are an essential tool in achieving zero emissions from greenhouse gases by 2050. The University of Malta has been conducting research in the area of green roofs to create a baseline study about green roof construction and their performance in Malta. Green buildings can increase user comfort by eliminating drafts, minimizing floor-to-ceiling temperature stratification, managing noise, enhancing indoor air quality, and providing daylighting and views. This is true for both home and commercial applications. Individuals who operate in such an atmosphere typically benefit psychologically from knowing that they have influence over their surroundings.

restoring the building's operations to their original design intent. On the other hand, continuous commissioning focuses on improving the operation and control of building systems.

“Even if a facility is planned or upgraded for high performance, it will not stay that way unless it is managed actively. ”

As experts and as a government, it is consequently our responsibility to set an example and communicate our knowledge on the subject.

This emphasizes the necessity of public education. Monitoring, maintaining, and enhancing building operations is an important part of its life cycle. Continuous commissioning, which differs from commissioning, can accomplish this. Commissioning is the process of ensuring that building systems are installed and run to give the owner's desired performance, with a primary focus on


Heritage Heritage Conference - Malta 2022 Joe Magro Conti and Joseph Rossi Grand Masters’ Palace The Grand Masters’ Palace in Valletta was one of the heritage buildings chosen by CIOB-MCCM for workshops during the November 2022 conference to be held in Malta with the theme of built heritage, re-adaptive use, and response to climate control. The Palace is Scheduled Grade 1 as heritage building of national importance, currently undergoing a €10 million restoration and refurbishment project benefitted from co-funding by the European Union and part National funding. The Palace is still in use and from the 1970s it serves as the Palace of the President of the Republic of Malta as well as one of Malta’s most visited museums managed by Heritage Malta. The restoration includes the restoration of mural paintings and decorations, soffit paintings, marble floors, the revamping of the Palace Armoury and its restitution to its former hall at the piano nobile, and removal of accretions, the revamping of the President’s office, the Palace State Rooms, collections, and visitor’s facilities including access-for-all. As in many traditional buildings in Malta built before the 1950s the Palace has in-built passive measures crafted out of the architecture itself to respond to local climatic conditions such as: thick walls for thermal massing, high ceilings with vents for the ventilation of hot and cool air, narrow vertical windows set within thick jambs to admit natural light but less heat to enter the rooms, louvered wooden window shutters to allow breeze in but not the heat, layered roofs for waterproofing and as insulator, central courtyards, backyards and small gardens which help natural ventilation and light while keeping the building cool especially in summer, and the indispensable rock-hewn cisterns to capture rainwater from roofs and yards. Thanks are due to Heritage Malta and the Grand Master’s Palace curators, staff and project architects for facilitating the visit.


Muza This heritage building was also chosen by CIOB-MCCA for workshops during the November 2022 conference to be held in Malta with the theme of built heritage, re-adaptive use and response to climate control. The Auberg d’Italie was built between 1576-80 with later modifications, as the quarters of the Italian knights providing them with lodgings, a kitchen, dining hall, and committee meetings rooms. Originally the entrance of the auberge was from today’s Pjazza de Valette, now made re-accessible to the public. In 2011, preparations were undertaken for the relocation of the national fine arts museum to be transferred from Admiralty House in South Street, Valletta to the Auberge d’Italie as the new MUŻA which was inaugurated in 2018. The Auberge d’Italie’s is Scheduled Grade 1 as a heritage building of national importance and its longevity is an example of re-adaptive use and environmentally sustainable. The MUŻA is one of Malta’s most visited museums managed by Heritage Malta and was a flagship project for Valletta 18. The project included the re-adaptation of the building for exhibiting period fine art and modern art collections, visitor’s facilities, an open depository for the study collection, a resource/library center, cultural spaces for events, conferences, lectures and community participation, a café/bistro, and a tourist information office. The project includes the retention of the traditional in-built passive measures and the use of artificial internal climate control measures to safeguard heritage collections made of a variety of materials from variations in temperature, humidity, and natural light whilst maintaining comfort of visitors. The MUŻA €10 million project benefitted from co-founding by the European Union and part National funding. Thanks are due to Heritage Malta and the MUŻA curators, staff and project architects for facilitating the visit.


Times are a changing BUT ARE THEY FOR THE BETTER?

Marc V. Spiteri At the time of writing of this article, the Kamra tal-Periti and the Building and Construction Authority had found themselves at an impasse. Most recently, amendments have been passed on the legal notice regarding the Avoidance of Damages to Third Parties, which has created a shift in the onus on the Perit, and seems to have created an arbitrary policing wherein works on different end of the spectrum, from a simple internal alteration, to a large scale development, are being vetted in much the same way. This has brought with it an endless plethora of questions being raised by Periti and our Client’s alike – speaking as a Perit now, it is also quite damaging to our profession as a whole, to have been guiding clients one way for a period of time, only for a new policy or change in legislation to spontaneously appear with no forewarning or explanation on the implications, and for the Client to find out with the Perit simultaneously. The proverbial egg on one’s face in such cases, is often further exacerbated by the fact that Clients now have to take up insurances, place bank guarantees and await open ended review periods of the documents submitted by their periti, prior to beginning any works even on a simple internal alteration within their own property, with no risk of any form of damages befalling third parties, despite prior indications. Unfortunately, we have once again borne witness to common theme is our national mode d’emploi – “jew nejja, jew maħruqa”. It is understandable that there would be resistance to change in an industry that is as large and as old are Construction, and that after decades of no regulation, the impact of any new form of controlling would cease matters from proceeding as they always had been. This, I strongly believe, is a good thing! We couldn’t keep going the way we were. However, the changes that have come about in the last three years within the industry have been, aside from significant, very instant. There has been no transient period for assimilation.

“There has been no form of paradigm shift because there hasn’t been the chance to adopt a new mentality from education or increased awareness.”

It has simply been an imposed change with near immediate affect calling for a overnight Darwinian adaptation. And adapt we did. Indeed, the time for dilly dallying had long come to pass by the time the legal notice was published. The need for enforcement of the protection of Third Parties was long overdue and there was the need to ensure that proper practices were being adopted to ensure the protection and safety of those impacted by the works. However, oftentimes this has only boiled down to an academic exercise in producing the necessary paperwork that is required by the legal notice, with no tangible change being seen. We still see buildings being taken down by means of a mini-excavator placed on the roof; we still believe that using a rotary saw cut to separate one site from those adjacent to it solves all problems arising from excavations with large pneumatic machinery; and we still see storey’s deep excavations vertically flush against adjacent roads or buildings. The BCA has in fact tried to introduce a review method for method statements and documentation submitted, however in recent times, this author feels it has become a true case of the blind leading the blind. Oftentimes, the reviews returned are simply a checklist assessment – items are sometimes requested, such as the verification of load transfer to foundations, when the proposed development entails the change of use of a space , or the shifting of a doorway with no impact on the building itself. Our industry is vast, and projects and developments vary significantly, in terms of their impact, their costs, their duration, the stakeholders involved, the organisations behind them. The review of a development can never be simply boiled down to a simple checklist of items, carried out blindly – one might hazard implying that maybe these reviews are carried out by persons of a less technical background than administrative one, albeit such allegations are unfounded, and the implication should be taken to be more cautionary than accusatory or inflammatory. Improvements have taken place, but progress needs to be carried out in the most mutually beneficial means towards the primary stakeholders, namely the regulator, the regulated and the third parties.


In the coming week following the writing of this article, the BCA and the KTP will be independently holding talks relating to the latest changes adopted – each with certainly differing scopes.

3. Identifying acceptable methods of assessment and allowing professionals to choose the most suitable means dependingon the project;

Unfortunately, the rhetoric is always the same.Therefore, I ask the administrative powers that be, to get the bickering and finger pointing out of the way as soon as possible, to set pride and position aside, to step away from the veil of bureaucratic procedures and agendas, and to sit around a table and resolve tangible changes that the industry needs; 1. Proper training and education for our workers and constructors

4. Adopting internationally recognised methods for categorising projects and adapting accordingly to those needs; 5. Create proper channels for discourse, and accessible and transparent platforms to facilitate the regulatory process; In the meantime, I invite my colleagues and the managerial collegiate in the construction industry to maintain our professionalism, and not get bogged down by the need to satisfy the paper trail, and to be mindful of the technical, practical, and realistic solutions our Clients and Projects needs to ensure safe, timely and reliable execution of works.

2. A sustainable and transparent means of licensing;


Procurement in Construction Design-Bid-Build Mohammed Elaida MCIOB



The system is the first type of procurement used before the end of 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century, when clients used to appoint craftsmen to carry out construction works under the direction of a surveyor or mason. Later on, clients depended on the Architect or consultant to design and manage their construction projects with the aim to meet the required quality at the stipulated time and cost.




Definition of the procurement method





Tradional Procurement (Brook, 2008)

Types of ‘Design-Bid-Build’ Procurement

This procurement method is also called ‘conventional’, ‘traditional’ or ‘separated’ The special characteristic of this procurement category is the separation of the responsibility for the design of the project from that of its construction.



1. Re-measurement Contract with approximate Bill of Quantities: Generally, the design will, relatively, be complete when the Bill of Quantities is prepared. Tendering on the basis of an approximate bill of quantities can allow early selection of the contractor and so an early commencement on site.


2. Re-measurement Contract with Schedule of Rates: A schedule of rates is a list of specific and described items, but do not contain any quantities and is typically used when the nature of work required is known but it cannot be quantified, or if continuity of programme cannot be determined.

Apart from the separation of design and construction, the conventional procurement system shows a number of other basic characteristics: 1. Project delivery is a progressive process. 2. The design of the project is mainly completed before work commences on site.

3. Cost Reimbursement: A cost reimbursable contract or cost-plus contract is one in which the contractor is reimbursed the actual costs they incur in carrying out the works, plus an additional fee. This type is used where the nature or scope of the work to be carried out cannot be properly defined at the outset, such as, emergency work (urgent alteration or repair work, or if there has been a building failure or a fire requiring immediate reconstruction). Tendering may proceed based on an outline specification, any drawings and an estimate of costs.

3. The responsibility for managing the project is divided between the client’s consultants and the contractor and there is therefore little scope for involvement of either of the parties in the other’s activities. 4. Reimbursement of the client’s consultants is normally on a fee and expenses basis whilst the contractor is paid for the work completed on re-measurement or lump-sum basis.


Advantages and disadvantages ADVANTAGES: The system is widely understood by most clients. This helps defining roles and tasks for all parties of the project team. Providing that the design is detailed and completed without, with minor or no uncertainties, the system can help establish a lower project final cost when compared to other procurement systems. Bills of quantities in the re-measured type of this system help an easy and straight forward assessment of variations, usually by using pre-determined rates of items described in the bills of quantities. Clients have a close involvement in and more control on quality, performance and line of communication. DISADVANTAGES:




The system is long and slow due to the sequential process and the separation of design from construction. Incomplete designs are attributed with inaccurate bill of quantities and hence indicative final cost. The client, who is often unaware of this, becomes exposed to extra reimbursement of additional costs associated with design changes. Lack of contractor’s involvement at design stage usually may lead to problems of buildablility, separate responsibilities, variations, blame, poor communications, claims and disputes. Risk is generally transferred to the client.



PART 2 Prof. Perit Ruben Paul Borg is Leader of the Water Tower Restoration Project and Principal Investigator of the ReSHEALience Horizon 2020 Research Project. He is a consultant Materials and Structural Engineer, Academic and Coordinator of the Industrial Heritage Platform at the University of Malta. The article reviews the conservation of the unique Reinforced Concrete Water Tower at the Public Abattoir in Marsa, Malta. The restoration was based on research and development of innovative high-performance materials together with their application, new advanced techniques in restoration of reinforced concrete and the development of a smart sensor network system for the durability and structural health monitoring of the structure. The two-part article, reviews the challenges encountered in the recovery of this unique industrial heritage monument and the complexity of the restoration process. The project led to a wider appreciation of industrial heritage in the Maltese Islands and set the bar for future interventions. The recovery of the structure could only be made possible through specific solutions which had to be developed by the University of Malta, including new advanced materials. Ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) with increased


ductility, self-healing and self-compacting properties, based on nano-additives was developed and tested at the University of Malta. UHPC was then applied and tested on replica columns and eventually applied for the construction of jackets to the columns. Carbon-textile composite reinforced high-performance concrete was similarly developed and tested for the effective strengthening of the tank. The research conducted included the development and assessment of the mechanical and durability properties of the new materials, their performance with respect to the applications for which these were designed and the assessment of the bond performance when applied onto the existing structure. A site production facility was set up, and replica structures were created including columns and shell wall elements to enable the testing of materials and application of technologies on these structures, prior to intervention on the Industrial heritage structure proper. An advanced sensor network system for monitoring over time was designed, based on durability monitoring including new sensors developed by the University of Malta, structural health monitoring and environmental monitoring. The advanced system, based on 150 sensors and the monitoring station enables the long-term monitoring of different parts of the structure when in use, ensuring maintenance and timely restoration in the future.

“The Project presented key challenges in materials engineering and the development of novel ultra high-performance materials; sensor network systems for advanced structural health monitoring; and advanced restoration technology for degraded concrete industrial heritage structures.”

has been largely ignored. The structure which was set for demolition in 2010, has been restored through advanced engineering solutions, innovation in high-performance materials and sensor systems, with potential for wider applications and interventions. The complex restoration has led to its Scheduling as a Grade 1 National Monument in 2022, marking a first important step towards a wider appreciation of Industrial Heritage in the Maltese Islands. _______________________________________________ The conservation project, completed in 2021, was led by the Materials Engineering and Structrual Monitoring Group at the Universtiy of Malta. [Project funded through the University of Malta, the Research Project ReSHEALience in Ultra High Durability Concrete at the University of Malta (supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 760824), the Public Abattoir and the Planning Authority].

These areas are brought together to address the conservation of the water tower, through a new Technology Platform created as a new University of Malta Research and Training Station for the development of advanced materials and sensor systems, structural repair and the conservation of industrial heritage structures.

Editor 's Note: The Water Tower Restoration has been awarded at the Malta Architecture and Spatial Planning Award 2021 by the Planning Authority. Furthermore Prof. Borg was awarded the Prix d'Honneur in Restoration for “the outstanding contribution to Maltese Cultural Heritage and the achievement of architectural excellence in Malta through the Historic Reinforced Concrete Water Tower Conservation Project” and the 2021 Judge Maurice Caruana Curran Award for the best project in all categories, by Din l-Art Helwa.

The structure was brought back into operation as Industrial heritage in use, following an intense validation exercise through the monitoring of structural behaviour during the filling in operation of the 400 cubic metre tank. It has been reintegrated: as a useful asset within the Public Abattori facilities. The Water Tower stands as key representative of the Industrial Heritage in the Maltese Islands which, until now,



The procedures for the sampling and testing of cored specimens in EN 12504-1[2] are as follows:

Inevitably, concrete must sometimes be repaired. The best attempt at a repair is likely to fail if incorrect information exists about the existing strength and condition of the structural concrete or is missing. Likewise, the extent of repair and the type of material to be used for the repair depends on an accurate determination of the element’s current strength and durability. Several tests exist that may help designers gauge such parameters. Some of the most common include:

Cores are to be at least 75mm diameter (locally 100mm is the normal diameter) except where not practical and then not less than 50mm. The diameter must also be at least 3.5 times the maximum aggregate size. As soon as the cored sample has been extracted it needs to be enclosed in a sealed container to prevent any exchange of moisture between the specimen and the environment until it is prepared and tested. This is to ensure the concrete remains in the same state as it exists in the structure.

Compressive Strength Testing through Concrete Coring

The specimen tested should not contain;

To assess the in-situ compressive strength of the concrete in situations where a) there is little or no information available about the concrete used or b) there is doubt about recently supplied concrete, the taking of cores tends to be the main course of action in many situations.

• concrete from within 30mm of any surface. • concrete from within the top 50mm or 20% (whichever is greater) of the lift in sections where height or depth of the element is not more than 1.5m.

The in-situ compressive strength, as measured by a core, will in most cases be lower than the compressive strength obtained from standard cast cylinder/cube specimens taken from the same concrete. In-situ compressive strengths obtained are a function of both the concrete supplied and the workmanship employed in its placing, compaction and curing.

• concrete from the top 300mm of the lift where the height or depth is 1.5m or more. It may be difficult to remove 30 or 50mm from the specimen in the case of thin sections e.g. composite decks. Part 2 will be available on the next edition of the MCCM Magazine


What is quality in terms of construction Quality in construction means that projects are finished within the guidelines established by the Scope of Work. Finishing the project on time, meeting the requirements of the agreement and staying within budget are all essential aspects of quality management.

Checks for reinforcement: 

Quality control measures are an option for construction companies to ensure their projects run to the highest standards with the correct and best-performing equipment.

Factors affecting the quality management system in construction: • • • •

Low quality material Poor project management Miscommunication between teams Failure to document changes and practices

A case study on one of the structural elements (Column)

The reinforcement steel should be free from any loose scale, rust or oil. Main reinforcement and the ring/Stirrups should be cut and bent as per the required length; this has to checked against the drawing.

Binding wires used should not protrude into cover zone.

Hook angles should be 135o this is very important from seismic consideration.

Lapping should be provided in the central half of the member length and lap length should be 45D or as specified.

Mill test certificate detailing the physical and chemical properties of the steel.

Column Shuttering:

Fig A

Fig B

A column is generally a vertical member which transfers the load to ground through footing five stages of Quality checks on the column:

Shuttering should be properly aligned to its verticality and diagonal.

Dimensions are to be checked

The gaps b/w the joints of shutter to be sealed to prevent the leakage of slurry.

Cover should be minimum 40mm unless otherwise specified.

Checking the column layout and Centre.

Column concreting:

Checking the column reinforcement

Grade of concrete as per the design mix.

Checking the column shuttering

Height of Pour

Checking the column concreting

Slump and temperature check

Checking the column de-shuttering.

Column reinforcement should be fixed and checked, then the shutter be fixed and checked.

Sampling of cubes for density & compressive strength testing.


CIOB are also working in partnership with their sister professional membership organisations in the sector. During discussions with RICS, ICE, RIBA, RTPI & LI, (representing over 350,000 professionals in the built environment sector), they recognised that a consistent approach to issues such as data collection and fixing the ‘leaking pipeline’ of diverse students into employment would provide a greater effectiveness in promoting change to the benefit of all our members and people who live in and use the environments we create. This highlights the importance of EDI and MCCM is also taking this seriously.

The CIOB is fully dedicated to EDI- Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. It has internally, adopted its first diversity and inclusion action plan covering all aspects of the CIOB’s operation from governance to finance to HR and beyond.

“ There are currently around 40 employers that signed-up to the Charter – a number that is increasing each week and MCCM is one of the signatories.”


By signing the chartership for diversity and inclusion with the CIOB, MCCM are committed to:

Be transparent;

Show leadership; through our leadership

1. When an action plan will be in place, we will publish it on our website.

1. We need to highlight the benefits of diversity and inclusion both within the chamber and externally through social media and our website.

2. We will report annually to provide details on the progress made against our targets. 3. We will set out a plan for the next 12months after publishing the report.

2. We need to build a structure and create an equality committee or working group.

Be accountable;

3. EDI needs to be on our agenda as a chamber.

1. We need to assign responsibility at CEO level.

Make a plan;

To conclude, we know that there’s a long way to go and this is just the start!

1. We will be working on an action plan 2. Collect and analyze members data and understand where their under representation is and adopt actions accordingly. Data protection is a must; we might consider setting out a survey that may be filled anonymously. Please approach MCCM should you encounter any discrimination issues at your place of employment.

With the energy and ambition from across the industry we will continue to work to ensure that the built environment sector is truly welcoming to all. Information about the CIOB has been extracted from Mark Harrison’s blog which can be viewed on the following link:

Shape the culture; 1. We will be promoting EDI on our website and social media before publishing our action plan.




Ably Resources specialises in the recruitment of technical, engineering and construction professionals throughout Malta and beyond. The Division’s remit includes but is not limited to: • Architecture • Building Services (MEP, Design & Site) • Civil & Structural Engineering • Environmental • Engineering & Land Surveying

• Estimating, Cost & Procurement • Facilities Management • Heavy Industrial Engineering • HSEQ • Industrial Services • Infrastructure

• Consulting Engineers (All Disciplines) • Construction Professionals (All Disciplines) • Trades Professionals (All Disciplines)

In partnership with the Malta Chamber of Construction Management

• Inspection & Painting, Corrosion, Bridges • Marine • Senior Commercial Staff and Quantity Surveyors • Waste Water Treatment

Education CMBS: Reinventing Education in Construction Management “CMBS have pioneered the delivery of Work-Based Learning in Malta” The impending legal recognition for the profession of Construction Project Manager has developed the need for the construction management mommunity to have access to accredited institutions capable of delivering qualifications which lead to such warrants. Central Mediterranean Business School (CMBS) has over the years developed numerous industry relevant qualifications, aimed at working professionals, propelling their careers forward. CMBS are proud to have pioneered the delivery of Work-Based Learning (WBL) in Malta, bringing campus to industry to equip learners with the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies required to be able to lead and manage effectively within one’s own industry. CMBS’s internationally recognised MBA programme has been specifically designed for those who wish to become an accredited Construction Project Manager. This programme provides practical experience in effectively managing schedules, quality, safety, and function of construction projects, as well as the leadership skills needed to effectively lead construction projects from initiation to completion. In early 2022, CMBS signed a cooperation agreement with MCCM with the aim of upscaling the local construction management industry through the provision of education, including the provision of reduced rates for MCCM members. Various other levels of qualifications are planned to be rolled out in the near future, ranging from diplomas to degrees in construction management. CMBS also acknowledges the value of recognising prior experience and learning as a source of evidence for MQF qualifications. CMBS can help those who have a wealth of experience but lack the necessary qualifications, by recognising their knowledge and skills they already possess and outline an educational pathway based on their aspirations in the construction management industry. These opportunities are eligible for the Get Qualified scheme, allowing you to recuperate 70% of the course fees. For more information contact Ms. Daniela Callus or +356 2247 0728



The course covers construction project processes, legal aspects, management skills, health and safety legislation, as well as environmental and sustainability issues.

Chartered Membership Programme

The B.Sc. in Construction Project Management (Top‐Up) (MQF 6) is ideal for those who possess a higher diploma in a subject related to the construction industry. Those who do not have a full higher diploma may opt to exit this course at an earlier stage and obtain a Level 6 Award in Construction Project Management.

Completing the Chartered Membership Programme is your springboard to becoming MCIOB. Successfully completing the course will give you the confidence to take the final step to becoming Chartered, namely attending the professional review. It is suitable for a wide range of technical and specialist professionals working in the construction industry, and for candidates who have completed the CIOB Site Management Programmes.

Lastly, if you are a professional in the construction and civil engineering industry and would like to advance your career, IDEA Academy has specially designed an M.Sc. in Construction Management (MQF 7).

Site Management Certificate

Intakes start October 2022. Visit:

Our new, online Site Management Certificate gives you all the tools and knowledge to gain a recognised professional qualification as well as the skills to manage people, activities and processes on construction sites. Developed by a hugely experienced construction professional, the certificate course contains 3 units which will focus on the principles required to manage the quality of construction, as well as your ability to manage contractual and legal responsibilities. You will also learn best practice in health, safety and the environment. In summary, the Site Management certificate course will put you on the path to management of all site-based staff employed by the company to ensure that the project is delivered within their contractual obligations.

CMBS Work-Based MBA in Construction Management (MQF Level 7) Designed by expert educators and industry leaders, the Work-based MBA in Construction Management is specifically designed for those who wish to pursue a career in management in the building and construction industry. This programme will help you develop the technical skills, vision and leadership required to effectively lead construction projects from initiation to completion. This work-based MBA enables learners to meet the needs of industry through a combination of classroom and work-based learning. By mixing theory with practice, this programme will explore a wide range of project management tools and techniques commonly used in the industry. By the end of this programme, you will have gained practical experience with project management of construction projects, more specifically how to effectively manage the schedule, quality, safety and function of construction projects.

The next available date is: 5th July 2022 IDEA ACADEMY People who aim to be qualified construction project managers come from various academic levels and backgrounds. IDEA Academy has taken this into account and has designed different courses to help you reach your target, no matter your level.

The next available date is: October 2022

The Certificate in Site Management (MQF 5) is ideal for those who have the relevant experience but who have an O‐level standard of education.


Publications Guide to Construction Quality (Site Production and Assembly)

Site Management and Production Guide The new breed of site managers must be professional, informed, and prepared to deal with uncertainty and risk, and the skills and competencies they need are reflected in this book.

The main focus of this guide is on how Quality Management is achieved during the site production process, including the requirements for ensuring quality is managed through the supply chain.

Construction on site has become more complex, with more rules and regulations, and new ways of procuring projects. Site managers must ensure compliance with a host of regulations and requirements. Digitalisation has both simplified and complicated the processes. Increasing environmental requirements, legislation on health, safety, taxation, waste management, and employment, puts pressure on the site management team to ensure compliance, and an understanding of the implications on project delivery.

A transformation and improvement challenge is needed to bring quality to the fore for the construction industry. Quality engineering should be an integral part of the construction industry. The focus is away from checking and remedying defects, and towards defect prevention. Andy Pennock MCIOB and Senior Quality & Compliance Manager @ Durkan Limited: “’Durkan fully support this fantastic document which we will use to reinforce our Quality Drive. The CIOB has made a huge contribution to Quality and remains at the forefront in guiding the Industry.”

Keeping a project on-time and on-budget requires good site management, reliable planning, which depends upon decisions made on-the-spot to ‘solve’ unexpected problems. The site manager is required to have extensive ‘hard’ technical knowledge, to know when the work being done is right or wrong, and to have command of ‘soft’ skills such as leadership and people management. Team working and team leadership are ‘tested’ by the fragmentation of the industry, having to deal with a client and design team and a long and complex supply chain. The Site Management and Production Guide is an essential resource for construction site managers and a useful reference for other construction professionals such as site managers, construction managers, project managers, production teams and students.

This Guide provides a single point of information on construction Quality Management (QM) to establish best practice for site production and assembly. Available electronically only and CIOB members will receive a 20% discount. This publication is available here:

Available electronically only and CIOB members will receive a 20% discount. This publication is available here:


Education & Development CPDS An Introduction to Modern Methods of Construction Avoiding or Resolving Disputes Construction Leaders Insights

Gareth Ellison, Director at Innovare, Emily King, Client Solutions Director at Mid Group and Arthur Pescher, Architect from Bond Bryan look at the use of i-Sip, i-FAST and Hybrid Structural Solutions. They identify the benefits of the various MMC systems in comparison to traditional methods in terms of time, cost, safety and the environment.

Sarah Wilson, Head of Construction and Partner at Shulmans, is an expert in Construction Law and often appears in the Technology and Construction Court in relation to construction disputes. In this webinar she covers ways to avoid disputes, as well as negotiation tips and how to protect yourself and prepare for disputes if they do arise.

CIOB Construction Leaders Insights is an interview series featuring business leaders at the forefront of construction, sharing their views and expertise. Our guests discuss key issues for the sector and share the innovative steps their companies are taking to address these. In this first series, leaders share the innovative approaches their companies are taking to attract talent and encourage diversity and inclusion, while dealing with the industry’s skills shortage.


Opinions This page is dedicated to members of the MCCM and their opinion on the various topics. We have asked out members the following question: What is your opinion on the MCCM performance through out its first year?

“In spite of all the difficulties encountered during the first year, MCCM did an absolutely great job. There is a growing trend in the number of members of this organization and in the support it is receiving. Now, the next target should be raising the bar on quality without losing focus on what was already achieved. I am really proud of what the MCCM has obtained during this first year and honoured that MCCM is now recognized as an institution. Being part of this great organization is an honour and a privilege. ” AM

“I am one of the first registered members and during these past two years, I can say that MCCM went through a long but successful journey. The chamber seems to be gaining considerable momentum year after year and following the issue of its official website and the first edition of its magazine in April 2022, it aims to achieve even more recognition amongst local stakeholders. I would like to take this opportunity to thank MCCM and everyone involved in this journey to make the profession of the project manager recognized in Malta. The chamber offers us members a sense of community through the sharing of similar professional ideas and knowledge. Not only does MCCM give us the opportunity to be recognized as local project managers, but it also offers us career progression opportunities within the field and provides us with various CPD courses amongst others benefits.” CA

“Some years ago, I had the opportunity to make a turning point in my career and I was employed with a government entity –Project Plus Limited whose main role as a Project Management Office is to implement a number of national projects on the island.

“Almost one year ago, I came across an advertisement of the MCCM and decided to become a member of this organization, being the first chamber in Malta providing opportunities to share experiences among all the professionals in the construction industry.

It is here where I met my colleague, Mr. Andrei Cachia, who encouraged me to become a member of MCCM. This provided me with an opportunity to form part of a group of people who have the same interests. Following the WhatsApp chat to read about what other professionals are saying including the links being shared is a valuable learning experience which I am also making use of during my daily work on sites. Furthermore, the new MCCM’s website together with the Member Zone is proving to be a good tool to keep abreast with academic CPDs being advertised in this page.

This year was marked by two important events organized by the chamber, during which certificates were given to the members who had the opportunity to meet each other in person. Additionally, the launch of the website and the publication of the first edition of the magazine were both an accomplishment of important milestones, especially in enabling the members to share their opinions and knowledge about different topics, with the intention of innovating and implementing high quality standards in the construction industry. I am delighted to have joined MCCM and although there might be room for improvement in the years to come, I firmly believe that this was a very successful year for the organization.”

I would recommend anyone in this line of work to join MCCM as it is confirming to be an excellent platform for all those involved within the Construction Industry.”




Events 2022 MALTA CHAMBER OF CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT Events in programme for the coming months 1st & 3rd Nov. 03rd Dec.

CIOB MCCM Heritage Conference MCCM AGM 2022

Malta Chamber of Construction Management would like to thank its Partners


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