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SPM Social Event: Brewing Bonds

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The Social Events Committee chaired by Lim Eng Boon and his team organized a very well attended event on 24 April 2024 at the BCA Academy. The objective of this event was to foster SPM’s community spirit and create awareness amongst Non-SPM Members about the SPM, its objectives and the opportunities for career advancement.

The event was carefully organized by the Committee with delicious food which offered a chance for all guests to mingle and network. The ice breakers were fun and engaging so that all attendees had an enjoyable time. Underlying this was the message that the SPM wants to bring in for new like-minded members to join SPM.

The event was well attended by both SPM members as well as their invited Guests. SPM President Bernard Ho shared the objectives of SPM, the assistance that would be given for interested members to join SPM in terms of their applications. He also spoke on upcoming events such as the Social Golf Event as well as the Annual Dinner, both of which are becoming Milestone Events in the calendar of the Built Environment Fraternity.

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OUTSTANDING PROJECT MANAGERS AWARD 2024

The Society is pleased to announce the launch of the search for the Outstanding Project Manager 2024.

This Award aims to highlight the multi-faceted leadership role of a Project Manager. Apart from meeting the many project objectives of the client, the Project Manager has to be knowledgeable in design and construction matters and uphold a high standard of professionalism to earn the respect of all parties in a project.

There are 8 categories for the OPM 2024 Awards:

  1. Outstanding Project Manager (Contract Sum > S$85Million)
  2. Outstanding Project Manager (Contract Sum < S$85Million)
  3. Outstanding Young Project Manager (Contract Sum > S$20Million)
  4. Outstanding Project Manager (Client) i) Infrastructure  ii) Building
  5. Innovator of the Year
  6. Outstanding Project Manager for Special Project
  7. Outstanding Publication on Project Management
  8. Outstanding Project Manager for International Project

All entries for the OPM 2024 Awards are to be electronic and submitted to SPM latest by Monday, 15th  April 2024, 5pm (SG Time) 

Address to : SPM OPM 2024 Committee 

Email address : [email protected]


Download :
Outstanding Project Manager 2024 – Circular
Outstanding Project Manager 2024 – Application Guidelines

Past Winners :
2020 OPM Winners
2022 OPM Winners

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Book Launch – Construction Arbitration by Mr Chow Kok Fong

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The book launch by Mr Chow Kok Fong was held at JW Marriot at South Beach on 17 Nov 2023. It was attended by more than 150 practitioners, lawyers, Judges and invited guests.

Mr Chow, a seasoned writer, published more than 20 books so far . He sets aside time each Saturday to do his writing after walking his 20,000 steps to keep both mind and body fit.

The Seminar & Book Launch Of The ” Construction Arbitration” gave audience insights of how Mr Chow addresses practical and pragmatic challenges in Arbitration, whether it is resolving the difference between quantum and cost , or , the approach to challenges issues in complex construction cases. Mr Chow’s systematic approach gives insights to how he thinks when approaching such challenges . These are peals of wisdom for practitioners in the industry.

The seminar that followed discussed the practical issues on dealing with experts and managing documents in the construction Arbitration.

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Kirin (Dentons) discussed about downsizing voluminous and convoluted documents, digitally storing them and equipped with data security. There is an element of good indexing for fast and accurate data extraction. Edwin (Elden Law) discussed on getting good lawyers and not to cap the fees of lawyers else good support would not be given. On the issue of engaging experts, Chien Mien (A&G) mentioned the need for independence of good and reliable experts that are not bias. Ian (Wong P) also emphasized that both Counsel and Experts have to be well prepared in all aspects else opposing Counsel will “crucify” the opposing parties and experts. He further elaborated that the Experts should not come to conclusions in their expert reports and statements, but rather, be objective of the evidence before the expert.

Generally, the speakers also commented that Lawyer fee agreements may provide for an “uplift” that is agreed upfront and not pegged to a “contract sum” sort of an arrangement. Certainly the no win-no fee arrangement is discouraged.

The seminar session ended off with a Panel discussion with questions directed to Mr Chow on how he would choose good experts and choose on the various ways to get value from the Experts and to spend their time effectively in the preparation, reports and the like. For instance, there is the Expert led Hot- Tubbing, Tribunal Let Hot-Tubbing and Counsel Led Hot-Tubbing and each have their own advantages and disadvantages. Rather than concentrate on the expert themselves, lawyers should get value out of the experts on their opinions and knowledge.

We look forward to Mr Chow’s next book launch and seminar session.

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ACCREDITATION OF PROJECT MANAGERS(NEW SCHEME)

We are pleased to announce SPM will be embarking on a new Accreditation Scheme for Project Managers as follows:

Tier 1 – Professional Project Director (PPD)

Tier 2 – Professional Project Manager (PPM)

Tier 3 – Certified Project Manager (CPM)

For existing SPM Members, the commencement of the exercise to migrate current Ordinary and Fellow members of SPM to the Certified Project Manager (CPM) scheme is ongoing.

For more information pertaining Application and Migration Forms please click on link : https://www.sprojm.org.sg/Accreditation

New Accreditation Scheme Requirments – Download