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104kW Solar PV System Completed on the Roof of Comin Khmere’s Building

Comin Khmere has been the leading contractor in rooftop solar in Cambodia for the past 5 years. Since our first projects in 2013 Comin has installed over 20 Mega Watt of rooftop solar across the country, including the largest private solar facility in the country – CMIC’s installation totals 10Mega Watt and includes 2 Mega Watt of floating solar – a first for Cambodia.

|| Engineer during site inspection

The benefits of rooftop solar are actively promoted by our solar and business development teams when approaching the market. Cost savings, reduced carbon footprint and brand image are all benefited by rooftop solar. As such, we were very keen to implement our own advice and reap the benefits internally.

A total of 315 solar panels cover most of the main roof and could produce 104kW. The system is expected to reduce the total energy consumption about 30 to 40%, saving approximately 20-25k USD per annum. The payback time is about 4 years. However, the solar panels will at least produce power for the next 25 years.

After the installation was completed, the solar team coordinated with EDC (Electricitie du Cambodge) for a commissioning and energization inspection and the system was approved and put in to operation on 9 April 2020.

“I’m very proud to have this installation energized at Comin Khmere Headquarters. We are strong advocates of solar in the market and it’s great that we are now benefiting from our own system. We can also use this to provide real data information for prospective clients and to carry out case studies in efficiency and optimized maintenance.” said Michael Freeman.

|| Installation completed

Michel Cassagnes, managing director of Archetype Cambodia, an important partner of Comin Khmere, highlighted the importance of safety practices implemented at the building to the students.

Congratulations to the solar team and all those who supported this effort over the last few months.

Comin Khmere supported a site visit from a group of students studying Construction Law

Comin Khmere, a subsidiary of Comin Asia Group and one of the country’s leading engineering solutions provider helps drive the understanding of construction best practices, focusing particularly on safety and quality.

|| Michel Cassagnes draft overal before bring student to site

In line with the government’s goal to promote safety at construction site, Comin Khmere had supported the organization of a study tour where 8 Phd students majoring in law at the Royal University of Law and Economics (RULE) got to visit Sathapana Tower, a Grade A building along Norodom Boulevard.

Complying with the highest safety and quality standards this 19-storeys building is under construction and set to be Sathapana Bank’s New Headquarters when completed in 2020.

|| A group student during visiting site

Charles Amar, lawyer at the Paris’ Bar, law professor at Rule and Head of the Real Estate Practice Group at DFDL Cambodia, who led the study tour, applauded the study tour supported by Comin Khmere.

“It is a great opportunity and an honor for law students to visit a construction site of high rise office building with international standards that priorities safety when implementing the work at construction site,” he said. “The students were therefore able to learn more about the construction standards and health safety and how it works in practice and why it is important to draft a construction contract”.

|| Michel Cassagnes introduce student during site visit

Michel Cassagnes, managing director of Archetype Cambodia, an important partner of Comin Khmere, highlighted the importance of safety practices implemented at the building to the students.

“This is a Grade A standard building, which is the highest standard, so every design and construction of the building is done very carefully from quality to building safety,” he said.

This was the first time, Comin Khmere supported for such a study tour we believe it benefited the future construction leaders of Cambodia and as such we would be happy to welcome a group again in the future and we are thankful to professor Charles Amar for selecting one of our projects as the benchmark of quality and safety in Cambodia.

Risk Management: An Essential Part of Strategy

As the VP of Comin Asia Contracting, risk management is a factor I think about continuously.

|| General Manager visit one of the several on going projects in Lao

Working in the Mechanical & Electrical engineering and construction business where risk has a broad range, from health & safety of our employees, brand perception and of course financial management it is essential to have a risk management strategy at the forefront of every business decision.

Risk Management in construction is a topic that often leads to heated debate in the industry. I’ve been involved in my fair share of these debates through the years. Views can vary differently from contractor to contractor and even more variance from a developer’s point of view.

I recently had a conversation with a developer who advised me he’d awarded a lump sum contract to a contractor and was satisfied that all his risk had now been passed on to the contractor.

My experience in the industry has led me to the conclusion that he was very much mistaken. If his only risk was financial he may have been correct. But risks in construction are never purely financial. In my opinion financial failings are a lag indicator and a result of failures in other areas. Risks cover all aspects of construction and these should be the concern of every stakeholder. Safety, quality, time and environmental risks are but a few examples. Failure to manage these risks will result in a financial impact on the bottom line.

|| Comin’s top management visit a potential site in Phnom Penh

No developer, for example, will be unconcerned if a contractor on one of their projects has a major safety incident. This can affect the brand and reputation of all stakeholders. Similarly, no developer will look back with satisfaction to financial savings at the start of a contract and be satisfied if the project over-runs on time and is delivered with poor quality.

Contractors, and I would say especially MEP contractors, take on huge risks with lump sum projects. We have numerous supply chain partners to work with in our efforts to successfully deliver projects for our clients and we have to ensure our risk management processes are robust, fit for purpose and adhered to. We have to maintain the highest safety standards in complex, bespoke situations. We must ensure the quality and timeliness of our project execution and work closely in coordination with main contractors and end users.

|| Site inspection during installation

So how do we do it? For me there are four few key aspects to risk management.

1. Understand the Scope

Scope Management is a topic on its’ own. It sounds too obvious but it happens time and again that two parties can have different interpretations of the contract. Understanding the technical drawings will take you so far but it’s imperative that project execution teams fully understand the contract and specifications.

2. Identify

Only when the scope is understood can the risks be fully identified. It’s good to get input from all departments. Risks can come from every department involved in a construction project – engineering, safety, planning, procurement, HR etc. etc. There are several commonly used formats and these can be tweaked easily to suit different companies to ensure the right escalation path is followed.

3. Understand the potential impact

The impact may be a straightforward financial impact, like scope gaps, incorrect quotations etc. Or they may be items which have non-financial impacts. Understanding the potential impact and the importance of that impact to all stake-holders is key to deciding on what, if any, mitigating action should be taken.

4. Track and mitigate

It’s important to review the status of each risk regularly. Some can be closed with straightforward actions – eg. if a projected delivery date will impact critical path the procurement team may be able to expedite with the supplier. It may be prudent to pay more now to ensure on time delivery or it may be possible to accelerate future works to retain completion schedule. With the risk identified, the potential impacts understood the management team has the best opportunity to make the right decision.

Other risks may be impossible to close out until the project is completed. It’s still important that these are regularly reviewed. They may require actions under the contract on an ongoing basis. Just because a risk can’t be closed does not mean it cannot be mitigated.

Risk management is a key aspect for everyone involved in the construction industry. From developers, contractors, engineers, suppliers – understanding the financial and non-financial risks and making decisions with all of them taken in to account must be an essential part of the strategy and the project execution process.

M&E Knowledge Sharing

Last weekend on Saturday 10th February Comin Khmere prepared and conducted a full-day (7:30am to 5:00pm) workshop, Knowledge Sharing, at Phnom Penh Hotel.

|| Group Photo before the workshop start

Our Contracting Division Manager, Mr. Foong, was the host and trainer of this program supported by the team of Project Managers. There were a total of 84 participants ranging from Site Supervisors, Site Managers to Project Managers and other related functions. The purpose of this workshop was to share the knowledge and experiences to all staff regarding the process, structure, and workflow in M&E Contracting and for them to understand their role and the role of other departments in the business as a whole. In addition, we wanted them to have the opportunity to share best practices, learn from their colleagues and develop their overall level of professionalism. It was also a great opportunity to get all the site teams together and further develop our strong culture of team spirit.

|| The total of 84 participants and full day workshop

According to the survey after the workshop, it was a great success as most of the staffs enjoyed the program, and at the same time gained new technical knowledge of how to control and site activities more effectively. The workshop was a lively interactive session. Foong advised at the outset that the atmosphere was informal and encouraged questions from the floor at any time. There was a very high level of participation from all attendees and questions raised were answered from different perspectives by Foong, the various senior PM’s and managers in the room.

|| Question and answer during the workshop

Comin Asia run various formal training courses throughout the year and this type of informal Knowledge Sharing workshop compliments the formal training while enhancing our team spirit, collaboration and sense of ownership of all employees. It was a great success and has encouraged the management to ensure more of these will be organized in the future.

Kone Lift Product Seminar 2017

Product Seminar 12th July 2017

We had a great success conducting KONE product seminar on Wednesday 12th July 2017 at Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra hotel with participant from our dignity guest over 50 peoples. The event organized by Comin Khmere cooperated with KONE regional offices from Thailand and Singapore. Our guests from various professions such as designer, architect, consultant, constructor and property developers, are very happy to acquaint new knowledge about product feature and new technology. KONE provides new ways of working and serving users smarter and more exciting ways in respond to the growth of urban life and modern building to achieve better design, better eco-efficiency and better ride comfort. Comin Khmere has been an exclusive distributor of KONE products in Cambodia more than 10 years. We installed around 370 units of elevators and escalators in many commercial, Residential, hospitality, transportation and industrial buildings mainly in three locations, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. Our main projects such as AEON shopping mall, Casa Meridian condominium, Gred One Park mixed use development, Phnom Penh international airport, just to name a few. Comin Khmere technicians received training from KONE specialist regularly and capable to conduct installation, maintenance and service with focus on Safety and Quality that are the main commitment from both companies, KONE and Comin Khmere.