On Track In Growth

GATES PCM Construction Ltd continued its trend of growth in the local railway industry over the first six months of 2016. Following a splendid year of growth in 2015, which also marked the company’s 15th anniversary, GATES PCM Construction Ltd has effectively continued its streak of success in the first two quarters of 2016.

In terms of track works, the work year of 2016 saw the continuation of the third rail replacement project over the entire East-West Line, which brought about major successes for the project as well as GATES PCM Construction Ltd as a whole.

The GATES PCM project team have already achieved several milestones and even a record with this project. The first milestone achievement itself is a rather significant one, with the project, which was started in August 2015, successfully hitting the 30% milestone margin. Additionally the team has also successfully completed all coring works that were required for the third rail installation on the East – West Line.

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However, beyond just completing works with quality and timeliness, GATES PCM Construction Ltd’s project team has also shown that they are truly one notch above the competition in terms of productivity as well. Director of GATES PCM, Mr. Vignesh Partheeban, who had taken charge of the front line installation team as part of the project, showcased this productivity by single-handedly leading two installation teams in changing 21 third rails, each of 15 meters length, and three Expansion Joints. In total, Mr. Vignesh and his teams managed to change a spectacular 330 meters of third rail in a single night, all within the engineering hours of 1:30am to 4:15am.

“This was truly a team effort. Every member of the team on the track did their job perfectly and carried out our planned instructions precisely. I am happy about the achievement, but there is still some way to go in this project and we are working to better this mark as we progress,” said Mr. Vignesh, 28.

Such stellar performances on the East-West line Third Rail Project have resulted in GATES PCM being awarded multiple additional works. These include the company’s involvement in the third rail replacement of the North-South Line where, it is assisting main contractor ALSTOM, SMRT and LTA with delivery operations and installation of third rails.

Another major project that has been awarded to GATES PCM Construction Ltd in recent times is the opportunity to assist SMRT’s project team in the regulation and topping up of ballast for its tracks. This award is no doubt a sign of the growing trust that clients have on GATES PCM’s ability and the positive relationship that the company has fostered with them, but also a showcase of the company’s versatility and capability in rail maintenance works.

“This was truly a team effort. Every member of the team on the track did their job perfectly and carried out our planned instructions precisely. I am happy about the achievement, but there is still some way to go in this project and we are working to better this mark as we progress,” said Mr. Vignesh, 28.

paragraph 7-8The first two quarters of 2016 have also seen a marked increase in the amount of minor projects awarded under one of the company’s major clients, SMRT. These include various rail replacement and other works such as SFT Measurement, Tunnel Cleaning, Lamp replacement and Stud replacement. Successful commencement and completion of such projects have served to further bolster the relationship between GATES PCM Construction Ltd and SMRT.

The main proof of this positive working relationship is the signing of the first ever framework agreement between the two entities in June 2016. This is the first ever framework agreement formed between SMRT and a local railway contractor for the purpose of rail maintenance and rail replacement works. GATES PCM is also continually working with SMRT to assist them in the planning, logistics and approach in dealing with various project requirements that the client may have. The company is also working with SMRT to look into projects throughout Asia.

Over the last six months, the company has also gone beyond SMRT projects and has completed a range of rail maintenance works such as rail replacements, turnout bearer replacements, anchor bolt replacements, rail welding and even RRV operator training for clients such as Alstom Transport (s) Pte Ltd.

On top of this, GATES PCM already has a slew of projects lined up for work in the second half of the year that include additional maintenance works for SMRT and SBST as well as repairing of light rail and guide rail support systems.

As far as future projects are concerned, GATES PCM Construction has furthered its aim by tendering for the Eastern Region Line (ERL) Project in a Joint Venture with Spanish railway construction giants: OHL. The ERL project, which is the largest proposed major railway line project in the current plans of the Land Transport Authority, will commence in 2018 and is expected to be commissioned in 2024.

Besides railway maintenance and new-built, GATES PCM Construction Ltd had also proven its capability in the Works Train arena over the years and continued to promote that legacy in 2016. Having successfully completed the Works Train operations of Downtown Line 1 and 2, allowing for its commissioning at the end of 2015, the company’s Works Train wing is focussed on its operations in Tuas West Extension and Downtown Line 3.

With over 150 employees working on the Works Train operations for both these lines, the stellar work that the team has produced has received much praise from client, Land Transport Authority of Singapore.

IMG-20140507-WA0025Assistant Project Manager, Mr. Gunaselan Dharmiah, said: “Managing such a high number of employees is never easy. However, our coordination team for the Works Train Operations, does a consistently fantastic job in order to ensure that the operations are ongoing 24/7. This has allowed not just the employees on the ground, but also the coordination team to be on the receiving end of praises and commendations from our clients and also build a strong working relationship with them.”

paragraph 14-15Such continued success in projects have been the key reason for GATES PCM Construction Ltd receiving multiple accolades from various distinguished organisations. In March 2016, Dato Sri Krishna, who is the reigning Entrepreneur of the Year, was awarded the Singapore Indian Business Leaders Award by Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“Managing such a high number of employees is never easy. However, our coordination team for the Works Train Operations, does a consistently fantastic job in order to ensure that the operations are ongoing 24/7. This has allowed not just the employees on the ground, but also the coordination team to be on the receiving end of praises and commendations from our clients and also build a strong working relationship with them,” said Mr. Gunaselan Dharmiah.

he award is no doubt a reward for Dato Sri Krishna’s extensive experience and stellar track record in entrepreneurship, making him stand out as a distinguished member of the local Indian Entrepreneurial community, as well as GATES PCM Construction Ltd’s growth and performance over the years as the flagship of his entrepreneurial empire.

With such successes being raked in, in just the first half of the year, there is no doubt that GATES PCM Construction Ltd has set itself up for greater growth in the second half of the year as well.

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