Focus Group Discussion on Current Issues and Challenges with Geoscience Consultancy and Services

    From October 24, 2019 09:00 until October 24, 2019 13:00
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    Calling all industry players, senior managers, business owners, decision makers, shareholders and directors of all geoscience-related consultancy and services company!

    Date: 24 October 2019
    Venue: PAUM Club House, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur

    0830 – 0930: Registration and Breakfast
    0915 – 0930: Opening
    0930 – 1000: Guideline for Landslide Vulnerability Assessment and Development of Risk Index for Critical Infrastructures in Malaysia: Geologist’s Roles by Dato Zakaria Mohamad, President, Institute of Geology Malaysia
    1000 – 1030: Planning Guideline for Development on Peat Land in Selangor: Geologist’s Roles by Ahmad Nizam Hasan, Treasurer, Geological Society of Malaysia
    1030 – 1045: Break
    1045 – 1115: Planning Guideline for Stratum Development in Malaysia and Planning Guideline for Disaster Resilient Cities in Malaysia: Geologist’s Roles by Abd Rasid Jaapar, President, Geological Society of Malaysia
    1115 – 1130: Briefing on ‘Current Issues and Challenges with Geoscience Consultancy and Services in Malaysia’ by Abd Rasid Jaapar, Chairperson, MGSCC
    1130 – 1300: Break up session (will be divided into 4 groups based on 4 industries)
    1300 – 1315: Presentation of findings & wrap up
    1315: End of event & lunch (lunch is provided)

    Geologists Act 2008 (Act 689) is now into it sixth years after being officially regulated after the formation of Board of Geologists Malaysia (BOG) in 2014. As decision makers, business owners, partners, directors, senior management, some of you may start questioning what is BOG doing for the past five or six years other than collecting registration fee? This Focus Group Discussion (FGD) will try to understand the issuesand challenges, finding the gaps and needs of geoscience consultancy and services in Malaysia. The FGD will also try to enhance the linkages between geoscience-related consultancy and services companies, which has become an increasingly pressing issue since the regulation of geoscience practice under the Geologists Act 2008 (Act 689) with BOG as well as professional/learned organisations such as IGM and GSM. Issues such as schedule of fees, technical specifications, guidelines, competency, professionalism, ethics, sub-standards products, category of company (consultant, service provider or contractor?), unfaircompetitions from moonlighting university lecturers and freelancing professional geologists, unfair competition from international companies, recognition by other professionals or government agencies, etc. need to be addressed immediately and professionally. We have identified four major industries that relevant to geoscience, namely; i) Oil & Gas Industry, ii) Mining & Quarrying Industry, iii) Construction Industry, and iv) Groundwater Industry. Input and active participations from all stakeholders from all respective industries are paramount important. All of us need to be champion of our own industry!

    The Malaysia Geoscience Services & Consultancy Committee (MGSCC) formerly known as Working Group on Geoscience Business is a Committee under the auspice of IGM-GSM Joint Committee officially formed in 2017. The Term of Reference for MGSCC is as per attachment. MGSCC is now look forward to recruit Sub-committee for four industries, namely; i) Oil & Gas Industry, ii) Mining & Quarrying Industry, iii) Construction Industry, and iv) Groundwater Industry.