Housing : Time to Change

We can not deny that palm plantations company always use tipycal housing in their site. In my opinion it like a standar housing for plantations. Its happen because our agribussiness growing from small number of company to so many number. Engineer always use their design in previous company.

Is it good enough to use “standard housing”?


Reason :

  1.  Old design for housing was too big. As sample, for G2 housing, floor area is about 90 m2 for 2 family. I am always think that 36 m2 for employee family (harvester) is enough. It will cut much cost.
  2. Need long durations to constructed. Construction of conventional building need more time to completed the works. As options we can consider prefab housing, template wood housing or container housing to speed up the project completions.
  3. Not green enough. Reuse-Reduce-Recycle. Can we optimize this for plantations housing? offcourse. Please you think about this: can we catch the rainwater for washing, can we use boiler ash as material to build house, can we replace wood with steel/alumunium/PVC, can we put enough window to reduce electricity, can we use heat resistance material like alumunium foil to reduce heat transfer to house so we do not need air conditioning. I bet you this not to complicated or expensive if you have good calculations (life cycles cost).
  4. Old design not eye catching.

So, I am prefer to redesign all old housing design if you still using it.


Facility Maintenance and Repairing

Maintenance and Repairing Work

Civil engineer (asistant) in estates have scope of works to maintane and repair facilities like housing, roads, bridges, mill or bulking facility. Whatt is maintenance : works do to keep facility in optimum conditions before its broken.

Whatt is repairing : activity to repair facility after broken and back to initial conditions.

Requirement of Maintenance

Maintenance should do periodically. Budget of maintenance works provided every years based on schedule of maintenance. How to arrange schedule of maintenance?

First we must know design criteria for our facilities. Example : septictank volume 1 m3 will full in 4 years and need to be taken out, wall coating need to repainting after 2 years. So we can also estimate the cost for maintenance.

How about repairing?

Repairing cost seems can not to be estimated. But we actualy can estimate the cost.

Here the example : From our experience data, this year 5% of door lock all housing was broken because of usage. So, next year we can budgeting 5 % cost of door lock. The same way for maintenance access road. If 15% area was sinking in rain season and need to fill by stone again we must budgeting for next year. Even we try to put all the risk for repairing, we can not address all. The important think is, every time you have broken facilities you must make report form and asking the money for repairing.

Who is Responsible?

Facility User is responsible for any deffect in their facilities. User must report the list of broken facilities and what need to repair send to civil asistant to verivy. After verivied, additional budget cost can be approved by General affair.