Legislative Requirements for Earthworks

Subsurface Utility Facilities Damage Prevention in Construction Earthworks: Overview and Legislation


The rapid urbanisation of Singapore in the past few decades has formed a spider web of subsurface utility facilities including power cables, street lighting, fiber optic and telecommunication cables, gas mains, water mains, sewer pipes, drainage system, signal cables (trac lights), etc. In many cases, MRT and road tunnels are also competing for the space. Damage to these facilities during construction work can incur significant financial and non-financial losses, disruptions in services to consumers and businesses as well as project delays. Legislation is introduced, inter alia, as one of the measures to minimise the frequency of occurrence of damage to these subsurface utility facilities.



This course aims to provide an overview of the provisions in the Electricity Act, Telecommunications Act and other relevant legislation, codes of practice, etc. pertaining to construction earthworks carrying out in the vicinity of the subsurface utility facilities. Participants will learn about the key requirements of the relevant legislation and control measures in the prevention of damage to the subsurface utility facilities


Target Audience

The workshop will be useful to Technical Executives, Supervisors, Project Managers, Project Coordinators, Contract Administrators, Architects, Quantity Surveyors, Company Directors, Developers, Safety Practitioners, Professional Engineers and Engineers who need to handle Construction Works.


Course Outline

  • Nature of Construction Earthworks

  • Overview of Earthworks Legislation

  • Consequence of Damage to Subsurface Utility Facilities

  • CPs for Earthworks

  • Damage Prevention to Electricity Cable, Gas pipe and Drainage


Course Outcome

  • Be Familiar with the Key Requirements of Subsurface Utility Facilities Damage Prevention

  • Understand the Purpose of the Relevant Legislation

  • Be Able to Apply what they have Learned in their Workplace

  • Be Aware of the Legal Duties Imposed by the Legislation


Course Fees (Incl GST)

SCAL Member Fee: $275.40

Non-Member Fee: $324.00


Speaker Profile

Er HC Lim

BEng (EE), MSc (IE), LLB (Hons), BSc (Economics) Hons, P.Eng, C.Eng, Sr MIES, MIET, ACS, ACG is Principal Consultant of Pinnacle Engineering and Management Consultancy, a translator, an advisor for parties in adjudication as well as a certified ACTA trainer and assessor.

He also holds DipBA, SDipECT, SDipFMA, ADipMD, CDipAF and GCIA.

He was Director (Contracts) of the Network Development Division, SP PowerGrid before venturing into training and management consultancy services.

He has had more than 30 years experience in the transmission and distribution network development, operations and maintenance, street lighting operations, management of safety and security units and support services for the company's operation.

In dispute resolution aspect, he is a SOP accredited adjudicator, a fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and an accredited mediator of SISV Panel of Mediators.

Course Duration

1.0 Day Course

  • Training Hours – 7.0 hours

Medium Of Instruction

  • English

Funding Information

This workshop is not eligible for funding.


Course Brochure

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A notice of replacement / postponement together with the full particulars of the new participant (for replacement) must be given to us AT LEAST 3 working days before course commencement. A charge of S$50 (replacement) or S$100 (postponement) will be imposed on such changes. 



A notice of cancellation must be given at least 3 working days before commencement of the course and 50% of course fee will be charged /returned. If notice is given less than 3 working days before the first day of the course, there will be no refund/100% charged.


Special Class

Available upon request.


For more information, please contact Mr Law Jia Hao at 67939020 or email jiahao@scal-academy.com.sg

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