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Re-written Segment of Formal Report - Executive Summary

Re-written Version
Executive Summary

With reference to the transmittal letter, this report asserts the need for an automated lighting control system in classrooms, which will promote energy conservation and reduction of utilities bills in Singapore Institute of Technology at Dover (SIT@Dover). Currently, lights in classrooms are left turned on after classes and after office hours, resulting in electricity and manpower wastages, and unnecessary financial expenses.

This report also serves to discuss and assess the potential solutions that team Conservo has brainstormed on. The proposed solution suggests installing a Passive Infrared (PIR) motion sensor, coupled with a timer device, in classrooms. The benefits and evaluations of the proposed solution are also expounded. Additionally, ways to overcome the limitations of the proposed solution are presented.

The report concludes that PIR sensors, installed in classrooms, will allow SIT@Dover to achieve electricity and cost savings, enabling …

Critical Reflection on SIE 2016 Effective Communications

At the start of the course, I have made a commitment to seek new ways to improve my writing and oral presentation skills. If there was one thing to take away from this module, it is to write and re-write an essay a thousand times. Although having a strong command in English is important, an essay written once may not always be perfect. There will always be areas to be improve on. The key point is 'improvement'. There must be an improvement in the second, third, fourth, fifth, and up to the thousandth draft. There is no point of re-doing an essay if the same mistakes were repeated again and again.

One article that I have re-written many times is the reader response on cladding. That article was one that I had spent most time (and probably brain cells too) on, and I am glad to have attained one of the highest grades for that assignment so far. From that reader response, I have learnt the lesson of re-writing an essay a thousand times. As I have said, there will always be areas t…

Analytical Reflection on Oral Presentation

On the 16th of November 2017, I did a presentation with my team to ‘sell’ our solution to solving SIT’s electricity wastage woes. Honestly, I do not think that I have done well for it. I was spontaneous with my words, and had the tendency to go off-topic or beat around the bush. With only 3 key points on my slide and elaborations in my head, I brought the audience a full circle around the same point during the evaluations section. Moreover, everyone could see that I was nervous, as seen by a laser pointer that shakes uncontrollably each time I point at the screen.
Surely, my presentation could have been better. I could hold a script in my hand, but, to me, that’s very amateur. I would rather speak on the spot and be free to move. The best way to deliver a presentation is to be familiar with the content - to be one with the project. This way, the presentation would be more genuine.
According to what I have written in my first blogpost in this communications class, I mentioned about bein…

Technical Report Draft 1

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1  Introduction Energy conservation in Singapore has been on the rise in recent years. As an open economy with no natural resources, Singapore is vulnerable to rising energy costs that can affect our economic competitiveness. It is therefore crucial that we take steps towards becoming more energy efficient.

In the Dover campus of Singapore Institute of Technology (hereby known as SIT@Dover), there is a tendency for students to leave the classrooms without switching off the lights. Students of SIT@Dover have indicated that there might be another class going on later and requires no necessity to switch them off. Moreover, students, in a rush for the next class, might forget to switch the lights off. Coincidentally, there are students who do not even bother about energy conservation.

With students developing such energy-wasting behaviour, the probability of students not switching off the lights is rather high. As such, security guards have to switch off the lights in every classrooms aroun…

Reader Response on Cladding Draft 3

In the article “Use of Cladding in Buildings Here Have Grown in Recent Times”, Mokhtar (2017) reported the increasing use of cladding in Singapore and its benefits and risks. He defines cladding as a layer of panels added to the exterior facade of buildings to cut energy use, improve building appearance and provide shade. However, he points out that the use of cladding came under the intense scrutiny after the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy, where the fire had spread upwards rapidly due to the ventilation gaps between the cladding and the building’s wall, drawing oxygenated air from the bottom of the facade and fueling the fire. Mokhtar iterates that the use of cladding in Singapore is regulated, where the cladding material must not allow fire to spread along its surface when ignited.
While it is undeniable that the use of cladding has many advantages, it is crucial to review the materials used in its design, where the material property, combustibility, is critical in improving fire safe…

Reader Response on Cladding Draft 2

Readers Response In the article, “Use of Cladding in Buildings Here Have Grown in Recent Times” (Mokhtar, 2017), reported the increasing use of cladding in Singapore and its benefits and risks. Cladding is a layer of panels added to the exterior facade of buildings to cut energy use, improve building appearance or provide shade. The use of cladding, however, came under the limelight after the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy. The fire had spread upwards rapidly due to the ventilation gaps between the cladding and the building’s wall, drawing oxygenated air from the bottom of the facade and fueling the fire. In Singapore, the use of cladding is regulated. For example, cladding material must not allow fire to spread along its surface when ignited. Besides meeting statutory regulations, a building owner was cited to have included measures to prevent fire from spreading between levels and regular certification of fire protection systems. While it is undeniable that the use of cladding has many …

Reader Response on Cladding Draft 1

In the article, “Use of Cladding in Buildings Here Have Grown in Recent Times”, Mokhtar (2017) reported the increasing use of cladding in Singapore and its benefits and risks. Cladding is a layer of panels added to the exterior facade of buildings to cut energy use, improve building appearance or provide shade. The use of cladding, however, caught attention worldwide after the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy. The fire had spread upwards rapidly due to the ventilation gaps between the cladding and the building’s wall, drawing oxygenated air from the bottom of the facade and fueling the fire. In Singapore, the use of cladding is regulated. For example, cladding material must not allow fire to spread along its surface when ignited. Besides meeting statutory regulations, a building owner was cited to have included measures to prevent fire from spreading between levels and regular certification of fire protection systems. While it is undeniable that the use of cladding has many advantages, it …