Engineers updated on Building Control Act

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Local-government engineers were given a primer on the latest changes to the Building Control Act during a seminar in Jomtien Beach.

Teera Anantasereewittaya, inspection chief for the Department of Local Administration, chaired the July 20-22 workshop. Wirat Jirasripaitoon, director of Pattaya’s Engineering Department, delivered a report regarding project operations for the 750 engineers from sub-districts around the country who attended.

Teera Anantasereewittaya, inspection chief for the Department of Local Administration.
Teera Anantasereewittaya, inspection chief for the Department of Local Administration.

The latest revision to the country’s main building code went into effect on Aug. 28 last year, plus additional ministerial regulations already have gone into effect.

Many local administrative organizations have been accused by the National Anti-Corruption Commission of graft in their purchasing, hiring, terms of reference, cost estimates, duties and various relevant procedures.

Kasetsart University, in cooperation with Municipal Engineers Club of Thailand, organized the Jomtien seminar with the goal of educating government officials on the Building Control Act and revised ministerial regulations.

Other speakers included Siriwat Bubphacharoen, director of general standards for local personnel management, who talked about changes in employment promotion regulations, and Wiroj Kongwong, director of the NACC office in Sakhon Nakhon Province, who talked about avoiding graft in project management.

Somjit Piumpreamsuk of the Engineering Institute of Thailand spoke about building inspection and structural cracks, while Sinit Boonsit, director of the Department of Public Works and Town and Country Planning, lectured about issuance of building licenses.