Singapore Construction ITM aims to use cloud and digital technology to integrate stakeholders in building lifecycle – OpenGov Asia
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The Singapore Government’s Industry Transformation Map (ITM) for the construction industry has been launched yesterday. The Minister of Social and Family Development and Second Minister of National Development, Mr. Desmond Lee, chaired the launch alongside representatives from various stakeholder groups involved.
Roadmaps are being developed for 23 industries to solve problems within each industry and deepen partnerships between government, business, industry, trade associations and chambers. ITMs are grouped into 6 major groups: manufacturing, built environment, commerce and connectivity, essential domestic services, modern services and lifestyle.
The construction sector is a major contributor to Singapore’s economy. The built environment sector alone contributes around 6% of gross domestic product (GDP).
ITM Construction is one of the five sectors of the built environment cluster, which includes the real estate, security, environmental services and landscape sectors. It envisions an advanced and integrated industry with widespread adoption of cutting-edge technologies, led by progressive and collaborative companies well positioned to seize business opportunities, and supported by a skilled and skilled workforce providing good jobs for Singaporeans.
ITM recognizes key global trends impacting the industry such as the digital revolution, rapid urbanization and climate change and identifies Integrated Digital Delivery (IDD), Design for fabrication and assembly (DfMA), as well as green construction as key transformation areas to address the challenges facing the sector.
The development of ITM Construction required extensive consultation and engagement with stakeholders over a year. The continued collaborative and concerted effort of all parties including industry companies, unions, higher education institutes and government is crucial for the successful implementation of ITM in order to realize the collective vision of the sector.
The Construction ITM is a live document and industry feedback will continue to be gradually incorporated into it, so that it can evolve to keep abreast of how major trends and changes are shaping up in the world. globally and in Singapore.
Integrated digital delivery (IDD)
Construction involves many parts at different stages of a project, and good coordination is essential to avoid unnecessary rework along the way. IDD aims to strengthen coordination and foster collaboration by connecting all parties through digital information and technology.
IDD is based on BIM, or Building Information Modeling. It leverages the cloud and digital technology to integrate stakeholders into building lifecycle management.
It connects the entire project delivery process, from design through manufacturing to on-site assembly, as well as the operation and maintenance of buildings after construction is complete.
Several companies in different parts of the industry have started using tools like RFID tagging and data analysis to track and automate their project processes. Plans are underway to encourage the adoption of shared platforms and standards to fully integrate parties involved in construction projects.
The government has programs in place to help companies take BIM to the next level and solve any startup issues they face. To promote the adoption of the DLI, a master plan is being drawn up bringing together the various parties and stakeholders. As a first step, shared platforms and standards will be developed to ensure IDD interoperability across the entire construction value chain.
Mr. Lee said in his speech, “We recognize that true integration of different systems will take time, but collectively we will get there.
Design for fabrication and assembly
In terms of more efficient and productive construction methods, ITM focuses on Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA). DfMA involves transforming construction and making it look more like a manufacturing and design process. Aspects of construction would be moved from an open site to a controlled environment, such as a manufacturing plant, to prefabricate quality building elements before bringing them to site and assembling them. This means projects that can be done faster, cleaner, quieter and with better quality.
The national target is to achieve 40% adoption of DfMA by 2020. From less than 10 projects just 4 years ago, there are almost 40 projects at different stages of development using various types of technologies. the upper end of the DfMA continuum. To support this, the government has three highly automated Integrated Construction and Prefabrication Poles (ICPHs). Two more of these facilities are under construction and five more are planned.
The transformation of the sector will result in redesigned jobs involving higher skills, more competitive wages and a better working environment to meet the aspirations of Singaporeans.
With the push for DfMA and IDD, construction will become more like manufacturing. This can create new niches and jobs for Singaporeans where there were none before. For example, there will be more jobs to operate high-tech machines and use software that promotes integrated design.
For example, new roles such as production engineers and supervisors overseeing the fabrication of precast concrete walls, and BIM managers have been introduced to the industry, and they work in a more conducive indoor working environment compared to the works. of conventional construction. The traditional yard will also be transformed to become more streamlined, with fewer but more skilled workers needed to run smarter machines and tools.
By 2025, ITM aims to have 80,000 people trained in DfMA, IDD and green building skills. To meet the needs and aspirations of the workforce, a Tripartite Built Environment Skills Working Group (BEST) has been established to consider offering more structured internships and leading the training of new graduates. in response to industry feedback to help graduates further prepare for employment. There is a range of scholarships and sponsorships available for serving staff to keep improving
Mr. Lee said, “The construction ITM is a big step, but it is truly a first step in our transformation journey for the entire built environment sector. We are also developing transformation plans for the real estate, security, environmental services and landscape sectors. Together, they make up the entire built environment. For example, we examine how the facilities management (FM) industry can be further strengthened and whether it can better leverage DLI to use BIM models to better manage buildings and infrastructure throughout. their life cycle.
“We are also seeing how facilities management and maintainability can be better integrated from the building design stage, in order to achieve a more efficient, green and sustainable city of the future,” he added.
The idea is to eventually bring all these plans together horizontally to provide all-in-one integrated services for construction projects.