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With stable and sustainable construction demand fundamentals, firms in the sector will have more opportunities to invest in innovation.
This is important given that the way we build is increasingly being transformed by the use of technology.
construction and building life-cycle – from the design of the building to its construction, and facilities management once it is completed. By putting everyone on the same page, IDD improves collaboration, enhances construction ef ciency, minimises costly rework, improves safety through site monitoring, and maintains quality through timely inspections and recti cations of defects.
The BCA’s target is to have 40 to 60 construction sites implement IDD technologies by 2020. It also aims to raise competencies for at least 150  rms and around 300 to 400 key personnel, who will be able to develop skills such as virtual collaboration, arti cial intelligence and data analytics.
To help companies adopt the plan, the BCA and the Infocomm Media Development Authority launched a S$4-million joint call to develop digital platforms for the building sector. “This will enable  rms across the construction project-cycle to communicate and exchange information with various partners and innovate by pioneering new ways to work,” the BCA said.
Early IDD adopters are already reaping the bene ts of implementation. Kimly Construction director Roy Khoo said that IDD has allowed his  rm to visualise, co-ordinate, communicate and build more ef ciently and effectively with project partners, including suppliers and sub- contractors.
For JTC Logistics Hub, an IDD demonstration project in which Kimly is the main contractor, the company has:
• Installed special gantry cranes to track
location and delivery schedules of components such as large pre-fabricated units from the factory to the  nal installation sites via radio frequency identi cation tags;
• Introduced new digital software to place orders such as steel bars, thereby cutting
down on unnecessary paperwork and
improving productivity; and
• Used aerial drones to check the progress of
the development using a technique known as photogrammetry to create 3D-like images. It also has an omni-directional camera that captures the state of the worksite at various development milestones, allowing people to ‘walk through’ the site virtually.
Infusion of Fresh Funds for Technology Upgrade
To spur adoption of new technology, the government is injecting S$295 million to the BuildSG Transformation fund, bringing  nancial assistance to the construction industry to about S$770 million. The bulk – S$200 million – will be channelled to the Productivity Innovation Project scheme to help companies with solutions which offer at least a 30% improvement in site productivity, such as the use of self-compacting concrete, which is more ef cient than normal concrete, and prefabricated bathrooms.
The remaining S$95 million will go into the Public Sector Construction Productivity Fund to encourage government agencies to adopt Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA) technology for their construction projects. The BCA has identi ed DfMA as a key strategic thrust in its ongoing drive to raise construction productivity. Under DfMA, building parts are manufactured in factories before being transported onsite for assembly, enabling projects to be completed faster, cleaner, quieter and with better quality. The public sector is specially targeted as it is expected to account for about 60% of projected DfMA demand from 2019 to 2023.
Supporting Innovation in Built Environment
To support innovation in the built environment, the BCA is broadening the scope of the Building Innovation Panel (BIP) – an inter-

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