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First Singapore Construction Productivity Week aims at entrenching productivity culture
Singapore, 25 April 2011 - The Building and Construction Authority today launched its inaugural Singapore Construction Productivity Week as part of the industry-wide campaign to promote productivity. The week-long campaign starting from 25 to 29 April 2011 promises to be one where expertise is shared, ideas are exchanged, partnerships are strengthened and industry awareness is heightened to stimulate a productivity culture among industry stakeholders.
Underlying the success of the construction industry's productivity efforts is the core competence that is residing in the construction personnel. Hence, BCA and the Singapore Contractors Assocation Limited (SCAL) have joined hands to organise a Skilled Builder competition to raise awareness of the productivity improvement at workers' level. The competition will showcase some of the latest technologies and construction methods that have a significant impact in improving site productivity. About 100 workers from 21 companies will pit their skills in handling equipment such as crane and telescopic handler and in construction methods such as installation of dry walls with mechanical and electrical services and system formwork set-ups.
BCA has earlier identified the 3D Building Informational Modelling tool as a way to improve productivity and saving costs by precision planning and reducing wastage of resources and time in the entire construction value chain. An overwhelming 47 teams, comprising a total of 136 students and professionals, will compete against each other using the three-dimensional building modelling system over a gruelling 24-hour period to unveil Singapore's most skilled BIM users. The results of the Skilled Builder Competition and BIM Competition will be revealed at the opening of the Build Smart Conference on Wednesday.
The 2-day Conference will be held at the Singapore Expo, where international and local speakers would be sharing with participants on how advanced technologies and innovative construction methods could lead to productivity improvements. Alongside the conference is the BuildTech Asia Exhibition, which showcases the latest construction-related technologies and products, at the Singapore Expo from Wednesday to Friday. At the end of the week-long campaign, there will be site tours to projects that have implemented or are in the process of using highly productive construction methods and technologies.
BCA and MND have also earlier introduced the Construction Productivity Roadmap as a comprehensive and holistic plan to tackle the challenge of lifting the construction sector's productivity in the long-term. One of the key thrusts of the Roadmap is to incentivise firms to adopt technology and build capability, and the incentive schemes under the $250 million Construction Productivity and Capability Fund were recently enhanced with greater funding support and coverage. To date, more than 500 firms in the construction industry have benefitted from the Fund and close to $9 million has been committed.
"This critical stage of implementing the Roadmap has to be a collaborative effort between the industry and the government," says BCA CEO, Dr John Keung. "I would like to encourage small and medium sized construction businesses to act now to take advantage of the incentive schemes under the Construction Productivity and Capability Fund to improve their productivity."
Annex A - The Singapore Construction Productivity Week (14KB .pdf)
Annex B - Skilled Builder and BIM Competitions (1.4MB .pdf)
Portable document format version of the media release is also available (1.5MB .pdf).
Opening Address by Ms Grace Fu, Senior Minister of State for National Development and Education at the Opening of the Singapore Construction Productivity Week