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Productivity Innovation Project (PIP) Scheme

How firms can benefit from the second CPCF tranche's PIP Scheme

The PIP Scheme enables industry stakeholders to embark on development projects that grow their capability and improve work processes for achieving higher site productivity. Supportable items include manpower, training, equipment, material, professional services and intellectual property rights.

Enhancements to the PIP Scheme under the second CPCF tranche

To support the adoption of impactful construction technologies like Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction (PPVC) and Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), the funding cap of the Productivity Innovation Project (PIP) Scheme has been doubled to S$10 million for industry level projects. Co-funding for System Formwork under the PIP Scheme has been discontinued as its adoption has become common. BCA will channel resources to support the adoption of other productive technologies.

Kimly Construction Pte Ltd and Tiong Seng Contractors Pte Ltd share how they utilised the PIP scheme to defray the costs of adopting productive technologies:

Yishun Street 51 EC Project by Kimly Construction

Kimly Construction has always been ahead in fronting innovative systems that help increase construction productivity and reduce manpower dependency. We were awarded this residential developmental project in August 2014. And with the help of the PIP Scheme, we could reduce the additional investment costs for new construction systems, making it easier for us to embark on several productive technologies such as mobile battery mould system for precast production.

New technologies and capabilities greatly reduce our need for manpower. By eliminating the use of low or non-recyclable materials within each task, construction cycle or project, we save time and reduce materials wastage. Being able to do without certain work processes also means fewer workers, man hours and materials required. And aside from requiring less construction spaces, we also reduce our carbon footprint and reduce negative environmental impact.

The initial investment cost may be high but in the long run, the rate of investment (R.O.I.) is considerable. Fewer workers and man hours translate to higher productivity for our projects.

We tapped PIP scheme to support our productivity initiatives. We felt that consulting with the BCA PIP team allows us to get updates on new innovative methods, machineries and systems used in the industry.

Tiong Seng Contractors believes in getting business partners on board in productivity drive

We previously benefitted from the CPCF to build upour capability and improve work processes to achieve higher productivity. For example, Tiong Seng Prefab Hub (TSPH), Singapore’s pioneer Integrated Construction and PrefabricationHub (ICPH) was the first facility of its kind to receive PIP funding. The state of the art building incorporated automated pre-casting facilities that are able to produce high quality pre-cast components.

Aside from embarking on productivity developmental projects on our own, it is essential that our business partners are on board our drive for higher productivity. One of our initiatives was to collaborate with our business partners under the PIP scheme to implement the “one push press” jointing technology for pipesto replace the conventional PP-R fittings and pipes. Though this new technology was more expensive to adopt, it was defrayed by funding received through the PIP scheme. The end result was a simplified but robust piping installation that was achieved with less manpower and time.

Another group development project we ventured into was slip form technology, which enables us to construct continuous, cast-in-place and joint-less concrete components. This reduced time and effort needed and ensures a higher quality of work. We are currently exploring its use in casting kerbs.

With CPCF, stakeholders have an additional boost. Looking ahead, we will strive to find new ways to build up our capabilities and embrace better labour saving methods of construction.

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