Build Smart - A Construction Productivity Magazine - Jun 2015 BCA supports the "Way to Go, Singapore!" initiative BCA supports the "Way to Go, Singapore!" initiative


Enhancing expertise in the construction industry

BCA Academy’s new Specialist Diploma in Construction Productivity programme was unveiled by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Grace Fu on 14 October 2014. This programme complements the government’s initiative to drive the construction industry towards an annual growth of 2 to 3 per cent by 2020.

So far, 172 participants have signed up for the first run of the 5-month part-time programme. Currently in its third run, the programme attracted many professionals in the industry, including senior engineers, senior managers, architects, and directors. So far, participants have offered positive feedback about the lecturers and the programme.

Mr Stephanus Andrew Harlan, architect with M+W Group, shared that he has learnt more about materials selection through the programme. In particular, he now incorporates specific materials in his designs in order to increase productivity during the construction process.

Another participant, Mr Koh Hwee Meng, Managing Director of Oxy Resources Pte Ltd, says “Construction productivity is definitely a must in our industry. It not only improves the company’s quality of work and speed of project completion but also raises staff confidence and morale. Over time, this translates to positive contribution from the ground up.”

Mr Chan Kok Seng, Senior Manager of ISS M&E Pte Ltd remembers three key things from the programme: First, utilisation of the proper equipment can improve productivity during construction; Second, the right concepts and methodologies on managing the workforce more effectively avoids over-reliance on foreign talent. Third, government grants and support can be utilised to save costs.

Participants of the programme with outstanding final projects will be shortlisted to present their projects, and a selected few will earn the eligibility to register as a Building and Construction Authority Certified Construction Productivity Professional (BCA CCPP).

Key elements of the programme:

• Construction productivity design and concepts
• Construction productivity planning and measurements
• Productive construction technologies

Participants will also explore new learning dimensions
in the following areas:

• Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA), and game-changing technologies
• Building Information Modelling (BIM)
• Virtual Design & Construction (VDC)

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