More funding, facilities and training for construction productivity drive

More funding, facilities and training for construction productivity drive
Pictures of construction along Compassvale Bow near Buangkok MRT Station on Oct 8, 2014.

SINGAPORE - Imagine an apartment block built by stacking separate rooms together, complete with finishings and fittings. That is how a new executive condominium at Canberra Drive will be assembled, using an advanced construction method that is expected to raise productivity by more than 40 per cent.

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Here is the media statement from Singapore Press Holdings:

Transforming construction productivity through innovative technologies at BuildTech Asia 2014

BuildTech Asia's exhibition showcase and conference sessions span across the 'hardware and software' of the built environment - from construction technology to facilities management solutions

SINGAPORE - The fourth edition of BuildTech Asia 2014, the region's leading trade show for the built environment, opens today as part of a week-long series of events under the Singapore Construction Productivity Week.

Organised by Sphere Exhibits and hosted by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), the three day trade exhibition is held from 14 to 16 October at Singapore Expo Halls 3 and 4.

The event was officially opened by Ms Grace Fu, Minister, Prime Minister's Office, Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Over 200 exhibiting brands from nine countries including Australia, China, Germany, Ireland, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan will be showcasing a wide array of products, machineries and cutting edge technologies from Autodesk, Bonco Enterprise, Higa Trading, Hydro Dynamic Engineering, Shinhan Tech-Engineering, Straits Construction, and Zuuse Australia among many others.

To address the productivity challenges faced by the industry as it copes with a tightened supply of foreign workers and evolving standards, this year's BuildTech Asia provides a platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas for a more streamlined workflow, from sourcing of building materials to management of building facilities.

Across the region, the built environment sector faces challenges related to productivity and efficiency such as labour shortages and budgetary constraints.

While Singapore's total construction demand reached a historical high of $35.8 billion in 2013, value-added productivity in the construction sector declined by 0.2 per cent per annum from 2010 to 2013. Nonetheless, site productivity had shown an improvement of about 1.2 per cent per annum in the same period.

A strong pipeline of major infrastructure projects coupled with government initiatives to promote the use of productive technologies including the Construction Productivity and Capability Fund (CPCF) have resulted in a stellar offering of Singapore's latest and best technologies for industry players across the region who are faced with productivity challenges.

Mr. Chua Wee Phong, Chairman of Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd, said: "Since Sphere Exhibits first partnered with the Building and Construction Authority four years ago, BuildTech Asia has grown to become the authoritative trade event for industry leaders and trade professionals across the region. With the government's continued initiatives to boost productivity in the construction sector, we are sure that visitors will find the most advanced solutions for their business productivity challenges at BuildTech Asia."

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