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Smart construction system to boost construction productivity in Singapore


Witteveen+Bos is working as key-collaborator on the development of a Smart Integrated Construction System (SICS) for the Housing & Development Board in Singapore, as part of the Nanyang Technological University. The system contains, among other things, an automated tower crane. The Housing & Development Board (HDB) is Singapore's public housing authority and HDB flats are home to over 80% of Singapore's resident population. Smart construction solutions will enable HDB to build more productively and achieve better quality.

On September 7, 2017 the HDB inked the assignment on the development of the Smart Integrated Construction System with the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Witteveen+Bos is working as key-collaborator within the team of NTU. The Smart Integrated Construction System comprises three modules:

Smart Crane System (SCS)
Integrated Building Information System (IBIS)
Smart Tracking System (STS)

The Integrated Building Information System (IBIS) is the core of the SICS, and will be developed by Witteveen+Bos. IBIS will be the central digital database which serves as a collaborative workspace. Using 3-dimensional modelling of HDB projects as its starting source of building information, industry partners in the entire construction supply chain can log in real-time information and progress updates on the project from their dispersed locations. This streamlines information and speeds up data-sharing amongst the different partners, including architects, contractors, pre-casters and construction material suppliers, enabling them to better keep track of budgets and timelines. Witteveen+Bos will build upon its extensive knowledge on general building construction, automated construction (3D-concrete printing), 3D BIM models, 4D BIM models, data exchange models, and open data protocols.

The modules of the SICS are exceptionally suitable for the construction of high-rise buildings like the HDB flats, due the pre-casted (prefabricated) character, the repetitive floor levels and the focus on tower cranes. Witteveen+Bos is proud to be a part of this highly innovative development programme and is eager to assist HDB in its ambition to raise construction productivity.

Please find more detailed information on this subject in the press release by HDB