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Construction Productivity Awards 2012

Sunday, 13 May 2012

- BCA gives recognition to innovative construction firms for productivity strides
- Innovation and technology led firms to win 30 Construction Productivity Awards

Singapore, 13 May 2012 - A total of 30 Construction Productivity Awards will be given out by BCA this year as a form of recognition to firms that demonstrate a productivity mindset for continuous improvement.

Mr Kevin Wong, Chairman of the CPA Assessment Committee said, "The BCA Construction Productivity Awards continue to receive strong support from the industry. This year's winners are able to demonstrate that complex engineering projects or structures do not necessarily hinder construction productivity if there are proper planning, usage of new technologies and innovation of construction methods. This is evident in two of the Platinum winners in the Projects category - the Punggol Waterway and the Marina Sands sloping hotel structures. This is very encouraging as it shows that the industry is increasingly aware and believes that productivity is the way forward. I hope the industry will continue to look into innovative construction methods and implement best practices that can further improve its productivity."

Among the award winners for the residential project category, the Wilkie Studio Condominium stood out. The project is a synergistic effort between the developer, consultants and builder, all of whom are committed to employ the most efficient method of construction that will result in better productivity and quality to meet the demand of consumers. Even though the condominium is a small development with a gross floor area (GFA) of about 5,000sqm - meaning the design has to balance between providing adequate spaces and meeting GFA requirements - several productive methods were employed, which helped it to garner high buildability and constructability scores. The extensive use of precast and prefabricated components, such as drywalls and prefabricated bathroom units resulted in less labour requirement, improved safety and higher productivity. Use of the screedless floor system also allowed for direct tiling, saving time for extra topping and effort in levelling.

Congratulating the award winners, BCA's CEO Dr John Keung said, "It is essential that firms take a long-term approach to productivity, especially in the current uncertain economic climate. We encourage companies to learn from the winning firms and we hope that more will step forward and begin on their productivity journey."

The Construction Productivity Awards - Best Practices and Innovations

This year, civil engineering company, Swee Hong Engineering Construction Pte Ltd, clinched three of the thirteen awards for the Best Practices and Innovations category. The company managed to clinch one platinum award and two gold awards. All three nominations were recognised by the assessment panel for achieving a high level of productivity through employing innovation.

Swee Hong developed an automatic safety shackle with remote control to carry out lifting works on site. The shackle can be released by controlling it with a remote control. This device reduces manpower, saves time, eliminates the possibility of accidents occurring on site and improves productivity by achieving 25 times more lift counts in a day and 15 minutes less for each process of lifting. Besides maintaining a high level of productivity through company-wide adoption of best practices, Swee Hong also made use of innovative systems and modern technology such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) software and iPhone application to enhance productivity on site. Swee Hong uses BIM software to prepare their tender bids and leverage heavily on its advance planning software features for construction planning. It also makes use of the iPhone application to keep track of project progress and allocates tasks remotely.

Mr Ong Hock Leong, Managing Director of Swee Hong Engineering Construction Pte Ltd said, "The adoption of technology and employment of construction innovations has greatly improved our productivity during the tender stage and for Swee Hong's projects. Swee Hong has always encouraged our team to build a work culture that places strong emphasis on productive work and creative thinking in improving their work processes. Over the years, we have benefited from well planned work and as a result, we are able to achieve higher productivity."

Ssangyong Engineering and Construction Co., Ltd also stood out by clinching two awards under the CPA - Best Practices and Innovations for their innovation construction methods at their Marina Bay Sands Hotel project. They won a platinum award for overcoming construction constraints and increasing construction productivity through an innovative temporary supporting method of the sloping tower structure construction of Marina Bay Sands Hotel, which helped the project to achieve 43.8% savings in labour. The gold award, which they jointly won with PQ Builders Pte Ltd, is for their innovative restrain and guide cable system (RGCS) for access to overhanging and slanting gable end wall to carry out external architectural works.

The Construction Productivity Awards - Projects

Award-winning projects in this category had exhibited high simplicity for construction through design and construction integration. City Developments Limited, the biggest Construction Productivity Award winner last year, repeated their outstanding performance this year by bagging a total of 4 platinum and 1 gold awards. Their platinum projects include Wilkie Studio, Shelford Suites, Cliveden At Grange and The Residences at W Singapore Sentosa Cove. These projects had adopted highly buildable features and highly constructable systems such as drywalls, prefabricated bathroom units, precast construction elements and system formworks.

The Punggol Waterway Part 1 project by Koh Brothers Building & Civil Engineering Contractor (Pte.) Ltd was conferred the sole platinum award in the Civil Engineering sub-category. One of its winning key features was the adoption of the Trench Cutting Re-mixing Deep Wall method (TRD) which acts as a temporary earth retaining system to reinforce and facilitate the excavation, as well as to stabilise the final embankment slopes. This resulted in cost and time savings.

The Construction Productivity Awards - Value Added Productivity (VAP)

Five Best VAP Builder Awards and two Best VAP Improvement Builder Awards were conferred this year. These award winners achieved high VAP (value added per employee) that were on average three times that of the industry average in 2010. Improvements in average VAP were also observed to exceed more than 70% per year for the two award winners.

Besides the quantitative VAP scores, qualitative aspects such as firms' business models, training commitments, achievements in quality standards and adoption of technology that enhance productivity were also included in the assessment. Among the advanced technologies and construction methods adopted by the VAP award winners to enhance their productivity and improve their work processes were the use of system formwork, adoption of precast and prefabricated construction methods and use of more efficient construction plant and equipment such as spray painting and scissor lift. In addition, several of the winners also embarked on the Building Information Modeling (BIM) software to enhance their project management efficiency.

Of the 30 awards, 13 awards will be given out for CPA - Best Practices and Innovations category, ten awards for the CPA - Projects category and seven awards for the CPA - Value Added Productivity category. The winners will receive their awards during the BCA Awards on 24 May 2012 at Resorts World Sentosa.

Footnote

Annex A - Award winners (2.4MB.pdf)

Annex B - Merit winners (958KB.pdf)

Portable document format version of the media release is also available (3.4MB .pdf).

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