Singapore, 15 May 2012 - To ride on the current strong productivity wave and to create greater awareness on ways for the construction sector to boost its productivity, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has organised a host of events under the overall platform of Singapore Construction Productivity Week 2012. The events of the Week, held from 14 to 18 May, are largely tailored to excite and inspire industry firms and the workforce to play an active part in raising their productivity and capability.
The Week began with a convening of the 2nd International Panel of Experts on Construction Productivity and Prefabrication Technology meeting, where experts reviewed Singapore's initiatives on raising construction productivity since 2010 and explore what more can be done.
Another key component of the Week is the BuildTech Asia exhibition which was opened by Minister for National Development, Mr Khaw Boon Wan, today. The exhibition not only acts as a business networking platform for industry players, but also enhances firms' awareness of the technologies and processes available to drive productivity.
At the event, Minister flagged off the Skilled Builder competition where tradesmen from various firms and teams pitted their skills against each other to produce accurate and high quality work within a designated timeframe. The 48-hour BIM competition also saw an overwhelming response of more than 300 participants - triple the participation rate of last year's inaugural competition. This signifies the industry's readiness in adopting the BIM technology to improve their productivity.
The anchor event of the week is officiated by Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam where he will officially launch the opening of the SCPW and the Tiong Seng Prefab Hub. The S$36 million dollar project is the first integrated construction precast hub in Singapore, and will feature a more productive way of producing pre-cast concrete elements.
The Week also features the Build Smart conference where experts share best practices and showcase exemplary projects which have successfully adopted productive methods of construction.
Annex A - Summary of events in the Singapore Construction Productivity Week (12KB.pdf)
Annex B - About the events under the Singapore Construction Productivity Week (26KB.pdf)
Portable document format version of the media release is also available (30KB .pdf).