Senior Minister of State for National Development, Desmond Lee, has encouraged Singapore’s built environment to keep up-to-date with the latest technological advancements. Lee believes that Singapore must implement new industry innovations in order to face challenges in the sector.
Opening Architecture & Building Services 2016 (ArchXpo 2016) at the Marina Bay Sands on Wednesday, Lee said: "In short, for BIM to realise its full potential, it needs an entire industry to make that change,
"But there is an urgency for us to push ahead on this front, especially for Singapore firms that compete regionally or globally. Overseas firms like the American, the British and Chinese companies are quickly ramping up the VDC capabilities and competing in BIM projects. But collectively we can do more."
Lee called on the industry to utilise high impact productive technologies in the design stage to reduce the reliance on foreign manpower. In particular, Lee highlighted the positive results of implementing BIM technology which allows architects, engineers and contractors to work together seamlessly and to anticipate any issues before construction.
Lee addressed the government’s plans to put into place practice guides and training programmes to support the industry during the transition phases. He also added that some government agencies have begun to ask for BIM collaboration across more and more projects.
As well as promoting BIM and other technological advances, Lee called for a continued sustainable approach to design and development that is more focused on people. This includes building more meaningful responses to living environments, encouraging local produce, culture and craft, as well as promoting environmentally-friendly policies.
The building sector plays a significant role in Singapore’s collective effort to address and combat the effects of climate change. Currently, the industry contributes around a third of the country’s electricity consumption, as well as a quarter of greenhouse house emissions.
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