The sixth edition of BuildTech Asia returns from 18 to 20 October 2016 to further address the needs of an evolving built environment sector in the region. Organised by Sphere Exhibits and hosted by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), BuildTech Asia is held in conjunction with the Singapore Construction Productivity Week (SCPW) 2016.
The SCPW brings together developers, architects, consultants, builders and suppliers to exchange ideas on construction productivity, new productive technologies, best practices and success stories. Themed ‘Transforming the Way We Build through Innovation’, this year’s SCPW will facilitate discussions on Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA), raising the quality of the workforce and improving integration in the construction value chain, to drive a quantum leap in construction productivity.
“The next phase of advancement in the built environment sector will require changing the way we build. We need to move the built environment sector towards wider adoption of the Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA) approach, which means moving as much on-site construction works to off-site factory prefabrication as possible. By doing so, we can reduce our reliance on labour through higher degree of automation, minimise the impact on the surrounding neighbourhood, reduce wastage of resources during construction, as well as create more conducive and safer workplaces. The quality of our buildings and infrastructures will also improve as we move towards more prefabrication,” said Dr John Keung, CEO of BCA.
Some 150 exhibiting brands will be showcasing a range of productive technologies, building materials and architectural solutions as well as quality finishes, alongside staple exhibits from construction machinery and equipment at the BuildTech Asia to over 6,000 visitors from Asia and around the world. In addition, eight country pavilions from China, Indonesia, India, Malaysia and South Korea will showcase technologies that address the challenges of building and construction across different vertical industries.
In Singapore, the average construction demand is expected to be sustained between $26 billion and $35 billion in 2017 and 2018, and $26 billion to $37 billion in 2019 and 2020. The integration of technology into buildings has contributed an increase of 3.8% in building function productivity. In view of this, BuildTech Asia 2016 aims to equip builders and architects with new insights on smart building and construction methodology in addition to cost savings from facility design, construction and operations, which are creating sustainability in buildings through increased efficiencies.
Mr Chua Wee Phong, Chairman of Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd, says “Technology has significantly impacted the built environment sector in Singapore and around the region. Over the years we have strengthened our partnership with BCA to assist companies in this industry to keep abreast of the latest technological developments in productive technologies through the deployment of smart building materials and turnkey solutions. We are very pleased to reintroduce architectural solutions and a showcase of quality finishes this year. To further equip the industry, we are proud to be the first to introduce a segment of Building-IoT as well as a dedicated conference to further to assist industry practitioners to cope in an increasingly complex and interconnected environment whilst developing their expertise.”
Paving the way for Building-IoT for the Region
Asia has the world’s largest building technology market – its projected value is US$1036 billion by 2020 – and opportunities are growing for technology applications in the built environment sector. To facilitate construction demand of smart cities, BuildTech Asia 2016 will showcase a dedicated pavilion showcasing the latest cutting edge technology for building construction, including a holistic exhibition of Internet of Things technology for buildings.
As the focus of governments and industry stakeholders shifts to that of integrating infrastructure in a manner that facilitates Internet of Things (IoT) adoption, the inaugural Building-IoT Asia Conference 2016 will help participants comprehend the role of the construction industry in creating Smart Cities.
Organised by Homdex and Sphere Exhibits in conjunction with BuildTech Asia 2016, the Building IoT Exhibition takes place from 18 – 20 October and will feature a dedicated pavilion consisting of companies showcasing IoT platforms, IoT applications, devices and services; Wired and Wireless communications and network solutions; including 5G and Giga Internet options; Smart home building controls for lighting, facilities, sunshade, telecommunications, energy management, building security and parking; Sensors and components; Smart home appliances; and Smart City options for transport, clean energy, urban planning, disaster management, water and waste management, security and safety.
The B-IoT Asia Conference features international experts, along with speakers from across Asia, who will tackle topical issues such as safety and security, the application of big data and analytics in buildings and discuss the impact of the smart ecosystem on design and building standards. Deliberations as to the changing expectations of sustainability, the rebalancing of objectives to attain operational efficiencies and how to increase the satisfaction and experience of the occupant of a building will also take place. The conference will wrap with an exploratory session of the future of building IoT, touching on real estate information systems and cybersecurity.
BuildTech Asia 2016 has earned increased regional support this year from South East Asia’s building and construction sector. As in previous years, local and international Associations have embraced the opportunity to collaborate with BuildTech Asia 2016 to enjoy abundant opportunities to network with industry colleagues in pursuit of their business goals. This year, the Association of Industrial Engineering and Management Industry of Indonesia (ISTMI); Association of Property and Facility Managers, Building Owners & Managers Association, Indonesia, Construction Industry Joint Council; The Institution of Engineers, Singapore ; Indonesia Engineers Association ; International Powered Access Federation; IFMA Singapore Chapter, National Association of Indonesian Consultants ; Jakarta Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Malaysia Heavy Construction Equipment Owners Association; Master Builders Association of Malaysia, Renovation and Decoration Advisory Centre (RADAC); Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore; Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS); Singapore Contractors Association Ltd (SCAL); Singapore Cranes Association; Singapore Institute of Building Limited; Singapore Institute of Surveyors & Valuers; Singapore Institution of Safety Officers; Singapore Manufacturing Federation; Society of Project Managers Singapore, The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia, Vietnam Ceramic Association, Vietnam Electronic Industries Association, Vietnam Federation of Civil Engineers Association and Workplace Safety and Health Asia are supporting BuildTech Asia 2016.
Co-located Conferences & Activities at BuildTech Asia 2016:
The Singapore Contractor’s Association and SCAL Academy, with the support of Sphere Exhibits and Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), will run a one-day conference, theEnvironment Sustainability Conference 2016, themed “Building Sustainably”. The conference will highlight topics from sustainable designs and practices to improve energy efficiency and the use of green building materials, to facilitate discussions about industry trends and green best practices that can lead to cost efficiency and environmental benefits.
SCAL Innovation & Productivity Awards The inaugural SCAL Productivity and Innovation Awards (PIA) 2016 is an industry initiative to raise productivity in the construction sector through a ground-up approach for innovative ideas. The competition will provide a platform for companies to step up productivity efforts through the involvement of all levels of staff to propose projects, products or process changes that will result in significant improvements in their workplaces.
Supported by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and the Housing and Development Board (HDB), construction companies are invited to submit applications where judges will select the top few innovative ideas to be showcased for public voting at the BuildTech Asia 2016. Winners will receive cash prizes, a plaque and recognition at the Awards at the SCAL Conference.