What did you miss at BuildTech Asia 2017?

The seventh edition of BuildTech Asia 2017 concluded with a bang this year as we welcomed more visitors and exhibitors since the inception of the trade show. Held in conjunction with the Singapore Construction Productivity Week, BuildTech Asia took place from 24 to 26 October 2017, and welcomed a record number of 11,000 trade visitors from Singapore and around the world.

What attracted these visitors to attend the event? Were there any interesting activities that took place during the week?

Here’s a lowdown of the key happenings to satisfy your curiosity:

1) Launch of a Construction Industry Transformation Map for Singapore’s built environment sector

If you are working in or are in close touch with Singapore’s built environment sector, you would have heard about the launch of the Singapore Construction Industry Transformation Map at the opening of the Singapore Construction Productivity Week.

Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA), Integrated Digital Delivery (IDD), and green building capabilities were identified as key transformation areas to address the challenges faced by the sector such as digital revolution, rapid urbanisation and climate change. The Singapore Government also set an aim to train a total of 80,000 professionals specialising in these three areas by 2025. You can find out more details here.


2) Reinventing SMART building and construction through a showcase of latest cutting-edge technologies and new construction solutions in Asia

Echoing this industry trend, BuildTech Asia 2017 featured a wide variety of cutting-edge technologies and solutions, including DfMA and IDD. We brought together over 130 exhibitors who showcased virtual reality, drones, smart solutions and other productive technologies in addition to staple exhibits such as construction machinery, equipment, building materials, architectural solutions, and quality finishes.

Several new technologies and solutions that are the first of its kind in Asia were also introduced at the trade platform. These include expandable modular homes, a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform for construction IT applications, a heavy-duty modular scaffold system, prefabricated and pre-insulated circular and flat oval ductwork, and a compact and lightweight grouting equipment.

The immersive experience of walking through the various exhibits and learning the latest construction technologies was like no other!

Interactive exhibits at BuildTech Asia 2017 facilitated learning on the latest technology developments such as projects adopting DfMA.

Drones which help in excavation analysis, construction progress monitoring and quality inspection were also showcased at the trade show.

BuildTech Asia 2017 also featured advanced digital technologies such as a multi-user virtual reality application that bridges communication gaps between owners, end-users and multi-disciplinary industry professionals.

A new Productivity Technology (ProTech) Demonstration at BuildTech Asia 2017 educated visitors about the latest Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) technologies and featured a live demonstration of constructing building services with prefabricated MEP modules.


3) Furthering knowledge exchange among local and international industry professionals

Beyond the trade floor, many activities were also held in conjunction with BuildTech Asia 2017 to facilitate knowledge sharing internationally and seed the foundations for more industry collaborations within ASEAN and the rest of the world.

Overseas delegates were wowed with site visits to Singapore projects adopting the latest game-changing construction technologies. International experts also participated in conferences that brought discussions on pertinent topics such as the role of women in the sector and the future of construction to the next level.

Overseas delegates visited The Wave at the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore (the first large-scale building in Southeast Asia built using Mass Engineered Timber) (above) and Nanyang Crescent Residential Halls (one of the first few high-rise projects in Singapore to adopt Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction).

More than 100 industry professionals attended the inaugural SMART Women in Built Environment conference. The conference facilitated discussions on the current progression and empowerment of women professionals in the built environment sector in the region.

Ms Sim Ann, Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth & Trade and Industry (middle, in red) joined speakers from Australia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore at the event. The takeaway? Women have an important role to play in the industry transformation effort, as leaders, experts and professionals.

International and local industry experts and leaders at the new Built Environment Summit organised by the Singapore Contractors Association Ltd (SCAL) discussed what it takes for the built environment sector to remain relevant, seizing opportunities in a growing regional construction market and maintaining business competitiveness. Notable speakers include Dr Michael Max Buehler from the World Economic Forum (above) and Professor Thomas Bock, Chair for Building Realisation and Robotics at the Technical University of Munich.


Interested to participate in the next edition of BuildTech Asia after reading this event recap?

The trade show will return to the Singapore Expo from 16 to 18 October 2018. Organisations which are keen to exhibit at BuildTech Asia 2018 are welcome to reserve their spaces early. If you would like to form a trade delegation group, do email your inquiries to buildtechasia@sph.com.sg.

For more information, visit www.buildtechasia.com



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