THESE five ICT solutions can help businesses in the construction sector work better, faster and safer. These technologies will be showcased at BuildTech Asia 2015, the regional trade show for the built environment sector that brings to life leading-edge technologies and innovations that are transforming the sector.
Organised by Sphere Exhibits and hosted by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), BuildTech Asia 2015 takes place from Oct 13 to Oct 15 at Singapore Expo Hall 3 in conjunction with the Singapore Construction Productivity Week (SCPW) 2015.
BCA is collaborating with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) for the first time at SCPW 2015 to feature technology solutions that aim to transform the built environment sector and improve productivity.
- Building intelligence solution
What it does: This solution features Internet-of-things (IOT) technology and delivers real-time monitoring of key data from construction sites. For instance, companies can be alerted in real time if noise or dust at a site breaches acceptable levels. This enables quick, effective decision at all stages of the construction life-cycle, namely pre-construction, construction and post-construction.
- Workplace safety and health management tool
What it does: This mobile tool automates many of the manual and paper-based processes required in assessing safety risk on construction sites. This will reduce the time and manpower required for risk assessment, boosting productivity in the process. The tool enables companies to not only adhere to the safety regulations by MOM but also provide a faster means to fulfilling these processes.
- Smart drones for construction
What it does: Using drones, site surveys can now be done in days, compared to months using manual methods. A drone can also measure a sand pile the size of a football field in a day, compared to the six days required using traditional methods. The technology can also be used to perform aerial inspection of buildings without exposing workers to the dangers of climbing scaffoldings.
- Biometric authentication system (BAS)
What it does: This system enables companies to track man-hours spent on a construction site for each individual worker. BAS can also seamlessly submit the data it collects into the Electronic Productivity Submission System (ePSS). This submission is required monthly for sites over 5,000 square metres.
The system can be integrated into an existing ERP for payroll purposes. Precise tracking of the man-hours allows companies to improve the overall efficiency of the workflow process.
- Construction management system
What it does: This solution improves productivity through the automation of manual processes such as data collection, processing, submission, approval, and billing. This will enable more efficient working processes and the faster delivery of projects.