BIM for prefab automation and site productivity in Singapore (BuildTech Asia)

Welcome to Singapore! We’re here at BuildTech Asia 2015, an international building technology expo featuring construction technologies like BIM of course, so players like Autodesk and Bentley are
here, FINALCAD is here as well, and a hot topic here is about automation of manufacturing of construction including prefab factories or Design For
Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA). One presentation in particular during the
BuildSmart Conference held here piqued our interest, it was called
“Manufacturing the Future” and it was about a world-class, probably the most advanced prefab factory in the world, called SEF SpaceHub. So we went there to visit this factory
and bring you back the best of manufacturing automation
in the construction industry. Welcome to SEF SpaceHub.
This is a 5-storey modern precast facility and its name SpaceHub for the simple reason that it represents the company’s vision in maintaining sustainability through our core business in prefabrication, architecture, construction, and engineering activities. SpaceHub is a modern facility 5-storey high, fully equipped with some of state-of-the-art equipment. We’re able to produce 25 different types of components. We have pallet system which spans over 3 storeys, a curing chamber, as well as an automated storage rack system which is only the second in the world, but ours is taller with higher capacity. One of the biggest things is actually on the interface of the software. The design and planning phases are from the BIM software whereby the center of is actually the BIM model where is produced data for the planning software, the business software (ERP) as well as the remote control software and eventually for the control and logistics planning. And we asked Mr Heng of IDA, Infocomm
Development Authority of Singapore, his thoughts about ICT for Construction, and in particular increasing productivity on construction sites. The construction sector is one of the lowest productivity actually that we find and I think that we have many things to do by using the technology and ICT in order to help our sector to improve the total productivity cost. In fact, we are looking at many different areas where Design with BIM can be actually transferred to the productivity core within the
site productivity itself within the construction sector. For example like the use of the cloud solutions,
like project management solutions together with many of other ICT solutions from a data analytics perspective as well as the sensors, making use of the sensors, for example a drone in order to help to be a data aggregator as well as the security controller in the surveying, as well as surveyor, and so called safety purpose.
We’ll be able to harvest the data together so that we will be able to enrich and get the data out to these people quickly and efficiently, so that actually it will bring all this information into the defect management area. When it comes to the defect management, with all the BIM data that has been updated as well as BIM enriched with the data, the defect management will be able to save a lot of time, save a lot of manpower as well as actually shorten the lifecycle and increase the total productivity and quality of the final delivery.

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