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Construction involves many parties at different stages of a project, and good coordination is critical in preventing unnecessary reworks along the way. Integrated Digital Delivery (IDD) aims to strengthen such coordination and foster collaboration by connecting all parties through digital information and technology. 

The Construction ITM was announced by Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development, Mr Desmond Lee at the launch of the Construction ITM on Tuesday, 24 October 2017, at the Expo, Max Atria.

The Construction sector is among the 23 sectors which contribute most significantly to Singapore’s economy1 and identified to develop industry transformation maps. The Construction ITM is one of the five sectors under the built environment cluster, which includes the real estate, security, environmental services and landscape sectors. Refer to Annex A for the list of sectors and clusters identified for transformation.

The Construction ITM envisions an advanced and integrated sector with widespread adoption of leading technologies, led by progressive and collaborative firms well-poised to capture business opportunities, and supported by a skilled and competent workforce offering good jobs for Singaporeans. Recognising key global trends which impact the sector such as the digital revolution, rapid urbanisation and climate change, the ITM identifies IDD, Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA), as well as green building as key transformation areas to address the challenges faced by the sector.

IDD, for example, proposes to ride the wave of the digital revolution such that buildings increasingly incorporate smart technologies and construction work processes are digitally integrated. Enabled by Building Information Modelling (BIM), IDD is a new concept that will help to fully integrate processes and stakeholders along the value chain through advanced info-communications technology (ICT) and smart technologies.

In short, IDD leverages cloud and digital technology to integrate stakeholders in the building life cycle management. It connects the entire project delivery process from design, fabrication, to assembly on-site, as well as operations and maintenance of buildings when construction has completed. Firms such as WOHA, Greyform, NTU, Kimly, Eastern Pretech, Lendlease, CCDC and Lum Chang, have started using tools like RFID tagging and data analytics to track and automate their project processes. Plans are underway to encourage adoption of shared platforms and standards to fully integrate the parties involved in building projects. Refer to Annex C for more information about IDD and Annex A for plans to drive adoption of IDD in the sector.

The transformation of the sector will result in redesigned jobs involving higher skills, more competitive salaries and better work environment to meet the aspirations of Singaporeans. For example, new roles such as production engineers and supervisors overseeing manufacturing of prefabricated concrete walls, and BIM managers have been introduced to the sector, and they work in a more conducive indoor work environment as compared to conventional construction work. The traditional worksite will also be transformed to become more streamlined, with lesser but more highly skilled workers needed to operate smarter machines and tools.

By 2025, the ITM targets to have 80,000 personnel trained in DfMA, IDD and green building capabilities. To support workforce needs and aspirations, a Built Environment SkillsFuture Tripartite (BEST) Taskforce has been set up to look at providing more structured internships, and lead in training more new graduates in response to industry feedback to help graduates become more job ready.

The development of the Construction ITM involved extensive consultation and engagement with the stakeholders over a year. The continued collaborative and concerted effort by all parties, including industry firms, unions, institutes of higher learning and the government, is crucial for the successful implementation of the ITM to realise the collective vision of the sector.

“The Construction ITM is developed by the sector, for the sector. We will continue our close partnership and collaboration with all stakeholder groups in implementing the strategies to drive the sector forward. Through the transformation process, we look forward to seeing greater investment in capability building and more collaboration among firms to capture new business opportunities, and more importantly, for more Singaporeans to join the sector as a more technologically advanced workforce is needed,” said Mr Hugh Lim, BCA CEO.

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