Witteveen+Bos is collaborating with Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) on the development of a Smart Integrated Construction System (SICS) for the Singapore Housing & Development Board (HDB). Among other things, the SICS system comprises an automated tower crane. The HDB is Singapore’s public housing authority and HDB flats are home to over 80 % of Singapore’s resident population. Smart construction solutions will enable HDB to build more productively and achieve better quality.
In September 2017 the HDB awarded the assignment for the development of the SICS to the NTU. Witteveen+Bos is contributing to the project as key collaborator within the NTU team. The Smart Integrated Construction System comprises three modules:
The IBIS is the core of the SICS, and will be developed by Witteveen+Bos. IBIS will be the central digital database, and serve as a collaborative workspace. Using three-dimensional models of HDB projects as their source of building information, industry partners in the entire construction supply chain can enter real-time information and project progress updates from their dispersed locations. This set-up streamlines information and speeds up data sharing among the different partners, including architects, contractors, pre-casters and construction material suppliers, enabling them to better keep track of budgets and timelines. Witteveen+Bos will build upon its extensive knowledge in general building construction, automated construction (3D concrete printing), 3D and 4D BIM models, data exchange models, and open data protocols.
The SICS modules are ideally suited for the construction of high-rise buildings like the HDB flats, due to their pre-cast (prefabricated) character, the repetitive floor levels, and the focus on tower cranes. Witteveen+Bos is proud to be a part of this highly innovative development programme, and is eager to help HDB realise its ambition of increasing construction productivity.