SOUTHEAST ASIA CONSTRUCTION09 Oct 2020
Inaugural BuildTech Asia 2020 Digital Series opens next week

The inaugural BuildTech Asia Digital Series will take place next week on 14 and 15 October 2020, aiming to proliferate the use of smart digital technologies in the built environment sector. The event is organised by Singapore-based Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings, and co-organised by the Singapore Institute of Building Limited (SIBL).

This virtual event will present built environment professionals with opportunities to discover latest technologies, gain updates on new trends at the free webinars and tech talks, and meet with regional exhibitors via an interactive platform – all from the comfort of their offices or homes. Dr Teo Ho Pin, former Member of Parliament of Singapore, will be delivering the opening keynote address.

The last BuildTech Asia exhibition was held in 2018 at the Singapore Expo. The upcoming edition, originally scheduled in March 2020, has been postponed to March 2021 due to Covid-19. However, recognising that transformation of the building and construction industry cannot stop, the organiser is holding the digital series to support the industry in uncovering ways to build its way out of the crisis and well into the future.

Various activities

The BuildTech Asia Digital Series will showcase the region’s comprehensive and new range of construction products, services, smart solutions and technological innovations across the entire building lifecycle. It will feature more than 100 global brands across five exhibit profiles: Building Machinery and Equipment; Facilities Management; Productive Technology; Building Materials; Architecture and Quality Finishes.

The showcase will come alive with a Tech Talk series, a virtual pavilion where selected exhibitors will conduct interactive workshops or demonstrations for their innovations in 20-minute time slots. Delegates can attend the presentations ‘live’ or view the recordings any time afterwards, without having to miss any one that typically happens in a physical exhibition due to conflicting slots. Industry thought leaders will also provide insights on elevating productivity and efficiencies in the new normal of the construction industry in the webinar series.

Some of the highlights include: The new norm in construction amid Covid-19 by Dr Teo Ho Pin; Key clauses to look out for in PSSCOC contract administration in a post Covid-19 world by SIBL; Tackling the biggest cause of project delays by FinalCad South East Asia Pte Ltd; Greater digitalisation in engineering design by the Association of Consulting Engineers Singapore (ACES); Productivity and innovation in construction by the Singapore Contractors Association Limited (SCAL); Do stakeholders who manage or supervise mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) need to be competent? By the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF); and Build it! How women can forge the development of the built environment by the Association of Women In Construction Singapore (AWICS).

In addition, the organiser will roll out an enhanced business matching programme for attendees to expand their in-region contacts. This encompasses the BuildTech Asia Digital portal that offers a one-stop platform for delegates to network while saving time and costs from cross-country travel and overnight hotel charges.

Chua Wee Phong, chairman of Sphere Exhibits said, “The BuildTech Asia 2020 Digital Series is designed to bring exhibitors and delegates to the forefront of technological advancements in a construction industry that is increasingly being shaped by global trends such as digitalisation and Industry 4.0.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated an urgent and real need for the industry to keep exploring and adopting new ways to enhance productivity in building and construction. Our digital series will give attendees the right solutions, products, services, knowledge and connections to break new grounds in automating, digitalising and transforming their businesses.“

Dr Sussie Ketit, president of SIBL added, “The event will open up opportunities for building professionals to raise their competency and practice standards and be in the best position to harness new technological advancements. In addition, its innovative business matching approach will go one step beyond conventional exhibitions by facilitating greater interaction between delegates and exhibitors, to enhance opportunities for business deals and collaborations.”

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