BuildTech Asia 2023 to highlight digitalisation, smart construction and sustainability

BuildTech Asia (BTA) will return for its 12th edition from 28 to 30 March 2023 at the Singapore Expo. Organised by Constellar, the event is themed ‘Transforming Tomorrow’s Built Environment’, presented with 48 local and regional industry associations and partners.

According to the organiser, there will be over 100 onsite exhibitors from 15 countries and regions (almost a 40% expansion from last year) and an extensive line-up of conferences, sandboxes and product launches to better equip and future-proof the sector. Countries and regions participating include: Singapore, Australia, Cambodia, mainland China, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Poland, Sweden, Taiwan, and the US.

The opening of BTA 2023 will be officiated by Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Communications and Information & Ministry of National Development, Tan Kiat How, who is also guest-of-honour at the event. He will officially launch the Specialists Trade Alliance of Singapore’s (STAS) Shared Services Registry, a significant milestone in STAS’s commitment to digitalising the built environment (BE) sector.

The adoption of building information modelling (BIM) and integrated digital delivery (IDD) is a key enabler of transformation in the BE sector. It is a digital spine that links project stakeholders throughout the entire building lifecycle. The Shared Services Registry serves the BIM and IDD procurement needs of stakeholders, especially SMEs, in their digitalisation journey. The pilot was successful, and the Shared Services Registry will be scaled up to implement more rigorous quality checks and open up for public registration from Q3 2023.

New experiential zones

BTA 2023 will deep-dive into three dimensions of emerging technologies and solutions that are making an impact on industries today – digitalisation, smart construction (robotics and automation), and green construction (sustainability). To better demonstrate the utilisation of new technologies and solutions, the event will be introducing two new experiential zones:

  • The Smart Construction Experience Zone – powered by Tractors Singapore Limited (TSL), a leading equipment dealer in Singapore distributing a full line of Cat machines and engines, such as the Cat 320 excavator and CS11GC vibratory soil compactor.

  • The Robotics & Automation Experience Zone – featuring Singapore SMEs such as Doog International, which will be showcasing its user-friendly and highly scalable autonomous mobile robots like ‘Thouzer’, a versatile robotic cart with a payload capacity of 120 kg, a towing capacity of 300 kg and equipped with Follow-Me and Memory Trace Technology, developed to navigate challenging construction work sites and execute automated repetitive tasks. 

BTA 2023 will also welcome several new exhibitors. Among them are:

  • Knauf Plasterboard Ptd Ltd, one of the world’s leading dry construction systems and solutions providers.

  • LiuGong Machinery Co Ltd, the 10th largest construction equipment manufacturer by global market share and the world’s largest manufacturer of wheel loaders.

  • Pee Huan Pte Ltd, an authorised distributor of the Heli Forklift brand, which has more than 20 years of experience in the material handling industry.

  • Sany South East Asia Pte Ltd, the third largest heavy equipment manufacturer globally and one of Singapore’s leading suppliers offering sales, services and technical solutions in the crane industry.

  • SquareDog Robotics Limited, which will be showcasing its SQD-Robo Patrol, a cost-effective, multi-functional robot that provides 24/7 security patrol for the warehouse.

Furthermore, BTA 2023 will see returning industry players such as Buildo Engineering Pte Ltd, Lingjack Digital Pte Ltd, PDS International Pte Ltd and SPC Industries Sdn Bhd.

Various conference sessions

The inaugural Built Environment Transformation Forum will be launched at BTA 2023, where industry leaders and experts will be sharing post-pandemic collaboration opportunities as well as trends and policies pivotal to the BE sector. Kicking off the forum is a fireside chat on sector transformation with Heng Teck Thai, deputy CEO (BuildSG Office) of the Building and Construction Authority (BCA).

BTA is also working with the Asia Pacific Assistive Robotics Association (APARA), World of Safety and Health Asia (WSH Asia), Singapore Contractors Association Limited (SCAL), Association of Women in Construction (AWiCS), Singapore International Facility Management Association (SIFMA) and the exhibitors, to offer six half-day conferences and over 80 conference sessions, product launches and sandboxes on the latest industry developments, technology advancements and best practices for the sector.

Participants can expect insightful discussions on digitalising their operations, incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics for smart construction, adopting sustainable practices, refreshing safety measures, and upgrading their knowledge in integrated facilities management. Sessions to look out for include:

  • The update on The Accreditation of Project Managers (APM) scheme by Jonathan Shek, chairman of the Society of Project Managers, aimed at enhancing standard of project management practice in Singapore’s BE and construction industry.

  • Improving measurement accuracy with 3D laser scanning by Mika Honkavuori, entrepreneur, Recure.

  • Establishing proper data preparation platforms to facilitate accurate retrieval of AI datasets by Kevin Quah, founder and CEO, Tictag.

Sustainability efforts

Constellar said BTA 2023 is the first event at Singapore Expo to be piloting the sustainability measurements proof-of-concept under Singapore’s MICE Sustainability Roadmap with SACEOS to measure event waste and carbon emissions. Together with Singapore Expo, BTA will be coordinating closely with its exhibitors, suppliers and partners to identify waste drivers and boundaries, and generate actionable insights for the industry to make informed decisions to achieve net zero by 2050. Singapore Expo, managed by Constellar, also recently announced key investment projects towards achieving net zero by 2024.

“The pilot deployment of the sustainability measurements proof-of-concept at BTA 2023 will offer the Singapore MICE industry valuable insights and experience from diverse perspectives. These are especially important to Constellar as both an exhibition organiser and MICE venue operator, and will enable us to play a meaningful role in the MICE eco-system where collaboration with partners is the only way to reach the scale of impact needed,” said Jean-François Quentin, group CEO of Constellar.

Register here to visit.
Find out who’s exhibiting here.
Check out product launches and sandboxes.
More on the conferences here.