Introducing Lendlease's $29mn digital construction centre
At a value of S$40mn, this will be one of the largest projects of its kind in the area, and has been designed in order to boost Singapore’s property and construction sectors, giving them both a technology-focused amplification.
The centre is scheduled to open next month, and will employ 50 people during year 1. This figure is set to rise in future as expansion plans are already in the pipeline. Funding for the project was also given partially by the state’s Economic Development Board (EDB).
Lendlease has commented saying it is aiming to create a “scalable supply chain and integrated logistics software platform for property development and construction projects”.
The company’s Chief Executive in Asia, Tony Lombardo, said: “We are very excited to have the support of EDB to propel the built environment sector’s transition to the digital economy and position Singapore as a global innovation hub that leads the market in automating the creation of tomorrow’s smart buildings”.
Once the centre has opened, it will design and produce numerous digital and connected products and services which will be designed for Lendlease Podium, a new property lifecycle platform which the company has developed.
“The Product Development Centre by Lendlease will add exciting digital capability to the built environment ecosystem”, said Dawn Lim, Vice President of the Economic Development Board.
Lendlease has suggested that the new digital centre will propel the acquisition of a Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA) mindset, “shifting from labour-intensive to skilled-based ways of working”.
Founded in Sydney, Australia almost 70 years ago, the real estate/property and investment group was born “out of a vision to create a company that could successfully combine the disciplines of construction, development and investment”.
Throughout the years, the company has expanded operations to other nations such as the United Kingdom, the United States and Singapore. The company’s current CEO is Steve McCann and currently has circa 12,000 employees working in various nations around the world.
Digital tools key to ensuring housebuilder quality
The Code will sit at the centre of the new arrangements being put in place by the NHQB that includes the appointment of an independent New Homes Ombudsman Service (NHOS). In development for four years, it has had input from a broad range of stakeholders and takes into consideration other emerging policy including on leasehold and building safety, all of which the NHQB is committed to supporting.
The consultation will run for four weeks (from June 9 to July 7) and the NHQB is encouraging as many stakeholders, customers and interested parties as possible to respond.
Tom Boland, Global Head of Digitalisation at Zutec, said the Code will dramatically increase build standards and involve a hand-in-glove approach linking the physical build and digital worlds.
"Housebuilders will need to adopt the total capability of digital tools to check quality, have a digital footprint and allow homeowners to fully understand how their house has been built, and easily understand any defects that need rectifying," he said. "Residents will benefit from safer, better constructed homes and housebuilders will benefit from improved productivity and lower costs from fully implementing technology."
Rating the States 2021 edition issued
A strong building code is critical to reducing the damage and destruction caused by hurricanes each year. On the first day of the Atlantic hurricane season, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) today released the 2021 edition of Rating the States, its signature report evaluating building codes and the administration of code provisions along the hurricane coastline from Texas to Maine.
Now in its fourth edition, Rating the States is released every three years following the building code update cycle of the International Code Council (ICC).
The report scores the 18 Atlantic and Gulf Coast states vulnerable to hurricanes based on a set of questions related to statewide building code adoption, administration and enforcement and contractor licensing requirements in the adopted building code. It also provides a roadmap each state can follow to improve residential building regulations and reduce the cycle of repeated losses resulting from hurricanes and other severe weather events.
"Building science has advanced significantly over the last decade, providing cost effective strategies to reduce the impact of Mother Nature. Modern building codes are core to addressing the known risks of high winds and heavy rain that invariably come with these systems," says Dr. Anne Cope, chief engineer at IBHS. "Strong adopted and administered codes apply the latest science and engineering knowledge to protect homes and families from the catastrophic damage hurricanes bring and make our coastal communities more resilient for the future."
The Linux Foundation, the non-profit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, will host the Intelligent Supervision Assistant for Construction (ISAC-SIMO) project, which was created by Build Change with a grant from IBM as part of the Call for Code initiative. ISAC-SIMO packages important construction quality assurance checks into a convenient mobile app.
Turn to page 78 of the current issue to read more from Boland on how field BIM is a "game changer" for the industry