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Modelling and building conference examines health and safety

17 September 2012

Mr Hawazi speaking at the conference

The International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) W099 International Conference, organised by NUS School of Design and Environment, was held in Singapore on 10 to 11 September. This was the first time it was hosted in Asia.

With the theme on "Modelling and Building Health and Safety", the conference aims to provide insights into the most effective ways of improving the safety performance of the construction industries globally. Keynote speakers included experts from Australia, China, Republic of Korea, United Kingdom and Singapore.

At the opening ceremony, Guest-of-Honour Mr Hawazi Daipi, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Manpower touched on Singapore's construction sector's safety performance this year, and the importance of educating people on safety and correct processes.

The Singapore Construction Safety Summit, happening concurrently at the event, looked at the current and future situation of construction safety and health in Singapore. Representatives of the construction industry discussed key issues in the construction safety and health in Singapore from the perspectives of their individual professions, as well as gave proposals for collaboration. The Construction Industry Joint Council members signed a pledge on the way forward drawn from the conclusions and recommendations of the summit.

An international Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Safety Competition held in conjunction with the conference showcased the integrated design and collaborative features of BIM in enhancing safety in construction.

The NUS Department of Building's booth displayed the works of staff and students, among them a demonstration of the Quantity Surveying Building Information Modelling (QSBIM) invention from Associate Professor Evelyn Teo. QSBIM targets to increase the real-time project financial analysis and efficiency of the construction sector by integrating BIM technology to raise efficiency of quantity takeoff process, facilitate information sharing and enhance project cost control management. Other projects included a research collaboration with the Ministry of Manpower on a gadget to measure the safety level of construction sites, and another research project on a risk management and analysis tool for construction sites.

The Institution of Engineers Singapore and Institution of Occupational Safety and Health were strategic partners in the organisation of the conference, with support from various building and construction agencies.