BuildTechAsia 2011 sets pace for construction innovations in Asia

Southeast Asia’s premier construction trade fair gathers more than 140 exhibitors showcasing technologies that push the limits in productivity and performance 

Singapore, 27 April 2011 – Global construction output is projected to grow to US$12 trillion by 2020, a 70 percent increase on this year’s figure of US$7.2 trillion. The latest report by Global Construction Perspectives and Oxford Economics also predicted that construction demand in Asia will continue to outstrip developments in other parts of the world over the next decade. With major players in the building and property sectors continuing to divert resources towards Asia, the inaugural BuildTechAsia 2011 is making its debut to further drive the momentum in the region’s construction industry.

To be held in Singapore from April 27 to 29 at Singapore Expo, BuildTechAsia 2011 was officially launched earlier today by Tan Tee How, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of National Development, Singapore. Featuring more than 120 exhibitors from eight countries, BuildTechAsia 2011 is expected to attract close to 8,000 trade participants over the three days.

Towards a technology-driven construction landscape
Held in conjunction with the Singapore Construction Productivity Week, BuildTechAsia 2011 presents the most up-to-date technologies across diverse segments of the building and construction industry, with a strong focus on technologies and tools to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in building and construction.

Most notably, two of the leading construction IT specialists will be showcasing how Building Information Modelling (BIM) is influencing the way construction projects are managed today. Autodesk is unveiling the Autodesk® Revit platform, which helps extend the power of BIM by leveraging the information inherent in the model to help optimise critical building requirements,

such as analysis, visualisation, simulation, documentation, and collaboration. Tekla will be showcasing Tekla BIMSight, a collaboration tool that does class checking and issue management, advancing the usage of open technologies in construction.

“Construction firms across the globe are increasingly adopting BIM software to achieve the highest levels of constructability and production control,” says Leif Granholm, Senior Vice President of Tekla. “The potential of BIM to improve construction project management is immense, and an exhibition like BuildTechAsia is a great platform to introduce to Asian firms the wide-ranging benefits of adopting successful BIM solutions.”

Enhancing construction safety and security
BuildTechAsia 2011 is also showcasing innovations that help enhance construction safety and security. Leading formwork manufacturers such as Doka Singapore, Peri Asia and Ulma Formwork Singapore, will demonstrate how modern formwork systems have almost completely replace the traditional bamboo-based pole scaffolding of the past. Today’s highly sophisticated, pre-engineered formwork systems are made of aluminium, plywood, steel or plastics and are durable and flexible enough to meet the most demanding structural designs, ultimately helping to cut down overall costs, reduce time to market and improve workplace safety.

For the first time in Singapore, Doka will be exhibiting a load-bearing tower system known as Staxo 40, which is widely acclaimed for having an extremely short assembly time, while Peri will be showcasing its MAXIMO wall panel formwork, LIWA panel formwork, and GRIDFLEX aluminium grid slab formwork among others.

For Ulma Formwork, BuildTechAsia is an opportunity to showcase how the use of system formwork can increase productivity and safety at work sites, including light system formwork for slab that raises productivity by more than 40 percent.

A showcase of construction best practices
Chemicals firm BASF is answering the construction industry’s demand for highly productive and efficient waterproofing systems by introducing its CONIPUR M800 technology. The CONIPUR M800 is a spray-applied, seamless, monolithic waterproofing membrane that allows for full bonding to a substrate. CONIPUR M800 offers a distinct advantage over traditional sheet waterproofing membranes in projects involving complex shaped structures, shortening the completion schedules and reducing the amount of labour intensive work.

As a leading supplier of polymer-based solutions, Rehau is addressing sustainable design requirements by developing integrated, smart building solutions for a variety of construction settings, while Lafarge’s innovative drywall products promise to become an integral component of contemporary building design.

“As Asia continues to be an increasingly influential force in the global construction market, there is now an intensified need for industry players to move from a labour-intensive policy to a more productive and innovative one,” adds Chua Wee Phong, Executive Director of Sphere Exhibits. “Contractors, architects and engineers have to keep abreast of the latest innovations and key technologies such as BIM, formwork systems and drywall installation. BuildTechAsia 2011 serves as the platform to provide Asian construction firms with the knowledge and information on the rapid technological developments in the sector, while showcasing the business opportunities available in this emerging market.”
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About BuildTechAsia 2011
The inaugural BuildTechAsia Exhibition, which will take place at the Singapore Expo from 27 to 29 April 2011, is organised by Sphere Exhibits and supported by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore. Showcasing new technologies aimed at raising productivity in the construction sector, BuildTechAsia 2011 is expected to bring together industry visitors from the Southeast Asia region and beyond. For more information and participating details on BuildTechAsia 2011, please visit www.buildtechasia.com.

About the Construction Productivity Week 
The Construction Productivity Week, organised by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA), is a week-long programme that will take place from 25 to 29 April 2011. The objective of the Week is to promote innovative use of technology and methods to improve construction productivity. It also provides opportunities for building professionals to learn more about productivity from experts and case studies, and highlight best practices, new technologies and skills that improve productivity.

About Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd 
Incorporated in April 2008 and wholly owned by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), Sphere Exhibits, which stands for SPH Events, Roadshows and Exhibitions”, aims to be the leading events company catering to a diverse mix of trade and consumer clientele. Backed by a committed and experienced team of professionals and SPH’s comprehensive range of media platforms, Sphere Exhibits’ shows, events and exhibitions centre on unique concepts that attract local audiences and regional participants. Among the 20 Sphere Exhibits’ events are The IT Show, COMEX, Licence2Play, Asian Masters and Kidz Academy. Leveraging on its expertise in event conceptualisation, planning and execution, Sphere Exhibits delivers memorable and quality events that meet the objectives of its clientele and partners.

About the Building and Construction Authority (BCA)
The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore champions the development of an excellent built environment for Singapore. At BCA, our mission is to shape a safe, high quality, sustainable and friendly built environment, as these are four key elements where BCA has a significant influence. In doing so, we aim to differentiate Singapore’s built environment from those of other cities and contribute to a better quality of life for everyone in Singapore. Please visit www.bca.gov.sg for more information.

 

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