Built Environment (BE) Robotics Research and Development (R&D) programme
The BE Robotics R&D programme is a multi-agency effort, led by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) together with the National Robotics Programme (NRP), that recognises the opportunities that robotics can offer in improving efficiency, safety and quality of work processes, reduce manpower and creating new higher value-adding job opportunities in the BE sector.
The programme focuses on research, development and deployment of innovative robotics in three focus areas with practical implementation and commercialisation potential, including:
This research area explores advancing the degree of automation in Design for Manfacturing and Assembly (DfMA) factories and Integrated Construction Prefabrication Hubs (ICPH) as well as expanding their capabilities to meet future needs.
Examples of possible R&D projects include mobile robots that can carry out finishing works like tiling, painting and installation of architectural components within Prefabricated Bathroom Unit (PBU) and Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction (PPVC) module faster and more accurately.
This research area explores solutions to improve on-site productivity through automation and robotics. It also intends to future-proof the industry against evolving on-site demands as the industry shifts towards a greater adoption of DfMA methodologies.
Examples of possible R&D projects include developing robots which can transport materials efficiently and accurately, and assemble prefabricated components together on-site, as well as automation of site monitoring and investigation tasks that are critical for large scale infrastructure projects. There is potential to integrate robotics into assembly techniques and methods for DfMA projects for structural, finishing and mechanical and electrical systems for different building types.
- Smart and Sustainable Assets
This research area looks into developing smart solutions for facilities operation and management. In addition, it seeks to address problems that come with an ever increasing number of older buildings. This will also include civil engineering works.
It also supports Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA) and Integrated Digital Delivery (IDD) efforts, which are 2 of the 3 key transformation areas to chart the way forward in the Construction Industry Transformation Map (ITM).
ABOUT THE FIRST OPEN GRANT CALL
The first open grant call under the BE Robotics R&D programme was launched at the Singapore International Robo Expo (SIRE) on 1 November 2018.
This is a call for research proposals on the following three solutions: (a) “Automated lane closure”, (b) “Site monitoring robot”, and (c) “Heavy materials transport robot”. The closing date is 25 January 2019