COMMENTARY

Being Smarter about Safety

The construction industry is traditionally seen as inefficient, not just in Singapore, but around the world. It is also an industry that involves safety risks—in recent years, more than one third of all workplace fatalities across the country were attributed to the construction sector.

We can start by being smarter about safety. Ensuring safety with technology does not necessarily mean having to use the latest and greatest solutions. While we have made good progress transforming productivity with the use of technology, more needs to be done, and can be done, to ensure the safety of all workers.

Being smarter means we need to start planning for safety even before groundbreaking. For example, Lendlease has pioneered the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) for construction planning and operations even before work begins on-site. Apart from reducing the time design and construction traditionally take, digital 3D modelling could be used to visualise the design, evaluate construction methods, and test these against the company’s safety requirements before starting work.


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Richard Kuppusamy
Head of Digital Engineering, Asia, Lendlease
Richard Kuppusamy leads digital transformation, technology implementation and innovation in his current role in Lendlease. He is a chartered British Architect with more than 18 years of experience in the AEC industry, with projects across Europe to Asia. As an early adopter of BIM with over 10 years of experience in BIM and Digital Delivery implementation, Kuppusamy brings unique insights to create additional value in successful project delivery. In his commitment to open collaboration to advance the industries’ adoption of BIM/VDC, he is a committee member of the Digital Built Environment Institute, a global non-profit institution focused on education in technological innovations for the AEC industry.

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