Australia-listed builder-developer Lendlease has signed a memorandum of understanding with Singapore’s state-owned industrial-park developer JTC to develop a digital platform to help JTC and the wider industry move closer to offsite construction.
In a press note to GCR, Lendlease said the combined expertise of both parties “will fast track the push towards digital transformation of the built environment sector and bring us one step closer towards achieving automation in the industry”.
“By lending our guidance and facilities for testbeds and pilots, we hope to spur new digital solutions that can ultimately benefit the entire built environment sector to build and operate digitally,” said Heah Soon Poh, JTC’s assistant chief executive officer.
The MOU sees JTC using Leandlease’s portfolio of digital products and services called Podium to create designs and building components allowing Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA) in building projects from the earliest stages of design.
The government of Singapore has been active in pushing the construction sector to modernise. Earlier this year it said companies throughout the construction supply chain would be required to band together in alliances with three-year business plans showing how they would raise their productivity with DfMA and digitalisation.
Image: JTC’s impression of the planned, 600-hectare Jurong Innovation District (Courtesy of JTC)