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08 Nov 2016 | SPRING-APO Study Mission to Toolbox

Straits Construction Singapore Pte Ltd hosted a study mission trip by SPRING Singapore - APO (Asian Productivity Organization) on 8 November 2016.  There were 20 delegates from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Iran, India, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of China, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam and 5 representatives from SPRING Singapore and the APO group visited Straits Construction's Toolbox Building.

This study mission trip was a multi-country observational study on industrial engineering techniques for productivity improvement in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

Mr Anton Moses, Senior Manager (Projects), welcomed all the delegates and gave a brief outline on productivity initiatives taken by Straits Construction.  This was followed by Mr Kelvin Chan from APO, the local facilitator for the visit, who introduced all the delegates from the APO.

Speakers from Straits Construction were Mr Raymond Liew, Mr Edmund Leong and Mr Ryan Lim and they presented on the development of Toolbox - An Innovation Lab by Straits Construction, the Building Information Model-Virtual Design and Construction (BIM-VDC) development at Henderson Vue project and the development of Integrated Construction and Precast Hub (ICPH) at Kaki Bukit respectively.

Mr William Lim, Senior Manager (Productivity & Innovation) of SPRING Singapore presented a gift of appreciation to Straits Construction's Project Directory, Head of Projects, Mr James Ng Robertson.  Mr Lim appreciated Straits Construction for the productivity initiatives taken and thanked us for the visit which was an eye-opening experience for the delegates on Straits Construction's productivity journey.

The delegates also visited the facilities in Toolbox including the interactive engineered timber floor showroom, practical training facilties and a factory tour at SC Ferrotech's reinforcement factory.

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20 Oct 2016 | Sea Esta conferred CONQUAS Star

Sea Esta

- 4 blocks of 13-storey and 2 blocks of 12-storey; 376 units

Project Achievements


- Quality Mark tiered rating - Star

- RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Award - Gold

Sea Esta kept the flame burning with the achievement of Straits Construction's 2nd CONQUAS Star.  A testament to Straits Construction's commitment to quality construction.

Construction quality took off from the design stage.  Engineered timber flooring and dry walls were selected to enhance both quality and improve productivity.  At the construction stage, steps taken to ensure better quality included the deployment of CONQUAS certified personnel as well as skilled workers.  Trade demonstrations were conducted based on approved method statements and good industry practices.  Quality audits were periodically carried out and dwelling units were thoroughly checked just prior to handing over to the home owners.

Straits Construction is committed to producing quality homes and we continually strive to meet the industry standards.

10 Oct 2016 | SGSECURE Emergency Preparedness Day

Terrorism has become a global concern in the world we live in today.  Brutal attacks by terrorist could happen anywhere in Singapore and construction sites are no exception.  These attacks have racial undertones and it could easily destabilise the multi ethnicity, cohesion and religious tolerance for one and other at our construction sites.  It could create animosity and tensions within the site and could easily spread beyond the domains of the workplace.  Therefore, there is an urgent need to encourage vigilance and put in place robust response plans to prevent a terrorist attack or react to one after an attack.  By being alert and prepared with plans, we can respond quickly and effectively to manage a crisis situation.

To prepare and reassure our workers who may be worried about the consequence of such an attack and the resultant situation, Straits Construction Singapore Pte Ltd held 2 Emergency Preparedness Days.  The programme was held at its work sites at Telok Blangah ParcView and City Vue @ Henderson on 10th and 12th Oct 2016 respectively, in collaboration with the Bukit Merah Neighbourhood Police Centre.

Workers were told to be alert and taught how to identify strangers and tell-tale signs of suspicious behaviour of persons who maybe the potential perpetrators.  Video shows and briefings on the importance of the RUN, HIDE, TELL and the use of the SGSecure mobile app were also explained to the workers.  The workers were enthusiastic and participated actively in the SGSecure quiz that followed.

It was evident at the end of the training, that the workers were well informed, felt confident and better prepared for any event of a rare terrorist attack.

by KT Velu (Manager, Security & Dormitory)

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05 Aug 2016 | Kovan Regency conferred CONQUAS Star

Kovan Regency

- 6 blocks of 15-storey of 378 units and 15 Strata units

Project Achievements


- Quality Mark tiered rating - Excellent

- RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Award - Silver

Kovan Regency is the 1st Straits Construction project to be conferred the CONQUAS Star certification based on BCA's CONQUAS 8th edition.  A significant milestone to Straits Construction's journey in quality construction.

Amidst the manpower crunch and the call for higher productivity, Kovan Regency had braved this challenge with positivity.  CONQUAS certified personnel with skilled and experienced workers were deployed to ensure good quality works.  Thorough checks were carried out at various stages of the project to ensure that works were done to the required standards.

The use of light weight concrete panels, engineered wood floor and off-site fabricated spiral staircases enhanced both productivity and quality.  The project management's team had achieved a balance in the project's quality, productivity, safety and cost.  Passion and innovation drove Kovan Regency to achieving timely completion with good quality, safety and better productivity.

09 Jul 2016 | SCAL Clean-A-Home Programme

In line with the company's vision of making a positive impact in the communities we serve, Straits Construction Singapore rallied her staff and deployed three teams of volunteers to participate in the Singapore Contractors Association Ltd's (SCAL) Clean-A-Home programme on 9 July 2016.

The programme is a joint corporate social responsibility (CSR) effort organized by SCAL in conjunction with the Radin Mas Constituency and Central CDC to clean up homes for underprivileged elderly residents.

The event was attended by Guest of Honour, Mr Sam Tan (Minister of State, Prime Minister's Office and Ministry of Manpower) and our staff volunteers worked hand-in-hand with the Minister to help clean up and re-paint the various designated units at Block 29, Telok Blangah Rise.

As a firm believer in CSR, our volunteers went about their work passionately throughout the programme, eager to give their strongest commitment to clean up the units in the best possible way, so as to brighten the day of the elderly.

The volunteers worked from morning to late afternoon to complete the cleaning and painting work for the various designated units.

Even though the CSR work was physically tiring, the volunteers were deeply touched by the smiles on the faces of the underprivileged elderly at the completion of the work, leaving all who volunteered with an indelible and moving memory.

In pursuit of the company's corporate vision to make a positive impact in the communities we serve, Straits Construction Singapore is looking forward to again participate in the SCAL Clean-A-Home programme in 2017.

29 Mar 2016 | 29 Mar - 01 Apr 2016 Productivity and Innovation Week 2016 (PIW 2016)

Straits Construction Singapore’s inaugural Productivity and Innovation Week 2016 (PIW 2016) was held from 29 March to 1 April 2016 at Toolbox, our innovation lab, located at 12 Tuas South Street 12. The 4-day event was a resounding success with events lined up on each of the days.

Day 1 kicked off with COO/Executive Director, Mr Kenneth Loo and Mr Anton Moses (Chairman of the PIW 2016 Organizing Committee) giving their opening speeches followed by BCA’s Director, Construction Productivity Centre, Er Rose Nguan presenting her talk on BCA’s 2nd Construction Productivity Roadmap.

The afternoon also saw 10 teams from various departments pit their skills and innovative abilities against each other in the PIW Race to create a building for the future in SG100, with limited resources, manpower and time constraint.

Day 2 saw the 10 PIW Challenge finalists showcase their innovations in front of the panel of judges comprising BCA’s Acting Director, Construction Productivity and Quality Group, Mr Ramamoorthy Rajendran and HDB’s Deputy Director, Development and Construction Productivity Department, Mr Lim Chuen Huei and our General Manager/Director Mr Eric Chuah. The field was finally narrowed down to the Top 3 who went on to present on the final day of PIW 2016.

Day 3 saw 50 participants attending two seminars. The first seminar was conducted by our BIM Manager, Mr Edmund Leong and followed by Mr Kelvin Chan from Teian Consulting International Pte Ltd, who spoke on “5 Ways of Improving Productivity”.

The final day of PIW 2016 was graced by BCA’s CEO Dr. John Keung as well as dignitaries from BCA, HDB, other regulatory authorities as well as Singapore Contractors Association Ltd’s (SCAL) Executive Committee members. The day started with our CEO/Group Managing Director, Mr Wong Chee Herng giving his opening speech followed by Dr Keung’s keynote speech. Both speeches emphasized the importance of productivity enhancement and workforce capability development, adopting innovation and coming out of our comfort zones to make it happen. Dr Keung also reminded everyone that the adoption of DfMA technology would be the way forward and would be a game-changer in the entire construction value chain. He added that active industry collaboration using BIM & VDC is the way to go. He also applauded Straits Construction for taking the initiative to organise the Productivity and Innovation Week which is the 1st by a construction company in Singapore.

The judging of the top 3 finalists of the PIW Challenge followed. The judging panel comprising Dr John Keung, HDB’s Group Director, Building Quality Group, Mr Neo Poh Kok, SIPM Consultants’ Deputy Managing Director, Mr Raymond Wan as well as Straits Construction’s CEO and COO deliberated before making their judgment and it was finally the Quality and Service Department’s ‘The Rolling Tape’ that emerged as the grand prize winner of the PIW Challenge. The 2nd and 3rd prizes were won by teams from Bukit Merah Redevelopment Contract 53 and Bukit Merah Contract 50 respectively.

All VIPs were also invited to view the displays of the top 10 PIW Challenge finalists, the PIW Race exhibits as well go on a factory tour of SC Ferrotech, our very own rebar and customised wiremesh production facility.

This event has paved the way for many similar events like this to be held at an industry level in the near future. The next edition for Straits Construction has already been planned for and will take place 2 years from now.

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