Exciting Developments with Trimble at BuildSmart Conference and Buildtech Asia 2017

The recent Singapore Construction Productivity Week was an exciting week for Trimble. As the market leader, Trimble showcased its latest market leading solutions for the AECO industry at Buildtech Asia 2017, as well as to announce its powerful cloud-based collaboration tool, Trimble Connect for Structures. At BuildSmart Conference 2017, Mark Sawyer, Trimble’s Director of Construction Industry Strategy, presented to delegates the latest trends and future of digital technologies that will impact the design and construction sectors.

BuildSmart Conference 2017

Held on 24-25th October, the BuildSmart Conference 2017 was a highly anticipated event that saw Mr. Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development, has announced the Industry Transformation Map (ITM) for the construction industry. Singapore’s ITMs are broadly grouped into six clusters, which are manufacturing, built environment, trade and connectivity, essential domestic services, modern services and lifestyle.

The construction ITM, which falls under the built environment, recognises key global trends which impact the sector such as the digital revolution, rapid urbanisation and climate change, and identifies Integrated Digital Delivery (IDD), Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA), as well as green building as key transformation areas to address the challenges faced by the sector.


Mark Sawyer, Director of Construction Industry Strategy from Trimble presented on the trends and future of digital technologies which was timely, given the just announced ITM roadmap to move the industry toward Integrated Digital Delivery.  Among the areas he highlighted were Cloud Computing and Mobile Solutions, which significantly improves accessibility in project management; The golden age of AI like Mixed Reality, drones, digital positioning and robotics, as well as the future computing form factors that continue to change with wearable technology and mobile devices. 



Also at this event was the presentation of the annual BCA BIM Awards 2017, where Trimble was awarded with the GoldPlus Award for its role as a research contributor in the innovative Smart Crane System. This new building system was developed by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) researchers, and utilises microchips, cameras and satellite tracking to remotely control massive tower cranes. The system was implemented at the Signature at Yishun, an executive condominium development in Singapore.

Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development (centre) and other VIPs during the presentation conducted at Trimble’s booth at Buildtech 2017.

Buildtech Asia 2017

Buildtech Asia 2017 was held concurrently on 24-26th October, and is the region’s leading tradeshow for the construction sector. Trimble was honoured to have Minister Desmond Lee and an accompanying VIP visit the booth, where Trimble presented how the construction ITM roadmap toward Integrated Digital Delivery can be achieved with Trimble Connect for Structures.


With data rich models, the challenge is for various software and hardware platforms to cope and manage the data contained in a constructible BIM model throughout the design and build lifecycle. Trimble Connect for Structures, a model server for collaboration, is a platform for federation of models across different disciplines.  It enables communication between various project stakeholders across multiple devices at anytime, anywhere. Data contained in a BIM model can be extracted into machine-readable data for automated production. And with powerful APIs available in Trimble Connect for Structures, further development is possible.



Trimble also shared with Desmond Lee about a BCA research project with a local development partner project that was developed a real time construction status tracking system. Using RFID technology, the status of site construction activities are continuously tracked, with models in Trimble Connect for Structures color-coded in real time. 


A wide variety of Trimble solutions were showcased at the booth, with demonstrations and sessions held to strong crowds throughout the 3-day event. Of note was a strong level of interest shown by attendees on Trimble’s Mixed Reality – a solution using Microsoft HoloLens that extends the interaction with 3D models beyond the confines of a 2D computer screen, creating new ways for teams on complex projects to visualize, share ideas, and manage change. 

For those who missed this tradeshow and conference, and would like to find out more about our solutions, do contact us at +65 6273 8775 or email:  tekla.sales.sea@trimble.com.