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SoilBuild – Digital Production: Integrated Construction and Precast Hub


As the construction industry moves towards Industry 4.0, embracing the use of digital technology to improve work processes has been the core focus of Soilbuild Construction Group Ltd (Soilbuild), a leading turnkey construction group in Singapore.

Soilbuild’s Integrated Construction and Precast Hub (ICPH) represents its commitment toward improving work processes as well as to explore new approaches in building a robust DfMA (Design for Manufacture and Assembly) eco-system.

Soilbuild’s ICPH is a compact building that consists of 3 levels – 2 production floors and one office floor level, with an adjacent 6 level dormitory block. This facility enables them to expand their prefabrication capabilities, with a substantial increase in productivity volume in a shorter period of time.

Essential to the ICPH operations is the adoption of Tekla Structures owing to its versatility to export the data rich information from the high level of details BIM models to interface with the various software platforms adopted by the machines in the ICPH.

Starting from the Tekla BIM model which contains all of each element’s key information needed for production and tracking purposes, Soilbuild uses the data from the model throughout the entire process cycle; from sales orders, engineering, planning, production and inventory to delivery. This facilitates a seamless and efficient flow of information from one production phase to the next. This also greatly improves communication and collaboration across the various software platforms and the associated stakeholders.

Looking forward to future plans of the ICPH, Nath Tushar, Digital Innovation Officer of Soilbuild shared that, “Design works are now less tedious and more systematic. It provides a platform where collaborative learning could take place and from a business perspective, this is good and necessary as it has a direct impact on work productivity. The future plan is to integrate AI learning into our ICPH operation and take IDD up to the next level.”