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BuildTechAsia 2011 aims to raise productivity in construction industry

SINGAPORE: The BuildTechAsia 2011 exhibition, which will be staged from April 27-29 at the Singapore Expo, is set to showcase technology solutions and construction IT concepts aimed at rising productivity in the construction industry.

The exhibition is set to bring together 8,000 practitioner, technology expert and major industry players of knowledge sharing and business networking.

In a press release on Tuesday, March 1, event organisers Sphere Exhibits said Asia is estimated to account for about US$750 billion (RM2.29 trillion) of infrastructure investment per year from 2010 to 2010, or US$8 trillion over the entire period for infrastructure development.

It said that in Malaysia particularly, the construction industry is set to see several multi-billion ringgit entry point projects in progress under the Malaysian government's Economic Transformation Programme that is to take of in the second half of 2011.

Sphere Exhibits executive director Chua Wee Phong said that though the construction industry in Asia is booming, it is challenged by rising costs and increasingly sophisticated building requirements, making it critical for players to adopt solutions and best practices to raise productivity.

"The first staging of BuildTechAsia will showcase the latest construction innovations and technology solutions aimed at helping builders and project developers reduce costs and shorten the timeline to completion. Our aim is to help the industry raise the bar in productivity standards," he said.

Some of the representatives from Malaysia's construction industry include Cleanroom Industries, Huatraco Scaffold, Solar Tech, Star Rolling Shutter and Woodlandor Wood Products.

The exhibition would also provide details on the implementation of advanced software solutions that can raise productivity in building and construction, such as Autodesk's AutoCAD Civil 3D software to help contractors explore design ideas and analyse "what-if" scenarios to optimise performance before projects are built.

BuildTechAsia 2011 is held in conjunction with Construction Productivity Week, organised by the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore (BCA) that incorporates the Build Smart Conference, to brings together global experts who will share their experience in the adoption of innovative solutions to improve construction productivity.

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