Perspectives

Perspectives, developed by SJ Global Academy, is a Thought Leadership platform to explore new ways of tackling some of today’s most complex challenges in the urban and infrastructure sector. We draw on ideas and opinions from our experts across different businesses. Diverse in topics and sharp in focus, Perspectives provides a platform for us to challenge assumptions and examine new possibilities. We hope that it will spark some ideas in you too.

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Infrastructure and Connectivity

Connectivity is important to a city’s social and commercial vitality. As the global population rise and increasingly live in urban environments and megacities, designers are being challenged to create & maintain quality of life for citizens. But liveable, sustainable cities cannot be a part of the future unless we focus efforts on the fundamental objectives – to provide good jobs, affordable housing and an effective transport system. SJ flies her flags of technical excellence with global mega projects such as mixed development management comprising hotels, commercial buildings & shopping centres for Ancol Bay in North Jakarta, Indonesia, design and construction of Colombo-Katunayake Expressway in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and Singapore’s very own iconic Changi Jewel at the Singapore Changi Airport.

Infrastructure for a Resilient Economy

By Er. Dr. Ang Choon Keat Managing Director Prostruct Consulting Pte Ltd Introduction Manmade and natural disasters can cause serious damages and disruption to infrastructures and businesses. The Oklahoma City Bombing on 19 April 1995 led to the progressive collapse of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building (Linenthal, 2020) and subsequent cessation of all operations. […]

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Protecting Infrastructure Against Terrorist Attacks

Ang Choon Keat Managing Director Lin Yadong Senior Consultant, Security and Blast Andrew Tan Senior Consultant, Security and Blast Prostruct Consulting Pte Ltd (Member of the Surbana Jurong Group) With the real possibility of terrorist threats, Singapore implemented the Infrastructure Protection Act (IPA) from December 2018, to provide a clear regulatory framework for protection against such threats. […]

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Landscape Architecture – Is It a Walk in the Park?

 An Interview with: Oliver Ng Boon Lee Director, Landscape Architecture Surbana Jurong Group Apart from the brick and mortar of delivering urbanisation, infrastructure and engineering solutions for our clients, Surbana Jurong’s (SJ) Landscape Architectural team provides the competitive edge with a suite of solutioning services, and explores multi-dimensional areas of ecology, biology, botany, tourism, horticulture, […]

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City-Industry Integrated Planning and Development in Singapore

By: Economic and Industrial Planning Team Dr Zhang Qingyu Director Shao Yong Senior Executive Planner Background City-industry integration is a central tenet of sustainable growth. By integrating diverse land uses, the elements of “industry” and “city” are to be well-balanced within a regional cluster. “Industry” refers to activities involving goods and services producing industries, while […]

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Technology and Innovation

Digitalisation in Construction is transforming how real estate, urban development and infrastructure projects are being planned, constructed and operated. Its effect is prevalent, impacting not only the physical assets and processes, but also the human dimension – the user experience and quality of living, and their interaction with the physical and socio-economic environment. Projects are getting complex and large in scale, and the growing demand for environmentally sensitive construction means traditional practices need to change. Digital technology and breakthrough such as the 7D-BIM Facilities Management for improved asset management, and the use of Lidar technology for 3-D imaging in site surveys, will coherently improve work processes, save turnaround time, and increase productivity.

Digital Twins or Triplets

Raj. Thampuran Managing Director Technology and Research Group R&D A “pretty large bang” was heard by the crew of Apollo 13 two days after their launch from the Kennedy Space Centre on 11th April 1970. This was followed by the immortal words “Okay, Houston, we’ve had a problem here”. The ignition and blast from an […]

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A Slideshow: Digital Technology Investments A Differentiator Amidst Crisis

This slideshow was adapted from an earlier article.

Digital Technology Investments A Differentiator Amidst Crisis

By Eugene Seah Senior Director, Special Projects Surbana Jurong Group The COVID-19 outbreak is global, and increasing in intensity. Stringent measures have been adopted around the world to contain the virus, severely limiting economic activity. This has put a strain on many industries including the built environment industry, disrupting operations and forcing delays. In trying […]

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BIM Me One More Time

In the beginning of 2019, the Robert Bird Group (RBG) embarked on an ambitious journey within our Engineering and Technology (E&T) Platform. The aim was to increase the uptake of engineering and technological initiatives and upskill our staff within the confines of our core business, which is engineering. Building Information Modelling (BIM) as part of […]

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Design Leadership

Rising up to the challenge of how engineering and technical innovation can meet the uphill task of urbanisation, our designers ride on the wave of SJ’s good reputation of building affordable housing and industrial parks. A grand showcase of our past successes and current works, our other pockets of design excellence include varied building typologies which hold true to creativity, versatility, and forward-looking. These traits are prevalent in notable projects such as self-sustaining urban farming concept and multi-tiered industrial complexes to house work and living spaces.

Flexibility and Adaptability: The Best Response to Healthcare Design

By Stephanie Costelloe Principal & Director of Healthcare, Asia B+H Architects “Pandemic mode” will no longer be an optional “luxury” to be considered during the design process, it will be a compulsory way of thinking about how the hospital can quickly convert, physically as well as operationally.” Hospitals around the world have weathered pandemics, and […]

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Temasek Shophouse: Balancing Heritage Conservation and Urban Renewal

An Interview with: Ivy Koh Senior Principal Architect Surbana Jurong Pte Ltd Breathing new life into one of Orchard Road’s most striking heritage building, Temasek Shophouse is home to the philanthropic arm of Temasek Holdings – Temasek Trust. Redesigned and repurposed for modern use, Temasek Shophouse was launched in 2019 as a 25,000-sq-ft co-working hub […]

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Tying Ideas to Better Societal Outcomes: Why Female Leadership Matters in Sustainability

  Architecture is about building the future today and has a role in fostering the next generation of women in the building and construction industry. An Interview with: Lisa Bate Regional Managing Principal North America at B+H Architects (Member of the Surbana Jurong Group) Chair, World Green Building Council Q: Lisa, your career path can […]

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Designing and Operating Airports: A Complex System of Systems

Keynote speech by Liew Mun Leong Chairman, Changi Airport Group and Surbana Jurong Group At The Complex Systems Design and Management Asia 2018 6th Dec 2018 at NUS University Town While some air travellers may still appreciate the sophistication of aerospace technology while flying, few can visualise that an airport is just as, if not more […]

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More Insights

Here, our readers gain more insights on management related topics such as human capital building, and the application of parental coaching approaches in the workplace. Thought leadership is not only a platform to showcase our technical excellence and project innovation, but an organisation of people, staying committed in their areas of excellence – working cohesively to seek good solutions to daily challenges.

Cracking The Code To Smart Industrial Parks

Contributed By: Energy and Industrial Division, Surbana Jurong Infrastructure Wang Zhenglin, Manager Cynthia Tan, Manager Tara Tang, Assistant Manager Dennis Tan, Director, Strategic Projects Introduction The rise of the digital economy has prompted countries to review their policies and infrastructure; and has also increased the pressure on companies across all sectors to embrace technologies as […]

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Providing Future-Ready Management Services

What is the single biggest change in the Facilities Management (FM) business as a result of COVID-19, is a pertinent question in the FM industry, moving forward. To Surbana Jurong’s FM team (managed by SMM Pte Ltd), the FM business is now regarded as one of the essential services not only in Singapore but internationally […]

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Flexibility and Adaptability: The Best Response to Healthcare Design

By Stephanie Costelloe Principal & Director of Healthcare, Asia B+H Architects “Pandemic mode” will no longer be an optional “luxury” to be considered during the design process, it will be a compulsory way of thinking about how the hospital can quickly convert, physically as well as operationally.” Hospitals around the world have weathered pandemics, and […]

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Infrastructure for a Resilient Economy

By Er. Dr. Ang Choon Keat Managing Director Prostruct Consulting Pte Ltd Introduction Manmade and natural disasters can cause serious damages and disruption to infrastructures and businesses. The Oklahoma City Bombing on 19 April 1995 led to the progressive collapse of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building (Linenthal, 2020) and subsequent cessation of all operations. […]

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About SJ Global Academy

SJ Global Academy (SJA) at 7 Adam Park, Singapore, plays a pivotal role in helping staff improve their skill-sets, and learn competencies relevant to the needs of discerning and global-minded clients. It is also the platform for participants, primarily SJ staff from various continents and countries coming together — online and offline — to challenge assumptions, examine new possibilities and explore new ways of tackling some of today’s most complex infrastructure challenges.

As SJ Group moves boldly to be a leading international infrastructure company, SJA is also the place for the Group to draw on ideas and opinions not only from outside the company but also from our own experts within the different geographies and diverse business areas. The Group’s regular Chairman’s Dialogues, Group CEO’s Leadership Series, SJA Thought Leadership Talks and Lunch & Learn, as well as informal sharing by colleagues on topics of interest, help hone staff skills and technical depth in areas of leadership, management, business and industry knowledge.

Keeping abreast with learning on the go, SJA rolled out an online Learning Management System for employees to learn curated courses anytime and anywhere.