Stepping up on site safety

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Keppel Land harnesses technology and implements innovative solutions to ensure its project sites run at optimal levels. During the construction of Corals at Keppel Bay, drones were used to inspect the façade of the development for defects

As a leading property developer, safety at every stage of a project is paramount for Keppel Land, especially at project sites. Site inspections are critical for the respective project teams and contractors to monitor construction progress, compliance with safety and environmental regulations as well as quality control. With advancements in technology, new and more productive inspection methods are increasingly being adopted.

Keppel Land constantly harnesses technology to implement more effective measures and processes to ensure its award-winning homes and investment-grade offices are being built and operated safely and optimally.

REMOTE SITE SURVEILLANCE

It is not uncommon to install surveillance cameras, often with pan-tilt-zoom capabilities, at strategic locations around a site. With a stable internet connection, images from these cameras can be streamed and viewed on a computer or smartphone anytime, and from anywhere.

This is a cost effective way to monitor site construction progress, as well as potential health and safety issues. The technology has been used in many of Keppel Land’s projects including Seasons Residences, Seasons City and Seasons Garden in Tianjin, China, as well as West Vista in Jakarta, Indonesia.

MOBILE APPLICATIONS

In Singapore, a defect management mobile application is being used at The Glades in Tanah Merah, to carry out site checks. Areas of concern that require follow-up, such as defects or regulatory non-compliance, can be recorded using the mobile application on a smartphone or tablet. Photographs of the defects can also be taken and uploaded simultaneously.

Contractors and subcontractors are then able to log into the defect list in real-time to rectify the defects directly, following which notifications will be sent to the project personnel to re-inspect the rectified items.

The application also allows for instantaneous input from various stakeholders. It is a useful tool for the project team to keep tabs on defect management and rectification in real-time, as well as on-the-go, using smartphones.

Mr Paul Lau, GM of Projects at Keppel Land, said, “The application has allowed for more effective site management as well as better communication among team members. Defects are also rectified faster as the application identifies and alerts the responsible parties. “This has resulted in overall higher productivity, quality of work and better workplace safety.”

DRONES

When the need arises to survey a site from different viewpoints, surveillance cameras at fixed locations are less than ideal. Thus, drones are usually used to get a bird’s eye view or conduct a closer inspection of the exterior areas.

With their GPS location-tracking function, high-definition camera and wireless communication system, drones enable workers to conduct site surveys and inspections faster and safely, without them having to physically climb up to elevated areas.

In Singapore, the Keppel Land project team for Corals at Keppel Bay successfully used drones to detect defects on the façade of the development before it received its Temporary Occupation Permit in October this year.