3D-Scan technology paves way for lean, productive businesses

The second annual Lean Enterprise Development Forum showcased a new technology greatly improving productivity in fields from interior design and construction services to MICE and hospitality

A unique piece of new and cutting-edge technology stole the show at the Singapore Workforce Advancement Federation’s (WAF’s) second annual Lean Enterprise Development Forum on November 28.

The 3D Scan Visualiser, developed by Aviation Virtual as part of the Lean Enterprise Development Scheme, is expected to provide businesses in the interior design and furnishing, construction services, MICE, and hospitality sectors with significant productivity gains.

The tool allows users to undertake measurement and floorplan designs quickly, easily, and with greater accuracy than using traditional methods. It is designed to reduce the challenges and the need to hire more site supervisors, quantity surveyors, and even 3D graphics developers for any one project.

It will also reduce the risk of human error from site measurements and quantity estimations and create new value chains that enhance customers’ experiences and understanding of the work being completed.

The visualiser was launched at the Forum event, and is available with up to 70% funding from SPRING Singapore to approved SMEs.

Co-organised by Workforce Singapore, in collaboration with SPRING Singapore, IE Singapore and other organisations, the event aimed to encourage a mindset shift across small businesses, from the traditional labour-driven growth strategies towards technology-driven growth strategies.

Minister of State for Manpower Teo Ser Luck (pictured) said the 3D-Scan Visualiser was an example of industry collaboration that benefited multiple businesses and their staff. As Guest of Honour to the Forum event, he said the unique innovation was jointly developed by WAF and a group pf 25 SMEs from the design services industry.

“With this visualiser, man-hours spent on site-measurement can be reduced from four hours to one and a half hours,” he told the more than 100 delegates. “This is a significant productivity gain.”

“In addition, the project’s in-stand viewing of 3D images better informs decision-making by consumers, (which) benefits both customers and the companies.”

The Minister also used the forum to announce an expansion of the P-Max programme, which helps SMEs to develop their professional, manager, executive, and technician (PMET) workforces.

Under the expansion, the WAF will be one of four new managing organisations, alongside the Singapore Productivity Association, the Singapore Manufacturing Federation, and U SME (an initiative of the National Trades Union Congress).

“The Programme Managers will help expand and strengthen the outreach for the P-Max programme, to cover more sectors and assist more SMEs with their PMET hiring needs and adoption of progressive HR practices.”

Some 25 SMEs who had participated in the Lean Enterprise Development project, had already expressed support for the P-Max programme, he noted.

The Lean Enterprise Development Forum also heard from a range of businesses who were benefitting from productivity-enhancing technology and collaboration.

Chan Chong Beng, Chairman of WAF, said early adopters would have a unique business advantage, both in Singapore and in international markets. “In the coming years, WAF will continue its efforts to support the local SME community in their journey of embarking on workforce advancement and workplace excellence initiatives. Through these journeys, we hope SMEs will gravitate towards building an effective lean enterprise, the best strategy forward in view of the changing manpower landscape here,” he said.

Tan Choon Shian, CEO of Workforce Singapore, added that with the shift towards a manpower-lean economy and the need to develop Singapore’s human capital, “it is imperative that businesses transform themselves into a manpower-lean model and at the same time adopt progressive HR practices that will help in the attraction, development and retention of talent needed for a lean economy.”

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