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​Building and Construction Authority (BCA) Grant Call on Inspection Robot for Advanced Construction Industry

Published on : 02-Mar-2017


The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has launched the grant call for the Inspection Robot for Advanced Construction Industry supported by the MND Research Funding (MNDRF).   OBJECTIVE  The key focus area of this grant call is to develop the inspection robot to perform the role of the 2nd QA and objectively assess the workmanship quality of the floor, internal wall and ceiling against CONQUAS workmanship standard and specification. This will improve the asse​ssment manpower by at least 50%. The robot may similarly be used by a contractor or other quality inspection teams to assist them in their quality checks  (Please refer to the attached document, Annex 1A  to take reference from the CONQUAS standards for architectural works) 


​​​ ​ ​Internal Finishes Assessment

​​​​​Items be to assessed
​1st QA​2nd QA​ (Propose to replace with robotics technology)
​Window​Internal Wall
​M&E Basic Fittings



The targeted inspection robotic technology has to meet the following functional requirement:  1) The Inspection Robot that is envisioned in this grant call is one where sensing and analytical technologies are integrated into an autonomous/semi-autonomous platform that is suited for the quality inspection of work done at construction sites. It should also be able to use BIM model and link to the actual site, navigate into different rooms within each apartment unit.  2) The robot must be compact, lightweight (preferably less than 5kg), portable and autonomous / semi-autonomous and equipped with inspection tools, with the capability to self-maneuver and overcome possible obstacle around the targeted inspection area.   3) The fully equipped robot must be able to withstand harsh condition such as dust, rough terrain, direct sun and drizzles at construction sites.   4) The robot must have a provision for plug-and-play inspection tools where each combination of tools is customised for quality checks during different stages of construction.  5) The robot must be able to capture, store, transfer and analyse field measurement data to conclude compliance against given requirements (Project specifications and CONQUAS standards).  6) The robot to be able to compile inspection findings (with photos) and generate a report on site for contractor/consultant to follow-up on the comments. The report should also contain layout plan showing the locations of defects detected. This report will be sent to all stakeholders within 2 hours after inspection.  7) A software platform with image analytical tool will be developed to store and analyze the transferred scanned image data.  The robot should be able to perform predictive data analytics using artificial intelligence and past inspection data to improve the algorithms to identify defects. Site inspectors should be able to access the information remotely from their handheld device.  8) For Architectural stage, Robot should be able to perform the following checks on Floor, Wall and Ceiling:
      ​a) Surface finishing and tonality       b) Surface alignment & evenness and tile lippage       c) Crack and damage (e.g. Chip tiles, scratch tiles and stains)       d) Hollowness in screed, concrete, tiles or natural stones       e) Delamination of timber flooring       f) Assess neatness and consistent width of tiling joints / pointing       g) Overall cleanliness of unit      


- This call is open to Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs), Research Institutes, private sector companies and not-for-profit organization.  - Project shall involve researchers from academic or research organization to collaborate with at least one relevant industry partners or government agency.  - The project should use Singapore as a base to own, manage and exploit all intellectual property right developed.        


- IHLs, research institutes and not-for-profit organization would quality for up to 100% funding support of approved direct qualifying costs of a project. Only IHLs and not-for-profit entities would be allowed support for indirect costs. These include up to 20% of qualifying costs for overhead costs.    - Proposals should not be funded or be currently considered for funding by other agencies. Funding awarded cannot be used to support overseas R&D activities. All funding awarded must be used to carry out the research activities in Singapore unless approved in the grant. There is no cap per project but PIs are requested to propose reasonable budget vis-à-vis the scope of the work and over budgeting is highly discouraged.   - Project duration should not be more than 24 months.


- All applicants have to submit the proposal using the attached proposal template (Refer to attached grant call document Annex 2).            - All applicants must send in 2 hard copies and 1 electronic copy of duly signed proposals to RSO through your respective School Administrators by 5 April 2017 for endorsement and submission to BCA.  - Administrative checking is done by applicants and respective School Administrators. A checklist will be disseminated to your School Administrators for this purpose. Interested applicants are requested to check with their School Administrators regarding their Schools’ internal deadlines for administrative checks.
   Successful proposals which are accepted and approved by BCA will be notified by Q3 2017.  Queries may be directed to Yao Wei: