30 July 2020, Singapore - The need to embrace digitalisation and technology has heightened amidst COVID-19 as there is more compelling urgency for companies to reduce manpower and improve productivity to adapt to the New Norms. Jointly organised by Association of Process Industry (ASPRI) and Enterprise Singapore (ESG), Infocomm Media Authority (IMDA) tailor-made a Digital Roadmap for the Process Construction and Maintenance (PCM) sector and validated it with ASPRI members via an interactive online workshop.
In his Opening Address, Mr Danny Chua, Lead of ASPRI’s Digitalisation, Innovation & Technology Adoption (DITA) Workgroup and Secretary of ASPRI’s 13th Executive Council, urged ASPRI members to rethink their modus operandi and not just look at short-term Return on Investment (ROI) which could be hard to measure at times. Instead, he encouraged members to take this digitalisation journey one step at a time as he was confident that it would definitely save business cost and raise productivity in the longer run.
The workshop dispersed into three groups, each facilitated by an IMDA representative where they sought to better understand industry challenges while gathering the thoughts and feedback of ASPRI members on the following proposed three stages of technology adoption.
Stage 1 – Getting Digital Economy Ready
The very first stage of the digital roadmap consists of solutions that aimed to streamline operations and enhance capabilities. They are Digital Wearables for Workers’ Health and Safety, e-Permit-to-Work, eProcurement, Equipment Management, Field Management, Project Management, Materials Management and Workforce Management.
Stage 2 – Growing in the Digital Economy
Stage two includes solutions that allow for innovative planning and integration of assets. They are 3D Printing for Maintenance, 3D Visualisation for Project Crafting, Equipment Health Surveillance, Integrated Inspection System and Asset Data and Information Integration.
Stage 3 – Leaping Ahead
Last but not least, the final stage comprises solutions that promote intelligent business and involve automation. They are Autonomous Robots, Project Simulations and Predictive Asset Monitoring and Maintenance.
The discussions lasted for about an hour before all three teams regrouped into the main meeting room where industry practitioners enthusiastically summarised their respective group discussion. Cost, ease of implementation and clients buy-in were cited as key considerations for companies’ technology adoption.