ONWARD WITH JUSTIN CHIN AND CHU WAI LUNE
We had a sterling year in 2022, with multiple project wins and an outstanding orderbook. For 2023, let’s see what more is in store and we have Justin Chin Jing Ho, Gamuda Engineering’s Managing Director and Chu Wai Lune, Gamuda Land’s Chief Executive Officer sharing their expert views and where we’re headed this year.
Gamuda Singapore at the MRT Cross Island Line (Phase 1) Groundbreaking Ceremony 2023
Breaking yet another barrier, Gamuda Singapore had the MRT Cross Island Line (Phase 1) Groundbreaking Ceremony to commemorate the start of the construction works.
Chinese New Year 2023: Hearty Reunion
Usher in the Year of the Rabbit with Gamuda Land’s heartwarming Chinese New Year short film. This hearty reunion story follows Julie’s extraordinary journey as she deals with her deep longing and worries and ultimately finds out that her loved ones actually care about her.
Long Service Gamudians
Let’s celebrate our fellow Gamudians who have been recognised with the Long Service Award.
Listen in to some of the recipients as they share their interesting Gamuda journey especially those who have worked across the Group’s projects locally and abroad.
We are transitioning to GEMS on 1 March 2023. As we get closer to the launch, find out how our new HR platform can benefit everyone across the Group. In the meantime, stay tuned for further announcements on upcoming events and training sessions on the regional rollout of GEMS.
An app-laudable solution to tag a million trees
The collaborative spirit between the GParks and GET team resulted in GParks Canopy – a smart systems solution
If there’s one thing Gamudians are good at, it’s innovating. And sometimes, these innovations come in bite sizes.
The GParks Canopy app by Gamuda Parks (GParks) is a smart and simple systems solution, done in collaboration with the Gamuda Excellence Transformation (GET) team. The app will be used to track, store and display information of the trees within all Gamuda Land townships and communities.
“By collaborating with GET, we formed a bird’s eye system for all our trees. Digitising our database increased effectiveness in our business unit,” shares Najwan Khalid, the project lead and assistant manager (landscape architect) at GParks.
The GParks Canopy app can track, store, and display information of trees within Gamuda Land townships.
Consolidating tree information via the app helps support Gamuda Land’s commitment to plant #OneMillionTrees across all its townships by 2023.
“We worked together to ideate and provide guidance. We came up with a process with clear end goals.
“It was a lot of hard work, but we believed in their idea, plan, and vision – it’s this syncing of idea and collaboration that made the project possible,” says Sachdave Singh, a software development engineer with the GET team.
Sachdave mentions that the GParks team enrolled in the Business Innovation Programme (BIP) and went through the steps in the workshop and the result was a barebones version of the app, which he and his team helped to reskin, streamline workflow, and fixed some bugs.
The app, launched in December, took nearly six months to develop in-house using NuxtJS as the frontend, while also utilising Google Cloud Platform tools such as Firestore and Cloud Functions.
The idea was to remotely manage and track the full life cycle of the trees cultivated across Gamuda townships. The vision was also to enhance visitors’ experience at Gamuda’s parks in an interactive format via QR-scannable tags that act as unique identifiers of each tree.
Hence when you’re at Gamuda Gardens the next time, scan the PDF tag on the individual trees (so far, more than 100 trees have been tagged) and instantly learn about the tree’s species, growth record and benefits.
Before GParks Canopy, the tree tagging and tracking system available to the GParks team was a very time consuming and laborious manual method. Relying on the conventional method and external vendors is not sustainable in the long run.
Now, the GParks team has better control and flexibility with this in-house resource and the digitalised system grants 50 percent cost and time reduction.
Conventionally, tree tagging, temporary tag printing and installation, database entry, and permanent tag printing and installation take about five weeks. With GParks Canopy, it takes only two and a half weeks to tag trees, print and install permanent tags, and add data to the database.
Features like an interactive map that shows the number of trees planted in their respective locations, an automatic carbon sequestration calculation and tracking of the flowering and fruiting season may be in the pipeline for the GParks Canopy app.
But for Sachdave, it’s not just about upgrading the app. He believes it is to have “the ingenuity to solve problems together through creativity and innovation.”
Visitors can use the app to learn about the tree’s species, growth record and benefits.
Ultimately, says Najwan, it’s all about “constantly looking for new innovative solutions to adapt with the ever-changing era as the topic of sustainability evolves.”
“Adaptability builds resilience, assuring a healthy social vitality while fulfilling the needs of current generations without compromising the needs of future generations.
“Hence, collaboration of ideas on top of diverse application of skills, knowledge and technology is an important step in gathering adequate resources to achieve a sustainable outcome,” Najwan concludes.
INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR QUALITY HOUSING
Gamuda’s next-generation digital IBS leverages technology advancements in the digital era for better top-to-toe digital construction, starting with a cloud-based 3D building information model (BIM) designed to buyer needs, in advance.
HIGHER MINIMUM WAGE FOR SOCIAL EQUITY
In response to rising costs and inflation arising from the reduce targeted subsidies, we have to raise minimum wages. To be more effective, wage increases should be on a differentiated basis, based on the cost of living in the areas and states.
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ADVISORS: Justin Chin Jing Ho, Chu Wai Lune
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