Surbana Jurong to deploy IFM platform at Temasek Polytechnic

Surbana Jurong has won a tender to deploy one of Singapore’s largest digital integrated facilities management (IFM) services platforms on Temasek Polytechnic’s 30-hectare campus.

It will team up with Internet-of-Things (IoT) service provider UnaBiz to install more than 3,000 sensors across the campus to provide real-time data to a digital twin that can identify faults, anticipate risks and predict changing facility conditions.

The project involves developing a digital IFM services platform as part of the polytechnic’s digitalisation plans to improve work processes and operational efficiencies for its campus including landscape, linkways and buildings.

The platform will collect and monitor data from the air conditioning and mechanical ventilation system to ensure that temperature and humidity levels remain healthy for students and campus staff. Sensors installed at various locations will keep tabs on the number of persons in specific facilities to ensure that capacity limits are not breached. Data collected from these occupancy sensors will help the campus manager identify usage patterns and potentially re-configure the campus to be more cost-effective to operate.

By aggregating the data collected from the various mechanical and electrical systems on the facilities management platform, Temasek Polytechnic will be able to monitor energy usage and identify opportunities to reduce costs and lower carbon footprint.

“We have 49 buildings spread across a 30- hectare campus, so it makes practical sense to pursue and implement smart FM solutions across campus. This will not only be sustainable and save on resources, but will also benefit our students from the Diploma in Integrated Facility Management, who will be getting hands-on learning and working experience,” said Gary Png, Director, Estates & Facilities Management at Temasek Polytechnic.

According to James Chan, Managing Director of SMM Pte Ltd, Surbana Jurong’s Facilities Management arm, one distinct benefit of the solution will be enabling Temasek Polytechnic to receive real-time information of the environment as well as the health condition of the various mechanical and electrical systems, and to rectify them before they become faulty or waste unnecessary energy and cost as a result.

“Real-time access to accurate data combined with Building Information FM Model, empower facility managers to respond to issues immediately, or even better, provide a high degree of prediction accuracy to prevent breakdowns, optimise building performance and increase energy efficiency, the key drivers of sustainability at large,” Jonathan Tan, Managing Director of UnaBiz Singapore.