Date: 7 Sep 2017

Visit by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information, on 22 Aug 2017

Seng Foo Building Construction Pte Ltd is always on the lookout for new technology and machinery to improve work processes, efficiency and productivity.

Between the end of 2016 and the start of 2017, we adopted 2 new solutions for our cleaning services: the mobile application for inspection and the robotic scrubber machine. On 22 August 2017, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information, visited one of our cleaning sites where both solutions are implemented to understand how the solutions work and how it has benefitted our company and staff.

The robotic scrubber machine was deployed to alleviate the work load of our cleaning crew and at the same time, increase their productivity. Before the machine is operated, the parameters of the area to be cleaned can be keyed into the system and it will automatically scrub the floors of the targeted area without human supervision. The sensors on the machine will detect any obstruction in front of the machine and the machine will manoeuvre itself to avoid the obstruction. This machine is deployed at one of our sites with a wide lobby area and it has saved our cleaning crew considerable time. Our cleaning crew now has more time to do other cleaning tasks. After deployment, the machine has eased the workload of our cleaning crew and resulted in improved work productivity.

                                                                      [Group photo of the visit, with the robotic scrubber machine.]

We have experienced for ourselves the benefits of new technology and machinery, and we feel that embracing and adopting them is the way to go. We will continue to look out for new technology and machinery that will help in our business.

                                                                                                     [Dr Yaacob Ibrahim’s Facebook post on the visit]

The mobile application for inspection was adopted to facilitate the fortnightly joint inspection for a new performance-based contract. In this performance-based contract, a fortnightly joint inspection between Seng Foo Supervisor and the Property Executive is required. As the checklist for the inspection is quite long, with over 100 elements to be inspected, a mobile application is used to ease the hassle of tabulating and calculating the scores. Upon completion of each joint inspection, the result is submitted into the system and sent as a pdf report to the concerned parties, which greatly reduces the downtime for the results to be sent from sites to our office. As the result is made known immediately, it enables us to improve the works for those areas with lower scoring. At the same time, this eliminates the need for printed reports and save resources as it reduces the paper work required. Besides that, the mobile application will also reduce the chances of scoring disputes between both parties as the application allows photos to be taken and attached to the digital report.

[Angela, our Senior Operations Manager, demonstrating how the app is used.]