2021 Award Winners


IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards


Rapid Classification of Soil using Artificial Intelligence by National University of Singapore and Housing Development Board

With the use of computer vision and sensors, our artificial intelligence system can classify excavated soil rapidly and accurately, to speed up HDB's staging ground operations.

This first-of-its-kind technology is more accurate, advances construction technology and can potentially increase productivity and save cost. Patent has been granted in Singapore and we are exploring collaboration with industry.


Breakthrough Stent-Graft for Treatment of Aortic Arch Pathologies by National University of Singapore and IHPC, A*STAR

NUS and IHPC, A*STAR have jointly developed a new generation of preferential covered aortic stent-graft to treat aortic arch pathologies.

This preferential covered stent-graft is an innovative approach that incorporates several new features which can allow better conformability between stent-graft and aortic wall at various curvature. This next generation stent-graft preserve all supra-aortic branches blood flow and permits stable accurate deployment.


Replication & Repair of Hot Air THermal Defects on Composite Aero-Structures by Republic Polytechnic

The motivation was to develop a high technology readiness level (TRL-7) to assess in-service thermal damage induced by hot-air on composite aerostructures.

Two horizontal and vertical thermal-defect generating machines were designed and fabricated to replicate hot air effects and to generate over 200 composite test samples exposed to various temperatures (180
°C, 250°C, 275°C & 300°C) to simulate composite damage due to hot air in flight.

The outcomes of this research project will help the staff in MRO centres as a new method to end the thermal
damage severity and composite repair efficiently.


Thomson-East Coast Line - TE2 Woodlands Station by Arup

TE2 Woodlands Station is an example of Arup-led total design and engineering that culminated in solutions that
addressed the needs for people, places and the planet. While overcoming constraints including a dense site with a ‘live’ MRT line, Arup also led many innovative designs including a more optimised alignment, maximised space from relocating the substation, reduced excavation works, and helped provide a more integrated intermodal transport network that connects into the wider precinct.

The result was a shorter interchange between MRT lines for commuters, reduced land sterilisation, and embodied carbon savings – designs that ultimately helped achieve better sustainability, social and economic outcomes.


Unmanned Mine Counter-Measure Capability by Defence Science and Technology Agency

The team developed advanced hardware, autonomy, and automatic launch and recovery systems, enabling unmanned assets to take over the role of mine counter measures (MCM) from manned vessels.

The team also pioneered a new resiliency by design approach and validation framework to ensure reliability and safety of the new unmanned assets.

This transformation removes Republic of Singapore Navy crew from danger, reduces cost by 50% and manpower requirements by 60%, improves response time, and allows for a sustainable, scalable MCM capability.


JTC Logistics Hub (JLH) Inland Container Depot (ICD) Building - Innovative Sen Structural System by JTC Corporation

To address the engineering and construction challenges posed by heavy structural elements due the average 45 m door-to-door height, 16 – 22.65 m spans and 25 kN/m2 live load during construction, the innovative Korean SEN Structural System was implemented at JTC Logistics Hub’s (JLH) Inland Container Depot (ICD) building.

SEN is a hybrid steel-concrete composite system comprising of Formed-Prefabricated Steel Reinforced Concrete (F-PSRC) columns and Thin Steel-plate Composite (TSC) beams which has advantages of 1) Improve productivity 2) Enhanced Safety 3) Increased Headroom compared to traditional structural steel truss or Concrete Precast system 4) faster construction duration.

JLH is the first project using SEN system in Singapore. As this is a pioneering application in Singapore and also at such a challenging requirements of the building, JTC worked closely with SEN, C&S Consultant Meinhardt and Builder Kimly Construction to adapt and regularise the SEN Structural System design to the building requirements and Eurocode.


Development of the Responders' Performance Vehicle (RPV) by Singapore Civil Defence Force

The RPV is the first known mobile facility in the world leveraging on science and technology to provide on-site treatment to First Responders – this engineering feat was achieved through close collaboration with partners, and
the deep involvement of SCDF’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), and other medical doctors from SCDF’s Operationally Ready National Servicemen (ORNS) and National Service Full-Time (NSF) ranks.

During major incidents, First Responders are subject to high physical exertion and build-up of body temperature resulting from prolonged deployment under challenging operating conditions and environments.

The RPV’s 3 zones – (i) Rapid Cooling; (ii) Deep Cooling; and (iii) Cold Water Immersion – provides calibrated treatment catered to the requirements of each responder to accelerate recovery in between deployment cycles of
prolonged operations, to continually deliver highest levels of operational performance, reduce chances of heat injury, and increase the safety
of responders.



Deep Learning AI System for Medical Imagine Diagnosis by BioMind (Hanalytics Pte Ltd)

BioMind® uses state-of-the-art deep learning technology to analyse brain imaging scans. It assists doctors in diagnosis and automatically generates report for them to review within seconds. Our mission is to empower physicians with machine intelligence so patients can benefit from fast, accurate and consistent diagnosis.


InfinityGloveT– Smart Sensorized Glove for Gaming and Healthcare by National University of Singapore

We developed and patented a smart microtubular sensor that uses liquid metal as its sensing element. This sensor, can be woven seamlessly into any fabrics or clothing and are imperceptible to the user. By weaving into a fabric glove, we developed an InfinityGlove which can track finger movements and act as controller for gaming, virtual reality, robotics and healthcare applications.