2017 Award Winners


IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards

 Applied Research and Development Category

Development of Apparatus and Method to Access Endothelial Function to Better Manage Patients with Diabetes by School of Engineering, Nanyang Polytechnic
This project is a joint development by Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) and Tan Tock Seng Hospital to assess the functionality of blood vessels in a non-invasive manner to determine the cardiovascular diseases (CVD) risk in individuals, especially the diabetic patients. The device, VASMeter, is developed using NYP’s patented magnetic based blood flow sensing technology. Through this project, a new CVD risk indicator (RA-MDI), is established and has been accepted by the world-renowned European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in May 2017.


EsoGlove: A Soft and Wearable Robotic Glove for Assistance of Hand Impaired Patients during Activities of Daily Living and Rehabilitation by Department of Biomedical Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS)
EsoGlove is a soft wearable robotic glove that is capable of supporting individual finger range of motion, and allow at-home hand movement assistance and rehabilitation. The glove will serve as an adjunct to physiotherapists, given growing manpower constraints and greying population. This technology has led to an NUS spin-off, Roceso Technologies - Singapore’s 1st soft robotics company.


High Power Mid-Infrared Fiber Laser by Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
Fiber laser is an important complex equipment for green and sustainable manufacturing with more precision performance. By employing specialty fiber technologies, state-of-the-art energy was achieved in laser emitting at mid-infrared wavelengths. In the course of this project, SIMTech has also built up local capabilities for optical design, optical fiber fabrication and fiber laser system development.


Engineering Project Category

BCA SkyLab – The World’s First High-Rise Rotatable Laboratory for the Tropics by Building and Construction Authority (BCA)
The BCA SkyLab is a state-of-the-art testbed for energy efficient technologies in façades, air-conditioning, lightings and controls. Sitting atop a seven-storey building with a 360-degree rotatable platform, it conducts tests under “real world” conditions at any desired building orientation. SkyLab exemplifies BCA’s goal of making Singapore’s built environment sector a global leader in green buildings for the tropics and sub-tropics.


Littoral Mission Vessel by Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA)

The Littoral Mission Vessel team adopted the design for support concept to deliver a more capable, faster and mission-flexible vessel. It validated a new operating concept and workflows before construction of the vessel. The user-centric design reduced crew size and workload, and harnessed integration and automation for optimal manning.


Mitigation of Pollution at Kandy Lake and Mid-Canal, Sri Lanka by Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
The project team implemented a clean-up of Kandy Lake to improve water quality and provided an aerobic Sequencing Batch Reactor Sewage Treatment Plant at the Sri Dalada Maligawa Temple to mitigate pollution in the Sri Lankan city of Kandy - a UNESCO World Heritage site. Led by NEWRI and the University of Peradeniya (Sri Lanka), with support from the Lien Foundation, the project brought together the community, academia, industry and Sri Lankan government agencies benefitting 400,000 Kandyans. It led to further water and wastewater infrastructure developments, funded by the World Bank and JICA in 2016, with plans for expansion to Kurunegala Lake in 2017.
Singapore Sports Hub by Arup, DP Architects and AECOM
Located on a central, 35-hectare waterfront site, the Singapore Sports Hub provides a unique ecosystem of sporting, retail and leisure spaces, at the pivot between Singapore’s expanding city centre and the wider public community. At SGD 1.33 billion, it is the largest sports infrastructure Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) project in the world. At the heart of the hub is the National Stadium – a state-of-the-art 55,000 seat sports venue and air-cooled for comfort to support a wide range of sports and leisure events throughout the year. At 310m, the National Stadium has achieved the largest free-spanning dome roof in the world and a remarkable feat of engineering, optimisation and efficient design.
Technology Innovation Category
Island Air Defence – Networked air defence capabilities through technology by DSTA

The Island Air Defence (IAD) team developed a fully networked air defence system to protect Singapore’s airspace. It integrated sensors, weapons, command-and-control systems and decision-making tools for enhanced awareness and action. The team also designed open and flexible interface standards and developed blueprints for System-of-Systems level methodologies to deliver a robust, resilient and evolvable air defence system.


The av-Guardian - Guardian for renal failure patients' lifeline; plug-&-play ready for dialysis of the future by Advent Access Pte Ltd
The av-Guardian is the world’s first medical device that introduces the concept of a guardian “guide door” to access a key blood vessel, known as the “AV Fistula”, with greater reliability and less pain, and in a non-invasive manner. In the long run, the av-Guardian represents a proprietary “device-guided blunt access” technique with the potential to preserve the health of the AV fistula, saving the need for repeated surgeries. Together with other systems that are under development, it will enable patients to be ready for self-haemodialysis, with lower costs and a higher quality of life.


IES Young Creators Award

Florisensors – Novel flower-based chemiresistive gas sensors by NUS
Chemiresistors are the class of sensors widely used in volatile sensing. All existing chemiresistors are either are expensive,  require the use hazardous chemicals and specific physical conditions, or are energy-inefficient. This research presents the development of a novel class of chemiresistors called florisensors made from flower extracts that make them renewable, reusable, reliable, low-cost and environmentally-friendly.


Soft Robotics Technology for Application on Bedside Ankle Rehabilitation by NUS
The soft robotic sock for bedside ankle rehabilitation is a novel device to prevent deep vein thrombosis and ankle joint contracture, which are key complications of chronic immobility due to stroke. By using soft fluidic extension actuators, the sock is able to provide compliant robotic assistance to ankle dorsiflexion-plantarflexion and inversion-eversion exercises. Therefore, the soft robotic sock allows for effective rehabilitation, starting as early as immediate onset of stroke, and complements conventional manpower-intensive physiotherapy.


Special Mention: Green and sustainable buildings - For our future by School of Engineering, Temasek Polytechnic
The project raised green awareness amongst schools here by encouraging them to “green up” using criteria from the Green Mark for Existing Schools as determined by BCA. Over a period of six months, the team successfully elevated green awareness on the importance of saving energy, water and recycling and achieved Green Mark Awards for four schools: Hong Wen School, Da Qiao Primary School, Chung Cheng High School (Main) and Serangoon Garden Secondary School. As a follow-up and to reach out to a wider audience, the team developed a workshop called “Green Our Little Red Dot (GOL.D) Workshop”, which has been run in a few secondary schools.