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Singapore to develop new urban planning tool

Singapore: The Housing and Development Board (HDB), Singapore, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with two French companies – Electricité de France (EDF) and VEOLIA Environnement Recherche et Innovation (Veolia) – to develop a simulation tool which will help planners visualise and identify the best urban design solutions.

Francois Grosse, senior vice-president of Digital Services at Veolia, said, “In Singapore, we will work on three main fields. First is cooling strategies, second is energy demand and third is a waste collection strategy. And we will expand the scope, both geographic scope and then also the layers of problematique will be added.”

Director of the Centre of Excellence for Building Research at HDB’s Building Research Institute Teh Poh Suan said, “The good thing about this system is that it can pick and recommend the best combination of strategies for the planner to adopt. We do not have to do the trial and error physically, we can do it through the computer. So with that, we reduce the risk significantly of introducing something that isn’t so workable on the ground.”

The technology will be used to transform Jurong East town, located in the western part of Singapore. And if successful, the tool will be applied to other estates around the island.

It will take one year for HDB to develop the tool to the Singapore context.

Source: Channel News Asia