$14million awarded for five research projects

The Ministry of National Development and the National Research Foundation have granted $14 million in financing to five research projects, out of the 26 white papers submitted for the second call for proposals under the Land and Liveability National Innovation Challenge (L2 NIC).

“The given projects presented opportunities to use technology push the frontier of possibilities for future development of living spaces, as well as to enhance the living environment for Singaporeans,” both agencies said in a joint statement.

Especially, its goals are to improve the cost effectiveness of developments that are underground by 50 percent, as well as enrich human comfort and well being by reducing ambient temperature by 4°C and ambient noise by 10dBA in urban The Clement Canopy areas.

The five research projects that received funding included a projected study by Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU) Assistant Professor Wan Man Pun to develop cool surface materials, which can help lower the heat on buildings and road surfaces.

A project by Lee Fook Hou, Associate Professor in the National University of Singapore (NUS), involves developing a prototype gear to slash the building costs of underground developments by empowering direct injection of cement into soft ground around corners and obstacles.

NUS Associate Professor Ho Ghim Wei intends to create a nanocomposite material for buildings that can transform heat and help purify the air.

Another suggested study by NTU’s Professor Chu Jian aims to develop a web-based three dimensional geological and geotechnical data modelling and management system, to reduce construction cost and increase productivity for future developments that are subterranean.

NTU Associate Professor Gan Woon Seng intends to create a software system that can model noise and how the surroundings affects it. Through this, he hopes to develop soundscape concealing techniques to reduce the effect of loud noises.

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