Alan Yeo is now working on a project that is using an advanced and productive method of building houses, as seen in the background.
From skyscrapers in the Central Business District to flats in housing estates, Singapore’s distinctive, thriving urban cityscape is set to continue changing rapidly. This in turn drives a robust demand for built environment professionals who thrive on challenges and are making a difference to the community.
The built environment sector is also transforming, with construction processes becoming more technologically advanced and productive through greater adoption of off-site prefabrication and on-site mechanisation.
Engineers, like developers, architects, builders and suppliers, are important stakeholders in the construction eco-system. As one of the key professions in the built environment sector, engineers are critical agents to drive and facilitate construction productivity. Alan Yeo, 33, a Civil Engineering graduate, is one such example.
Getting A Headstart
In 2006, Alan was awarded the BCA-Industry Built Environment Undergraduate Scholarship jointly offered by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and Teambuild Engineering & Construction.
The scholarship gave Alan a good headstart in his career, with great learning and progression opportunities. Since joining Teambuild as an Assistant Project Engineer in 2009, he has worked on a variety of building projects, ranging from schools to residences. He has also developed himself professionally through skills and leadership training provided by Teambuild, and has since climbed the career ladder to become a Project Manager.
A Fulfilling Career
Currently he is working on The Brownstone executive condominium project. This project uses Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction (PPVC), which involves speedier construction with building modules constructed off-site and assembled on site in a Lego-like manner. The use of PPVC for The Brownstone project is currently the first of its kind in Asia, with eight 10 to 12-storey blocks comprising 638 units to be constructed using over 4,300 building modules. It is also possibly the world’s largest application for a large-scale residential project.
Beyond managing the daily operations on site, a Project Manager needs to have good people management skills as they have to liaise closely with various stakeholders to ensure that a project can be delivered successfully. Alan says, ‘Project Managers are responsible for overseeing the successful completion of projects. Seeing a project come to fruition is one aspect of the job that I find most fulfilling.’
Alan is grateful for the scholarship that he received from BCA and Teambuild. With the multitude of opportunities presented to him, he could realise his aspirations and carve a meaningful career in the built environment sector.’
Alan Yeo Hock Kwan
BCA-Teambuild Built Environment Undergraduate Scholarship
Now: Project Manager at Teambuild Engineering & Construction Pte Ltd
Attained: Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering, NTU
From: Singapore Polytechnic