AECOM is a gold sponsor at the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) 2018 which was held on 8-12 July at Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands. This biennial event serves as the world’s premier global platform connecting opinion leaders and water industry leaders for strategic discussions, to share and co-create innovative water solutions.

Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant Virtual Reality Demonstration

As part of the week’s lineup, AECOM collaborated with Keppel Infrastructure and showcased an interactive 360-degree virtual reality (VR) demonstration of the upcoming Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant (KMEDP) at the latter’s booth at the Water Expo @ City Solutions Singapore, Asia’s largest market place showcasing the latest technologies and solutions for smart nations and urban environments.  This collaboration strengthened mutual business ties and promoted synergies between both organisations.

When completed in 2020, the KMEDP would be the world’s first dual-mode desalination plant, capable of treating either seawater or freshwater from Marina Reservoir, saving energy during wet weather when the latter is abundant. Singapore’s 4th desalination plant would also feature a 20,000 sqm grassy roof and a viewing gallery through which the desalination equipment could be observed.

AECOM hosted Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Water Resources (MEWR), and Mr Chiang Chie Foo, Chairman, Public Utilities Board (PUB) at the Keppel booth and guided them through the VR demonstration.

Over 80 delegates participated in the VR demonstration, including representatives of various companies and industry bodies from Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and Taiwan, as well as technology research writers.

Discussion with Chief Executive, National Environment Agency

In addition, Mr Bevis Mak, Vice President, Environmental Engineering, had a fruitful discussion with Mr Ronnie Tay, Chief Executive, National Environment Agency (NEA), and representatives from Black & Veatch on how to increase manpower efficiency and improve maintenance at waste management plants, as well as lengthen the life cycle of waste material.

Presentations at Water Convention forums

AECOM also shared its expertise in two presentations at the Water Convention forums.  Mr Dominique Brocard, Vice President, Engineering, presented the tunnel hydraulics involved in the construction of the Singapore Deep Tunnel Sewerage System Phase 2, while Dr. Chiu Kuang Ping, Executive Director, Water & Urban Development articulated the challenges faced in the design of KMEDP.

The conference closed with site visits to various water treatment plants, including the Changi Water Reclamation Plant and Tuas Desalination Plant.