$14m given for five research projects

May 18, 2016

The Ministry of National Development and the National Research Foundation have granted $14 million in funding 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 awarded projects presented opportunities to use technology to improve the living environment for Singaporeans, as well as push at the frontier of possibilities for future development of living spaces,” both agencies said in a joint statement.

Established during the Urban Sustainability R&D Congress, and in July 2015 closed in August of the same year, the second call for proposals under the L2 NIC plans to challenge the research community to come up with innovative solutions.

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 surrounding sound by 10dBA in urban areas.

A project by Lee Fook Hou, Associate Professor in the National University of Singapore (NUS), includes developing a prototype gear to slash the construction costs of subterranean developments by enabling direct injection of cement into soft earth around corners and obstructions.

NUS Associate Professor Ho Ghim Wei means to create a nanocomposite material for buildings that help purify the atmosphere and can transform heat into electricity.

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 underground developments.

NTU Associate Professor Gan Woon Seng intends to create a software system that can simulate noise and how it really is influenced by The Clement Canopy Clementi the surroundings. Through this, he hopes to develop soundscape masking techniques to reduce the effect of loud noises.

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