Welcome address by president of sisv,
quantity surveying division

Mr Khoo Sze Boon FSISV

(Quantity Surveying Division)
Singapore Institute of Surveyors & Valuers (SISV)

Welcome to PAQS Congress 2020

First and foremost, I would like to extend a warm invitation to you to join us in Singapore for the 24th Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS) Congress 2020 between 4th September 2020 to 8th September 2020.

The global trends shaping the Built Environment (BE) Sector have been driven by Digital Revolution, Rapid Urbanisation and Climate Change. As we advance into Industry 4.0, we constantly face challenges from the digital and technology disruptions, and business has to respond to unexpected changes on many fronts. While we are confronted with these challenges, there are certainly opportunities for the BE sector and QS / Cost Engineering professionals as we ride the disruption waves to transform.

Singapore Built Environment (BE) Sector recognises the challenges and is currently undergoing the transformation journey through the Construction Industry Transformation Map (ITM). The inspiration of the BE transformation is to develop an Advanced and Integrated Sector (through push on Green Building, Design for Manufacturing Assembly [DfMA], Integrated Digital Delivery [IDD]), Progressive and Collaborative Firms (through Procurement and Collaborative Contracting and Internationalisation) and developing good jobs (through Manpower Development and Competency Building).

With the above backdrop, we have developed the theme for PAQS 2020 Congress entitled “Disruption and Transformation in the Built Environment Industry”. The Congress aims to focus on both the challenges we face and opportunities within – in the dedicated tracks on Disruptive Technology (such as DfMA, IDD), Transformative Delivery (looking at the roles of QS in DfMA and IDD), Green and Wellness and Redesign Jobs and Quantity Surveying Services Offering, where there will be carefully curated topics.

Apart from the robust congress coverage which provides great opportunities for participants to network, interact and engage, we are also looking at a wide range of social activities for both the delegates and their accompanying partners to experience Singapore – “A City in a Garden”. I look forward to seeing you in Singapore in 2020!



Disruptive technologies
What are the disruptions that the built environment (BE) sector is encountering?  Industry and academia are invited to share their experience and findings on disruptive technologies, which may…
Transformative Delivery
Industry and academics are invited to share insights on transformative delivery systems and new procurement systems in the BE sector.  Case studies on the importance of collaborative spirit between…
Green and Well
What are the key features for buildings to be liveable?  What are the smart infrastructure, sustainable development or people-centricity features in buildings that are green and well?  We look…
Redesign jobs and quantity surveying service offering
With disruption and transformation, what are the new roles, job functions and responsibilities of quantity surveyors?  How would contractual and financial advising be different or emphasized when the…

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