Ryobi Kiso opens Singapore centre to develop tech solutions

A specialist engineering firm has opened a centre here that will develop new technology solutions for the industry.

The centre's focus will be developing deep industrial technology capabilities in areas such as geotechnical engineering and heavy machinery, said Ryobi Kiso Holdings in a Singapore Exchange filing yesterday.

Geotechnical engineering covers the design and construction of foundations, slopes, retaining structures, embankments, tunnels, wharves and other systems supported or made by soil or rock.

Ryobi Kiso said the centre, which is supported by the Economic Development Board (EDB), will tackle engineering challenges, raise productivity and promote sustainable construction.

It will also explore research and development partnerships with local research institutes and universities.

The firm is also looking to develop a core group of ground engineering specialists with expertise in big data, data analytics, industrial robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and visual recognition.

Ryobi Kiso said the initiative will build a pipeline of highly specialised digital talent in the ground engineering sector, an initiative aligned with the recent professional services' industry transformation map recommendation to equip the workforce with digitalisation skills.

Ryobi Kiso said the centre... will tackle engineering challenges, raise productivity and promote sustainable construction. It will also explore research and development partnerships with local research institutes and universities.

Ryobi Kiso chief executive Ong Tiong Siew said the centre will help Singapore's engineering ecosystem adopt new technology and innovative methods. "Although a nascent field, we believe that our unique platform across South-east Asia, coupled with a deeply ingrained DNA to innovate, shall provide the group with a strong edge in the underground infrastructure space."

EDB director of cities, infrastructure and industrial solutions Fong Pin Fen described the new centre as an "exciting addition" to the infrastructure ecosystem, adding that its focus on "digital and multidisciplinary engineering" will help create job opportunities for locals.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 06, 2018, with the headline 'Ryobi Kiso opens S'pore centre to develop tech solutions'. Print Edition | Subscribe