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SG HDB to develop new town-building tool

Property Here - Thursday, June 13, 2013

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By Shabnam Muzammil:

The HDB will collaborate with two European companies to develop a new complex system modelling tool that will help improve its approach towards town planning.

The research collaboration agreement (RCA) with Electricite de France (EDF) and Veolia Environnement Recherche et Innovation (VERI), will be signed at the ongoing World Cities Summit (WCS) Mayors Forum held in Bilbao, Spain.

“HDB is pleased to embark on this collaboration with EDF and Veolia to develop this new modelling tool. This is a sophisticated tool that will simulate complex urban scenarios and help HDB planners analyse and determine the best combination of strategies using both design and technological solutions. Ultimately, it will help us create a better living environment that will benefit our residents,” said Dr Cheong Koon Hean, Chief Executive Officer of the HDB.

The tool can “simulate various built environments and recommend an optimal scenario to meet the desired outcome of the living environment,” and will likely benefit future residents in new towns like Punggol, Bidadari, Tampines North and Tengah.

Shabnam Muzammil, Senior Journalist at PropertyGuru, wrote this story. To contact her about this or other stories email