Teamwork Makes Green Work

17 Jan 2023

Our engineers added another feather to their cap by clinching the IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award 2022 for their work on the RSAF’s A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) hangar!

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The winning team receiving the award from IES President Dalson Chung (third from left).

Presented at the IES 56th Annual Dinner on 17 January 2023, the award recognises outstanding projects demonstrating engineering skills that have made a significant contribution to the engineering domain and quality of life in Singapore.

The latest accolade shines a spotlight on the A330 MRTT hangar, which has also received the Defence Technology Prize 2021 Team (Engineering) Award and the Building Construction Authority (BCA) Green Mark Platinum (Positive Energy) Award, among others.

Completed in March 2020 to house the RSAF’s A330 MRTT, the hangar is the SAF’s first net positive energy building, generating 30 per cent more electricity than it consumes by adopting an energy-efficient building design integrated with a solar energy harvesting system. Its eco-friendliness does not stop there – it also comes with a multitude of green features such as solar panels, a rainwater harvesting system, a design that boosts natural ventilation and uses sustainable building materials.

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A330 MRTT hangar includes a host of green features integrated into its design.

Team leader and Senior Programme Manager (Building and Infrastructure) Soh Tian Boon attributed the team’s success to several factors. He said: “We weren’t satisfied to just deliver what the RSAF needed – we made it a point to set stretch goals and worked towards it, making continuous refinements throughout the development process. Our desire to excel and tight ops-tech integration with our RSAF partners were key to the hangar’s achievements today.”

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Smiles all round from the winning team, who were joined by members of DSTA Management and colleagues.

Teamwork was just as important, added Head (Design Architecture) Stella Li and Principal Engineer (Building and Infrastructure) Lai Liyue. Stella recalled how the constant support from her teammates and supervisors made the work less overwhelming and helped keep the team’s morale high throughout.

“We are honoured to have been recognised by the local engineering community for our hard work and efforts for the A330 MRTT hangar,” reflected Programme Manager (Smart Building Infrastructure) Koh Yong Jing.

Beyond that, the award was also a reminder of the significance of their work. Yong Jing added: “Being a part of the defence tech industry gives us a strong sense of purpose, because we know what we do makes a direct impact on our nation’s defence.”

What a feat, Team DSTA!