Building and innovating for a smart future

The Architecture & Building Services (ABS) 2018 series officially opened its doors at the Marina Bay Sands Singapore Expo & Convention Centre. The massive three-day show which presents six key architectural and building services exhibitions and 14 industry conferences was officially launched by guest-of-honour Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Finance.

A timely exposition in view of the Industry Transformation Programme, ABS encompasses a special focus on the Built Environment, and the introduction of the many initiatives by the Government. This mega platform spanning across 10,000 square metres of exhibition floor space, showcases the solutions for Smart Nation building and serves the needs of the architecture and the building management industries. Building and innovating for a smart future


Specialised Industry Showcases

ABS 2018 is helmed by ArchXpo 2018, along with 5 other important showcases – iFaME 2018 (International Facility Management Expo), LED & Light Asia 2018, Safety and Security Asia 2018, Fire & Disaster Asia 2018, and Work Safe Asia 2018. These exhibitions will make up a comprehensive and integrated mega platform for all building needs in Singapore and the region, under one roof. Visitors, delegates and key players from all facets of the industry including architects, builders, contractors, developers, engineers, facility managers, government agencies, housing developers, interior designers will see the latest solutions, technologies, and products which make up the building blocks of a Smart Nation presented by 239 exhibitors from 15 countries. ABS 2018 will host over 10,000 visitors and delegates.

Organised by Conference & Exhibition Management Services Pte Ltd (CEMS) and Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA), ArchXpo 2018 is the 5th International Exhibition for Architecture & the Built Environment which serves as the addition to the key pillars of the Archifest series. ArchXpo 2018 is also a key gathering point for industry experts and talents who contribute towards architectural and the built environment design excellence, as well as an invaluable platform for the exchange of research and innovation in architectural design, practice, and education.


Smart Solutions at the Smart Pavilion

ABS 2018 will present its inaugural showcase of Smart Solutions at the Smart Pavilion which will simulate a commercial office building and township including a Smart Home. The commercial office building, features as a high security building where visitors will experience the ease of access of registered personnel without the hassle of carrying access cards. The pavilion also demonstrates how different devices can be controlled with a single application in the office.


Learning Hub

Part from the 6 exhibitions, ABS 2018 boasts of 14 conferences, workshops and master classes fronted by industry experts, which are positioned to address new challenges and developments impacting Singapore’s ever-changing built environment. The three-day mega show plays host to the delegates of:

  • Singapore Institute of Architects Conference 2018
  • International Facility Management Conference (IFMC) 2018
  • Society of Project Managers Seminar and Workshop 2018
  • SIDS Symposium 2018
  • Security Industry Conference 2018
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM) Symposium by Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore
  • Workplace Safety & Health (WSH) Council Forum for Facility Management Sector 2018 by Workplace Safety & Health Council
  • IFMC Masterclass
  • Security Industry Masterclass 2018 by Security Industry Institute
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM) Symposium by Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore
  • Fire Safety Managers’ Association Singapore (FSMAS) Fire Safety Workshop
  • Work at Heights Forum by WSHC, IPAF& SISO
  • REDAS BIM Masterclass 2018
  • UAPS 3rd Lecture Series 2018


Prestigious Awards and Accolades

ABS 2018 will also host prestigious award ceremonies which are aimed at encouraging and giving due recognition to companies which are regarded as the captains of their respective industries. The two award ceremonies which will give accord due recognition to talents, innovations, and outstanding product designs are:

  • Singapore Facility Management Awards 2018
  • Merlion Awards 2018


The Singapore Facility Management Awards 2018 is held to give recognition to companies and organisations which are at the industry forefront, and have made positive impacts in terms of knowledge, practical application, and sustainable performance of the facilities management industry in Singapore. The Awards seek to identify the industry leaders, promote excellence, encourage innovation, and to raise the level of professional recognition in the sphere of Facilities Management, as well as in the building and real estate industries. This evening, the Awards will be graced by the presence of Mr Zainal Sapari, Assistant Secretary General, National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), Deputy Chairman, Government Parliamentary Committee for Manpower, Member of Parliament, Pasir-Ris Punggol GRC.

CEMS is proud to present the 11th Merlion Awards. The Merlion Awards serve to honour outstanding new designs and products in the field of security. Underlining the importance of innovation, the Awards give well-deserving companies the accolades of excellence and pride of place to showcase their exemplary products at the exhibition.

The Awards are divided into four categories, namely Surveillance Camera, Access Control, Alarm Systems and Mobility Technology, where awards are given to outstanding participants. Judged by a distinguished panel comprising of industry experts from academia and independent bodies, the Awards are recognition of the highest standards of product innovation excellence in the ASEAN region and beyond.