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Belt & Road Summit 2019 - Innovation In Urban Planning

Cities are becoming more dynamic in a rapidly urbanised world. More than ever, urban planners face the challenge of achieving sustainable growth that balances the economic, social and environmental needs of the city and its population.

Cities are becoming more dynamic in a rapidly urbanised world. More than ever, urban planners face the challenge of achieving sustainable growth that balances the economic, social and environmental needs of the city and its population.

Singapore, a small city-state with a land area of just 721 square kilometres, has to support a wide range of uses from commercial, transportation and utilities to greenery, reservoirs and ports. As such, its planners actively look for innovative ways to improve planning. One key approach is to leverage digital technology to help planners gain deeper insights, and plan in a more precise manner in order to cater to the needs of the population. 

Infrastructure Asia (IA), Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and GeoWorks will be exhibiting applications of digital solutions for infrastructure in the Belt and Road Summit 2019 organised by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC). The exhibition will share with international business leaders and government officials, how digital technologies can help cities make informed planning and policy decisions.

URA has developed digital planning tools such as ePlanner, a one-stop geospatial tool to simplify GIS and data analytics for planners; GEMMA (GIS Enabled Mapping, Modelling and Analysis), a collaborative tool for integrated land-use planning and simulation; and uSys (Urban Systems Dashboard), a single platform to allow the tracking of all upcoming land and infrastructure developments. GeoWorks have also focused its city solutions through geospatial technologies to ensure the provision of reliable, timely and accurate location-based information and services to the public. 

Strong partnerships and collaborations also help city planners to obtain a better understanding of the ground and maintain a good sense of what business need, and how these needs are changing. For example, the OneMap application developed by GeoWorks, facilitates public and private partnerships through the sharing of spatial content provided by multiple government agencies. Its users can leverage on its base maps to create new location-based applications with their own data using OneMap’s Application Programming Interface. URA Space, a one-stop platform for e-services the agency offers, enables the industry and the general public to access essential planning information, data and map services more easily. 

Mr Seth Tan, Executive Director of IA, said, “The Singapore ecosystem has been working hard over the years to come up with better tools to aid city planning. Infrastructure Asia was established to support regional government to better develop, finance and execute their infrastructure projects. By showcasing Singapore’s experience and capabilities in urban planning at the Belt & Road Summit platform, we hope to connect international audiences to our companies and institutions to create more liveable and sustainable cities through continuous innovations such as leveraging on our human capital and digitalisation journey.”

The exhibition will run from 11 to 12 September 2019 at Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Infrastructure Asia
Ms Goh Guan Hui
DID: +65 6433 4919

About Urban Redevelopment Authority
Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) is Singapore’s land use planning and conservation authority. Its mission is to make Singapore a great city to live, work and play. URA strives to create an endearing home and a vibrant city through long-term planning and innovation, in partnership with the community.

About GeoWorks
GeoWorks is Southeast Asia’s first geospatial industry centre, operated by the Singapore Land Authority. As an industry centre, it aims to foster a vibrant geospatial ecosystem in Singapore and beyond – bringing together geospatial businesses such as MNCs, scale-ups and government agencies to promote business growth, drive innovation and build a diverse, well-connected geospatial community. Under the GeoWorks GeoInnovation programme, GeoWorks currently houses over 25 local and international geospatial startups and scale-ups from different industry segments within its facility. GeoWorks also runs regular training sessions, partner and community events. GeoWorks’ key initiatives include GeoChallenges that match solution providers with sector users looking to solve their geospatial issues; joint innovation projects; OneMap and data licensing.

For more information, visit or find us on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter @GeoWorksSG.

About Singapore Land Authority
Singapore Land Authority (SLA) is a statutory board with the Ministry of Law. Its mission is to optimise land resources for the social and economic development of Singapore. SLA manages some 11,000 hectares of State land and about 5,000 State properties, which have largely been tenanted out for a variety of uses. It also manages land sales, leases, acquisitions and allocation, developing and marketing land-related information, and maintaining the national land information database through digitised land information services. Being the national land registration authority for property transactions, SLA issues and guarantees land titles in Singapore. It also manages and maintains the national land survey system, where boundaries or legal limits of properties are defined, based on a coordinated cadastre survey system. The use of geospatial information is also spearheaded by SLA through a national collaborative environment where geospatial data, policies and technologies are established and defined, thereby fostering innovation, knowledge and value creation for the Government, enterprises and community.

For more details, visit or find us on Facebook and Instagram @SingaporeLandAuthority.

About Infrastructure Asia
Infrastructure Asia (IA) aims to support Asia’s social and economic growth through infrastructure development. IA was established by Enterprise Singapore and Monetary Authority of Singapore to support infrastructure financing and development in the region. It does so through early project scoping, best practice sharing and brokering, harnessing Singapore’s best-in-class infrastructure ecosystem (international developers, engineering and professional services, along with financial institutions and multilateral development entities). It also works with global players in the regional infrastructure ecosystem and leverages the collective capabilities and networks of various government agencies to catalyse more trade and investments into infrastructure in the region.


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