Jun 2018 – Nova is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a contract by Public Utilities Board in Singapore for a sum of Singapore Dollar Five Million One Hundred Sixty Eight Thousand Nine Hundred and Seventy (S$5,168,970 or approximately RM15.4 million). Under the Contract, Nova shall supply, deliver and implement and maintain a Building Information Modelling (BIM) Checking System for Building Plan Submission .

The Building Information Modelling (BIM) Checking Systems is based on Nova’s product, FORNAX ePlanCheck an Artificial Intelligence-based Automated Building Plan Checking System.

The first part of the project is to translate PUB’s sewerage, drainage and water design regulations and combine that with Subject Matter Expert knowledge into the computable software checking program. Using FORNAX, the world’s first AI Automated Plan Checking Software will perform automated checking against “Electronic Building Models” for any non-compliance against regulatory requirements. It will also help to reduce ambiguities and subjectivity in code interpretation by different individuals.

FORNAX ePlanCheck promises to transform the laborious nature of plan checks, whittling down a task which normally takes weeks or even months to mere hours – giving the industry a tremendous boost in productivity.

To ensure inter-operability, FORNAX is designed to support the international BIM Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) standard which is adopted by the industry worldwide. Internally, FORNAX enhances the raw IFC data with built-in geometry engine, graphing and query-able model database which enables the engine to perform complex computations. FORNAX’s object-based model offer mature Application Programming Interface (API) to support wide-range computation requirements operating in both low level data as well as higher level semantic data. Quoted in many industry conferences, international academics have recognised FORNAX contributions in overcoming plan checking challenges.


About PUB Singapore

PUB is a statutory board under the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources. It is the national water agency that manages Singapore’s water supply, water catchment and used water in an integrated way.

PUB has ensured a diversified and sustainable supply of water for Singapore with the Four National Taps (Water from Local Catchment, Imported Water, NEWater, Desalinated water).

To provide water for all, PUB calls on all to play our part to conserve water, keep our water catchments and waterways clean, and build a relationship with water so we can enjoy our water resources. If we all play our part, we can have enough water for all our needs – for industry, for living, for life.


About FORNAXePlanCheck

FORNAX ePlanCheck (AI Automated Building Plan Checking Expert System) is built on a web-based architecture based on industry open standards with interoperability in mind and support data exchange conforming to industry best practices.

The traditional checking and approval of building plan using the manual process is generally very time-consuming and inefficient. FORNAX ePlanCheck speed up the checking process by providing a system that could automatically check the “Electronic Building Models” for compliance to regulatory requirements with the help of Artificial Intelligent (AI) and Building Information Modelling (BIM) technologies. It will also help to reduce ambiguities and subjectivity in building code interpretation that could differ for different individuals.

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