SIT Trumps 67 Teams to Win BECC 2021

A team of SIT Engineering students won the Built Environment Case Competition 2021 with their proposal of a futuristic floating city

Engineering students Ms Teoh Mei Ting, Mr Ashok Kumar, and Mr Syed Noorhalim bin Abdul Razak started out with a simple goal: enter the Built Environment Case Competition (BECC) 2021 to further their knowledge on tackling climate change and to gain competition experience. Two months spent designing an impressive concept of a futuristic, floating city in Singapore led them far beyond that target – the team emerged as winners of the competition and netted a $1,200 cash prize.


The BECC, organised by the National University of Singapore (NUS) Civil Engineering & Environment Club, presents students with a problem faced by industry players of the built environment. Teams must then analyse and propose a solution that employs technology and sustainability. This year’s edition centred on Singapore’s relationship with living on water to tackle climate change and rising sea levels.

The team, led by Mei Ting (Year 2, Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering (Building Services)), came up with the proposal for a Very Large Floating Structures (VLFS) development plan that involved a future floating city, pillars of sustainability, and feasibility studies. They chose the idea of floating structures as these would provide an opportunity for future expansion of land. At the same time, the structures would have the ability to stay resilient against changing tides and rising sea levels. The VLFS incorporates three system designs that would ensure its liveability:

  • A durable and long-lasting platform design;
  • A hybrid breakwater-wave energy converter system, which provides a 24/7 wave power resource for floating towns, and a breakwater feature of wave energy converters to reinforce the platform’s structural integrity;
  • An adjustable mooring system constructed with winches, a pulley system, and mooring lines. The system is connected to the seabed to ensure that the platform does not dislocate due to waves and is elevatable when the sea level rises.

“This project really showed me the possibility of what it would be like to have a new, exciting, sustainable construction engineering career,” said Mei Ting. “Compared to land reclamation, developing floating cities along the coastline on VLFS could potentially be a fast, economical, and sustainable way to encounter rising sea levels whilst protecting our coastline.”


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