LTA and SIT Establish Centre for Infrastructure and Tunnel Engineering

Partnership seeks to foster greater collaboration in research & development, as well as educational and training programmes in highly-specialised field

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 20 December 2021 to establish a Centre for Infrastructure and Tunnel Engineering (CITE).


The partnership between LTA and SIT seeks to foster greater collaboration in research & development, as well as educational and training programmes in this highly-specialised field of infrastructure and tunnelling engineering. As cities around the world become more urbanised, many mega-infrastructure projects for land transport, waste management and other utility services such as transmission cable tunnels for power services are increasingly being built underground. In land-scarce Singapore, expertise for tunnel engineering and infrastructural development will continue to be in demand.


The CITE will serve as a platform for the civil engineering community to exchange and deepen their knowledge and skill sets in this field. The Centre will also conduct and facilitate applied research to augment safety standards in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of tunnels, and other civil engineering infrastructure. This will be beneficial for major underground projects in the next few decades, which include the Cross Island Line, North-South Corridor and Deep Tunnel Sewerage Systems. To augment manpower capabilities, the CITE will develop and offer customised training courses to reskill and upskill local professionals in infrastructure and tunnel engineering.


Professor Tan Thiam Soon, then President, SIT, commented: “As a Technology Innovation Centre at SIT, the CITE will leverage SIT’s strengths in applied learning and industry collaboration to promote innovation and groom talent. We envision the Centre to be at the forefront of cutting-edge applied research and training in Singapore, readying future graduates and workforce to meet the challenges of ever-evolving infrastructure and tunnel developments. SIT is pleased to collaborate with LTA to continue to enhance Singapore’s capabilities in this sector.”


Said LTA’s Chief Executive Mr Ng Lang: “Our rail lines and road projects are going deeper underground to allow for better use of above ground spaces and to preserve our natural environment. This requires specialised domain knowledge, and the CITE can help build a steady pool of tunnel engineers with a mix of civil engineering and geotechnical knowledge to support our efforts.”



Building a Talent Pipeline for Infrastructure and Tunnel Engineering


To uplift industry standards, the CITE has collaborated with Singapore’s Professional Engineers Board (PEB) to develop a customised Certification Course in Tunnel Engineering. The course aims to upskill professionals specialising in bored and mined tunnelling projects and supports Professional Engineers (Civil) in attaining accreditation as Specialist Professional Engineer in Tunnel Engineering.


A pilot run of the course in March 2021 attracted 30 industry professionals who will be completing the programme in the first quarter of 2022. Interested applicants can apply for subsequent runs of the course through the SITLEARN website.


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