Meet the Insider: Khalil Shaiful, Deputy Director, Group Level at Boustead Projects Singapore

Humanity has long known that change is a part of life. From the boundaries of empire to the vicissitudes of weather and from new technologies to new realities, humanity has successfully navigated confusing and often harsh changes throughout history.

“The only constant in life is change.” Such is the philosophy of both Heraclitus, who was the first to note this quote on paper, and of Khalil Shaiful, who likes to quote him in saying so.

Khalil Shaiful, the Deputy Director, Group Level, at Boustead Projects Singapore, firmly believes in keeping a pulse on bleeding-edge technology and innovative workflows to increase productivity in the construction industry. We are delighted to have him join us as one of the latest Digital Builder Insiders, where he’ll be writing about digital transformation.

But first, let’s get to know Khalil a little better.

Tell me about yourself and what you specialize in?

I am a technology enthusiast and a firm believer in innovative workflow solutions. As such, I’m dedicated to driving the construction industry’s digital transformation.

My expertise lies in leveraging exponential technologies, such as building information modeling (BIM), virtual design and construction (VDC), integrated digital delivery (IDD), artificial intelligence (AI), big data, data analytics, immersive reality, and augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). I aim to translate these advancements into new business opportunities and attract and retain top talent.

I lead smart building investments and initiatives at Boustead Projects Engineering & Construction/Real Estate. I’m working to set up a roadmap for integrating digital work processes at the operational and management levels. As a result, I’m committed to driving change and improving efficiency and productivity across businesses.

In a world where change is the only constant, adopting new technologies and innovative processes is vital to achieving success and staying ahead of the curve. I practice design thinking and business transformation, constantly identifying and reviewing start-ups within the built environment to integrate and implement new and innovative technologies.

How did you get into the construction industry?

I grew up in modern-day Singapore, with tall buildings consisting of various types, such as public housing, industrial space, and commercial structures. Naturally, I am fascinated by the buildings and spaces where we live and work and how they influence the people who live and work within them. That’s where my interest in the construction industry first sparked.

Why are you passionate about in construction?

Digital technologies are reshaping how we design, build, and manage buildings and infrastructure, leading to more efficient, sustainable, and user-friendly spaces.

At the heart of this digital transformation are powerful new tools & processes like Building Information Model (BIM), Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, and AI algorithms. These technologies allow architects, engineers, and construction professionals to collaborate more closely, make better decisions, and optimize performance over the entire lifecycle of a building.

But digital transformation isn't just about technology–it's also about people and processes. Successful adoption of digital tools requires a culture of innovation, a willingness to experiment and learn, and a commitment to continuous improvement. It also requires new business models that take advantage of the data-driven insights and new value propositions that digital technologies can offer.

Is there a project or person in the industry that inspires you to build better or differently?

The industry has lots of potential to implement digital tools and eliminate labor-intensive work processes. As part of the global citizenry, we should contribute to society by being progressive. That gives me the drive and inspiration to build better through productivity and waste reduction.

What can readers expect to learn from you?

I plan to share how I help implement digital workflows and tools in my organization and the human-centric approach when implementing them. I will also discuss how to drive cultural change and nurture an innovative mindset in the traditionally conventional built environment.

What’s one “tool” you can’t live without and why?

My smartphone allows me to use multiple apps and platforms while working and to collaborate effectively with the people in my life and work. It also gives me access to peer-based platforms such as LinkedIn, where I can gather new ideas and inspiration.

Lauren Noble