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DEG Builders Pte Ltd

  • Thomas Anthony Ph.D.  ·


“I do not leave anything to chance, I do not outsource,” said Dr Thomas Anthony,45. reputed for his commitment to clients’ satisfaction. “But believe in taking full ownership and responsibility for EVERYTHING to ensure the highest level of services and workmanship for my clients.” This enabled the eight-year old Specialist DEG – an acronym for David, Emma and Gabriel, his three beloved children - to provide top quality, cost effectiveness and professional expertise in value engineering. And achieve a $10m turnover this year with 30 dedicated staff – from under a million in 2005, its first year, with just three staff.

DEG located in 20 Sin Ming, #04-57/58 Medview City, now offers a comprehensive array of services, with its primary focus in ACMV (Air-conditioning & Mechanical Ventilation) works for the building construction; pharmaceuticals; process; plant engineering; and oil & gas industries, undertaking design & build. “We minimized the impact on the environment while preserving employees’ health and the safety of communities in our Commitment to our Mission – To combine Innovative Design and functionality for providing cost-effective solutions for our customers’ needs in mechanical engineering,” said Dr Thomas. “In fact, our Vision is to be the only name that should really matter for delivering integrated total building sustainability WHERE ENGINEERING GETS BETTER.”

The Man behind his success

But success did not come easily to the resolute and passionate entrepreneur. “Eluding us for many years,” said Dr Thomas who in his early years, due to rash planning and uncontrollable variables, closed down a few companies. The 2008 recession also devastated the industry. “But like a phoenix, the mythical bird, we rose from the ashes. And after changing course - from the marine to construction industry – re-evaluated and sized up a whole, different market altogether. And by God’s grace, mercy and faithfulness, we finally succeeded,” said the devoted Christian, journeying in faith towards his entrepreneurial goals.

“DEG will be my legacy to my children, their future foundation,” said the loving family man. “You must fail nine times in order to succeed in the 10th,” Dr Thomas recalled his mother telling him. “But I moved on, closer to success - after analyzing every failure.” Investing in his education and personal development, fresh out of the Army at 20 years, Dr Thomas finally obtained his ‘O’ level, after many attempts. And subsequently went on to his UK engineering degree, MA (Fire Science) in USA, and his PHD in HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air-conditioning) System Design in Canada.

Successful Projects

These include Jabil Singapore, Abbott Regional Data & Call Center; Tembusu Tuas Power Plant; Voltas; Shinsung Engineering; Leighton Eclipse; Macgregor Plimsoll; Oomph Technology; and Johnson Control (FM). The $19,750,000 Shinsung Eng Co Ltd & Boustead Projects involved ACMV design, supply and installation works for the Rolls Royce plant in Singapore. The SMOE (Sembcorp Marine) project worth $3,250,000 supplied and installed piping insulation onto a new build FPSO hull of 2 million barrels storage capacity. The $2,100,000 Koon Construction project supplied and installed mechanical and electrical works, raw water pipelines and associated works for the Pandan1 Extension Pumping Station.


During his eight-year entrepreneurial journey, Dr Thomas has garnered Certifications for his company including: ISO 9001, 14001 and 18001; BizSAFE Star (workplace safety); and BCA ME01 (Grade L3). DEG is also a member of prestigious Boards and Institutes like National Fire Protection Association; American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers; Singapore Green Council; Institute of Fire Engineers; Indoor Air Quality Association; and National Environment Balancing Bureau (NEBB).

Unwavering Trust in God

Three Biblical quotes especially, have spritually sustained him during his strenuous entrepreneurial journey (1) “But they that wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:3.1; (2) "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV); and (3) "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith,”saith the LORD of hosts. “If I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." Malachi 3:10 (KJV)


Within the next five years, Dr Thomas plans to double his annual turnover – banking on DEG’s proven track record. “I also plan to go regional. DEG is now embarking into Building Information Modelling (BIM), GreenMark Certification & LEED Certification. So don’t be surprised if we public list DEG 15 years down the road, having already familiarized ourselves with the latest construction management and quality control techniques for value-adding Value Engineering, our niche area.”

“The greatest investment is to invest in yourself, your education, skills. There's nothing better for improving yourself or the lives around you.”