Signing of a cooperation agreement for construction using 3D technology I Times of Oman
The Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones has signed a cooperation program with InnoTech
Muscat: The Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones (Opaz) has signed a cooperation program with Innovative Technology Company for Educational Solutions (Innotech), the first company of its kind, to form a collaboration between the two parties to use the 3D printing techniques in construction.
The signing of this cooperation is part of the decision of the Opaz board of directors, approving the use of modern construction practices, including 3D printing techniques in the Duqm Special Economic Zone (Sezad ) and other free zones. It also reflects Opaz’s support for Omani companies specializing in this area.
The pact was signed by Dr Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy, President of the Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones (Opaz) and Ing. Othman bin Maktoum Al Mandhari, CEO of Innotech.
The cooperation program stipulates that the company shares with Opaz its expertise and knowledge in construction with 3D printing techniques, which would provide a suitable and attractive environment for these projects in the Duqm Special Economic Zone.
The program enables Opaz to set up projects using 3D printing techniques in the Duqm Special Economic Zone for the company as part of its efforts to support research and development while localizing modern construction techniques in areas, supervised by Opaz, in particular the special economic zone in Duqm. As a result, Innotech will comply with all HSE standards in projects entrusted to the company by Opaz.
Ing. Manal bint Humaid Al Abri, senior architect at the Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones (Opaz), stressed that the signing of this cooperation program, with this first company of its kind, is part of the efforts of Opaz to support innovation, research and development. using modern technologies and 3D printing in construction. It also aims to locate these techniques in special economic zones and free zones in particular and the local market in general. In addition, the contribution of such techniques reflects the objective of OPAZ to accelerate the pace of construction in the Duqm Special Economic Zone in a first phase and other zones subsequently.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, she confirmed: “Opaz welcomes all initiatives from private sector companies related to construction with 3D printing technology. The board approved at its meeting last week to provide facility and incentive packages to companies that use 3D printing in construction, including a rental fee waiver of up to five years.
She pointed out that the presentation of these technologies at the Duqm Special Economic Zone will help build tourist and entertainment properties in the first phase of testing this new technology in different locations.
“Newly introduced modern construction techniques bring artificial intelligence technology to construct buildings and establish engineering projects. These techniques include various spheres; using robots as 3D printers for buildings or other constructions, drones or reality simulation applications are just to name a few. These techniques as a whole aim to simplify the construction process, from the design and post-construction phases, to the operation and management of buildings, facilities or infrastructure networks. More importantly, these techniques help to minimize construction time, reduce total project costs and provide environmentally friendly buildings ”, Eng. Manal Al Abri explained.
Innotech is the first Omani company specializing in modern manufacturing technologies and 3D printing. Ing. Othman bin Maktoum Al Mandhari, CEO of Innotech Company, commented: “This cooperation program with Opaz paves the way for the use of 3D printing construction technology in special economic zones and free zones. Likewise, it offers the Company opportunities to expand its services by implementing 3D printing in the architecture and construction sector.
“Opaz’s decision to promote construction using modern techniques including 3D printing will help motivate investors to adopt this technology. In this regard, the company will study the development of several projects with this technology in the special economic zone of Duqm in particular ”, explained Al Mandhari.
Established in 2012 by a group of Omani engineers, Innotech Company specializes in various fields of 3D printing including education, medicine, architecture, engineering and others. “The company, which has 100% Omanization, has contributed over the past three years, in cooperation with Petroleum Development Oman and Galfar Engineering and Contracting, to develop this technology locally, striving to meet the needs of the Omani market. . Innotech had previously developed numerous projects using 3D printing technology for the public, private and military sectors, in addition to individual projects. However, this is the first experience for the Company to implement this technology in construction ”, Eng. said Othman bin Maktoum Al Mandhari.
Al Mandhari expressed his pride as the company is among the first companies in the Sultanate to use 3D printing technology in construction. He noted that the company is currently working on the development of several small buildings using this technology, details of which will be announced shortly.