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OPAZ signs pact to use3D printing in construction

30 Jun 2021

The Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones (OPAZ) has signed a cooperation programme with Innovative Technology Company for Educational Solutions (Innotech) to use 3D printing techniques in construction.

Signing of the agreement comes in line with the decision of OPAZ Board of Directors, approving the use of modern building practices, including 3D printing techniques in the Special Economic Zone at Duqm (SEZAD) and the other free zones. Additionally, it reflects OPAZ’s support for to Omani companies specialised in this field, a statement said. 

The pact was signed by H E Dr Ali Masoud al Sunaidy, Chairman of OPAZ, and Eng Othman Maktoum al Mandhari, CEO of Innotech, which specialises in 3D printing services and produces parts for oil and gas companies, industries, and research and development. 

The cooperation programme stipulates that the company share with OPAZ expertise and insights in construction with 3D printing techniques, which would provide a suitable and attractive environment for these projects in the SEZAD.

The programme allows OPAZ to establish projects using 3D printing techniques in SEZAD for the company as part of its efforts to support research and development while localising modern construction techniques in the zones, supervised by OPAZ, especially SEZAD. 

Accordingly, Innotech will comply with all HSE standards in the projects assigned to the company by OPAZ.

Eng ManalHumaid al Abri, senior architect at OPAZ, pointed out that signing of this cooperation programme comes within OPAZ’s efforts to support innovation, research and development in using modern technologies and 3D printing in construction. 

It also aims to localise these techniques in the special economic zones and free zones in particular and the local market in general, said Eng Manal, who added that bringing such techniques mirrors OPAZ’s objective to accelerate the pace of construction in SEZAD as a first phase and other zones later on.

She said, “OPAZ welcomes any initiatives from private sector companies related to construction with 3D printing technology. The Board of Directors approved in its meeting last week to provide packages of facilities and incentives to companies that use 3D printing in construction, including exemption from rental fees for up to five years.”

She pointed out that presenting these technologies to SEZAD will contribute to building tourist and entertainment properties in the first phase of testing this new technology in different locations. 

“The newly introduced modern building techniques involve artificial intelligence technology to construct buildings and establish engineering projects. These techniques include various aspects such as robots as 3D printers for buildings or other construction, drones and other reality simulation applications.

“Such techniques aim as a whole to simplify the construction process, starting from the design phase to construction, until operating and managing buildings, facilities or infrastructure networks. Most importantly, these techniques contribute to minimising the construction duration, reducing the total cost of projects and offering environment-friendly buildings,” Eng Manal explained.

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