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The process of delivery of our product to market is broken down into a number of smaller, logical stages to simplify the procedure and to facilitate progress and quality monitoring.
Having developed the design and specifications and conducted a technical feasibility study for our innovative, thermally efficient building system, we identified and carefully selected manufacture partners. Our selection criteria rested upon pre-finishing quality, flexibility for different potential configurations and adaptations, readiness to meet our budgets, ease of transport and install and future appeal for tenants. This is a close, on-going collaborative exercise between our design and manufacturing teams.
Our investigations during the R&D phase provided us with the requisite social and physical information and data to undertake prototyping. This included an examination of different materials, the degree and type of factory finishing, installation methods for linings, doors, glazed fixtures such as windows, shower screens and lighting, incorporation of standard off-the-shelf fittings and suitability for mass production and ocean transport.
Various combinations and permutations were tested for practicality and for cost impact. These tests involved the following aspects: shipping packaging, durability, weather tightness, utility, cleaning, ease of maintenance and repair and feedback from various groups and ages of community members.
The findings and tests results were incorporated into the final design of the housing concept and other building units. A budget review, including the assessment of cost benefits arising from economies of scale, were incorporated into the final system.
The use of Computer-Aided Design and 3-D simulation, coupled with advanced manufacturing technologies, gave us the ability to design and test our ideas for advantages and potential shortcomings at all stages and to fully resolve the final design before manufacturing. Quality audits of the live product have been an important to ensure that our standards are fully met at all times.
The actual manufacturing process is coordinated by our Project Management team, tightly cooperating with our Urban Planning and Architecture Design team, local Transport and Delivery team, our Infrastructure team, shipping agents and local authorities, to achieve seamless production, packaging, shipping, transport and installation processes.