The process of delivery of our product to market will be broken down into a number of smaller, logical stages to simplify the procedure and to facilitate progress and quality monitoring.
The first stage will be the development of the design and specifications and the preparation of a technical feasibility study for our innovative, thermally efficient, lightweight building system. Our buildings will have to be suitable for factory manufacture and pre-finishing, flexible for different potential configurations, meet our budgets, be easy to transport and install and pleasant for tenants. This will be a close, on-going collaborative exercise between our design and manufacturing teams.
Our investigations during the R&D phase will provide us with the requisite social and physical information and data to undertake prototyping. This will include 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 will be tested for practicality and for cost impact. A full-size working prototype will be developed, packaged, shipped and installed on-site to examine the actual costs of each component of the process, durability, weather tightness, utility, cleaning, ease of maintenance and repair, and most importantly, to allow feedback from various groups and ages of community members.
The second stage will be the consolidation, reconciliation and incorporation of all findings and tests results into the final design of the housing and other building units, factory test assembly and an interim budget review, including the assessment of cost benefits arising from economies of scale.
The use of Computer-Aided Design and 3-D simulation, coupled with advanced manufacturing technologies, will give us the ability to design and test our modules for advantages and potential shortcomings at all stages and to fully resolve the final design before manufacturing. Quality audits of the live product will be an important part of this stage to ensure that our standards have been fully met.
The third and final stage will be the actual manufacturing process. A final budget review will be conducted prior to commencement and this will be coordinated with our Project Management team, Urban Planning and Architecture Design team, local Transport and Delivery team, our Infrastructure team, shipping agents and local authorities, to plan for seamless production, packaging, shipping, transport and installation.