Issue 14, Mar 2021
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Issue 14, Mar 2021
Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) is an innovative design approach that enhances efficiency and optimisation. As Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) installation is always the last stage in a construction project, there is enormous time pressure in completing the works. With the adoption of DfMA MiMEP approach, MEP modules are prefabricated in an off-site factory before transporting to the construction site for assembly and final testing and commissioning. With MEP modularisation undertaken simultaneously with construction work, it greatly enhances productivity, work efficiency and quality.
To encourage adoption of this effective methodology for MEP works in construction projects, the Construction Industry Council (CIC) and the Hong Kong Federation of Electrical and Mechanical Contractors (HKFEMC) jointly organised the “DfMA MiMEP Tradeshow 2021” (the Tradeshow) at the CIC-Zero Carbon Park from 2 to 12 March 2021. ATAL is proud to have taken a key role in it.
ATAL participated as one of the exhibitors in this important event of the industry. We showcased our expertise in DfMA MiMEP through the display of numerous MEP system modules, alongside the demonstration of Building Information Modelling (BIM) 3D printing models illustrating how we have applied this innovative approach to one of our recent projects, the reprovisioning of Fu Shan Public Mortuary.
Our Chief Executive of Building Services Engineering, Ir Brian Cheng, was invited to be one of the keynote speakers at the Tradeshow, both at the Opening Conference on 2 March and the Webinar Forum on 5 March, sharing our experience in the application of DfMA MiMEP.
At his keynote speech themed “Our Journey to DfMA MiMEP”, Brian said that the application of DfMA MiMEP is more than just a collection of procedures for prefabrication works, but a comprehensive holistic approach, and one that enables us to pass on the many benefits it offers to our customers and stakeholders. We ensure that our use of DfMA MiMEP is fully optimised by integrating Building Information Modelling (BIM) to pre-engineer the MEP systems and utilise advanced 3D printing for DfMA visualisation to stakeholders. In addition, we have developed a set of “Guidelines for ATAL DfMA System” which include benchmarking criteria, work principles and system workflow and will act as the Group’s blueprint for implementing MiMEP in order to ensure smooth execution and function.
Brian commented, “The adoption of DfMA MiMEP approach can significantly improve productivity, efficiency, quality and employee safety. However, in order to successfully implement this methodology, it requires support from all stakeholders; and a new mindset in application is as equally important as the technology itself.”
At his second sharing session of the event, the MiC Webinar Forum, Brian shared the Group’s experiences with Modular Integrated Construction (MiC) projects. MiC is an innovative construction method that adopts the concept of “factory assembly followed by on-site installation”, consequently reducing construction time and increasing productivity. Our application of DfMA MiMEP in InnoCell at Hong Kong Science Park was used as a case study to illustrate how this new approach achieved work efficiency and effectiveness. As the first multi-storey residential building in the city that has adopted MiC technology, InnoCell project further showcases ATAL’s position at the forefront of innovation in the industry.
Brian concluded, “The Tradeshow is a timely showcase of the industry’s capability in this increasingly popular approach. ATAL sees this innovative methodology as the future of MEP installations. As an early adopter of DfMA MiMEP, we are well-prepared for it to provide service excellence for our customers.”
Left: ATAL showcases its experience through MEP modules and 3D printing models
Right: Brian gives his keynote speech at the Opening Conference, sharing ATAL’s journey in DfMA MiMEP
Left: The Tradeshow is attended by key industry players, including contractors and consultants
Right: 3D printing model of a cooling tower of Fu Shan Public Mortuary project