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AECOM signs Memorandum of Understanding with Winsun to collaborate on 3D printing for building design and construction

2017-05-18 17:53
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The signing ceremony took place during a technology conference hosted by Winsun in Suzhou, China

SHANGHAI, May 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- AECOM, a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm, announced today that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the construction 3D printing organization Yingchuang Building Technique (Shanghai) Co. Ltd, also known as Winsun. This agreement allows AECOM and Winsun to pursue opportunities together for the next three years in order to deliver the benefits of 3D printing of buildings and their components to clients around the globe.

"The potential for 3D printing to transform the infrastructure industry is still largely untapped and we are excited by the prospect of introducing this capability into suitable future projects around the world in consultation with our clients and in collaboration with Winsun," said Ian Chung, senior vice president and People's Republic of China regional executive of AECOM. "We are committed to leveraging our strengths in integrated delivery of the built environment and the technology thought leadership of Winsun in construction 3D printing to help our global network of clients achieve faster turnaround times with a lower carbon footprint from the whole construction process."

3D printing is an additive manufacturing technique that has been used for several years to produce small objects less than one meter across. In recent years, the scale of objects that can be printed has increased to encompass a wider range of applications, including in the aerospace and automotive sectors. At the largest scale yet, 3D printing for entire buildings or for components in construction projects is emerging as a potentially disruptive technology in the construction industry. The potential benefits of 3D printing for construction project include, reduced error as the design and fabrication are part of an integrated digital process and decreased waste generated on site.

"AECOM is the world's leading infrastructure firm and we are very pleased and honored to partner with them on this strategic global initiative," said Mr. Yihe Ma, chairman of Winsun. "This collaboration will enable us to further accelerate the development of our construction 3D printing technology and help drive the integration of construction 3D printing technology into planning and design."

AECOM and Winsun are already seeing potential collaborative project opportunities for clients in the Middle East and expect to find many others geographies where the technology can help overcome particular local challenges. Developing regions in Asia and Africa are expected to account for most of the world's new urbanization in the coming decades, for example, China's Belt and Road Initiative is projected to generate new infrastructure opportunities where this technology can be utilized. 

About AECOM

AECOM is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM had revenue of approximately $17.4 billion during fiscal year 2016. See how we deliver what others can only imagine at aecom.com and @AECOM.

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Rebecca Lam
Director, Marketing & Communications, Asia Pacific
Tel: (+852) 3922 8998
Email: Rebecca.Lam@aecom.com

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