We are developing a novel construction system for tall buildings that is low-cost, industrialised and, most importantly, Seism-Resistant. The system comprises of large prefabricated structural panels of reinforced/pre-stressed concrete, with bondings that are designed so that the structural assembly resists the effects of seismic actions.

As they are simple and low-cost, the precast elements and connections will facilitate implementation in social edification projects for developing countries in seismic areas.
Our construction system enables fast, high-quality execution.

THE CHALLENGE

There is great demand for housing in developing countries in seismic areas. The construction methods currently being used are mostly rudimentary and slow. They do not take advantage of industrialised construction methods. Other prefabricated panels are not optimally designed for seismic areas, reducing their effectiveness. To solve this, it is necessary to develop industrialised seism-resistant systems, making it faster and cheaper to build safe, quality housing.

OUR APPROACH

Our system uses large precast concrete structural elements and simple, economic, dry connections, designed to resist the effects of an earthquake. We will investigate, design and develop this novel industrialised seism resistant construction system for edifications with one or more floors for its use in seismic areas at a cost that may be implemented in developing countries for social edification.

This will include the development of a BIM Platform to manage data during the whole building life cycle using dynamic 3D modeling software in order to avoid wasting time and resources during the design and construction phases.

THE BIM PLATFORM

We are creating a Building Information Modelling (BIM) platform which will enable better and more efficient interoperability between different disciplines and activities. This will ensure faster and more efficient construction by reducing material waste and mismanagement of information. The BIM platform will also ensure better health and safety procedures across the whole process and reducing the potential risks involved.

This will work in parallel with our own mobile application, allowing BIM models to be viewed on the go. Concentrating on the user’s ability to view the on-going project on-site through the augmented reality functions, we enable instant feedback to be delivered to designers, improving productivity.

OUR AIM

The SEISMPRECAST system and platform will be aimed at both public and private developers, as well as construction companies who plan to develop edification projects in seismic areas.

Our target markets include South American and African countries exposed to seismic activity.

Our end goal is to deliver construction industrialisation, reducing costs, saving time and improving quality and control.

WHO WE ARE

iConkrete: we are an engineering company, created in 2012 to develop structural solutions and construction systems. We add value by industrialising processes to improve cost-effectiveness and quality.

http://www.iconkrete.com/es/

Exergy: we focus on sustainable engineering solutions. In the BIM sector, we are developing innovative ideas regarding the implementation of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality within the BIM process.

https://exergy-global.com/

This project has received funding from the Eurostars-2 joint programme with co-funding from the European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.