World’s largest real concrete building 3D printed by GUtech University

The German University of Technology in Oman, GUtech is celebrating the finishing of the 3D printing of the walls of the so far largest 3D printed building in the world made with a real concrete.

To make the concrete 3D printable, GUtech applied the D.fab solution developed by COBOD and CEMEX in cooperation where the concrete can have particle sizes up to 10 mm (1/3 inch) and is made from locally available cement, sand, and gravel.

For many years, Dubai, which implemented a policy of having 25% of all new buildings 3D printed within 2030, has held the pole position for 3D construction printing, but that position is now challenged by Oman – printing the world’s largest 3D printed real concrete building in Oman with a super low cost of the printed materials, said its creators.

The house consists of 190 m2 (2,100 SF) and is typical for a social housing unit in Oman. It has 3 bedrooms, three bathrooms, a living room, kitchen, and guest reception area. The house was printed in two stages. While the materials recipe was adjusted and training of the Omani crew took place during the printing of the first part of the house, the second part of the house was done by the Omani crew on their own and it only took five days to complete. A sign of fast learning and productivity improvements occurring in 3D printed projects.

“Today’s display of the first 3D printed building is perhaps the first step in the 1,000-mile journey,” said Dr. Hussain, Acting Rector of GUtech. “That will not be success without the support of all parties involved. In this regard, I sincerely thank all the local and international parties who contribute to supporting the center and the University. We hope that this center will play its part in supporting Oman’s efforts to achieve Oman’s Vision 2040.”

While the Middle East have seen numerous 3D printed buildings, the 190 m2 (2,100 SF) building in Oman is the first to be printed with a real concrete instead of the traditional dry mix mortars used in most other 3D printed buildings.

This is not the first time CEMEX and COBOD have demonstrated their collaborative effort with the D.fab solution; having used the process to create the first 3D printed building in Angola in early December. The D.fab solution used in Angola kept the cost of the concrete materials to less than 1,000 USD for the 52 m2 (575 SF) house.

On that occasion Juan Romero, EVP, Sustainability, Commercial, and Operations Development of CEMEX said: “The introduction of this revolutionary 3D printing system is a testament to our customer-centric mindset and relentless focus on continuous innovation and improvement. Working together with COBOD, we have developed an experience for customers that is superior to anything that has been provided in the past”.

In the case of Oman, more than 99.5% of the materials used were local, with less than 0.5% coming from Europe in the form of the D.fab additives. In Oman the cost of materials for 3D printing of the walls of the 190 m2 (2.100 SF) house was less than 1,600 Euro. According to COBOD, if a printable dry mix mortar had been used the cost of the materials would be more than 20,000 Euro, and it was such significant cost reductions which COBOD and CEMEX was aiming for with their cooperation.

Commenting on this milestone for the widespread adoption of the 3D construction printing method, Henrik Lund-Nielsen, Founder & General Manager of COBOD International stated: “While we have been happy to help various cement and concrete manufacturers develop dry mix 3D printable mortars, we have also insisted on that a solution for making real concrete made from local available materials would be needed for mass application of our technology. We are more than pleased that CEMEX took on the challenge, and proud that we in cooperation could develop the new solution, which GUtech has now applied to the first building in Oman. With the low cost for the printed materials, on top of the savings from not needing formwork and the minimal crew needed to operate our printers, our disruptive technology is now more competitive than ever before in Oman and everywhere in the world”.

GUtech launches the first 3D Printed house in Oman on the occasion of the Building Technology & Standardisation Center inauguration on Tuesday 14/12/2021

3D-printed building, and the launch of the Building Technology and Standardisation Center under the patronage of His Excellency Sultan bin Salem Al Habsi, Minister of Finance, on Tuesday, December 14, 2021.

 

In the middle of this year, the German University of Technology signed a cooperation agreement with the Danish company COBOD to manufacture a 3D printer for building and construction and ship it to the Sultanate. This is the first 3D printer of its kind in Oman. The main objective of this investment is to develop Academic capabilities, Scientific Research innovation, and to qualify national cadres and competencies and build their knowledge in advanced construction fields using 3D printing techniques.

 

A delegation from Vienna University of Technology visited RWTH Aachen University in Germany as part of an academic exchange

On July 7 and 8, 2021, a delegation from Vienna University of Technology visited RWTH Aachen University in Germany as part of an academic exchange. The visiting delegation included the full Rectorate, members of the university council, and a representative of the student body.

 

During their time in Aachen, representatives from TU Vienna visited several institutes, including the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL), headed by Prof. Dr. Robert Schmitt. The meeting provided an excellent opportunity to showcase the MyScore Project developed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Nacken. This project focuses on the virtualization of teaching using avatars and virtual reality.

 

One of our final-year students, Mr Mohamed Mansouri, was chosen to present the software to the members of the Rectorate from TU Vienna. The delegation was able to experience their movements within the Virtual Reality environment and communicate with other avatars.

In the demo, the team walked through the virtual conference room for a brief meeting to showcase an online meeting in a virtual environment. They then moved to the virtual lecture hall, where one of the professors delivered a lecture and presented slides on his virtual screen. Finally, students went to the WZL machine workshop, first to the real laboratory and then later on to the same  laboratory, however, in a virtual environment.

A DAAD scholarship enabled our student to complete his bachelor thesis at RWTH Aachen University. Upon his return to GUtech, he will implement a similar environment here.

OES will start Oman’s First German Style Logistics Apprenticeship Program in cooperation with Schenker Khimji’s LLC, and its affiliate company DB Schenker Logistics Campus MEA

  • OGtech, Oman German Technology Solutions, a daughter company of OES, Oman Education Services, aims at making economy more competitive and ease unemployment for local youth
  • DB Schenker Logistics Campus MEA and OES, Oman Educational Services to establish German-based vocational Logistics Apprenticeship Training Institute

 

Oman Educational Services, OES and DB Schenker Logistics Campus MEA agreed to develop a Logistics Apprenticeship Training Institute which will introduce the country’s first comprehensive training programs in the field of supply chain.

The two companies signed an agreement to expand Oman German Technology Solutions by offering logistics courses in cooperation with industry partner DB Schenker Logistics Campus MEA which will contribute expertise and experience to prepare young Omanis for careers in logistics professional profiles. All of this would be delivered at a high standard training institute, built on the German system of apprenticeships.

“What makes it special is that OGtech – as Oman’s First Training Institute – follows Germany’s widely respected model for dual-track vocational education,” said Heiderose Moossen, Manager Vocational Training at OES. “DB Schenker Logistics Campus MEA contribution to the Omani society is deeply aligned with the values of our company: innovation, excellence and responsibility. We are proud to play a role in empowering the next generation of Omani technical specialists to succeed in careers in freight forwarding, warehousing, cargo handling, supply chain management, to name but a few.”

The training program will start with 2 x 15 apprentices and gradually expand to meet the requirements of the growing Oman labor market. Graduates will gain valuable qualifications that will help them in the job market and throughout their careers. During the three-year program, apprentices will progressively spend less time in the classroom and more in on-the-job training, which gives a graduate technical expertise, qualified on Level 5, and a boost at the workplace when they start their first jobs after the program.

Richard van Schie, Managing Director of DB Schenker Oman (formally known as Schenker Khimji’s LLC) in Oman, said, “The program gives us the opportunity to support and educate the Omani youth in Freight Forwarding and Logistics, as well as on fundamental business concepts, based on the successful vocational trainings that are running in, for example, Germany. The program is a good mix of education and practice on the job. With this initiative, we believe that we can support and grow the next generation of logisticians in Oman”.

The official Signing Ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding for the Collaboration between Oman Hydrogen Center and Siemens Energy

 

 

Since its creation, the focus of the Oman Hydrogen Center has been to provide research and development, networking communication, Education and Economy and to provide support in all Hydrogen initiatives in the Sultanate of Oman. The collaboration with Siemens Energy would further assist and enable the development of the Hydrogen industry in the sultanate.

 

Oman Hydrogen Centre is focused on Oman specific topics of the hydrogen-based energy transition and is developing a roadmap for related research and development work in order to support recommendations for an implementation roadmap for Oman.

Oman First Digital Heritage Training Course

The German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) in collaboration with AWJ innovation, 4DHeritage, Centre for International Learning and Leadership (CILL) are offering Oman first train the trainer course in Digital Heritage – a course focused on giving your hands-on training on creating digital content for Oman rich and diverse heritage sites using 360 Cameras.

 

You need to demonstrate your commitment to complete the course and to work with us on our next course to transfer the knowledge to members of the local community in the future. Upon completion the students will be given a certificate of completion.

 

The course is free of charge and open for all IBSM students especially semester seven, it could also be of interest to Computer Science Students and UPAD as this training is part of relevance to our next module on Culture and Heritage Tourism – click the link below to apply.

 

https://cill-uk.com/young-omanis-as-digital-heritage-curators/

 

This course is funded by the Anglo Omani Society.

SIEMENS to Support OES with Oman’s First German Technical Apprenticeship Program

Oman Educational Services, OES and Siemens agreed to develop a vocational training institute and introduce the country’s first comprehensive apprenticeship system.

 

The two companies signed an agreement to establish Oman-German Technology Solutions, a high-tech vocational training institute, built on the German system of apprenticeships. Under the partnership, Siemens will contribute expertise and experience to prepare young Omanis for careers in electrical, mechanical and process engineering and mechatronics.

 

“What makes it special is that this will be Oman’s first training institute to follow Germany’s widely respected model for dual-track vocational education,” said Claudia V. Massei, CEO for Siemens Oman. “This Siemens contribution to the Omani society is deeply aligned with the values of our company: innovation, excellence and responsibility. We are proud to play a role in empowering the next generation of Omani technical specialists to succeed in careers in manufacturing, infrastructure, and energy industries.”

 

The training program will start with 100 apprentices and gradually expand to meet the requirements of the growing Oman labor market. Graduates will gain valuable qualifications that will help them in the job market and throughout their careers. During the three-year program, apprentices will progressively spend less time in the classroom and more in on-the-job training, which gives a graduate technical expert, qualified on Level 5, a boost at the workplace, when they start their first jobs after the program.

 

‘’The institute will aim to reduce Omani youth unemployment and make the country’s economy more competitive’’, said Dr. Hussain Al Salmi, CEO of Oman Educational Services. “This cooperation is coming at the right time,” he said. ‘’Oman German Technology Solutions (OGtech) as a new subsidiary of OES with a strong link to GUtech and our German partners, is a vocational training project, based on the successful German-style Apprenticeship system, with a mission to instill the Omani youth with in-depth, practical knowledge in preparation for careers in Oman’s industries’’. Dr. Hussain emphasized on the fact, that the next generation of the Omani industrial labor force will be able to adopt and integrate transformative intelligent technologies into every area of business to optimize processes, make data-driven decisions, and promote innovation.

 

OGtech builds on Siemens’ success with similar vocational training efforts in at least 20 countries, including the United States, Egypt, Qatar, and Germany.

 

Officials attending the signing ceremony included Amelie Tittel, Chancellor at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany; Dr. AlKhattab Ghalib Al Hinai, Vice Chairman of the State Council and a member of the board of governors at German University of Technology in Oman; and Abdulrahman al Yahyaei, CEO of the Oman Society for Petroleum Services.

GUtech welcomed Eng. Saeed Al-Mandhari, CEO of the Omani Group for Communications and Information Technology

GUtech welcomed Eng. Saeed bin Abdullah Al-Mandhari, CEO of the Omani Group for Communications and Information Technology.

This visit comes to strengthen the field of cooperation and partnership, which aims to develop academic capabilities, scientific research, and innovation.

During the visit, Al-Mandhari and a number of company members met with Dr. Hussain bin Suleiman Al-Salmi, Acting reciter of the University.

Al-Salmi gave a visual presentation that included the most prominent developments of the university, its specializations and achievements, in addition to discussing the quality of education in the Sultanate, and looking forward to adopting the projects and inventions of graduate students and linking them to industry and foreign investments.

The visit included a tour of the History of Science Center, and a close acquaintance with the importance of the center and its role in highlighting the civilizational and Islamic contribution, in addition to a tour of the Finnish-Omani school, to know its Finnish education system, its teaching mechanism and how implementing joy in learning and quality of education make the school special.

Career Talk: “Skills Employers look for in Candidates”

Under the patronage of the Honorable Lujaina Mohsin Darwish The Honorary President of GUtech Alumni Association   GUtech Career Office in Cooperation with Sohar Aluminium invites you to attend the fourth Career Talk   Skills Employers Look For in Candidates   Guest speaker: Bader Al Moqbali HR Operation Team Leader at Sohar Aluminium

📆 13.04.2021

⏰ 7:00 PM

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“How to Choose a University Programme That Fits You”

Excerpt: A career seminar for grade 12 students “How to Choose a University Programme That Fits You” to help them discover the most appropriate career path.

To discover the right university and choose the most appropriate career path for you, the seminar of “How to Choose a University Programme That Fits You” is a great opportunity for your to get to learn about what to focus on when you are looking for a programme of study that best suits their need. If you are interested, you are kindly required to fill out the registration form in order to receive the link to attend the seminar:

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