AR-MA played an instrumental role in the landmark Wynyard Walk development by Transport for New South Wales, which was designed by Woods Bagot Architects. AR-MA was engaged by the head contractor, CPB, to deliver a complete Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) system for the stainless steel soffit panels, wall panels, and escalator cladding. This included integrating lighting, service penetrations, and coordinating with existing works on-site. AR-MA also detail designed over 5000 complex sheet metal assemblies, with more than 50% of these being unique.The project was marked by its complexity, which included coordinating the DfMA model with the as-built conditions of the primary structure, glass-reinforced wall cladding, perforation setout around penetrations, and a tight time-frame.
To manage these intricacies, AR-MA developed a hybrid digital workflow, connecting architectural design to manufacture and assembly. The workflow involved iterative 3D laser scanning to continually capture the reality of the job site and integrate it into the manufacturing model, ensuring that the 5000 panels being sent to manufacture would perfectly coordinate with work on-site.
AR-MA used aerospace software and custom scripting to integrate all of the engineering rules and fabrication and assembly constraints into a knowledge-driven model. This "single source of truth" was built on a part and assembly paradigm to integrate seamlessly with the Brisbane fabricator, Stoddart's, industrial processes. All assembly drawings and Bills-of-Material were linked to the model and automatically generated to reduce human and coordination error.