How ISPT used cutting-edge technology to deliver VU City Tower

Earlier this year, we delivered the landmark education facility, VU City Tower, in Melbourne’s CBD. We constructed the high-density campus on a tight inner-city footprint of 1,943 sqm and set new standards for construction innovation and safety throughout the industry.

Investing in new technology
ISPT and our building partner, Probuild, co-invested in the development of an end-to-end technology solution to from Ynomia. The system ensured the highest calibre of safety and efficiency to deliver the tower on time and under budget, despite unprecedented construction industry shutdowns.

Jason Lourensz, Southern Region Manager, Development Services, says the project represents a significant progression in how ISPT approaches complex builds.

“The technology created for VU City Tower’s build can now be carried across to future sites and will allow ISPT and our building partners greater and more precise oversight into key safety measures and materials. It also provides greater control over supply chains and management of suppliers. We’re proud to be leading the way in the implementation of new technology to deliver safer, more efficient building sites.”

The Ynomia systems tracked the installation of façade materials and enhanced site safety while creating a real-time 3D model of the structure as it’s being developed. This allowed us to record construction progress and create a record of all components built into the tower. Sensors attached to physical objects tracked and located workflows to ensure safety issues were minimised and the critical path was maximised.

Setting a new standard for workplace safety
Three workflows were used to significantly de-risk the project, drive critical path activities and support the team with crucial information in real time. These includes:

  • Sensors embedded into the core and slab elements of each level of the concrete structure for real-time tracking on maturity of concrete and progress of build.
  • Tracking on each individual façade unit, from production in China to installation onsite, offering complete visibility and real-time data on a process that is typically tracked manually.
  • A Bluetooth-based tracking system that identified when a section of the building structure was safe enough to work on. This was real-time data that hasn’t previously been captured for a high-risk activity and removed a significant component of time-consuming manual labour. This technology was used as an exemplar new case study by Worksafe and is soon to become best practice within the industry.

ISPT is committed to ensuring maximum safety on all job sites and we’re continue exploring new technologies and partnerships with organisations who are leading the way in this space.