Themed environment consultancy Pico Play has shared details of their role in the development of Singapore’s Mandai Project – an ambitious and creative five-year project which aims to create a unique nature and wildlife destination.
the project’s focus is to enhance Singapore’s three main wildlife attractions – Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, and River Safari – with two complementary cousins, a new Bird Park (absorbing the existing Jurong Bird Park) and Rainforest Park, creating a 126-hectare mega-attraction by 2023. It is the re-imagining of the existing attractions that is promising to have the biggest impact on visitors.
Pico’s Australian team of attraction design specialists used innovative techniques such as 3D scanning, construction 3D modelling software, and ground-breaking material technology. This saw the Pico team visit and photograph specific sites in South East Asia to inspire the geology, waterfalls, and fauna that shaped their designs. Pico then created a 1:25 scale clay model in its Singapore workshop and used a 3D scanner to create a highly accurate 3D computer model. Pico 3D designers based on the Gold Coast design studio were then able to create the 3D construction drawings that perfectly emulated the natural form of the rockwork.
The 3D files are then exported from Pico Play Australia as shop drawings for fabrication in our Malaysian Glass Reinforced Concrete (GRC) fabrication facility, where we utilize the low cost of materials and labour to give our client the best product for the best price.
This is assisted through our use of regularly updated computer software with programs such as BIM platforms, 3D CAD and Finite Element software. These were key in developing a solution for realizing Pico’s exciting and creative visions for their part in the Mandai Project.