Drone-Tech Research, Innovation and Business development Centre

Nisali Siriwardene
Liverpool John Moores University, Faculty of Media, Arts and Social Science Liverpool
Sri Lanka

Project idea

This project is to design a Research, Innovation and business development centre for drones. Research & Innovation Hub & Business Development Center Innovation is an essential ingredient for the development of any country. It is an activity often associated with youth as they are more inclined to experiment, take risks & pursue goals relentlessly to achieve success. The Tech Corridor is expected to encourage innovation in a wide variety of fields such as Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Genomics, Drone Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Renewable Energy, Chemical Engineering, Building Technology, Information & Communication Technology, Bionics, Telecommunication, Industrial Electronics, and Robotics & Product Design. On the one hand, they can happen in labs like in
the case of Robotics or can happen with the interaction with society like in the case of Facebook. Research & Innovation Hub is to facilitate this activity of innovation, creating facilities for innovators for an incubation period until they find their feet & move on. Business development is integral to this activity as attracting
an investor only could convert it into a viable product. Test marketing & business promotion activities could also be associated with the entry
-Concept formulation -
Innovation is a never-ending process, Innovation is the core and
backbone for research innovations as well as for business developments. all these pillars are interconnected with ‘innovation’. The innovation core serves as a space that sparks innovation while also being integrated with other functions. The design does not have any dead ends, all the spaces are connected as a loop.

Project description

-Design Project introduction-
Research, Innovation and Business represent the backbone of the present dissertation. The use of knowledge in business environments symbolizes the overlapping area of these concepts. Nowadays, the knowledge economy challenges researchers to investigate how knowledge is generated, exploited and
commercialized to achieve a competitive advantage in today’s dynamic environments. The present CDP project is an example of that. These three pillars, as well as their interaction, need to uplift modern Sri Lankan Society. This Innovation and Business idea exchanging hub will be the main scientific knowledge provider in a current society whose final objective is wealth creation and socio-economic welfare.

-Thematic idea & reasons for the choice-
The location for the proposed CDP has been chosen as Homogama Town in Sri Lanka. The potential of the land is a key consideration when choosing drone technology in the city for innovations in future development plans. Sri Lanka Institute of Nano Technology is the main surrounding structure on this property (SLINTEC). In Sri Lanka, it is the only location with all the equipment based on
nanotechnology. Innovations can be developed more by pooling resources and knowledge. Nano-Drone Innovation It offers numerous chances for research and development. Numerous university projects have been produced as experiments
for use in the healthcare industry as well as many other fields. Because SLINTEC has all of the necessary Nano-tech equipment, this project can cooperate with new research interventions.

-Programme interpretation-
To connect academic and industrial relationships, this project is a semi-government entity. (UIC) We are knowledge-based exporters from Sri Lanka with the expertise to grow the global drone industry

-Main space-
The main space of the design is an atrium with a huge volume. Which represents the INNOVATION and triggers innovativeness. Which has a wide range of purposes from functional, environmental and structural. It intends to design as a core
space for the design which is derived from the concept essence the idea of Innovation is the core and backbone of research innovations and as well as for business developments all these pillars are interconnected with ‘innovation’.
The usage of the atrium a,
- Drone Testing platform
- New product reveals
- Public gatherings and functions
- Indoor environmental lighting qualities and air qualities

Technical information

The Construction of the building is made of a Structural framework using primary pre-fabricated steel beams, secondary
prefabricated curved steel beams, and building skin with Glass fibre reinforced concrete (GFRC). The ground floor structure is made using concrete. The aerodynamics Sculptural element in the front facade was made using Ferro cement while the atrium's roof was done using ETFE (Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene) a lightweight material that is a superb alternative to glass.
The use of solar energy in various forms is relevant at a time when
the world is debating climate change issues caused by the use of
fossil fuels. Existing buildings consume a significant amount of
energy for lighting, heating, cooling, and other energy-intensive
equipment, which is mostly powered by fossil fuels. Today's goal
should be to replace this fossil fuel with solar energy, which is free
and abundant. Innovative design and implementation approaches
must be investigated in order to match modern technological
components to the scale, proportion, material, colour scheme, and
balance of buildings. As a result, the goal of this thesis is to propose
potential methods of integrating these technologies into existing
and future buildings. Solar Technologies and Solar Glass Solar energy panels provide alternatives to a wide range of energy needs, from small-scale domestic applications to large-scale solar power plants, from cloudy northern rooftops to hot, sunny deserts. Solar glass is an essential
component of these solar panels. Solar glass products are designed and optimized to meet the needs of various solar technologies,
including high solar energy transmittance, strength, and durability, as well as additional functionalities such as transparent conductive
oxide coatings, anti-reflective coatings, and sodium barrier layers.


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