Modular construction

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Modular buildings
Prefabricated construction
NARROWER TERMS
Conference paper

Precast concrete building construction process comparison

This paper deploys value stream mapping (VSM) as a lean methodology to investigate and compare the process differences between a Canadian precast project and a Chinese precast project as a basis for improvements in reducing process waste.
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Assessment of the role of lean construction practices in environmental sustainability

The construction industry has been identified as an industry that can help in the achievement of environmental sustainability. The results of this study reveals that respondents are of the opinion that adoption of Lean Construction Practices (LCPs) in building can help in the achievement of...
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Capability-building competition in design: case study

This paper uses the action research method retrospectively to better understand the development of capability on a series of 7 Higher Education building projects during the architectural planning phase prior to the start of design.
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Optimized installation flow: A strategy for substantial cycle time reduction

Industrial system infrastructure installations, such as those in semiconductor fabrication plants, are complex, short-term and mission-critical. Our strategy, called Optimized Installation Flow (OIF), builds on lean and associated theories in the realm of production planning and control, synthesizing a method with seven principles, and can...
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Reducing handoffs between sequential trades: a simulation

Without proactive management from the general contractor, handoffs can result in the generation of waste, such as idle time between production activities, transport waste originating from an excessive number of mobilizations and demobilizations, and errors and omissions from miscommunication between trades. This paper discusses the...
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Critical factors influencing the sustainable construction capability in prefabrication of Chinese construction enterprises

Compared with the conventional cast-in-situ method, prefabricated construction (PC) is a sustainable construction method. Results of this study suggest that incentivised strategies formulated by the Chinese government would improve industry practitioners’ capability of implementing sustainable PC projects to eventually expedite the industry’s transformation towards leaner...
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Modular approach to multi-objective environmental optimization of buildings

The application of heuristic algorithms with life cycle assessment (LCA) is a promising approach to efficiently optimize the building and minimize the environmental impact even in a very large design space. Through the optimization, significant environmental savings of 60–80% were achieved compared to the initial...
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Flexible and transportable robotic timber construction platform – TIM

This paper presents a new approach to robotic fabrication in the building industry through the conceptualisation, development and evaluation of a large-scale, transportable and flexible robotic timber construction platform – named TIM.
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How close is the built environment to achieving circularity?

This paper will extrapolate the EMF's ReSOLVE frameworks through the context of three examples in vastly different formats.
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Model for planning and controlling the delivery and assembly of engineer-to-order prefabricated building systems: exploring synergies between Lean and BIM

This research proposes a model for planning and controlling the delivery and assembly of engineer-to-order prefabricated building systems, emphasizing the integration between site installation and logistics operations. The main theoretical contribution is a set of approaches to implement the “pull production” and “reduce variability” principles...