In a world where rapid urbanization and technology go hand in hand, construction methods constantly evolve and technology disruptions are occurring daily. One increasing development is industrialized construction (IC) where there is a convergence of manufacturing and AEC.
But what exactly is it?
Industrialized construction refers to the application of manufacturing techniques in the building process. This method allows for building components' design, fabrication, and assembly to be carried out in a controlled factory environment rather than on-site.
Why is it Important?
Through the use of prefabricated modules, structures can be assembled in less time compared to traditional construction methods. This could be the needed change to respond to the increasing housing crisis.
- Quality Control:
A controlled environment ensures standardized quality, reducing the likelihood of errors and rework.
The process allows for precision in material use, significantly reducing waste.
How Does it Work?
Typically, the process starts with digital modeling to create precise plans and models. These digital designs are then used in automated factories to produce prefabricated components, such as walls, floors, and roofs. Once manufactured, these parts are transported to the construction site for quick assembly, similar to assembling a large-scale jigsaw puzzle.
Industrialized construction presents a way of building that offers increased efficiency, enhanced quality, and a more sustainable approach to construction.
Industrialized construction presents a way of building that offers increased efficiency, enhanced quality, and a more sustainable approach to construction. As technology continues to advance, this method is likely to become even more prevalent, setting a new standard for the industry.
Whether you're a contractor, an architect, an engineer, a developer, or someone simply interested in the evolution and innovation of construction methods, it's an interesting and exciting time to be involved in the field.
Resources in IC:
- Wikipedia: Industrialization of construction
- Stanford University Center for Integrated Facility Engineering https://cife.stanford.edu/
- Autodesk - Introduction to Industrialized Construction
- Industrialized Construction Innovation | Buildings
- McKinsey & Co. The Next Normal in Construction PDF