Offsite Manufacturing in Architecture Engineering and Construction: An Unfolding Story

Goulding, Jack, Rahimian, Farzad Pour, Arif, Mohammed, Akintoye, Akintola and Faraj, I. (2017) Offsite Manufacturing in Architecture Engineering and Construction: An Unfolding Story. In: Proceedings of the International Research Conference 2017. University of Salford, pp. 862-872.

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Offsite manufacturing continues to make a significant contribution to the market. However, progress and inertia has been somewhat parochial, fragmented, and unmanaged. Whilst several success stories can be cited, there are no real mechanisms for identifying conjoined (integrated) solutions, especially on: socio-political and cultural drivers; societal, economic and business needs; or governmental support mechanisms. A cogent international research strategy is now needed which directly addresses these issues. This paper presents a series of offsite manufacturing developments within Architecture Engineering and Construction. Findings from several influential papers and reports were used to establish a set of priorities, the results of which were cross analysed with a panel of 11 domain experts drawn from CIB W121 particular: 1) future direction opportunities; and 2) the need for a conjoined alliance of expertise (advisors, researchers, clients, developers, designers, contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, and governmental bodies) to all work together. Whilst both proponents and dissenters will argue that this vision is somewhat ‘Utopian’, the authors proffer that transparency and consistency of message are fervent vehicles for increasing awareness and promoting the sector for future uptake.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Design, Integration, Offsite Manufacturing, Process, Strategy
Subjects: K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2018 13:51
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 21:16

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