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Design process organisation at industrial house builders: a case study of two timber housing companies in Sweden
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Structural and Construction Engineering.
2008 (English)In: Proceedings 24th Annual ARCOM Conference: 1-3 September 2008, Cardiff, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction / [ed] Andrew Dainty, Reading: Association of Researchers in Construction Management , 2008, Vol. 1, 135-144 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In industrial construction companies the design process tends to be the bottleneck for further streamlining of the entire manufacturing process. The demands posed on this particular design process are diverse; should feed the production process with data, should satisfy the client with documentation and should document the project for experience feedback. Further complications arise from the internal notion of being a manufacturing company opposed to the external view of the company being a traditional building firm. In this work, the design process at two industrial builders was studied in-depth. The two companies have chosen opposing strategies for their design departments; one have specialised functions where all projects pass and the other have more general designers who work in parallel with similar tasks. With the support from lean production theory, the consequences of these two strategies on succeeding with design of industrial built houses are analysed. The results show that increased specialisation is beneficial in daily work, but can pose a sensitive design process if key competences suddenly vanish.

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Reading: Association of Researchers in Construction Management , 2008. Vol. 1, 135-144 p.
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Timber Structures
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-27524Local ID: 100bc690-c129-11dd-a054-000ea68e967bISBN: 978-0-9552390-1-4OAI: diva2:1000708
Annual ARCOM Conference : 01/09/2008 - 03/09/2008
Industriell byggprojektering, Standardiserad projekteringsprocess
Godkänd; 2008; 20081203 (gusjan)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30Bibliographically approved

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