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Reducing complexity of customized prefabricated buildings through modularization and IT support
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Structural and Construction Engineering.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Structural and Construction Engineering.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Innovation and Design.
Lund University.
2008 (English)In: CIB-W78: International Conference on Information Technology in Construction, Universidad de Talca , 2008, 429-437 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Many companies in Sweden using prefabricating strategies, are currently meeting the ever increasing customer requirements with ad-hoc solutions that do not fit their production system causing bottlenecks and lower profit margins as a consequence. One solution to the problem has been to re-engineer their building systems according to modularization principles used in the manufacturing industries that have adapted their production to mass-customization. This paper describes the first part in study of modularization of building systems and if methods used in the manufacturing industry can be adapted to the building industry. Today the Swedish Construction Industries are mainly project oriented, and needs to go to a more product oriented development to benefit from the values that modularization can give. It is also obvious that it is impossible to introduce modularization methods used in manufacturing industries if design requirements are incomplete or changing from project to project. It is therefore essential that the product owner owns the whole process as well. Varying customers' demands can to some extent be handled using modularization principles. However, we don't believe that one solution fit's all; therefore it is essential to target a specific segment of the market. The cost for the development of such modularized building system for the targeted segment of customer must be evaluated against the possible market share.

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Universidad de Talca , 2008. 429-437 p.
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Construction Engineering and Management; Functional Product Development
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-27784Local ID: 1527d5a0-7828-11dd-955a-000ea68e967bISBN: 978-956-319-361-9OAI: diva2:1000974
International Conference on Informations Technology in Construction : 15/07/2008 - 17/07/2008
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