While modular construction and advanced prefabrication can bring significant cost and schedule benefits, one concern of owners and architects is that the level of uniformity and mass-production of components will drain the personality and aesthetic character of a building.
The workshop will explore how designers can create high quality, aesthetically pleasing designs without sacrificing the efficiency of modular construction methods. Beginning with an introductory presentation, the workshop will lead into an interactive discussion for all attendees to share insights.
The process of turning designs into prefabricated assemblies is under constant innovation. New tools and automation are delivering massive step-changes in efficiency but require a high level of investment and disruption to adopt.
This workshop will benchmark the tools and processes adopted by MEP contractors to fabricate more complicated assemblies at higher speed. Attendees will also examine trends in the industry to project what tools will become available in the imminent future. Should the industry invest now or wait for the next generation of tools?
Hisham Said, Assistant Professor, Santa Clara University
From logistics and material handling to installation and on-site safety, there are many differences between a project utilizing prefabrication and one that isn’t. How do you communicate with inexperienced field staff to ensure field operations is executed efficiently and safely?
This workshop will examine the cultural ideas, training methods and technologies that can be leveraged to ensure field staff execute the plans of designers and reduce time wasted clarifying RFIs or making mistakes on the job site.
Blake Livengood, Austin Prefabrication Manager, Bergelectric Corp.
The level of collaboration required to enable multi-trade prefabrication puts more pressure on BIM processes and VDC technologies to support each function and include more trades than on a traditional project.
This workshop will explore the new role and responsibilities that a VDC or BIM professional will need to fulfil to maximize the potential of prefabrication. Attendees will also discuss what can be done to encourage a better level of understanding and adoption of BIM across the rest of the project team.
Ben Brown, BIM Manager, Polk Mechanical