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By Construction Tech Review | Tuesday, May 28, 2019

FREMONT, CA – The off-site construction sector is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. The rise in the number of public sector procurement frameworks for off-site construction and housing shortages, coupled with the lack of construction skills, has necessitated an optimal off-site construction system.

There are several off-site construction systems in the industry, including comprehensive volumetric modules, open or closed panelized systems, and individual component or sub-assemblies. However, choosing the best off-site solution from an extensive range can be a daunting task. Hence, it is necessary to identify the driving need for a construction site.

The choice of off-site solutions depends on the driving needs of the client, such as time reduction, cost assurance, increase in quality, effective labor costs, and carbon footprint reduction. Different clients have different needs based on the availability of the resources at the work site. However, there is no single solution that can be utilized by them to resolve their various problems.

Off-site solutions have a comprehensive range of requirements, including manufacturing and assembly, transport and installation, demolition, and relocation parameters. The construction projects need to be modularized by integrating production, transportation, and logistic constraints in the initial design and conceptualization phases for the creation of an optimal solution.

To realize all the benefits of off-site solutions, the design team needs in-depth knowledge of the off-site benefits and constraints. The utilization of off-site construction can alter design choices and decisions. Hence, the integration of off-site construction is something that needs to be done before the finalization of the design.

Effective incorporation of an off-site solution in the construction project can not only increase its value but also enhance the quality of the project, thus providing the construction agency with a competitive edge in the market.

The creation of an off-site project will require the guidance of an architect. The quality of the design will vastly depend on the system used. Hence, it is inevitable for the design team to possess a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies involved in the off-site systems. To achieve optimal results, they will need to communicate with architects and manufacturers. Effective exchange of information will ensure efficient incorporation of pre-assembly into the project.

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