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|Title: ||Realising offsite construction and standardisation within a leading UK infrastructure consultancy|
|Authors: ||Vernikos, Vasileios K.|
Goodier, Chris I.
Gibb, Alistair G.F.
|Issue Date: ||2012|
|Publisher: ||Escola Politécnica, University of São Paulo, Brazil and the Centre for Innovative & Collaborative Construction Engineering, Loughborough University, UK|
|Citation: ||VERNIKOS, V.K. ... et al, 2012. Realising offsite construction and standardisation within a leading UK infrastructure consultancy. 7th International Conference on Innovation in Architecture, Engineering and Construction, The Brazilian British Centre, São Paulo, Brazil, 15th-17th August 2012, pp.58-67.|
|Abstract: ||The civil engineering sector is often regarded as resistant to innovation and to the
implementation of new ideas. With the UK public sector increasingly adopting the
‘more for less’ approach towards project financing, the sector needs to continually
adjust in order to meet clients’ evolving demands.
Offsite construction and standardisation (OSS) has been shown to be a key solution
for the building and housing sectors, which have increasingly embraced such methods
over the last decade in order to help increase efficiency, raise quality and reduce costs.
OSS is nowadays employed in many large scale building projects varying from hotels
and hospitals to prisons and student accommodation. Certain aspects, such as precast
concrete elements, have also been widely employed in the infrastructure sector, but
other applications have had little deployment.
A series of initiatives are currently taking place in order to modernise the UK
construction industry, with a governing aim of reducing project costs through
improved resource and data management. The use of offsite construction methods and
standardisation have been deemed equally appropriate approaches for reducing costs
and construction time, while increasing construction quality. This paper reports on a
research initiative at a leading UK infrastructure consultancy to examine current
practices regarding OSS. Through semi-structured interviews with senior managers
from different industry sectors within the company, opportunities for future offsite
implementation are identified. The findings identify research and industry potential
for improving “offsite mature” sub-sectors such as bridges, increased implementation
of offsite techniques in the water and maritime sectors, as well as discussing subsectors
such as tunnelling, which appear to be moving away from offsite construction.|
|Version: ||Accepted for publication|
|Publisher Link: ||http://www.lboro.ac.uk/microsites/cice/aec2012/index.html|
|Appears in Collections:||Conference Papers (Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering)|
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