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Title: Modular assembly with postponement to improve health, safety, and productivity in construction
Authors: Court, Peter F.
Pasquire, Christine L.
Gibb, Alistair G.F.
Bower, David
Keywords: Construction industry
Lean construction
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: © American Society of Civil Engineers
Citation: COURT, P.F. ... et al, 2009. Modular assembly with postponement to improve health, safety, and productivity in construction. Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, 14 (2), pp. 81-89
Abstract: This paper presents the outcome of an engineering study as part of the design and development of a lean and agile construction system and in particular its supply chain component. This combines modular assembly with a postponement function to be tested on a case study project (not reported here), the objective of which is to improve health, safety, and productivity for the company sponsoring the research. The contribution to research is the combination of countermeasures described in this paper that have been developed and incorporated into a wider construction system, in the same way that manufacturing has used this strategy with great success. A further output is the development and use of an innovative method for assembling, transporting, and installing mechanical and electrical modules, whereby modularization can be achieved with or without offsite manufacturing capability. The research forecasts a reduction of onsite labor of 35% compared to using traditional methods of construction, with less onsite operatives at risk of injury carrying out simpler assembly tasks within ergonomic mobile work cells. Further research is proposed to measure the benefits of the construction system following its implementation on a case study project.
Description: This article was published in the serial, Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction [© American Society of Civil Engineers]. The definitive version is available at: http://cedb.asce.org/cgi/WWWdisplay.cgi?170819
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)1084-0680(2009)14:2(81))
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/9017
Publisher Link: http://cedb.asce.org/cgi/WWWdisplay.cgi?170819
ISSN: 1084-0680
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