Synchronising Off-Site Fabrication with On-Site Production in Construction

Mossman, Alan and Sarhan, Saad (2021) Synchronising Off-Site Fabrication with On-Site Production in Construction. Construction Economics and Building, 21 (3). pp. 122-141. ISSN 2204-9029

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The aim of this study is to explore how offsite fabrication (OSF) can be tightly coupled with production and assembly on-site. Prefabrication is a production method that has potential to yield significant productivity and sustainability improvements in the construction industry. Failure to synchronize production in the factory with on-site
production can lead to financial losses for the client/owner, main contractor and subcontractors as well
as to delays in the construction schedule. The study draws on two case-studies and the authors’ experiences in the context of a critical review of literature on the concepts of
flow and Just-in-
(JIT) construction delivery. The findings show the value of a buffer
between suppliers, fabricators and the site as a way to help the whole supply team create
production flow and more environmentally friendly results. A buffer can help while the
team is learning to use collaborative short-term
planning to create predictable production.
The paper recommends ways to synchronise OSF with on-site
production. The paper
provides practitioners with ideas to reduce both work waiting for workers (or robots)
and workers (or robots) waiting for work –and
it contributes to theory by raising more
questions for further research.

Keywords:Lean Construction, Sustainability, Production, Just-in-Time, Prefabrication
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K220 Construction Management
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Architecture and the Built Environment
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Deposited On:13 Sep 2021 15:42

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