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Modular Construction: Determining Decision-Making Factors and Future Research Needs

01 Nov 2020-Journal of Management in Engineering (American Society of Civil Engineers)-Vol. 36, Iss: 6, pp 04020085
TL;DR: With a compound annual growth rate of 5.69%, the modular construction market is forecasted to increase to a market value of $154.8 million by the end of 2023 as mentioned in this paper.
Abstract: With a compound annual growth rate of 5.69%, the modular construction market is forecasted to increase to a market value of $154.8 million by the end of 2023. Traditional stick-built constr...
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TL;DR: This work states that modular construction has been documented to be superior over traditional construction methods in terms of schedule, quality, predictability, and other project objectives, but the lack of experience in this area is concerning.
Abstract: Modular construction has been documented to be superior over traditional construction methods in terms of schedule, quality, predictability, and other project objectives. However, the lack ...

37 citations

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05 Jul 2021-Energies
TL;DR: A new virtual reality (VR)-based approach to advanced learnings and experiences of the circular economy (CE) in the construction industry is presented, incorporating game design and a building information modelling (BIM) digital twin of a purposed CE prototype building.
Abstract: This paper presents a new virtual reality (VR)-based approach to advanced learnings and experiences of the circular economy (CE) in the construction industry. The approach involves incorporating game design and a building information modelling (BIM) digital twin of a purposed CE prototype building. Our novel approach introduces VR environments designed to provide a visual representation of materials and components that can be reintroduced into the supply chain at the end of life and their removal procedures and material provenance. A case study methodology was applied to a purposely designed CE building, namely the Legacy Living Lab (L3). To reflect the real-life building, L3’s BIM model was combined with Unify game software to advance the literature in three key areas. First, the research investigates VR tools that will allow building designers to view and implement their strategies to advance CE design. Second, this research proposes an advanced VR tool to visualise the bill of quantities (BoQ) and material stock embedded in the studied building, further understanding concepts such as buildings as material banks. Finally, the proposed VR environment defines CE techniques implemented within the case study to be disseminated across the vast construction industry. This VR research identifies three key pillars in reducing the waste generated by the construction industry: education, documentation and visualisation. Furthermore, this paper provides a visual link between the BIM, BoQ and resiliency of the selected materials.

22 citations

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TL;DR: In this paper , the authors explore recovery measures to address short and long-term road public-private partnership (PPP) related challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic by considering recuperation actions implemented during the 2008 global financial crisis (GFC).
Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a global economic crisis and is leading multiple local, regional, and national governments to increase public debt to unprecedented levels. This situation endangers current and future road public-private partnership (PPP) programs, given their dependence on user fees and/or government availability payments. Accordingly, this study aims to explore recovery measures to address short- and long-term road PPP-related challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, by considering recuperation actions implemented during the 2008 global financial crisis (GFC). To do so, this research examines the PPP-crisis literature through the lens of social network analysis (SNA) and concepts linked to network modularity and community detection techniques. The analysis focuses on unraveling semantic relationships between PPP-related keywords in order to understand lessons learned from the GFC and to propose suitable remedies for overcoming the consequences of the global economic crisis derived from the COVID-19 pandemic. Findings show that the PPP-crisis literature forms a comprehensive self-contained interwoven network that can be organized into five semantic communities according to concepts related to risk, financing, governance, procurement, and institutional environment. Based on such communities, the analysis suggests five recovery measures and highlights two implementation challenges (i.e., global supply chain disruptions and quantitative easing policies). Future research is required to examine effective ways to apply the proposed PPP remedies in the long-term. [ FROM AUTHOR] Copyright of Journal of Management in Engineering is the property of American Society of Civil Engineers and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full . (Copyright applies to all s.)

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TL;DR: This work states that there is a growing body of literature surrounding circular economy (CE) and energy infrastructure projects, but most of this literature focuses on CE initiatives related to material recovering projects.
Abstract: There is a growing body of literature surrounding circular economy (CE) and energy infrastructure projects. Most of this literature focuses on CE initiatives related to material recovering ...

12 citations

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TL;DR: This work presents an important need to accelerate electronic procurement systems (EPS) application on projects and investigates the impact of digitization of construction processes on EPS uptake.
Abstract: Recent recognition for increased digitization of construction processes presents an important need to accelerate electronic procurement systems (EPS) application on projects. The EPS uptake...

9 citations

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TL;DR: In this article, the authors surveyed a range of suppliers across the construction supply chain, incorporating the civil, commercial and housing segments of the market, and revealed that skills shortages and lack of adequate OSM knowledge are the greatest issues facing OSM in Australia.
Abstract: Much has been written on Off-site Manufacture (OSM) in construction, particularly regarding the perceived benefits and barriers to implementation. However, very little understanding of the state of OSM in the Australian construction industry exists. A ‘scoping study' has recently been undertaken to determine the ‘state-of-the-art’ of OSM in Australia. This involved several industry workshops, interviews and case studies across four major states of Australia. The study surveyed a range of suppliers across the construction supply-chain, incorporating the civil, commercial and housing segments of the market. This revealed that skills shortages and lack of adequate OSM knowledge are generally the greatest issues facing OSM in Australia. The drivers and constraints that emerged from the research were, in large measure, consistent with those found in the US and UK, although some Australian anomalies are evident, such as the geographical disparity of markets. A comparative analysis with similar studies in the UK and US is reported, illustrating both the drivers and constraints confronting the industry in Australia. OSM uptake into the future is however dependent on many factors, not least of which is a better understanding of the construction process and its associated costs.

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