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Design for construction: Utilizing production experiences in development
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Production Engineering, Production Systems.
Lund University.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Production Engineering, Production Systems.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Production Engineering, Production Systems.
2013 (English)In: Construction Management and Economics, ISSN 0144-6193, E-ISSN 1466-433X, Vol. 31, 135-150 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The design process has a significant impact on the performance and profitability of a housing project. Therefore, decisions made during the design process should take into consideration knowledge and experience from other processes in previously accomplished projects, specifically from the production phase. How to capture and use production experience in housing has not gained enough interest, possibly leading to sub-optimal improvements during the construction process. This motivates research on how onsite production experience from similar previous projects can be captured and used to improve constructability without risking customer values. Based on the concept of constructability, ’design for manufacturing and assembly’ and the theory of waste, the method ’design for construction’ (DFC) has been developed. The four-step model complements the conventional construction process, and consists of the following steps: (1) specify customer values and similar previous projects; (2) identify onsite waste and cost drivers in previous projects; (3) develop criteria to evaluate constructability; and (4) evaluate constructability of the design. The DFC method is exemplified and tested through a case study, in which it was shown that the method facilitated identification of all problems that were considered in the investigated project. The method also highlighted other project obstacles that potentially could have been solved to improve constructability.

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2013. Vol. 31, 135-150 p.
Keyword [en]
Constructability, design for construction, feedback, lean construction, residential
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Engineering and Technology Construction Management
Research subject
SRA - Production
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-127718DOI: 10.1080/01446193.2012.756142ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84873724767OAI: diva2:645679
XPRES - Initiative for excellence in production research

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Available from: 2013-09-05 Created: 2013-09-05 Last updated: 2014-01-21Bibliographically approved

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