Traditionally, construction has lagged other sectors in productivity and modular construction offers the industry an opportunity to move many important aspects of construction activity to an offsite, manufacturing style production. Modular is not a new concept but challenges of the traditional construction and post pandemic world realities are driving economic demands and changing mind sets. These changes are attracting a newfound interest in modular. Modular has the capability of giving a huge productivity boost and mitigate the current industry challenges to a minimum level.
There are existing housing crises in several world economies and the pandemic situation has added an additional demand for healthcare facilities of all kinds. Disrupted supply chains, closing of sites under lockdowns and shortage of skilled labor during the Covid pandemic has only added to the woes of the industry and modular construction offers a promising solution to address them. The availability of advanced digital tools for design and logistics makes it even more attractive and suited for the industry.
Broadly, modular construction involves manufacturing repeatable and standardized components of a structure in an off-site factory, then assembling them on-site. Terms such as “off-site construction,” “prefabrication,” and “modular construction” are used interchangeably. These terms cover a range of different approaches and systems, from single elements that are clipped together using standard connection interfaces to fully fixtured volumetric units.
Modular presents an opportunities of productivity enhancement resulting in savings in time, avoiding natural delays, savings in labor cost and reduced wastes. To realize these benefits the modular construction must be thoroughly set up, planned and executed.
The industry is adopting new, lighter-weight materials as well as digital technologies that enhance design capabilities and variability, improve precision and productivity in manufacturing, and facilitate logistics.
Capturing the entire cost and productivity benefits of modular construction is not a straightforward proposition. It requires carefully planning the manufacturing facility, optimizing the choice of materials; finding the right mix between modules and hybrid designs; and mastering challenges in design, manufacturing, technology, logistics, and assembly.
PreConPro has a team that has been involved with actively building and operating modular plants and projects across geographies. Our team has planned and setup such facilities in Middle East and India. We have broad experience with planning and executing a facility that meets market demands and is scalable to achieve company vision. It involves actively understanding the design requirements, available technology, allotted budgets, and manufacturing limitations of the target region and planning an operationally robust and efficient plant as a result.
We offer advisory services for prefab or modular construction plants that include business planning, financial modelling, operational planning, equipment selection, creating process SOPs and more.
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