Last edited 17 Sep 2021

Construction industrialisation

DfMA Overlay to the RIBA Plan of Work, Mainstreaming Design for Manufacture and Assembly in Construction, 2nd Edition, published by the RIBA in 2021, defines construction industrialisation as: ‘The process of adopting more manufacturing practices, including specialised tooling, mechanisation and automation, to make the construction industry more efficient and productive, with better quality assurance for better-value, more reliable and more sustainable long-term outcomes.’

The BIM Overlay to the RIBA Outline Plan of Work, published by the RIBA in 2012 suggested that construction industrialisation involves: ‘The development and improvement of construction work through the use of mechanisation and automation. The industrialisation of construction has several purposes: increase productivity, replace manual labour with machines, accelerate the pace of construction, put new projects into operation more quickly, reduce costs and improve quality.’

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