- What is modular construction?
- Advantages of modular construction
- Limitations of modular construction
- Combining on-site and premanufactured construction
- Benefits: Continuous improvement to sustainability
Skill Level Intermediate
♪ Oh ♪ - Construction productivity gets compared to manufacturing productivity all the time, and we never come out on top. There are just some things that you can do in a factory setting that we can't do out on the construction site. But that may be changing. No, I don't think that we're going to turn our construction sites into factory assembly lines any time soon. But we can move some of the construction offsite to a factory environment and prefabricate things, like walls, floors, or even entire rooms. This movement to industrialize some of our construction activities, that is, take them offsite to a factory setting, is happening right now. The movement is underway. Some companies are simply creating small, job-specific assembly lines off of the construction site. Others have spun off separate prefabrication companies, armed with the latest technology and assembly line tools, like welding robots. There are also companies emerging that just do modular, prefabricated construction. And they're shipping components long distances to construction projects all over the world. This is going to be a permanent part of construction's future, and it's exactly what I'll explore in my course here on LinkedIn Learning. I'm Jim Rogers. And if you're a construction management professional or work anywhere in architecture, engineering, and construction, this is information that you need to stay informed and be successful in the construction industry of tomorrow.