Towards an Ontology-Based Approach to Measuring Productivity for Offsite Manufacturing Method

Ayinla, Kudirat and Cheung, Franco and Tawil, Abdel-Rahman H. (2019) Towards an Ontology-Based Approach to Measuring Productivity for Offsite Manufacturing Method. In: 35th Annual ARCOM Conference, 2nd - 4th September 2020, Leeds, UK.

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Abstract

The steady decline of manual and skilled trades in the construction industry has increased the recognition of offsite manufacturing (OSM), an aspect of Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA) methods as one way to boost productivity and performance. However, existing productivity estimation approaches are carried out in isolation thus limiting the sort of result obtained from such systems. Also, there is yet to be a holistic approach that enables productivity estimation using different metrics and integrates experts’ knowledge to predict productivity and guide decision making at the early development stage of a project. This study aims to develop a method that can be used to generate multiple estimations for all these metrics simultaneously through linking their relationships. An ontology-based knowledge modelling approach for estimating productivity at the production stage for OSM projects is proposed. A case study of panel system offsite is used as a proof-of-concept for data collection and knowledge modelling in an ontology. Results from the study through the use of rules and semantic reasoning retrieved cost estimates and time schedule for a panel system production with considerations for different design choices. It is thus proven that systemising the production process knowledge of OSM methods enables practitioners to make informed choices on product design to best suit productivity requirements. The developed method helps to reduce the level of uncertainty by encouraging measurable evidence and allows for better decision-making on productivity.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date: 2 September 2019
Uncontrolled Keywords: DFMA, estimating, offsite-manufacturing, ontology, productivity
Subjects: K200 Building
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Depositing User: Franco Cheung
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2021 13:49
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2021 13:49
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10705

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