Demystifying the concept of offsite manufacturing method: Towards a robust definition and classification system

Ayinla, Kudirat Olabisi and Cheung, Franco and Tawil, Abdel-Rahman H. (2019) Demystifying the concept of offsite manufacturing method: Towards a robust definition and classification system. Construction Innovation, 20 (2). pp. 223-246. ISSN 1471-4175

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Abstract

Purpose
This study aims to develop a more inclusive working definition and a formalised classification system for offsite construction to enable common basis of evaluation and communication. Offsite manufacturing (OSM) is continuously getting recognised as a way to increase efficiency and boost productivity of the construction industry in many countries. However, the knowledge of OSM varies across different countries, construction practices and individual experts thus resulting into major misconceptions. The lack of consensus of what OSM is and what constitutes its methods creates a lot of misunderstanding across Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry professionals, therefore, inhibiting a global view and understanding for multicultural collaboration. Therefore, there is a need to revisit these issues with the aim to develop a deep understanding of the concepts and ascertain what is deemed inclusive or exclusive.

Design/methodology/approach
A state-of-the-art review and analysis of literature on OSM was conducted to observe trends in OSM definitions and classifications. The paper identifies gaps in existing methods and proposes a future direction.

Findings
Findings suggest that classifications are mostly aimed towards a particular purpose and existing classification system are not robust enough to cover all aspects. Therefore, there is need to extend these classification systems to be fit for various purposes.

Originality/value
This paper contributes to the body of literature on offsite concepts, definition and classification, and provides knowledge on the broader context on the fundamentals of OSM.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1108/CI-07-2019-0064
Date: 23 November 2019
Uncontrolled Keywords: construction management, property management, construction technology, building, open manufacturing, offsite construction, construction production, offsite manufacturing, prefabrication, definition, classification, literature review
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: 11 Jan 2021 11:41
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2021 11:41
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10714

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