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1st Edition

Offsite Production and Manufacturing for Innovative Construction
People, Process and Technology

ISBN 9781138550711
Published June 24, 2019 by Routledge
538 Pages

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Book Description

The offsite and modular market is continuing to grow. This book builds on the success of a number of initiatives, including formative findings from literature, research and development and practice-based evidence (success stories). It presents new thinking and direction from leading experts in the fields of: design, process, construction, engineering, manufacturing, logistics, robotics, delivery platforms, business and transformational strategies, change management, legislation, organisational learning, software design, innovation and biomimetics. This book is particularly novel and timely, as it brings together a number of cogent subjects under one collective ‘umbrella’. Each of these chapters contain original findings, all of which culminate in three 'Key Learning Points' which provide new insight into the cross-cutting themes, interrelationships and symbiotic forces that exist between each of these chapters. This approach also provides readers with new contextualised understanding of the wider issues affecting the offsite market, from the need to embrace societal challenges, through to the development of rich value-laden solutions required for creating sector resilience.

Content includes a balance between case studies and practice-based work, through to technical topics, theoretical propositions, pioneering research and future offsite opportunities ready for exploitation. This work includes: stakeholder integration, skills acquisition, new business models and processes, circularity and sustainable business strategies, robotics and automation, innovation and change, lean production methodologies and new construction methods, Design for Manufacturing and Assembly, scaled portfolio platforms and customisability, new legal regulatory standards and conformance issues and offsite feasibility scenario development/integration.

Table of Contents


Offsite Manufacturing: Envisioning the Future Agenda

Jack S. Goulding and Farzad Pour Rahimian


Offsite Construction Driving Forces: A Critical Reflection of Hofstede’s National Culture Model

Yuedan Liu, Chao Mao, and Xiangyu Wang


Offsite Manufacturing: Discontinuous Challenges and Opportunities for Offsite Lifecycle Processes in Malaysia

Rahinah Ibrahim and Ali Rashidi


Offsite Manufacturing in Construction: A Union of Business Models, Determinative Constructs, and Strategic Accomplishment

Gary D. Holt


Industrialised House Building: Concepts and its Application in Sweden

Jerker Lessing and Lars Stehn


Design for Manufacture and Assembly in Offsite Construction and Relationship with Concurrent Engineering

Mehrdad Arashpour


Demonstration of BERA Language-Based Approach to Offsite Construction Design Analysis

Jin-Kook Lee and Charles M. Eastman


Scoping Potential of Virtual Reality and Offsite Manufacturing: Envisioning the Future

Phillippa K. Carnemolla


Towards Optimising OSM Implementation in Construction Projects: A Sustainable Procurement Perspective

Ahmed W.A. Hammad, Monty Sutrisna, and Atiq Zaman


Productivity, Innovation and Disruption: A Study of Offsite Construction in the United States

Ryan E. Smith and Ivan Rupnik


Core Offsite Manufacture Industry Drivers

Robert Hairstans and Tsvetomila A. Duncheva


Offsite Construction Capability and Sector Resilience in the UK: An Integrated Systemic Approach for Learning

Wafaa Nadim


Innovative Robotics and Automation for Offsite Manufacturing

Bahriye Ilhan, Thomas Bock, Thomas Linner, Kepa Iturralde, Wen Pan and Rongbo Hu


The Impact of Organisational Learning and Change on Offsite Manufacturing

Christian Thuesen and Baris Bekdik


Stakeholder Transformation in OSM Infrastructure Construction

Bryan Hubbard and Sarah M. Hubbard


Core OSM Implementation Strategies

Edgar P. Small


Prefabricated Housing Firms in Japan and Sweden: Learning from Leading Countries

Karen Manley and Kristian Widén


Offsite Manufacturing Innovation in a Biomimetic Future

Ehab Sayed


Optimising Offsite Manufactured Components in the UK House-Building Sector: Understanding the Legal and Contractual Issues

Andrew Agapiou


Rethinking Offsite Manufacturing for Disaster Resilience

Niraj Thurairajah, Gayan Wedawatta, and Nirooja Thurairajah


Developing and Diffusing a Timber-Based Multi-Storey Housing System: Moving Towards Offsite Manufacturing

John E.A. Lindgren

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Jack S. Goulding is Professor of Construction Project Management at the University of Wolverhampton (UK) and Joint Coordinator of CIB W121: Offsite Construction. He works closely with industry developing new business models, strategies and change programmes, including technology transfer, organisational learning and offsite manufacturing.

Farzad Pour Rahimian is an Associate Professor at Northumbria University (UK), with expertise in the mainstream areas of: BIM, IT Integrated Design and Construction, Virtual-Reality, Automation, Simulation and Optimisation. He has led various publicly funded research projects, supervised numerous industry-based PhD students and published more than 120 research outputs.


"This book is an incredibly comprehensive and information-heavy book that is also a great tool to have to keep on top of recent advancements in the field of offsite production and manufacturing."

-Jenna Collignon, Editor, Matrix Group Publishing