Effective use of Offsite Manufacturing for Public Infrastructure Projects in Australia

Tharaka Gunawardena, Priyan Mendis, Tuan Ngo, Behzad Rismanchi, Lu Aye
2019 International Conference on Smart Infrastructure and Construction 2019 (ICSIC)   unpublished
Prefabrication and offsite manufacturing have featured in various forms in an in-situ based construction industry for many decades. Scarcity of both human and material resources is challenging the future of traditional construction practices. Due to its many benefits such as speed of project delivery, minimum work on site, minimised construction waste and higher quality assurance, offsite manufacturing is gradually evolving into an essential technology in the construction industry. As a result
more » ... f re-cent government initiatives, Australia is seeing a considerable increase in the use of offsite manufacturing and prefabricated modular technologies in delivering public infrastructure projects such as schools, healthcare facilities, and public transport facilities. Such projects are ably supported by academic research collaborating with the industry to ensure that the outcomes keep improving to achieve the highest quality and functionality. This paper discusses how multidisciplinary research addresses issues such as structural performance, construction technology, design for manufacturing and assembly and indoor environ-mental quality for the delivery of such public infrastructure projects. These projects have set an example in how offsite manufacturing supported by academic research can be beneficial for effectively delivering the greater good to the society. Gunawardena, Mendis, Ngo, Rismanchi and Aye Downloaded by [] on [22/07/19]. Published with permission by the ICE under the CC-BY license
doi:10.1680/icsic.64669.267 fatcat:wzxje2fpw5gzrnbl4lewntlc6y