Organization and control of construction site processes in modular building consolidation to optimize costs, time and resource efficiency

Project title Organization and control of construction site processes in modular building consolidation to optimize costs, time and resource efficiency (MoGeNa)
Project duration 01.11.2018 – 30.10.2020
Press release

The increasing demand for affordable housing in major German cities is one of the most explosive political issues of the current era. Due to limited open spaces, the Modular Building Compaction represents a promising solution with high potential. The concept can be applied both to the closing of vacant lots and to the overbuilding of existing areas (e.g. parking lots). Standardized room modules are manufactured in advance in a "module factory" and installed just-in-time on the construction site.

The aim of the research project is to develop a method for the organization and scheduling of the processes in the Modular Building Compaction including all suppliers and subcontractors involved in the process (especially SMEs). In addition to the characterization of modular construction sites and the identification of key influencing factors, including existing causal relationships, the transfer of established processes of production control to a construction site environment forms the core of method development.

Finally, the method developed will be implemented in a simulation environment in order to empower SMEs in particular to optimize the construction process and thus significantly reduce project costs.

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Demographic change and the associated population growth in large cities make it increasingly difficult to create affordable housing. There is also a lack of available building land for potential new buildings. One approach to alleviate the housing shortage in large cities is modular building post-compaction. In this context, prevailing framework conditions are characterized by limited available space, a complex infrastructure or the consideration of the burden on residents. The lack of description models for associated construction sites, as well as for the organisation and control of necessary processes, still stand in the way of their widespread use. This refers in particular to the interactions of the parameters mentioned and their effect on the logistic performance of such a construction site. This article therefore describes a method for the organization and control of construction site processes in the modular building post-compaction with the aim to be able to plan and carry out such con-struction projects efficiently and with little effort. The users shall be provided with a process description of the planning of construction site equipment and process flow, as well as with a decision support in case of disturbances of the process in the operative operation.

urbanization, demographic change, construction sites, production planning and control

Sponsor

The IGF project 20198 N of the Institute of Energy and Environmental Technology (IUTA) is funded via the German Federation of Industrial Research Associations (AiF) in the programme of Industrial Collective Research (IGF) by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) based on a decision of the German Bundestag.

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