101-0523-00L  Industrialized Construction

SemesterSpring Semester 2020
LecturersD. Hall
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


101-0523-00 GIndustrialized Construction
Remark: Theory part on mondays during the whole semester and practical group work on wednesdays (8 times starting on 25.03.2020).
The course will include a required site visit (tentative planned date is Friday, March 6). For more information see catalogue data and add. information on performance assessment.
3 hrs
Mon14:45-16:30HIL E 6 »
15:00-17:00ER SA TZ »
Wed09:45-11:30HIL E 10.1 »
10:00-12:00ER SA TZ »
D. Hall

Catalogue data

AbstractThis course offers an introduction and overview to Industrialized Construction, a rapidly-emerging concept in the construction industry. The course will present the driving forces, concepts, technologies, and managerial aspects of Industrialized Construction, with an emphasis on current industry applications and future entrepreneurial opportunities in the field.
ObjectiveBy the end of the course, students should be able to:
1. Describe the characteristics of the nine integrated areas of industrialized construction: planning and control of processes; developed technical systems; prefabrication; long-term relations; logistics; use of ICT; re-use of experience and measurements; customer and market focus; continuous improvement.
2. Assess case studies on successful or failed industry implementations of industrialized construction in Europe, Japan and North America.
3. Propose a framework for a new industrialized construction company for a segment of the industrialized construction market (e.g. housing, commercial, schools) including the company’s business model, technical platform, and supply chain strategy.
4. Identify future trends in industrialized construction including the use of design automation, digital fabrication, and Industry 4.0.
ContentThe application of Industrialized Construction - also referred to as prefabrication, offsite building, or modular construction – is rapidly increasing in the industry. Although the promise of industrialized construction has long gone unrealized, several market indicators show that this method of construction is quickly growing around the world. Industrialized Construction offers potential for increased productivity, efficiency, innovation, and safety on the construction site. The course will present the driving forces, concepts, technologies, and managerial aspects of Industrialized Construction. The course unpacks project-orientated vs. product-oriented approaches while showcasing process and technology platforms used by companies in Europe, the UK, Japan, and North America. The course highlights future business models and entrepreneurial opportunities for new industrialized construction ventures.

The course is organized around a group project carried out in teams of 3-4. The project begins in week 6 of the course, and collaborative group work will occur during the Wednesday sessions. Teams will be required to propose a framework for a new industrialized construction venture including the company’s product offering, business model, technical platform, and supply chain strategy.

The planned course activities include a 1/2 day factory visit (UPDATE confirmed date is Friday, March 20), a tour of the NCCR dfab laboratory, and five reflection assignments. Students who are unable to attend the visits can make up participation through independent research and the writing of a short paper.
LiteratureA full list of required readings will be made available to the students via Moodle.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersD. Hall
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationThe grading for this course will be based on the course project (75%) and participation in course activities (25%).

Course Project: At the conclusion of the course, teams will present a compelling business model for their idea and describe how their concept addresses the nine integrated areas of industrialized construction. This will include the submission of a written report and a 15-minute team oral presentation that outlines the details of their idea. Reports and presentations will be scored based on the quality of their proposed ideas and their integration of course theory and examples.

Learning materials

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Places40 at the most
Waiting listuntil 19.02.2020

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