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Modular Prefabrication for Rapid Lightweight Construction

Short articles introducing Priority Programme (PP) 2187


Sustainable construction work is subjected to diverse requirements. Material, finance and manpower resources should be employed sparingly; a construction site ought to generate little disturbance for others; durable, long-lasting structures need to be created [1]. Monetary criteria are not sufficient of themselves. A holistic objective would rather be to avoid the wastage that can characterise all the criteria listed here. Current construction work in Europe on new bridges and high-rise buildings shows how important time factors have become. Slow work at a construction site is not in harmony with sensitively networked goods and logistic flows and can become particularly wasteful when traffic jams, emissions and lost human working hours are considered. The objective of Priority Programme (PP) 2187 “Adaptive modular building design with flow production methods” is to develop procedures for prefabrication in series that facilitate the shortest construction time possible [2]. To this end, structures are divided into similar modules, prefabricated in a factory and then just joined up together at a construction site. It is important to track the modules with sensors and assure their quality without fail so that no component is lacking, no post-processing is needed and that they are erected according to the design of their digital twin and precisely reflect this digital base model.

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