Reasons For The Popularity Of Off-Site Construction Techniques
April 27, 2018 | Written by: Gary Bizek
The buzz-word of the construction industry today is off-site construction. This is a concept which helps to plan, design, fabricate and assemble building elements at a location which is far removed from the final construction site.
The assembled components are then transferred to the building site. Off-site construction thus needs integrated and intense planning and good techniques and strategies which can optimise the supply chain.
There are many advantages to off-site construction which is rapidly making it one of the hot trends of the construction industry. These benefits relate to:
- Predictability: The ability to assemble the required components in an environment extremely conducive to the same enables accurate predictability of the time frame required for the completion of the project. Thus time frames set are much more realistic and easy to adhere to.
- Efficiency: The assembling of the components is done at a site where all the required equipments are present in a planned order. This increases the efficiency of the work done wherein every worker knows what comes next and can keep the initial preparations done so as to minimise loss of time. Another factor which helps to increase efficiency is the fact that since the same components are assembled over a period of time, the time required gradually becomes less thereby enabling the workers to keep to the time frame predicted for completion and at times even better it.
- Safety: Since the manufacture and assembling of all the components is being done at the factory itself, the risks associated with a physical construction site are greatly minimised. Risk causing factors like weather phenomenon, poor visibility etc., can be absolutely nullified thereby reducing the instances of errors, accidents and incidents and ensuring both efficiency and quality.
- Sustainability: The setting up of a physical construction worksite requires the installation of huge machinery, transportation of materials etc., all of which result in the consumption of energy. But off-site construction makes for minimal usage of vehicles and raw materials thereby doing away with wastage and resulting in bulk savings for the company.
- Reduced labour: The workers already employed at the off-site construction site of the factory are involved in the manufacture and assembling of the building or construction project. Thus there is no need to employ new sets of labours at the physical worksite thereby doing away with the requirement of additional labours. This directly translates into fewer costs for the company concerned.
- No additional training: Since no new workers are employed at the off-site construction site, the need to train new workers is completely eliminated. Workers involved with the factory work are already trained and thus there is no loss of time or money in an off-site construction worksite.
- No environmental disruption: Any on-going physical construction worksite results in the pollution of the surroundings by way of loud sounds, fumes, dust, debris etc. But in off-site constructions, these are completely eliminated and the neighbours and residents of the area are spared from discomfort of any sort.
From ensuring greater profitability to good time management, off-site constructions benefit all people involved in the project. This process of construction is thus being excessively used as construction company owners wizen up to the advantages of the same and mover away from the setting up of a physical construction worksite to the controlled environment of a factory.