For many years, construction has been behind other building sectors in terms of its productivity.
Modular assembly provides various industries a new and innovative opportunity to make significant changes to their assembly planning and implementation. In doing so, many aspects of the construction process can shift away from traditional job sites and into factories by making use of off-site, automated production.
Modular (or prefabbed) construction is not a new concept, but leaps and bounds in technological improvements, increasing economic demands, and changing attitudes mean that it is bringing in a huge influx of interest and investment opportunities. If modular construction takes hold as a commonplace practice, it could give the industry a huge productivity boost and significantly reshape the way we build today.
Modular industrial structures consist of numerous components that are prefabricated off-site and then delivered to the site in either easy-to-assemble units or as a completed structure. Once material is transported to the desired location, they’re placed on a permanent foundation and assembled in adherence with local building codes. This is not a new concept; the Romans used prefabricated components to construct forts and other structures since 43AD. Let’s learn more about modular construction in detail:
The Big Takeaways:
1. Modular Structures Come In All Shapes And Sizes
Modular construction methods can help in building almost any type of structure. There are numerous incredible, rigid, and important structures like homes, schools, hospitals, monuments, etc. around the world that are created using modular construction practices. These structures can be massive, or small enough to easily fit in on an isle.
2. Modular Structures Can Be Built Anywhere
Building structures using traditional methods on undeveloped or remote land can get tricky. Transporting each component to these locations while construction is in progress can be very difficult and costly. In these cases, modular structures are a viable solution. On-site transportation of goods and labor is minimized during the assembly of modular units. For this reason, modular structures prove to be ideal for not only suburban areas, but also remote locations.
3. Modular Structures Are Versatile
Modular structures offer an endless list of personalized features. They can be customized using a variety of materials and building styles available on the market. There are myriad options for the walls, flooring, cabinets, plumbing fixtures, roofing, and other elements of the structure that you can pick and choose according to your needs.
4. Modular Construction Is Convenient
Unlike on-site construction procedures, modular construction is easier, more straightforward, and it saves significant amounts of time. As the process includes offsite manufacturing, fabricating, and assembling, this construction method takes less time to assemble once on-site, and is much safer than other building methods.
Modular construction aims to become a more popular and accessible option for countless enterprises because of its obvious advantages. However, it is not fully superior to on-site, ground-up construction efforts. As with all things, there are still some limitations to take into account, particularly with the flexibility and constraints of your desired structure.
Using prefabricated modules for what you want to build allows you to reduce overhead costs and shortens the construction period. However, it may only address the common issues that most people run into regarding on-site construction. If you have specific requirements for your building project, modular construction may not be the best option for you.
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