The Evolution of Modular Construction

Richard Lee
Senior Pre-Construction Engineer
Multiplex, London

Modular construction is a constantly-evolving building solution that presents significant benefits to the tall building industry. This presentation addresses the key design, delivery and implementation aspects of modular, and outline the main challenges facing the industry. It explores how modular construction has evolved across sectors, and looks at how modularization and prefabrication are making construction faster and more efficient, while reducing waste and impacts to the urban realm, delivering high-quality results. Modularized building solutions require a different design approach to traditional building methods; the presentation examines where the key challenges are and how to address them. Additionally, advanced manufacturing and the adoption of technology such as BIM (building information modeling) are creating an environment where modular construction is increasingly viable.

The presentation reviews case studies outlining some of the different formats of modularization – from prefabricated concrete to flat-pack and volumetric modular solutions – and looks at how they can be used in different construction scenarios. It also reviews current markets across the globe, looking at where modular building is being implemented, and identifies areas where there is big potential for growth in the future. The key challenges for this growing industry and potential for large-scale-applications are reviewed. Modularized solutions will quickly become the go-to approach for the construction of certain building types in dense urban environments because of the distinct advantages they offer.

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