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Automated Construction: Why manufacturing is the future of construction

16 Oct 2019
Construction Innovation Hub
Construction Innovation Hub
Construction is the last sector, after agriculture, manufacturing and mining, that continues to throw thousands of people at a problem, working with chronically low productivity in physically and mentally challenging conditions. This session will show how the learning form other sectors is being applied to vastly increase productivity in the design and delivery of assets. Digital design is accelerating due to sophisticated, data-driven tools that go beyond BIM. Algorithmic simulation, machine learning, and generative design massively accelerate the process. Better still, they generate far more possible solutions, resulting in better outcomes. Meanwhile, new forms of construction are harnessing manufacturing benefits. Construction 'Platforms' combine design, manufacture and procurement principles holistically to optimise rationalisation and integration. Manufactured components can be used across sectors creating high, constant demand and economies of scale. In 2018, the Infrastructure and Projects Authority proposed the adoption of a ‘Platform Approach to Design for Manufacture + Assembly’ to deliver the £600 billion pipeline of investment over the next 10 years. This was the culmination of a coordinated effort since the 2017 Autumn Statement and has £170m of Construction Sector Deal funding to design, test, provide assurance for and develop the components, standards and practices needed to support it.
Speakers
Jaimie Johnston, Board Director, Head of Global Systems - Bryden Wood

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