As my recent posts within social media attest to, I have been entrenching myself in offsite technologies over the past few months.
One key reason these cheaper, quicker techniques do not seem to be invested in is the reluctance of larger construction consultancies to adopt innovations. For example, it had been posed to me during such a conversation that many Consulting Engineers, Planners and the like are long standing professionals, who rely on building through traditional means.
It was therefore refreshing to read the CTO of global engineering consultancy firm Mott MacDonalds viewpoint on the use of offsite and how they fit into BIM and DfMA below.
Do you feel that the move towards the digital and BIM construction process means using off-site construction make more sense? Yes completely. BIM is a massive enabler of both off-site construction and design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA). You can just about do off-site construction without BIM, however DfMA would be impossible without it. As we become better and better at BIM, we find ourselves in a stronger position to drive off-site manufacturing. Doing BIM by default is where we are aiming to be. We aren’t quite there yet but we are making strong progress.