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Process automation for flexible residential wall panel manufacturing

  • Author / Creator
    Li, Xiaoxi
  • Modular construction has gained momentum in North America as an emerging construction paradigm in recent years. Modular buildings are assembled from components that are prefabricated in manufacturing plants and transported to the construction site for assembly. The current manual-based approach to modular construction, which typically applies the traditional stick-building-under-a-roof building method, involves time-consuming and labour-intensive tasks. However, the application of automated prefabrication of components has the potential to significantly advance the productivity, worker safety, and competitiveness of the Canadian construction industry. This research, focusing on the construction of wood-framed panels, presents a methodology which allows intelligent wall panels with different design properties to be analyzed. By integrating external databases with building information modelling (BIM)-based software, generating wall panel combination plans and assembly information, and developing modularized wood wall-framing machinery, the automated machinery is able to implement the intelligent wall panel prefabrication target. Featuring a case study as the approach to identifying the advantages, the study of panels in a sample house from an Edmonton-based panel manufacturer is thus employed in order to explain the effectiveness of the proposed methodology.

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  • Graduation date
    2016-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R30G3H387
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Specialization
    • Construction Engineering and Management
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Al-Hussein, Mohamed (Civil Engineering)
    • Qureshi, Ahmed (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Al-Hussein, Mohamed (Civil Engineering)
    • Han, SangUk (Civil Engineering)
    • Bouferguene, Ahmed (Civil Engineering)
    • Qureshi, Ahmed (Mechanical Engineering)