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Improving the Efficiency, Productivity, and Cost-Effectiveness of Modular Design and Construction Processes

  • Author / Creator
    van Mulligen, Calvin P
  • This thesis provides a methodology to incorporate building information modeling (BIM), lean construction, and simulation modelling into a cohesive package in the context of modular manufacturing. BIM was used to construct a three dimensional model from which the wall and object properties were extracted. The methodology provides an efficient and effective method of estimating wall fabrication and erection probabilistic productivity rates by completing and analysing a time study to produce a realistic model for validating proposed changes to the process design to decrease time and cost requirements. The methodology of this thesis was explored though a case study of a modular manufacturing company to illustrate the functionality of the simulation model and its benefits for decision making. A current state and future state model of the wall fabrication and wall erection stations was created based on the findings of a detailed kaizen. By altering the fabrication station layout to the future state, a 10.1% decrease in overall module wall fabrication and erection was predicted with a 5.2% reduction in overall man hour requirements in comparison to current state simulation values.

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  • Graduation date
    2012-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3HS73
  • 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 and Environmental Engineering)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Al-Hussein, Mohamed (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
    • Lau, Anthony (Math and Statistics)
    • Mohamed, Yasser (Civil and Environmental Engineering)