A Framework to Improve Modular Construction Manufacturing Production Line Performance

  • Author / Creator
    Zhang, Youyi
  • This thesis describes the implementation of a production line assessment framework to help shift off-site modular construction manufacturing (MCM) from a conventional construction approach toward true manufacturing. The framework, which integrates Lean manufacturing construction and value stream mapping (VSM) with a structure called “Production Line Breakdown Structure” (PBS), is developed to help analyze the current production line performance, identify existing issues, assess the proposed solution, and visualize the future implementation for modular construction manufacturing production lines. Throughout the process, conventional construction methodology, Lean manufacturing philosophy, and commonly used visualization tools are utilized in conjunction with the framework to promote the efficient cooperation between modular construction manufacturing and innovative thinking. Research is developed in collaboration with an industry partner, Kent Homes. It is presented as a case study to illustrate how the proposed framework can be deployed to effectively improve modular construction manufacturing processes.

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  • Graduation date
    Spring 2017
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  • Degree
    Master of Science
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