Building Construction sector example programs
Agile manufacturing processes for transforming prefabricated affordable housing
This programme aims to unlock the potential growth of Australia’s prefabricated building industry by developing a modular prefabricated construction industry, based on industrial design and advanced digital manufacturing principles. Consultation with Australian firms has revealed the need for cost-efficient and agile manufacturing processes that are highly flexible and reconfigurable, but also meet the standardisation, regulation and compliance aspects to allow participation in global supply chains. These are also among the key issues identified by PrefabAUS for the prefabricated building industry.
The activities of this programme aim at addressing these issues by introducing design and manufacturing procedures using advanced 3D virtual prototype modelling and CAD/CAM technology. These technologies are key to the modern automotive and aerospace industries and will underpin future prefabricated building production scenarios that include supply chain management, production line design and facilitating the creation of mass customized products. By applying advanced manufacturing principles to the prefabricated building industry, this programme and the team will be assisting the industry make a step-change in its global competitiveness, ensuring the ability to compete in local markets in the foreseeable future and to increase exports of products and services, particularly to Asian markets.
The programme will bring together architects, component suppliers and fabricators into an integrated supply chain and develop the knowledge tools and automated production processes necessary to build an efficient, lean and agile prefabricated building industry. In particular, activities will be carried out to embed integrated digital manufacturing into the local industry. This will involve:
The above program will be industry led and aimed at developing tools, methods and technologies which can be readily commercialised and taken up by the industry to achieve industry wide benefits through the creation of fully integrated digital manufacturing supply chains. This will ensure that the industry can expand from the current $4.5 bn (3% of current market) to 10% or $15bn in ten years.