Design, fabrication, and manufacturing for construction is continuing to advance in the piping industry at a rapid pace. As such, workforce training for using the latest available technologies with the latest advances in design continues to be an essential element in the delivery of successful construction projects. In this class, we’ll build upon the design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA) workflows and methods discussed in previous sessions and demonstrate recent efforts within United Association training to improve the DfMA and modular assembly fabrication and installation skills of installers of mechanical piping and plumbing systems. We’ll be exploring generative design, modular assembly techniques, and automated tools, including their integration with Revit software, BIM 360 software, Navisworks software, and STRATUS, to develop modular fabrication training processes and methods
In 2017, the UK government funded an analysis of the various costs associated with a typical construction project, and identified that for every £ pound spent, just over 51% results in residual asset value for the client. The Construction Innovation Hub (CIH) was subsequently established with the vision to cause change and demonstrate better solutions to deliver the UK government £35b pipeline. The chosen strategy was to develop, prototype and test platform solutions (pDFMA), with a common kits of parts; demonstrating the delivery of better outcomes for social infrastructure. Integral to the strategy was the use of a new Digital Toolchain to unlock the approach. Grimshaw Architects, Buro Happold engineers, and Mace Construction were commissioned to develop a new suite of "configurators" to enable the "kit of part approach" during procurement and delivery.