Factor 1: Early Action
To successfully incorporate manufacturing processes into construction projects, Sinclair says, design teams must begin with a converged approach in mind. That includes designing to a level-of-detail that will allow suppliers and construction teams to begin sourcing manufactured components early on.
“The current level of detail is not typically as high as we would want,” Sinclair says. “One of the challenges for us is really going right down to the last screw of some of the components in a building. Take a door, for example: If a door is fitted into a partition, it has different challenges than if it’s fitted into the floor. So understanding how all of these construction challenges have been dealt with earlier allow us to solve them once, and then be confident that we won’t have to go back and revisit all these objects.”
“I think the key is really trying to give architects the knowledge that they need to try to work with these new manufacturing technologies,” Sinclair adds. “You really need to think about them quite early on, because otherwise you’re hard-baking traditional construction into a building.”