Benefits of modular design in commercial construction

In the recent times, modular buildings are becoming the popular construction choice. More and more people are looking to build modular as they are cost-effective, flexible and aids in efficient construction. As modular components are pre-fabricated, this allows buildings to be easily expanded, relocated and reduced to adapt to changing business environment. Reduced material waste due to a pre-engineered aspect of modular systems and quicker installation timeframe are other major advantages. Besides, there are several other advantages to utilizing modular construction methods over traditional construction within the industrial commercial setting.

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BIM v/s CAD – What’s the difference?

If you have been spending quality time in the construction industry, then you would have certainly come across the terms computer-aided design (CAD) and building information modelling (BIM). In the recent years, BIM – a process of laying out the building systems such as electric works, plumbing, and HVAC systems – is gaining popularity and set the new industry standards. This model has become an indispensable tool for the construction professionals and architects, especially for commercial building. Continue reading BIM v/s CAD – What’s the difference?

What Is Lean Construction and How Can It Help You?

In the recent years, a growing number of construction firms are adopting the lean methodology. This method is simple and attractive in an industry where safety, budgets, and timeframes are all critical. This is because the lean methodology places emphasis on maximizing the value for the customer while minimizing waste. However, the approach utilized in the methodology is different when compared to the traditional construction methods.

Let’s take a deeper look at what Lean Construction methodology is and how it can help you.

Lean construction attempts at streamlining the construction process by eliminating waste and optimizing the existing resources. The lean construction re-evaluates how you currently do business, and how to deliver the very best projects possible with the help of some aspects of the modern business at a very nominal cost. Additionally, to add great efficiency at every level – from inventory and transportation to production – measurable values from the modern business world like key performance indicators (KPIs) and bottom-up personal accountability are incorporated.

Lean construction technology aims at reducing the high levels of waste that can occur in the construction industry and also targets at providing the best value to both builders and clients. Lean construction helps in organizing the whole construction process while making it more programmatic and predictable.

Lean construction, an approach developed by Toyota after World War II, points out eight major types of waste.

  • Overproduction: Overproduction happens when a task is completed earlier than scheduled or before the next task in the process can be started.
  • Defects: Anything not done correctly for the first time demands rework which further wastes time and materials.
  • Waiting: Delay in delivery of materials when workers are ready is one of the most common scenarios that lead to waiting at a construction site.
  • Transport: Moving of equipment, materials, and even workers to the construction site even before they are needed results in a waste of transport.
  • Not utilizing talent: Many workers at construction site possess a range of skills and experience. When the right person is not matched to the right job, their talents, knowledge, and skills go unutilized.
  • Inventory: Materials that are not required immediately are considered excess inventory. These excess materials not only tie up a budget but also demand proper storage and often degrade when not used.
  • Over Processing: This happens when features or activities added have no value to the client. Many times, this occurs when contractors try to eliminate other types of waste.
  • Motion: It is the distance between workers and tools or materials. In many instances, the movement proves unnecessary.

How can construction project help you?

If you are a developer or contractor and looking forward to avoiding unnecessary work and resources, lean construction is one of the easiest ways to control waste. Aforementioned, lean construction also helps in increasing the value of the output. All that lean construction demands is right collaboration and communication among stakeholders such as buyers, owners, suppliers, managers, and contractors.

Now that you know about this cost-saving method, adopt this in your construction activity and yield the results. Keep yourself logged in to A F Alber to read more about the latest news in the construction industry. We take the utmost pleasure in providing you with updated information.


8 Easy Ways to Improve Construction Efficiency on Your Project

In the current construction industry, time is money. Therefore, the contractors are hard pressed to find innovative ways to gain a competitive advantage and improve slim profit margins. Generally, construction labor, material costs, equipment, and machinery are fairly standardized, irrespective of geographical area, for those companies operating within the same area.

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