- Design for manufacturing and assembly (DfMA)—a methodology to enable and optimize manufactured products and prefabricated assemblies through a set of design choices—is revolutionizing how everything from bridges to hotels is being constructed.
- Applying manufacturing techniques to the built environment can dramatically reduce a project’s cost, time, complexity, uncertainty, and environmental impact.
- London engineering and design pioneer Bryden Wood, a leader of the DfMA pack, demonstrates how DfMA principles can be applied across different projects.
With trillions of dollars’ worth of new structures to house, employ, and service the planet’s exploding population in the pipeline, the pressure is on to build and build fast. But construction can be a chaotic affair. Pandemics, extreme weather, and geopolitical unrest can break supply chains and smash delivery schedules. Skills shortages make builds harder to deliver on time and on budget.
So how are companies in architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) responding? It isn’t easy to strip time, cost, and uncertainty out of a build—especially when advances such as composite flooring, ready-made cladding, and bolt-together systems of every stripe have already streamlined construction processes to the hilt.