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Towards a new era of modular buildings: a critical review of prefabricated pre-finished volumetric construction (PPVC)

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posted on 2018-01-01, 00:00 authored by Yunbing Chen, Nilupa UdawattaNilupa Udawatta, Linda TivendaleLinda Tivendale
The application of techniques and automation has made the global construction industry innovative and helps to improve the productivity and sustainability of construction practices. As one of the advanced modular construction technologies, Prefabricated Pre-finished Volumetric Construction (PPVC) is introduced to achieve high productivity and better environmental performance in construction projects. Thus, the aim of this research is to develop a framework for the successful implementation of PPVC in construction projects. A comprehensive literature review and an illustrative case study were used in this research to achieve the above-mentioned aim. The literature review covered the key themes related to the modular construction, implementation process of PPVC, advantages and challenges of implementing PPVC in construction projects. Singapore was selected as a case study to examine the implementation process of PPVC by reviewing the government strategies on PPVC implementation and two recently completed projects using PPVC in Singapore. According to the results, the key advantages of implementing PPVC are time savings, overall cost savings, fewer manpower requirements, safer workplaces, quality improvements and waste reduction. The challenges identified include limited site spaces, transportation difficulties and increased costs in implementing the PPVC. Also, it was identified that mandatory regulations, financial supports and logistical supports had a positive impact on promoting PPVC technology in Singapore. Similarly, this research provides strategies to overcome limitations and challenges of implementing PPVC in future projects. Thus, these findings will be helpful for policymakers and construction practitioners to promote the implementation of PPVC technology.



ICEC-PAQS 2018 Conference


Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors


Sydney, Australia

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Sydney, Australia

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E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed

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Proceedings of the Joint 11th International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC) World Congress & the 22nd Annual Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS) Conference

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