CIRAIC 2009 - Abstract 2

IBS Best Practices in United Kingdom: Case Study Report 2

The case study subject is one of the Europe’s largest steel producers with annual revenues of £9.7 billion in 2008. In recent years, the company has moved downstream in many sectors, one of them is to produce building systems. In this case, the company has established a division to designs, manufactures, delivers and erects fully fitted out steel framed finished room modules. The case was chosen as an exemplary case of successful Industrialised Building System (IBS) implementation in United Kingdom trough the use of ‘modular housing’ concept. First, the Critical Success Factors (CSFs) for IBS implementation were determined trough a thorough literature review and the factors were listed as a case study assumption. Then, the assumptions were tested in a single case perspective trough pattern matching technique. Further exploration on their best practices was conducted through open ended interviews and observation onto the subject. In this case, the company produce a complete ‘modular housing’ in their factory and directly employ its own installation team and has full responsibility for site management of the modular installation. The team are multi-skilled including module erection, fire stopping, corridor lining, Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) building services connection, and decoration. The company is also focuses on supply chain collaboration, continuous improvement processes, production line manufacture, just-in-time logistics and extensive staff training. By understanding the case study, best practice will be compiled and eventually will help the practitioners to benchmark their practices and expedite the learning curve on IBS implementation.

Keywords: best practices, case study, modular housing, manufacturing, Industrialised Building System (IBS), Critical Success Factors (CSFs)

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