23.3.09

Transforming Traditional Build Contractors to IBS - The Principal Findings So Far

  • There is a consensus of opinion that the crucial factors in successful off-site projects lie in good management, and analysis of control and detail. This in turn, leads to recommendation that experience and well-trained workers are the critical factors for off-site contractors
  • The integration of components or modules into the building requires the various parties and supply chain to cooperate closely. This requires very careful definitions and management of interfaces between contractors and suppliers. The concept of ‘design freeze’ must be established, as the constrains of efficient factory production limit severely the scope for subsequent change of design or delivery schedule
  • Partnering concept has not been fully understood by the industry. Cooperation between contractors, manufacturers and suppliers was weak in many cases. Improving the procurement system is the key to achieving long-term success for off-site. Partnering with suppliers from the earliest project stages is vital to ensure efficient and timely delivery of high quality elements. Strategic Partnering Alliance (SPA) concept is recommended for off-site contractors.
  • IT (Information Technology) is the key enabler to off-site implementation and become a reliable support tool. The application of IT tools need to be utilised in a more widespread manner, in order for the off-site industry to improve efficiencies, planning, manage process and ensure reliability of components deliveries
  • Contractors requires healthier business plan in order to create new business approach, investment planning and risk identification. A strong leadership in both institutional and management level are important in order to convince the decision makers, customers, clients and own organisational hierarchy on the lead to use innovative technology. On the other hand, cost control is important to contractors to maintain tight control over the budget and schedule to guarantee profit margin. Finally, Change Management and ‘occupational physiologist’ approach need to be adopted to assist construction professionals

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