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An Introduction to IBS - Internal Evaluation Report: Part1

(Please make proper citation - Kamar, K. A. M (2010), The Critical Success Factors for the Implementation of IBS: A Case Study of Malaysia, Internal Evaluation Exam, University of Salford, Unpublished Report)

1. Modernising the construction processes through industrialisation is worldwide agenda to improve construction performance.

2. Industrialisation through the adoption of offsite construction, pre-fabrication, offsite manufacturing, standardisation, pre-assembly and modularisation and industrialised building was implemented in various developed countries particularly in Japan, Singapore and Scandinavian countries.

3. In Malaysia, Industrialised Building Systems (IBS) is the term to represent the industrialisation and prefabrication concept. It has been adopted to improve and modernise construction practices and reduce national dependency on foreign labour.

4. Despite its benefits and strong support from the government through policies, incentives and regulations, the industry was generally reluctant and even resistant to change to IBS.

5. The literature research found that there are still lacks of study to identify factors that are critical to IBS which can guide the change to IBS. A wider understanding on its characteristics and what is involved in IBS is needed to support the implementation.

6. There is consensus of opinion that IBS is best handled as a holistic process rather than just a collection of technological solutions. The approach requires total synchronisation on construction, manufacturing and design processes.

7. It needs emphasis on rationalisation, standardisation, repetition, collaboration, supply chain partnering and more effective planning and project management.

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