23.8.12

IBS Research Topics

To prioritise the research areas urgency must be given to research that can solve issues concerning costs, followed by those that can provide flexibility, and followed by those that can provide a safety net for the contractors.

-How do we perfectly assemble a perfectly produced component using yet to be trained installer?
-What factors contribute to the professionals’ adversity to IBS? In particular what is the state of readiness of all the professions involved in the IBS value chain in particular the architects, the engineering consultants, the quantity surveyors; and those involved in the supply chain including issues such as skilled manpower, supplier and assemblers, and in the linkage activities such as ICT and the authorities?
-What is the tolerance level of components that can be achieved if IBS were to be produced at an industrial level compared to the toleranceachieved by proprietary systems?
- What are the drivers needed to change mindset among Construction industry stakeholders?
- How do we make changes to accurately-dimensioned and perfectlyassembled components due to site conditions or clients requirement?
- What is the optimum component size, weight or capacity that will give the best mix of component cost, transportation cost and assembly cost?
- To what extent do modular dimensions limit designers’ creativity?
- One way to overcome site problem is to construct every complete module in the factory leading to modular construction system. Is this cost effective and what degree of tolerance is required for site components?
- What alternative material that is light but sufficiently strong and resistant to fire that can be used as alternative material for IBS but is sufficiently cheap compared to concrete, bricks and mortar?
- What is the most appropriate safety net that can be instituted to motivate our contractors to be more innovative?
- From the economic standpoint, should we opt for open system only or should we allow proprietary systems compete with open system?
- Are there commercially feasible systems that are neither fully component-based nor fully cast-in-situ?
- How do we cater for the propensity of purchaser to renovate when IBS is used to construct?
- What are the factors that contractors consider in selecting a mode of construction?
- What is the impact of using IBS on the traditional subcontracting system of project management?
- What is the future impact of using IBS on the craft industry in construction?
- What type of construction technology is most suitable for what kind of building?
- How do we solve the issue of shortage of construction workers in future?
- Errors tend to accumulate as more components are used. What actions can be undertaken to mitigate this?

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