Roles of designers in IBS integration

IBS and late design change does not work together. Later design change cannot readily be implemented without influencing the production schedule and extending of time which are the pitfall for every project.

It is vital to involve designer, supplier, manufacture, architect and client to ensure the development is designed for manufacture and the design suit to manufacture capability and site condition

Key decisions on strategy, application, design, logistic and detail unit should be made as early as possible between all parties involved. IBS should not be used as an afterthought, or as a late solution to shorten construction time, but rather as an integral part of the design from the earliest possible stage of the project

As for that, harmonising design and manufacturing capacity lies on the need for early involvement of design team, manufacturer, contractors and clients in project. Procurement and contract should allow this. Contractor and manufacture should not be appointed after the design has completed but during the initial stage so, their input can be put into consideration

Designers can play a role in integration. Designers should be empowered! Their role should be redefined. Design and pre-planning is vital for IBS!!!

Early input from contractor and manufacturer should be initiated during the design stage. The input should include the issue of manufacturability and constructability.

Communication channel is vital. The role of client is vital to influence such interaction trough contract. IT can be a useful support tool

In some project, design team is under contractors, so it should be linked with manufacturing and contractors team

The input is valuable to designer to design a feasible IBS

Contractors and manufacturer should be encourage trough contract or incentives to contribute in design stage

However, the concept of design integration is still new in construction. There is still lack of designers and professionals trained in IBS and understand the concept of design integration and harmonisation 

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