Interview 3 (Corus Living Solution)
Q: What is your view on strategic alliance and partnering with suppliers and specialist sub-contractors?
A: The relationship is based on strategic alliance with key suppliers. CLS regards the suppliers as part of the team. Building as a product at site and manufacturing line. Giving some kind of ownership, they have to see that they are contributing to the project. We also develop long term relationship in developing specialized components. Not like conventional, supplier can change from one to another, MMC requires long term, strong relationship and become as a part of the team with key suppliers
Q: Can you describe the role IT in offsite works?
A: IT is very important support tool. It also reliable tool, most important tool in logistic, design stage, supply, delivery and procurement
Q: Based on your opinion and practice, what is the Critical Success Factors (CSFs) for an offsite company?
A: Continues improvement (the objective is to improve in all aspect of construction). Improve design, assembling sequence, components design, time taken to assemble, health and safety (how we can do it better). Because same team and same product. MMC allow planners, designers and project managers learn from the building and uses that lesson learn to the next project because of its production nature. MMC provide opportunities to learn from and make continues improvement from one project to another, conventional did not allow this kind of improvement (one off type of construction). As opposed to conventional work which based at one place, with local sub-contractors and local suppliers and move to other place, with another local contractors and supplier which is a totally different from previous project. Different project team in different location cannot assist on to another in conventional but with MMC it is possible because all is standardised. In offsite, we work with the same team, same design, same production team, same suppliers, same assemblers at site, just do it again and again. Take that learning curve in all (including assemblers) to take at the next project for improvement. We need to doing better every past project including optimizing by reducing waste and time taken to complete each and every task and of course continues improvement ethos in design.
Q: Have you initiated any programs, agendas, or activities to facilitate the use of offsite in your company?
A: Training officers will identify the training need by worker together with line management and assembling team. They will Identify what type of training require, working with the workforce, what do they need to do their job better. Training officers will design a course to address the needs. The training is given in house or externally
Q: Explain offsite estimation, bid and tendering as opposed to traditional build?
A: Cost is easily control in offsite because you know exactly what the cost is. We also has greater control of the process, duration, material, transport can be quantified earlier. However, optimization is still vital through continues improvement strategy