• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Impact of Technology in Construction

Extracts from this document...


Impact of Technology in Construction CONTENTS 1.0 INTRODUCTION 1 2.0 DESIGN METHODS 3-4 2.1 Advantages 4-6 2.2 Disadvantages 7-8 3.0 PRE-FABRICATION CONSTRUCTION METHODS 8 3.1 Flat Packs 8-9 3.2 Pods 9 3.3 Legislation, Standards & Quality Control 10 4.0 EVALUATION 11-12 5.0 REFERENCES 13 1.0 INTRODUCTION With the ever changing and advancement of technology, we are able to design and construct buildings with more accuracy which improves the quality, standards and punctuality of the completion of projects. As with everything, the pre-fabrication of buildings has many advantages and disadvantages. This assignment examines, appraises and evaluates the use of pre-fabrication "flat packs" and "pods" and the impact it has on today's construction process as well as the future. 2.0 DESIGN METHODS Traditionally, the design of a building would be created by blueprint. This would mean that a drafting team would create a design by pencil. This method was very time consuming using up a lot of labour which caused it to be very costly. The 1980's saw a change with CAD (Computer Aided Design) being introduced which resulted in drafting teams being diminished and singular usage of CAD. With CAD, you can produce full size 3d images, change the design and component with a click of a button. ...read more.


This may also cause a problem with the transportation of the components. Specialist technology for this may be required. * Weight - The heavy weight of the components may need specialist transportation which may costly. * Cost - Currently, the cost of flat packs/modular units are quite expensive. This reflects in the considerable reduction of time needed to construct and specialist skills required. * Accuracy - this can also be a problem. A high degree of accuracy is required so there is no tolerance allowed for. * Flexibility - There is extremely, if any, flexibility available. The flat packs and pods are made to client specification and once the factory begin construction, designs cannot be changed and if they are, it will be very costly. * Labour - this can also be a disadvantage due to less labour required on-site which results in unemployment rates increasing. The need for skilled labour is required so the Government will need to play a part in achieving this. 3.0 MODERN METHODS OF CONSTRUCTION [MMC] 3.1 Flat Packs/Panels These are more commonly used for homes. They came into production after the results of World War II due to the shortage of housing and slum clearance caused by the bombings and industrialisation. ...read more.


Prefabrication housing is fast whilst reducing time by 50%. This will enable the government's estimation to be met and even succeed. There is a lot of public apprehension and negativity towards pre-fabricated homes and buildings, this is due to the poor materials and skilled labour back when they were introduced in the 1900's. I believe this stigma can be significantly reduced or even eliminated with the advanced technology we now have that provides flexibility in designs whilst using stronger materials that conform to building regulations as well as being more aesthetically pleasing. With the evidence from Europe that flat packs and modular pods do have high structural integrity and durability and with the increased demand in housing, commercial and public sector buildings, the many advantages listed above far outweigh the disadvantages and that of the traditional on-site methods of construction. I believe that the demand and supply of modular pods will need to mirror each other as soon as possible, as the more demand there is, the more delays there will be with the shortage of UK based factories being able to supply. I believe that in the future, many more UK based factories will be in production and this will provide construction companies with a 'one-stop shop' for their building needs especially with the ability to provide customised and authentic designs. *Parliament Office of Science and Technology 5. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our University Degree Planning section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related University Degree Planning essays

  1. With reference to the RIBA work stages explain how a designer and design team ...

    When the client has agreed on the outline proposals in written confirmation detail design/final proposals can start, by turning the drawings already made into more detailed designs indicating desired floor finishes lighting etc given by the client. When these drawing and specifications are completed a design freeze will be placed

  2. This document is an adaptation scheme proposal and feasibility study report for Manor House. ...

    Any major alterations to the existing buildings are best made obvious. The adaption works must be kept to an absolute minimum to protect the internal features from damage, including the oak panelling and tapestry. An Access Statement with Building Control submission should also be obtained, and a space and energy

  1. The nature of Property Market & Roles of A Valuer. The traditional methods used ...

    policy. * The local economy can affect land prices. Land prices and rents will tend to be higher in areas where the local economy is thriving. * Geography and location are also important for value. Geography is important in terms of value, and the geography, topography and climate give rise to the most fertile and thus the most expensive agricultural land (not a significant factor in Hong Kong).

  2. Evaluation of Selected Materials for a Construction Project

    The characteristics of each materials have been analysed and described in the following tables, figures i and ii. Concrete Steel Timber Brick Tensile Compressive Tensile Compressive Tensile Compressive Tensile Compressive Strength 1.38N/mm� 6.90N/mm� 695.00N/mm� 927.00N/mm� 9.65N/mm� 31.00N/mm� 5.52N/mm� 15.90N/mm� Elasticity 28'600�N/mm� 207'000N/mm� 18'600N/mm� 8000�N/mm� Density 2300 kg/m3 7850 kg/m3 500 kg/m3 2000 kg/m3 Porosity (%)

  1. Investigation into Proposals for the Superstructure of a Building

    of timber, concrete, steel and brick to give comparative information for the following aspects; corrosion, fungal attack, insect attack, frost attack, sulphate attack, efflorescence. Ultraviolet degradation and water attack (rising damp, water penetration) for each material. It can be discerned from this comparison table that Steel is the strongest performing

  2. Disseratation on Energy Performance Certificates (EPC's)

    * Application of performance standards. * Certification schemes of all buildings. * Regular inspection of boilers/heating and cooling installations. The EPC's became mandatory across the rented property market on the 1st October 2008. Initially the EPC's were perceived to be a 'step in the right direction' with the fight against climate change.

  1. Economics & Finance in Construction - Cost control techniques

    This method is more for larger projects that are more technical too manage. Advantages are that the construction management firm is working at the risk of the guaranteed maximum price so it is the construction management firm that is responsible for continuously managing construction costs as well as complying with the client?s interests.

  2. This report aims to analyse the reasons behind delays in site set up and ...

    along the design phase, there are many factors that will affect the initial set up of the site Site Clearance and Demolition Site clearance and demolition is required to remove all buildings from the site in anticipation of the new building.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work