Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA) involves shifting on-site construction works to off-site prefabrication in the factory as much as possible. The approach will bring about significant benefits including reduction in construction time, manpower and improved quality and safety at construction sites. DfMA covers a wide spectrum of prefabrication technologies, including Prefabricated Pre-finished Volumetric Construction (PPVC), Mass Engineered Timber (MET), structural steel, precast concrete, and also modular MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) systems.
Concrete is the preferred material for residential developments. Although precast concrete technology has been widely used in local projects, there is still room for improvements. More innovative advanced precast concrete designs, with simple connections or joints that are effective, efficient and easy to assemble can be developed. Advanced precast concrete can be designed to allow bigger, more complex volumetric components which will help to decrease the number of components required. This would in turn lead to easier and faster construction.
While precast technology is widely used for the construction of HDB buildings, there is a need for an in-depth study on the feasibility of developing efficient, new building structural system and connecting joints design that is simple, efficient to produce and construct, and able to integrate with architectural and mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) system, to increase productivity. However, this should not be at the expense of maintainability and joints developed should be watertight and withstand the water ingress from driving rain which is common in our tropical climate.
The desired outcome of the research is to develop an innovative precast design at system level which would include design, production and method of construction that would allow mechanization of assembly, and test building structural systems and jointing connection designs that are able to:
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