Product and Process Platforms in Transport Infrastructure Projects
Number of Authors: 4
2016 (English)In: IABSE CONGRESS, STOCKHOLM, 2016: Challenges in Design and Construction of an Innovative and Sustainable Built Environment / [ed] Lennart Elfgren, Johan Jonsson, Mats Karlsson, Lahja Rydberg-Forssbeck and Britt Sigfrid, CH - 8093 Zürich, Switzerland, 2016, 529-536 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Construction is traditionally a trade that produces unique, one-off products designed specifically according to the project requirements. However, recently developed flexible product and process platforms in industrialized house building based on the theory of mass customisation offer products that can be customized to a large extent with affordable costs. In this paper we present a framework for how a product and process platform can be developed and used in a traditional engineer-to-order design and construction of transport infrastructure products. The framework is exemplified in a case study, where a typical concrete bridge type is modularised and customized using a product configurator. A database driven simulation model using process patterns and values stored in the platform, is then constructed to test the buildability of the bridge configuration. The results presented provide evidence that product and process platforms can support the design, and planning process of transport infrastructure projects, by integrating product and process information. The results specifically demonstrate how product configuration and database-driven simulation can be used to evaluate the effects of design alternatives and construction methods on performance measures such as productivity and environmental impact.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
CH - 8093 Zürich, Switzerland, 2016. 529-536 p.
Product platform, process platform, product configurator, simulation
Research subject Construction Engineering and Management
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-59580OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-59580DiVA: diva2:1033583
19th IABSE Congress, Stockholm, 21-23 September 2016