Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) utilises improved construction methodology, systems, processes, and products to increase efficiency, quality and productivity – leading to sustainable outcomes such as reduced waste and lower levels of embodied carbon! MMC minimises whole-life cost of buildings and maximises benefits for the people who enjoy using it.
There are several categories, with the primary two being:
This can be the structural frame only, or the whole building. By standardising and repeating multiple building elements, we can improve quality, efficiency, and provide a consistent location for building services.
This flat pack / kit of parts method involves 2D panels, CLT/timber/steel floor cassettes and stud walls, and precast concrete wall panels and floor planks.
The Australian Institute of Architects’ 2021 Feedback report showed us that:
A 2016 McKinsey analysis found that conventional / traditional construction projects typically take 20% longer to finish than scheduled and are up to 80% over budget.
With an MMC approach, we develop the design to incorporate the most suitable construction technique at the earliest design stage. This includes collaboration with the design and construction team using a technique called DfMA.
DfMA (Design for Manufacturing and Assembly) is a globally recognised term for incorporating a modern method of construction during design (as an alternative to the traditional approach of designing the building for permanent occupancy and allowing the builder to dictate the method of construction). The technique of using manufacture for construction of buildings refers to the intention of fabricating key elements of the building in an offsite environment – usually undercover and in a preferred production line approach.
When taking an MMC approach, affective use of digital design and documentation tools like single source of truth BIM models allows us to construct the building twice – digitally during design, and physically during construction.
The principals of project management are the same for traditional and MMC, however MMC provides different challenges and opportunities:
By focusing on stakeholder collaboration and bringing together project teams, we can find creative solutions and meet compressed project time frames.
This means managing the design for efficiency and resolving issues upfront to deliver an effective build, e.g.:
Introducing an appreciation of construction sequencing and buildability up front and in the design phase enables an efficient build.
We’re passionate about being good ancestors, by delivering social infrastructure projects that add value to our community now and into the future.
One Pack | One Planet.
Using MMC allows us to live out this purpose, because it is so well suited to the key community sectors we work to support.
We are so passionate about the benefits MMC can provide in support of our why that we promote the adoption and evolution of this mindset where it suits.
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