Technology In Construction Part 3 - How Digitally Advanced Prefabrication Simplifies the Construction Process

The conversation surrounding technology in prefab construction often focuses on its productivity advantages. While speed-to-market and greater yield are certainly welcome benefits in a market facing skilled labor challenges and cost overruns, they are not the only benefits of digitally advanced prefabrication. In our third Technology in Construction installment, we’ll cover how it can simplify the construction process. From eliminating rework to improving energy efficiency, digitally native design can streamline operations from planning through final installation.

Eliminate rework with precise-to-spec components

It’s no secret that one of the biggest hindrances to a lean construction operation and improved productivity is rework. It alone can add hours of logistical coordination and skilled labor for onsite adjustments. Interestingly, this all-too common breakdown starts at the design and fabrication level. Traditional human interpretation of details, measuring and cutting leads to more than 95% of the rework in construction.

Digital Building helps remove these complexities and design induced errors through its multi-trade digital fabrication. With automated machines building each product directly from the model, components are digitally precise. There’s no resorting to a template or grid and cutting retail-sized materials. This helps eliminate the potential for human error from the project’s onset.

Not only do our computer-controlled machines handle all measuring and cutting task, they also automatically adjust along the way to correct and eliminate potential mistakes, helping ensure the components perform and fit as expected onsite. With the use of technology, our manufacturing process results in increasingly distinctive designs and consistency across all components. Better yet, it enables an efficient workflow through concurrent construction.

Streamline operation efficiencies while reducing expended energy

The traditional construction process tends toward frequent delays and long hours onsite, which means running more fossil-fuel powered equipment and generating more pollution. By comparison, Digital Building’s automated approach allows for quicker production. For example, our CNC roll former machine can produce multiple profiles of studs and tracks and operate about ten times faster than the current industry standard. With less time spent running heavy machinery, the prefabricated building process provides a simple way to increase efficiency while reducing energy related C02 emissions.

Going a step further, not only is our automated process and machinery more efficient than traditional construction—but as stated earlier, it’s also more accurate. With the ability to sense any errors in the design-to-production phase, our computer-controlled machines adjust automatically to correct and prevent mistakes. This further reduces the margin for error and mitigates the problem of material waste.

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From start to finish, digital prefabrication works to streamline the design, production and installation process. It increases project accuracy and reduces material waste, saving precious time, resources and money. Construction companies in search of a means to curtail onsite complications should look no further than Digital Building Components. Want to find out more? Let’s chat at:

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