Product Modularization in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) Industry

Sara Shafiee, Poorang Piroozfar, Lars Hvam

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Abstract

All industries benefit from product standardization and modularization in order to automate the sales and production processes. The Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry is lagging behind due to the challenges it is faces with compared to other industries. The literature discusses how to apply modularization in construction industries, however, what seems to still be missing are guidelines and case examples for both researchers and practitioners. In this study, we discuss two main modularization strategies and investigate how and where they were applied in different construction companies. This research benefits from comparative case studies research in order to make deductions from different empirical data to draw a logically plausible conclusion. The gathered empirical data and the results from industrial expert interviews can then be used as guidelines for the companies to analyze how and where to
use different modularization techniques and what are the gained benefits and challenges.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
PublisherIEOM Society International
Publication date2018
Pages474-475
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5323-5945-3
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event2nd IEOM European International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management - IESEG Paris Campus, Paris, France
Duration: 26 Jul 201827 Jul 2018

Conference

Conference2nd IEOM European International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
LocationIESEG Paris Campus
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period26/07/201827/07/2018

Keywords

  • Case study research
  • Construction industry
  • Product Architecture
  • Product modularization
  • Product standardization

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Shafiee, S., Piroozfar, P., & Hvam, L. (2018). Product Modularization in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) Industry. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management (pp. 474-475). IEOM Society International.