Understanding Complex Construction Systems Through Modularity

Tor Clarke Jensen, Baris Bekdik, Christian Thuesen

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Abstract

This paper develops a framework for understanding complexity in construction projects by combining theories of complexity management and modularization. The framework incorporates three dimensions of product, process, and organizational modularity with the case of gypsum wall elements. The analysis finds that the main driver of complexity is the fragmentation of the design and production, which causes the production modules to construct and install new product types and variants for each project as the designers are swapped for every project. The many interfaces are characteristics of an integral system, rather than a modular, although the industry forces modular organizational structures. This creates a high complexity degree caused by the non-alignment of building parts and organizations and the frequent swapping of modules.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th World Conference on Mass Customization, Personalization, and Co-Creation (MCPC 2014), Aalborg, Denmark, February 4th - 7th, 2014 : Twenty Years of Mass Customization – Towards New Frontiers
Number of pages15
PublisherSpringer
Publication date2014
Pages541-555
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-04270-1
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-04271-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event7th World Conference on Mass Customization, Personalization, and Co-Creation - Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 4 Feb 20147 Feb 2014
Conference number: 7

Conference

Conference7th World Conference on Mass Customization, Personalization, and Co-Creation
Number7
CountryDenmark
CityAalborg
Period04/02/201407/02/2014
SeriesLecture Notes in Production Engineering
ISSN2194-0525

Keywords

  • ENGINEERING,
  • Modularity
  • Complexity
  • AEC
  • Construction
  • Project-based production (PBP)

Cite this

Jensen, T. C., Bekdik, B., & Thuesen, C. (2014). Understanding Complex Construction Systems Through Modularity. In Proceedings of the 7th World Conference on Mass Customization, Personalization, and Co-Creation (MCPC 2014), Aalborg, Denmark, February 4th - 7th, 2014: Twenty Years of Mass Customization – Towards New Frontiers (pp. 541-555). Springer. Lecture Notes in Production Engineering https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-04271-8_45