There are increasing calls for construction processes to mimic the efficiency of production technologies but uptake in global terms, is still relatively slow. The purpose of this subject is to more effectively adopt industrialised production principles in construction practices, to make it more efficient and cost effective. It deals not only with offsite prefabrication processes, but how onsite processes and planning, must change as well. It includes attention to client led needs, mass customisation, modularisation, design for manufacture and assembly principles, supply chain strategies, logistics, identifying opportunities for production orientated methods and the use of digital technologies to link end-to-end delivery processes.
- Non-award / Industry course $1400*
- Award / Postgraduate course $2727*
*See more information and possible discounts on the registration page
Who is it for?
This program is particularly useful for: Construction project managers, design managers, building development managers, architects interested in the industrialisation of construction processes; clients who want to get more involved in delivery processes, cost estimators, fabricators and material suppliers.
Here's what you'll study
Course content includes:
- Production principles versus project realities
- Understanding cost plans to see where opportunities lie
- The need for speed onsite, and why
- Balancing where the work takes place (on and off site)
- Supply chain logic
- Mass customisation in construction
- Design for manufacture and assembly in construction
- What building clients want
- How offsite production works
- The importance of logistics
- Changing onsite work processes
Here's how you'll study it
The online learning uses structured reading materials, videos, podcasts and interviews. The 1.5 day workshop builds on the above principles by applying them to real world construction contexts. This is via guest speakers, worked case studies and activities that help participants to apply key concepts in practice.
Your level of prior experience
This not a beginners course for people who are new to construction. It targets those with:
- At least 3 years experience with construction management and onsite processes.
- A Bachelor’s degree in a subject area related to construction, building design, production, process management, project management, supply chain management (Note: other qualifications may be acceptable on application).
- Contact us if you are unsure or believe you have matching experience from other sources.
And here's what you'll get at the end
By the end of this course, you will understand the following:
- Identify and analyse the business proposition in changing from traditional labour-based approaches to onsite construction, to a more production orientated approaches that include offsite and onsite techniques.
- Analyse and model changes to onsite work flows when changing to production orientated approaches
- Articulate the importance of digital technology in facilitating information flows for design-to-production-to-construction processes.
- Identify the main principles associated with Design for Manufacture and Assembly, mass customisation, modularisation and product platforms
- Demonstrate a practical understanding of how to apply the above in practice
Participants will receive a certificate of attendance. This may be used to seek CPD points from professional bodies such as AIB, AIA, API, PMI, and RICS (each publishes its own formal and informal CPD requirements).
*For full details on recognition from completing this course, please visit the course page.
Meet your presenter
Professor Perry Forsythe is a leading construction manager, consultant and researcher. With almost 40 years of experience in the industry, he routinely provides advice on construction sector issues to both industry and government. He has real world industry experience having begun as a Carpenter and foreman, followed by a range of senior managerial and consultancy roles.
As an academic at UTS, Perry researches a range of critical issues that are shaping the contemporary construction industry, including productivity, supply chain integration, uptake of digital technology and sustainability, among others. In 2016, Perry received the Gottstein Fellowship for recognition of his commitment to, and achievements in, the field of timber construction.
He will be joined by a range of industry speakers.