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Systemisation is how we deliver the benefits of DfMA at scale
The world is at a point where we have to build a lot in a short time. Mega projects alone account for 77% of overall annual project value*. The problem for all of us – and for the built environment – is that mega projects tend to over-run on both cost and programme. At the same time, they’re considered by some to be too ‘unique’ to benefit from DfMA. We have to address this misconception.
We are already delivering the benefits of DfMA at scale. We call this 'systemisation': a system of standard components that give enough flexibility to allow mass customisation, while working to the requirements of architectural design.
Importantly, our system works with existing supply chain, procurement, manufacture, logistics and assembly processes.
Systemisation offers benefits for any large scale project or programme with the potential to use a significant degree of standardised components, for example:
Sysemisation uses a small number of components that allow a huge amount of flexibility. They can be configured in an unlimited number of ways, providing a huge range of solutions for any site-specific issues. They offer mass agility, and the ability to work at scale.
We develop workable, real-world solutions that use existing components, capabilities and capacity. We add value by bringing them together into kits of components or new construction systems. The skills, techniques and components required are already available, so systemisation fits with existing supply chains. As a result, major contractors, project managers and manufacturers can easily implement – and benefit from – systemisation.
You might think that complexity throughout a structure might impose custom solutions that make systemisation impossible. But we have addressed this. We concentrate all the complexity into single design elements. Each is unique, but can be made using the same set of components with the same cost, time and process. This could be CNC machining, laser or water-jet cutting and additive manufacturing.
The rest of the structure can then be standardised, with all the benefits that brings.
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