Technical, Material, Structural, and Managerial Issues in Prefabricated Construction

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Civil Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 November 2024 | Viewed by 2646

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School of Civil and Hydraulic Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China
Interests: BIM and emerging digital technologies; system modelling; safety management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The building and infrastructure sector is currently among the primary consumers of resources and a significant contributor to climate change. Prefabricated construction has the potential to significantly reduce the environmental impact associated with this industry. The benefits of prefabrication include, but are not limited to, a reduction in construction waste, material waste, cost, time, defects, and health and safety risks. Moreover, prefabrication can lead to higher quality and improved productivity, among other advantages.

This Special Issue seeks to serve as a platform for discussing the technical, material, structural, and managerial challenges of prefabricated construction. The scope of this Special Issue encompasses a range of topics, including but not limited to those related to original research articles and reviews. Authors are encouraged to submit their work on these subjects to contribute to the discourse on prefabricated construction:

  • Prefabricated construction;
  • Modular construction;
  • Computational design and simulation;
  • Structrual analysis of prefabricated building and infrastructure;
  • Materials for prefabrication;
  • Integrated delivery of prefabricated construction;
  • Information technologies for prefabricated construction.

Dr. Ke Chen
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • prefabricated construction
  • modular construction
  • buildings
  • infrastructures
  • prefabricated structures
  • information technologies

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Evaluation of Hidden Cost Risk of Prefabricated Construction Based on SEM-MEECM
by Jiehui Zhang, Wei Wei, Leyan Chen and Zehao Jiang
Appl. Sci. 2023, 13(13), 7902; https://doi.org/10.3390/app13137902 - 05 Jul 2023
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Prefabricated construction offers numerous advantages, such as high efficiency and energy efficiency. However, its promotion is impeded by the significant associated costs. Thus, the primary objective of this study is to investigate the overall life-cycle costs of prefabricated construction, with a specific focus [...] Read more.
Prefabricated construction offers numerous advantages, such as high efficiency and energy efficiency. However, its promotion is impeded by the significant associated costs. Thus, the primary objective of this study is to investigate the overall life-cycle costs of prefabricated construction, with a specific focus on hidden costs. To achieve this objective, the study establishes a comprehensive evaluation index system comprising 31 factors that facilitate the assessment of hidden cost risks at each stage of the construction’s life cycle. In order to effectively evaluate these risks, the study proposes a novel evaluation method that combines the structural equation model (SEM) with the matter–element extension cloud model (MEECM). Subsequently, the proposed model is applied to an actual case of prefabricated construction projects. The findings prove valuable in managing the hidden cost risks associated with prefabricated construction and offer effective means for evaluating such risks. The stage considered in this paper is more comprehensive than that of previous studies, and a quantitative analysis of the hidden cost risk index is constructed and a SEM–MEECM evaluation model is established. Based on the model presented in this paper, future research can further enhance the hidden cost risk index and explore suitable quantitative indicators to facilitate cost risk control in prefabricated construction projects, thus promoting the widespread adoption of prefabricated construction in developing countries. Full article
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Using Building Information Modeling to Enhance Supply Chain Resilience in Prefabricated Buildings: A Conceptual Framework
by Yuanyuan Hua, Ying Zhang, Sujuan Zhang, Fengmin Hou and Manlin Kang
Appl. Sci. 2023, 13(23), 12694; https://doi.org/10.3390/app132312694 - 27 Nov 2023
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Prefabricated buildings usually involve various project participants and complicated processes of design, manufacturing, transport, assembly, and construction, which means they constantly face supply chain disruptions. As a tool to realize information integration and facilitate communication among project participants in the supply chain, building [...] Read more.
Prefabricated buildings usually involve various project participants and complicated processes of design, manufacturing, transport, assembly, and construction, which means they constantly face supply chain disruptions. As a tool to realize information integration and facilitate communication among project participants in the supply chain, building information modeling (BIM) is widely recognized as an important technology to foster supply chain resilience. However, it is unclear how BIM can facilitate supply chain resilience in prefabricated buildings. This study aims to construct a conceptual framework to better understand the influencing paths of BIM on supply chain resilience in the context of prefabricated buildings. It employs an integrative review method to identify key factors influencing the resilience of the prefabricated building supply chain and explore the effects of BIM on these factors. The role of BIM in linking these factors was verified through an empirical case. The results show that BIM resources and capabilities can enhance supply chain resilience by influencing participant factors (assembly construction capability, design capability) and partnership factors (information sharing, cooperation, coordination, and trust). This study incorporates supply chain resilience and BIM technology into a conceptual framework in the context of prefabricated buildings, providing new theoretical insights for future supply chain management. Full article
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