• ISSN: 2010-0248
    • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Innov.  Manag. Technol.
    • Frequency: Bimonthly
    • DOI: 10.18178/IJIMT
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IJIMT 2018 Vol.9(6): 232-239 ISSN: 2010-0248
doi: 10.18178/ijimt.2018.9.6.818

Information Flow Optimisation: Enabling Standardisation towards Modular Building Methods of Wood-Building Solutions

Fredrik Lindblad, Bengt Magnusson, Alan Luu, and John Ragnarsson
Abstract— Currently, there is a considerable lack of residential buildings in Sweden. Hence, companies that are active in the housing industry producing wood-building solutions have been affected by high demand for their products. The industry tries to be more effective, and one means of achieving this goal is to automate the production, similar to the automotive industry. However, improvements in the information flow have not come as far as developments in the production. Therefore, it is necessary to streamline the entire process and reduce the amount of manual work using rationalisation and automation to enhance competitiveness. This is not only applicable to the actual manufacturing process but also in a large degree to the design process, i.e. the transition from the basic to the detail design stage. The purpose of this research is to compare the information flow for various building projects before production, identifying development possibilities by using an improved information process. Information has been collected into a status report using interviews, surveys and from data in the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. Two areas were identified out of the status report: standard projects and special projects. The special projects constitute 90 % of the project departments actual workload, whereas standard projects do not exceed the projected lead times creating less problem than special projects. Therefore, the long-term development strategy for the industry should be to improve the level of project standardisation, developing an advanced modular system based on improved information flow minimising the need for special projects.

Index Terms— Information flow, product variation, wood buildings, standardisation, modular building methods, BIM.

Fredrik Lindblad is with Linnaeus University – Faculty of Technology, Institution of Mechanical Engineering, Växjö, Sweden (e-mail: fredrik.lindblad@lnu.se ).

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Cite: Fredrik Lindblad, Bengt Magnusson, Alan Luu, and John Ragnarsson, " Information Flow Optimisation: Enabling Standardisation towards Modular Building Methods of Wood-Building Solutions," International Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology vol. 9, no. 6, pp. 232-239, 2018.

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