It never fails to amaze us… what a fantastic view AECOM have from their offices in Aldgate! We were attending the Advanced Manufacturing Workshop jointly held by CECA and the ACE. This ‘Future Of Consultancy Workshop’ explored opportunities around offsite manufacturing. The invitation-only event brought together consultants and contractors to discuss issues around offsite manufacturing, and how we can collectively seize the opportunities offered in this space.
At GESL we have been working on projects that utilise modular off-site construction for a while now, so this was an interesting workshop.
“My view is that the method works best and most cost-effectively when you have high volumes of requirement with low customisation options, but would be far less efficient for lower volumes or with highly customisable outputs. Modular construction can shift the bulk of construction work to a factory away from the city centre, where labour costs are lower and where quality can be more readily controlled. It could be used to revitalise and regenerate in some areas. There are also significant health and safety benefits for workers and users of adjacent sites. However, are the insurance risks for designers really understood and what sort of impact will 3D printing have in the future. Furthermore, is modular and standard what people want?” Mike Brown, GESL Commercial Director.
ACE’s ‘Future of Consultancy’ is a two-year and multi-phased Future of Consultancy campaign to help the entire consultancy and engineering sector not only adapt to, but welcome, a new era of design and delivery in the built environment. You can learn more HERE.
CECA (Civil Engineering Contractors Association) is the representative body for companies who work day-to-day to deliver, upgrade, and maintain the country’s infrastructure. With more than 300 members split across eight regions, CECA represents firms who together carry out an estimated 70-80 per cent of all civil engineering activity in the UK, in the key sectors of transport, energy, communications, waste and water. Learn more about CECA HERE.