College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Construction Management Department
BS in Construction Management
Gregory Starzyk, Phil Barlow
In 2008, by request of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Research Council† (NRC) put together a committee of experts to advise a plan that would advance the “competitiveness and productivity of U.S. construction industry in the next 20 years.” Two of those recommendations included the widespread deployment of building information modeling (BIM) and greater use of prefabrication, preassembly, modularization, and off-site fabrication techniques. Case studies on the subject overwhelmingly report faster project delivery, improved quality, and safer working conditions. However, current data indicates that labor productivity has still been significantly lacking, perhaps showing that investment and research in this area have been slow to develop. Barriers include lack of cooperation among teams, late design changes, and other coordination issues. This project addresses these barriers as a practical problem presented by two case studies and provides a flexible solution to both design issues with a plugin to the collaboration tool, Autodesk Revit©. The result is a software tool that alleviates feasibility issues, including pre-construction time, construction tolerances, design complexity, and flexibility, when implementing modular prefabrication on construction projects for integrated project delivery and design bid build.