College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Eric Brinkman, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


Modular construction combined with automation technology such as robotics presents benefits and challenges associated with it. Modular construction takes on the traditional building methods and has streamlined the production of modules making it safer, efficient, and productive. Along with innovation and cutting-edge technology such as automation, it offers an alternative building method to the modular construction industry that enhances productivity, worker safety, and efficiency. This research presents an investigation on factors that may be benefited from the adoption of automation but also addresses the challenges in modular construction. Qualitative interviews with designers and consultants in the modular industry were conducted to gain an understanding on how they are utilizing the technology of robotics and automation to combat the construction industry's shortcomings. The main benefits and challenges are grouped and ranked in order of importance: Capital-Investment and maturity, Operational and Work-Culture Requirements, Labor shortage, Safety and Productivity, and Affordable housing. This study will help industry leaders and stakeholders arrive at a general sense of the essence of automation and modular construction, while the research community will get a grasp of the embracement for automation.

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