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Research design

Our research idea is efficiency (industrialization) and minimization of climate impact (sustainability) via digitization of the design, construction and procurement processes. We use a mode II approach with transdisciplinary teams. Researchers in the Construction Management and Building Technology Timber Structures group have different theoretical backgrounds and research is performed with stakeholders as co-producing partners. A mode II working mode provides analyses of methods and suggestions of practices for industry improvements and theory constructs based on empirical investigations. This research capability is based on more than 25 years national R&D program management.

Stakeholders

Stakeholders represent the suppliers - contractors, consultants and material suppliers (often suppliers of multi dwelling timber houses), clients and facility managers, municipalities and trade-organizations and international and national academic partners.

Scientific attention

The key terms describing our research profile is integration of and advances within:

  • Client competence and business: Procurement, Client and supplier led innovation, Project management, Decision processes and Business models
  • Industrialized construction engineering and design automation: Digital tools and digitalization of design and construction processes (BIM, Production and design simulation and automation, Digital twins - data capture,-analysis and digital platforms, Information chains), Productivity and Organization and roles.
  • Sustainable building and energy: Low energy houses, Sustainable renovation, Climate impact estimations, Life cycle analysis and Life cycle optimization.

Industrial attention

Swedish suppliers drive the development of industrialized and sustainable construction to achieve higher predictability in products (e.g. houses and infrastructures), delivery time, and quality through recurring processes and solutions and continuous experience feedback. Industrialized and sustainable construction is a systems approach that requires integration in the whole building value chain. These changes have led to the formation of so called product and process platforms.