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Researchers involved in the study in a lab at the University of Sydney - Rachel Couper (Project Manager & Post Doctoral Research Fellow), Brian Wernicke (PhD Student), and Duncan Maxwell (Post Doctoral Research Fellow) View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Collaboration with the University of Sydney about production flow in industrialized construction

Published: 6 September 2018

During the summer, the division of Industrialized and Sustainable Construction (ISC) has conducted a flow efficiency analysis at a factory for prefabrication of wall and floor elements in Sydney.

A research collaboration between Luleå University of Technology and the School of Architecture, Design & Planning at the University of Sydney has been ongoing for a number of years and has resulted in a visit of Professor Mathew Aitchison, the head of their Applied Design Lab, to ISC with a delegation of industry representatives and researchers in 2017 to learn more about Swedish industrialized construction companies and related research.

"Our experience in the flow efficiency work led to a concrete collaborative project to conduct a flow efficiency analysis in a factory for prefabrication of wall and floor elements, conducted in July 2018", says Brian Wernicke, a PhD student at the division of Industrialized and Sustainable Construction at Luleå University of Technology.

The study resulted in increased awareness of flow efficiency for the operations, suggestions for its improvement and ideas for continued work to link the plant effectively to the overall construction process. A representative of the study´s company expressed the importance of improving the efficiency of the plant so that it could “become an important building block in the company's pursuit to achieve mass customization”.

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Brian Wernicke

Brian Wernicke, Research Assistant

Phone: +46 (0)920 493516
Organisation: Construction Management and Building Technology , Industrialized and sustainable construction, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering