Systemisation is how we deliver the benefits of DfMA at scale

You can see our current Systemisation brochure here.

Humanity’s need for construction has never been greater; we need to build more, and fast. The problem for all of us – and for the built environment – is that mega projects tend to over-run on both cost and programme. At the same time, they’re considered by some to be too ‘unique’ to benefit from DfMA. 

We address this misconception.

The solution: Systemisation.

We deliver the benefits of DfMA at scale and call it 'systemisation': a system of standard components that give enough flexibility to allow mass customisation, while working to the requirements of architectural design.

Our Systemisation division has expertise in:

  • DfMA Conversions & Fabrication Detailing
  • Façade Engineering & Detailing
  • Specialist Precast Engineering & Detailing
  • Specialist GRC/GFRC Engineering & Detailing
  • Specialist Stone Engineering & Detailing
  • Complex Steelwork and Metalwork Engineering & Detailing
  • Modular Design and Modular Construction
  • MiC - Modular Integrated Construction 
  • PPVC - Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction 
  • APCS - Advanced Precast Concrete System

Importantly, our system works with existing supply chain, procurement, manufacture, logistics and assembly processes.


For over 25 years, working with multiple clients, in several countries and in numerous sectors, Bryden Wood have developed a unique set of skills, knowledge and approach that we bring to the project. The timeline below shows a selection of relevant projects through which we have shaped our understanding, and commitment for, Sustainability, Design to Value and Design for Manufacture and Assembly:


A flexible solution

Systemisation offers benefits for any large-scale project or programme with the potential to use a significant degree of standardised components, for example:

  • Mega projects
  • Schemes to be rolled out across multiple projects
  • Repetitive assets or frameworks
  • Re-deployable assets
  • Projects using automation or robotics 

Unique structures, standardised construction

Systemisation uses a small number of components that allow a huge amount of flexibility. They can be configured in an unlimited number of ways, providing a huge range of solutions for any site-specific issues. They offer mass agility, and the ability to work at scale.

Systemisation that works with existing supply chains

We develop workable, real-world solutions that use existing components, capabilities and capacity. We add value by bringing them together into kits of components or new construction systems. The skills, techniques and components required are already available, so systemisation fits with existing supply chains. As a result, major contractors, project managers and manufacturers can easily implement – and benefit from – systemisation.

From design to delivery

You might think that complexity throughout a structure might impose custom solutions that make systemisation impossible. But we have addressed this. We concentrate all the complexity into single design elements. Each is unique but can be made using the same set of components with the same cost, time, and process. This could be CNC machining, laser or waterjet cutting and additive manufacturing.

The rest of the structure can then be standardised, with all the benefits that brings.

Read about our approach to Design for Manufacture & Assembly, here 

Our work spans a wide range of stages. We can work and add value on both client and contractor side. The earlier we are involved in a project the better, but it is never too late. We can always make a positive difference to project outcomes.

In our typical integrator role, we adapt and adjust our scope to the needs of the project and will bring other disciplines in where and when they can add value.




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