Systemization graphic by Bryden Wood

Systemization is How We Deliver the Benefits of DfMA at Scale

You can see our current Systemization brochure here.

The world is at a point where we have to build a lot in a short time. Mega construction projects alone account for 77% of overall annual project value.* The problem for all of us, and for the built environment, is that mega construction projects tend to overrun both cost and programme. At the same time, some people consider these mega construction projects to be too individual to benefit from a design for manufacturing and assembly (DfMA) approach. It’s very important that we address this misconception.

The Solution: Systemization

We are already delivering the benefits of DfMA at scale. We call this systemization: a system of standard components that give enough flexibility to allow mass customization, while working to the requirements of architectural design.

Importantly, our industrialized construction process works with existing supply chain, procurement, manufacture, logistics and assembly processes.

A Flexible Solution

Systemization offers benefits for any large scale project or program with the potential to use a significant degree of standardized components, for example:

  • Mega construction projects.
  • Solutions to be rolled out across multiple projects.
  • Repetitive assets or frameworks.
  • Redeployable assets.
  • Projects using automation or robots.

Unique Structures, Standardized Construction

Systemization 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.

Systemization That Works With Existing Supply Chains

Our integrated design team develops 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 systemization fits with existing supply chains. As a result, major contractors, project managers and manufacturers can easily implement — and benefit from — systemization.

From Design to Delivery

It might seem that complexity throughout a structure would require custom solutions that make systemization impossible. But this is not the case, and we have introduced systemization to highly complex projects. 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 water-jet cutting and additive manufacturing.

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

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