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Welcome to another episode of Bryden Wood's 'Built Environment Matters' podcast, where we delve into the transformative world of Platform II.
In this episode, Head of Global Systems, Jaimie Johnston MBE, explores how Platform II is setting new benchmarks in the construction industry. Discover the innovative strategies behind the design and implementation of The Forge, the first building constructed using the P-DfMA approach, and understand how Platform II is not just a concept, but a practical solution shaping the future of construction.
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1. Shift from Volumetric Modular to Platform Approach: The construction industry initially embraced volumetric modular construction as a solution to flatline productivity and inefficiency. However, the logistical, cost, and carbon impact concerns led to the development of a platform approach. This approach, exemplified by Platform II, leverages the benefits of manufacturing at the component level while achieving manufacturing-like productivity on-site. It allows for fast, accurate, low-carbon frames, and efficient MEP design and installation, addressing previous concerns while enhancing efficiency and sustainability.
2. Standardization at Component Level with Endless Configuration: Platform II standardizes at the component level, allowing for complete freedom at the asset level, akin to IKEA's business model. This method uses simple commodities like standard steel sections and in situ concrete with highly optimized interfaces manufactured at scale. It supports endless configuration possibilities, enabling a wide range of designs and uses from a single kit of parts. This approach mirrors strategies used in the car and consumer tech industries for mass customization while maintaining standardization at the base level.
3. Diverse and Inclusive Supply Chain with Simplified Assembly: The platform approach allows a diverse range of suppliers, including new entrants, to contribute without significant capital investment. The simplicity of installation processes and manufacturing practices, like Poka-yoke, reduces reliance on skilled trades and enables accurate assembly using low-skilled operatives. This opens up the workforce, allowing for greater diversity and inclusivity, and has been proven in various large-scale projects.
4. Enhanced Productivity and Environmental Benefits: Research led by Dr. Danny Murguia from the University of Cambridge showed that Platform II and P-DfMA (Platform Design for Manufacture and Assembly) could potentially double program productivity, reduce embodied carbon by 20%, and achieve a 40% reduction in program time. These significant improvements demonstrate the potential of the platform approach to revolutionize construction processes, making them faster, more efficient, and environmentally friendly.
5. Facilitating a Circular Economy and Repurposing Infrastructure: Platform II supports the concept of a circular economy in construction. By understanding the provenance of every component, it becomes viable to repurpose them in different assets. For example, an office building could be transformed into a healthcare center or an apartment block as needs change. The Construction Innovation Hub's analysis suggests that 70% of the UK's public sector buildings could be delivered using the same set of components, highlighting the transformative potential of Platform II across the construction industry.