Technology is central to the ability of the modular construction industry to deliver on numerous fronts when producing new residential and commercial buildings. In this latest article we discuss how modular construction and technological development go hand-in-hand.
When many of us consider modular construction, we focus on details such as speed, cost-effectiveness and sustainability. While all of these elements are relevant and important with regards to the development and greater use of modular construction techniques, they are only possible with the use of powerful technology.
This, of course, ties in well with the current year of construction technology, as recently announced by India’s Prime Mister Narendra Modi. It’s no secret the global construction industry has been slow to adopt and adapt to technology. However, modular construction techniques rely on technology and supports the use of and further advances of technology within the sector.
The technology behind prefabrication
Whilst the use of technology in the modular construction process is clearly portrayed, it may not be completely obvious just how central it is. The basis of volumetric modular systems, or prefabricated construction, is the initial digital 3D design and the ability to utilise Building Information Modelling (BIM) to ensure the building is suitable for the planned location and design requirements. It’s also behind the stackable modules used in several storey homes or larger industrial buildings, including hotels and office blocks.
But the use of technology within the industry goes much further than that.
Measurements and sizes are exact thanks to the software used to cut and move the different pieces of each module. Emerging construction technologies, including robotics, 3D imaging and even the use of drones are becoming increasingly leveraged to aid the design and development of modular construction. Those technological capabilities are enhanced, speeded up and become more cost-effective and sustainable, when utilised in a controlled, factory setting.
This is why together and powered by the right technology, modular construction projects can be completed some 30% more quickly than traditional builds. Indeed, recent news highlights that a new hotel in Folsom, California, opened a full five months early after the building – constructed with the use of modular techniques – was completed months sooner than it would have done, had traditional, on-site only methods, been employed.
Less waste by design
The technology used by modular building businesses also makes it possible to deliver projects while creating less waste. That’s due to the precision achieved through the software and in-factory construction process. Being able to effectively utilise set amounts of the different required materials across the different modules of a building, means waste is reduced to a minimum.
Not only does this support the lower-cost of prefabricated buildings, it’s also promotes less waste and a lower carbon footprint. Both of those details are attractive to:
- Investors in the industry.
- Construction tech designers.
- End-buyers of the building, due to the quicker delivery and potentially lower comparative cost.
- Governments working to end housing crises and provide homes for all.
It’s important to point out that, as yet, not all modular construction business make the best possible use of the available technology to produce projects that deliver on every element we’ve outlined, from the speed, to cost to the support of technology. One business that does, is Modulex.
Modulex has been created to help deliver the homes and buildings required right now across India. With input from a UK-based management team, Modulex delivers buildings with:
- A short build time, with up to 90% of construction completed off-site.
- Fixed cost and time guarantees.
- Some 30% cheaper to maintain than traditionally built projects.
- Earthquake proof.
- Built to British standards.
- Fully mortgageable.
Modulex has been created to deliver the eco-friendly, cost-effective, safe and long-lasting and quickly constructed homes and businesses that India still requires. We’re proud of our business and know it will produce, not only much-needed buildings, but a welcome profit for its investors.
Red Ribbon CEO, Suchit Punnose said:
Modular construction continues to develop and expand within India and on a global scale. The right technology is essential to the success of businesses like Modulex, which is why we’ve invested in the right software and systems that will power a successful modular construction business.
A lot is being asked on the construction industry right now and we created Modulex with that in mind. It delivers on every detail that’s important to India, the population, the government and investors.