Debs, Luciana; Zhang, Jiansong; and Chen, Yunfeng, "Introduction to Prefabrication and Automation in Construction" (2021). School of Construction Management Technology Open Educational Resources. Paper 2.
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curriculum, construction, automation, prefabrication, lifelong learning
New developments and recent advances in construction methods have the potential to change the future of the architecture, engineering and construction industry. Prefabrication, along with modular construction, provides a safe and controlled environment for the production of building construction elements and raises the need for improved collaboration and coordination from design to manufacturing and from transportation to final assembly. Prefabrication also provides relief from the skilled construction labor shortage while opening up new opportunities for mass customization within the building industry. Prefabrication and modular construction automation are emerging expansion routes for the construction industry. In addition, integral to developing the knowledge of the design and construction workforce is learning more about emerging construction techniques, in special prefabrication and modular construction and automation processes, through the engagement of lifelong learning.