A Bridge to the Future: Profitable Construction for by Roger Flanagan, Ian Ingram, Laurence Marsh

By Roger Flanagan, Ian Ingram, Laurence Marsh

This record presents a imaginative and prescient of building in 2010. I do wish you are going to learn this file and boost particular rules that you consider are appropriate on your company, and use them to construct your personal record of sensible steps and time cut-off dates for change.Sir John Egan, Chairman of the development job strength, leader government, BAA plcThis file discusses how building organisations will sooner or later have to upload worth to their services on the way to construct after which retain long term and powerful patron loyalty.Includes CD-ROM

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Prefabrication was therefore both a process and a product innovation. One benefit was that materials wastage on sites was reduced with the erection and assembly of prefabricated components when compared with handicraft production methods. A distinction could be made between innovation in two types of prefabricated products: those produced for a specific building only after the design had been completed (production-to-order) and those which were produced without prior knowledge of the design or type of building in which they would be used (production-to-stock).

These are the two central issues at the heart of this book. The results of more than 13 years’ research are presented, providing evidence based on statistical data and interviews in over 400 firms, projects, industry organizations and government institutions in Europe, North America and Asia. This material is 16 BUILDING INNOVATION analysed using mainstream innovation literature, which has hitherto not been applied to the study of innovation in projectbased industries or the built environment. The subject matter is broad, reflecting a wide range of product and process innovations occurring over time in the construction and renewal of the built environment.

Craft methods Prior to the nineteenth century, construction drew mainly upon local sources of labour and materials — a combination which resulted in local types and styles of buildings. Resources from further afield began to be used as demand grew for larger buildings and structures, located and concentrated in new urban areas, or close to mineral deposits and ports. Traditional construction techniques evolved slowly from craft traditions rooted in a labour process typified by the relationship between master and apprentice — the artisan system that had changed little for centuries.

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