https://doi.org/10.24928/2019/0178

Modularity in the Construction Industry: A Systematic Mapping Study

Marcelle Engler Bridi1, Elik√° Deboni Ceolin2, Ariovaldo Denis Granja3 & Carlos Torres Formoso4

1Ph.D. Student, Construction Management Research Laboratory (LAGERCON), School of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Urban Design, University of Campinas, Campinas, SP, Brazil, marcelle.bridi@gmail.com
2Ph.D. Student, Building Innovation Research Unit (NORIE), Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre 90035-190, Brazil, elikac@gmail.com
3Associate Professor, Architecture and Construction Dept., Director of the Construction Management Research Laboratory (LAGERCON), School of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Urban Design, University of Campinas, 951 Albert Einstein Ave, P.O. Box 6021, Campinas, SP 13083-852, Brazil, Phone: +55 19 3788-2082, adgranja@fec.unicamp.br
4Building Innovation Research Unit (NORIE), School of Engineering, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre 90035-190, Brazil; formoso@ufrgs.br

Abstract

Modularity is a concept that has not been fully explored in the construction industry, as a mechanism to improve cost, quality, and schedule performance. However, currently it is strongly related to the idea of developing mass customized innovative products. Although modularization is widely used in the manufacturing industry, its application in construction-related opportunities seems to be difficult. This paper presents a Systematic Mapping Study (SMS) on the use of modularity in the construction industry, and attempts to make a connection with Lean principles. SMS is a research method that aims to provide an overview of a specific area, through systematic selection and analysis of the literature, starting from a research question. The steps used to conduct this research work are described, as well as the mapping of the topic areas already covered in literature. The main contribution of the paper is concerned with the connections between Modularity core ideas and Lean principles.

Keywords

Modularity; Lean Supply Chain; Lean Principles; Systematic Mapping Study.

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Reference

Bridi, M. E. , Ceolin, E. D. , Granja, A. D. & Formoso, C. T. 2019, 'Modularity in the Construction Industry: A Systematic Mapping Study' In:, Proc. 27th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC). Dublin, Ireland, 3-5 Jul 2019. pp 737-748

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