There is a tremendous housing shortage in the world that can only be overcome by innovative designs and enlightened production management. This paper presents a method for fast erection of apartment housing units that have architectural flexibility, manufacturing flexibility, and erection flexibility. The paper describes innovative jointing methods for large panel erection and presents characteristics of an appropriate structural system to correspond to the mechanical jointing and quick erection needs. Erection speeds using this method are about ten times as fast as conventional methods. Details of erection requirements and equipment are given.
Flexibility, architecture, production, joint, precast, industrial housing, mass housing, prefabrication, structure, throughput, erection, manufacture, FMS, construction.