DFAB HOUSE: implications of a building-scale demonstrator for adoption of digital fabrication in AEC
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The Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry finds itself in an accelerating shift towards the use of more digital fabrication (DFAB) technologies. DFAB promises great advantages in AEC, but its adoption is so far lagging and there are few examples of building projects employing DFAB at scale. To facilitate DFAB adoption, we need to identify its challenges and opportunities of in the project context and understand its implications beyond project boundaries. To do this, this paper conducts a single case study on DFAB HOUSE, the first project to introduce several fundamentally new DFAB technologies to construct a fully functional building. Using Qualitative Content Analysis, we provide an overview of the challenges to consider and the strategies available to successfully adopt DFAB technologies in construction projects, establishing a socio-technical framework for DFAB adoption in AEC projects. We find that full-scale projects are an effective exploration method of DFAB in AEC, implementation at scale increases acceptance of DFAB in AEC, and projects are instrumental in establishing an emergent praxis of DFAB. Show more
Journal / seriesConstruction management and economics
Pages / Article No.
PublisherTaylor & Francis
SubjectAutomation; Fabrication; Construction technology; Technology transfer; Technology management
Organisational unit09624 - Hall, Daniel M. / Hall, Daniel M.
03356 - Grote, Gudela / Grote, Gudela
02284 - NFS Digitale Fabrikation / NCCR Digital Fabrication
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