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Aldridge, G, Pasquire, C, Gibb, A and Blismas, N G (2001) Methods for measuring the "unmeasurable": evaluating the benefits of pre-assembly and standardization in construction. In: Akintoye, A (Ed.), Proceedings 17th Annual ARCOM Conference, 5-7 September 2001, Salford, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 1, 311–9.
- Type: Conference Proceedings
- Keywords: benefit evaluation; performance indicators; pre-assembly; standardization
- ISBN/ISSN: 0 9534161 6 X
- URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar2001-311-319_Aldridge_et_al.pdf
The decision to use pre-assembly and standardization is often not made early enough in the construction design process. If traditional designs have to be adapted at a later stage, this is clearly inefficient. There is a reluctance among clients and contractors within the construction industry to adopt recent government and industry initiatives and employ new technologies because they cannot see the "Pay Back". This paper describes the research being undertaken to develop a methodology for measuring the benefits of pre-assembly and standardization for construction projects from feasibility, through design and construction, to handover, operation and decommissioning. The paper describes and classifies the benefits of pre-assembly and standardization and then outlines the tools and techniques available in construction and other industries for measuring the benefits. While some benefits are measurable in monetary or non-monetary terms, other benefits have an influence on the success of the project or business, yet are not easily measurable. The work described forms part of the IMMPREST Research Project (Interactive Model for Measuring Pre-assembly and Standardization Benefit across the Construction Supply Chain).