What is MMC

In today’s age of technology it simply doesn’t make sense to build like we have in the past and the old saying- “but that’s how we have always done it” won’t fly in the future. With so many builders around the world getting smarter it may just simply be a case of get on the bus or you may be ran over by it.

With more and more builders taking a lean thinking assembly-line approach based on the automotive and aeronautical industry things are starting to heat up. Unlike traditional construction the MMC industry is experiencing rapid growth in most sectors whether it is volumetric, cross laminated timber, pre finished panelised systems or bathroom pods.

With many companies the world over now regularly completing projects faster, under budget and to a superior quality that only a controlled environment can produce the proof is in the pudding.

First and foremost, MMC gets rid of multiple job site issues such as inclement weather, scheduling delays, material waste, and not to mention many on site OH&S issues amongst others. MMC process also allows builders to complete civil works at the same time others are building walls and other components. This concurrent programing allows for a head start on the structure, with the building going up as the foundations cure. With these and many more advantages projects can be completed 30 to 50 percent faster than traditional construction.

For a company to fully capitalise using MMC lean thinking needs to be employed from the conceptual stage. Things like building information modeling (BIM) tools provide the key to much of the advancements in MMC as they allow for a detailed 3D visualization of components to ensure that the finished parts do not clash. BIM also provides the means to detail each component for precise manufacture that may include wall-assembly templates jig’s, sub-assemblies and many other elements.

The ability to put strict processes in place in the factory setting helps to improve quality standards, and these process improvements also have worker safety advantages. In fact, time-savings and increased safety are touted as the two distinct advantages over traditional on-site construction. It’s the controlled environment and the level of automated and repetitive tasks that lead to safety advancements and reduced costs.

MMC approaches vary company to company whilst some companies fully engage in MMC practices other pick and choose elements that suit them for the project at hand. Modular bathrooms and kitchens are a perfect example, as their complexity and repetition have resulted in the creation of “pods” that can be purchased to fit into traditional construction massively reducing build time.
This is only a brief overview of MMC if you would like any further information on the subject or how it can be deployed into your company please feel free to contact us.