The implication of Industry 4.0 for the construction industry: towards smart prefab

The Australian construction industry has faced severe challenges over the past two decades. Spiralling costs of building materials and construction have made housing less affordable. Productivity, sustainability, health and wellbeing, and safety imperatives, together with the market-wide expectation for high-quality design, have further challenged traditional construction.

Advanced manufacturing of prefabricated housing is a viable alternative. The building industry in Australia has recognised the productivity and efficiency gains that advanced manufacturing and Industry 4.0 techniques can offer.

Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) is engaging with Building 4.0 CRC to develop a roadmap for Smart Prefab and Industry 4.0 for the broader Australian building industry. The project will effectively bring together leading companies and research organisations to develop the pathway for the growth of prefab buildings in Australia, and the adoption of the Industry 4.0 approach.