Design for Manufacturing and Assembly Digital Scrapbook PAGE ONE


Welcome to the first page of our Design for Manufacturing and Assembly Digital Scrapbook, edited for the Major Projects Association by Jo Lucas of Newington Management Consultancy.

Our Tools for DfMA Tour at the UCL Bartlett Campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park was something of an eye-opener for me and the pictures dotted throughout this first page are from the Tour. On the one hand it gave me a real sense of what this technology actually looks like in the flesh but perhaps more importantly it helped me to understand how DfMA has the potential to change fundamentally the way:

  • we design and build structures;
  • we work with the various parties (designers, architects, contractors, fabricators and clients), involved;
  • the kind of structures we can build and the behaviour and experience of those who live and work in and around them.
Peter Scully on the Tools for DfMA Tour

Our opening scrapbook page is therefore designed as an introduction to DfMA and a bridge to each of the pages that follow; which will spotlight a different perspective of this technology.

Tim Lucas explains what DfMA means for the construction industry?
“This is not automating people out of work, rather using both people and technology to craft a better built environment.” Tim Lucas, MEng CEng FIStructE, Partner, Price&Myers

Peter Scully explains what DfMA means for the construction industry?
“To use DfMA as just a tool that will “fix” our current construction models is to under-utilise its full potential.” Peter Scully, Technical Director, B-Made, Bartlett School of Architecture


Our first Major Projects Knowledge Hub live event involved a tour of the UCL Bartlett site at Here East, where we were able to see first-hand the kind of tools and technology associated with DfMA that will revolutionise our construction sites and the way we think of building design.


One of the robots controlled by motion capture



Jo Lucas – Why DfMA

Why has our scrapbook editor, Jo Lucas, chosen DfMA as the subject of our first ever Major Projects Knowledge Hub Digital Scrapbook and what does she hope we’ll achieve through the 12 months of our Scrapbook?

Tim Lucas – What are the elements of DfMA?

DfMA draws on elements from the manufacturing process, design and design thinking, supply chain strategy in a way that is very distinctive to the specific nature and needs of the construction industry.

Richard McWilliams – DfMA as a vehicle for service transformation

DfMA certainly has the potential to transform the way we plan and build new structures but it also impacts how we then use those structures and the services that they provide to those living or working within them.

Martin Eriksson – How DfMA will change the way we view construction projects

Martin describes how DfMA means we need to reframe our understanding of ‘bespoke’ construction and imagines a future in which fabricators on the High Street will produce a component for you, to your specification, by simply printing, cutting or manufacturing it while you wait.

Wendy Maclaughlin, shares her experience of the industries that have been the early adopters of DfMA.

and explains what impact adopting DfMA has on the schedule of your project.


The Demand Chain and the Block Chain – Graham Thomas, Affinitext  and Simon Addyman, UCL

Most construction projects are essentially an extended process of procurement. How does DfMA disrupt traditional approaches to project procurement and what opportunities does this present for innovating the construction and infrastructure sectors? Keep your eyes peeled for the second scrapbook page at the end of June along with our second ‘Scrapbook Live’ event.

Waterjet cutting equipment

Offsite manufacturing short case studies
A series of nearly 200 short cameo case studies on the application of offsite manufacturing to construction projects by CIRIA (the Construction Industry Research and Information Association).

Modernise of Die
Mark Farmer’s 2016 Review of the UK Construction Labour Model is one of the pieces of research that is seen as a touchstone on the role of DfMA (or ‘pre-manufacture’ as it is referred to in the report) by those in industry and government alike.

Construction of London’s Leadenhall Building
More than 80% of the components were prefabricated off-site and then delivered and assembled on-site by the construction team led by Laing O’Rourke.

A453 Road Widening Project
This case study looks at how the use of modular and offsite manufacturing solutions helped save 6 months construction time and reduce site labour by 30% on the A453 Road Widening project.

RIBA Plan of Work 2013: Designing for Manufacture and Assembly
This guide and the supporting FAQs, glossary and online resource library, provided by the Offsite Management School, introduces DfMA thinking.


Build Off Site

Loughborough University

Offsite Hub


The digital scrapbook is a living and evolving entity. We have a plan for the 12 month cycle of publishing but this will undoubtedly change on the basis of our experience and as we get feedback and requests from our users. To this end, please share your thoughts, feedback and any requests for what you would like us to cover in subsequent pages, directly with Jonathan Norman, Knowledge Hub Manager or via our Facebook Group, Linkedin Page or Twitter

Robots are dangerous!

Read Page Two: Innovative Procurement and Smart Contracting


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