Modular systematics for the industrialized building

Asko Sarja, Matti Hannus

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Industrialized building technology involves the use of advanced control systems as well as mechanized and automated building and manufacturing methods. Expressive architecture and the realization of flexible technical systems and spaces which serve variable usage are the main aims of the design and technical systems. The open industrialisation rise needs for the compatibility of the products and information between the producers and other partners of the building process. Comprehensive modular and hierarchical systematization of the products, designs and production is a typical feature of the new technology. Hierarchical modulation of the building means the breakdown of the building into constituent parts of a size class defined at each hierarchical level. The total sum of the constituent parts at each hierarchical level is an entire building. The division is made from different perspectives, e.g. functional and spatial design modulation, functional modulation of technical systems, manufacturing modulation, assembly modulation, service and maintenance modulation, and dismantlement and reuse modulation. The computer-integrated building information system comprises product data model, data transfer systems, databases and application programs available in different organizations. These have been adapted to comply with agreements and standards required by integration. The guidelines for these solutions in Finland have been outlined in development projects of the RATAS programme. One of the main objectives is to standardize the systematics of communication between different information systems without restricting the opportunities of the various parties to use and develop their preferred systems. The other key aim is to link information management with the design systems. Design documents can be prepared on the basis of information requirements defined by the user from plans and product models stored in a database.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEspoo
PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Number of pages222
ISBN (Print)951-38-4776-4
Publication statusPublished - 1995
MoE publication typeNot Eligible

Publication series

SeriesVTT Publications


  • buildings
  • construction
  • construction industry
  • product data
  • modelling
  • CAD
  • CAM
  • modular structures
  • information systems
  • structural engineering

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