Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Buildings aren’t cars, microwaves or ipods.
They may be called machines for living, however they are not easily mass producible.
(not even through modular designs – as sites, users, conditions vary enough between instances to make them unique and consequently unlike manufacture);
So, why do we so often bring in manufacture as the ‘leader’ to follow, when we try to improve building delivery processes?
I don’t quite know why this is happening, our natural tendency to find parallels between familiar systems has something to do with it.
I also have a (slightly quirky) alternative view relevant to this;
I believe that, the following industries have more common with building delivery than manufacture:
Food & Beverage (more the slow than the fast variety)
Not convinced? They all face issues that are common with design/documenting/construction:
They all manage suppliers that vary in quality and can let them down at short/no notice.
Their processes are highly manual and rely on skills of individuals.
Most importantly, the Time/Quality/Price triangle is heavily tipped towards the time for all of them.
A restaurant will have to deliver within a very limited timeframe.
Transatlantic travel on a boat may be pleasant and cost effective but most people still choose to fly and when it comes to life or dead situations that A&E services deal with, time is absolutely critical.
Keep an eye out for those industries!