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SSUD71-012: Productivity and Off-site Fabrication (Minimising Waste)


This subject addresses the importance of using modern BIM/Lean/IPD manufacturing and construction principles to minimise waste from all aspects of project productivity. The subject involves a critical review of standard approaches to onsite progress and productivity compared with the potential advantages of using BIM principles and processes integrated with Lean/IPD based practices, in the integration with off-site fabrication where appropriate and viable. The underlying focus of the subject ties all concepts back to information management, delivering minimum waste to the contractor and client.  The subject is taught in a highly interactive environment. The lectures cover a range of topics relating to the opportunities and methods employed by contractors to leverage BIM during construction. This subject introduces students to applying BIM/Lean/IPD principles to utilising BIM technology in determining work to be ‘manufactured’ on-site and work to be ‘manufactured’ in pre-fabrication factories to ensure project processes minimise waste in all aspects of design and project delivery.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • September 2022 [Non-Standard Offering - BRISBANE]
  • January 2023 [Standard Offering - BRISBANE]
  • May 2023 [Non-Standard Offering - BRISBANE]
  • September 2023 [Non-Standard Offering - BRISBANE]
Study areas
  • Architecture and Built Environment
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,310
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,450

Learning outcomes

1. Evaluate BIM/Lean/IPD technology outputs to make decisions regarding manufacturing aspects of the delivery process that could contribute to minimisation of project waste. 2. Assess potential construction delivery intentions using BIM platforms with a Lean construction focus within an IPD approach to determine the best combination and integration of on-site production and off site fabrication to minimize waste on projects. 3. Synthesise various aspects of the 7 and 8 component models (depending on model source) for minimizing waste on projects with particular emphasis on - Minimising defects, Reducing unnecessary over production, Elimination of waiting time for materials delivery and other elements of construction process, Ensuring that human resources are employed and applied to optimally utilize their talents, Manage transport and inventory storage logistics to minimise waste, Reduce excessive and unnecessary processing and minimise non-essential motion around sites.

Enrolment requirements

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Students are required to have cognate discipline knowledge prior to enrolment. Bond PG sudents enrolled in either Architecture, Project Management , Property or City Planning can take this subject as an elective. Study abroad students or Bond students enrolled in non-cognate degrees require approval from the programs Discipline Lead to enrol.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens18/07/2021
Semester start13/09/2021
Subject start04/10/2021
Cancellation 1?12/10/2021
Cancellation 2?13/10/2021
Last enrolment10/10/2021
Withdraw – Financial?19/10/2021
Withdraw – Academic?28/10/2021
Teaching census?18/10/2021
Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens14/11/2021
Semester start17/01/2022
Subject start07/02/2022
Cancellation 1?19/02/2022
Cancellation 2?22/02/2022
Last enrolment17/02/2022
Withdraw – Financial?02/03/2022
Withdraw – Academic?17/03/2022
Teaching census?01/03/2022
Enrolment opens20/03/2022
Semester start11/02/2022
Subject start16/05/2022
Cancellation 1?30/05/2022
Cancellation 2?06/06/2022
Last enrolment29/05/2022
Withdraw – Financial?11/06/2022
Withdraw – Academic?02/07/2022
Teaching census?10/06/2022
Non-Standard Offering - BRISBANE
Enrolment opens17/07/2022
Semester start03/10/2022
Subject start03/10/2022
Cancellation 1?14/10/2022
Cancellation 2?16/10/2022
Last enrolment12/10/2022
Withdraw – Financial?24/10/2022
Withdraw – Academic?06/11/2022
Teaching census?23/10/2022