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CEE 324: Industrialized Construction

The course will present driving forces, comprehensive concepts, technologies, and managerial aspects of Industrialized Construction. Further a series of case studies of successful and failed industry implementations in Sweden, North America and Japan will be presented, showcasing process and technology platforms; use of renewable resources and other sustainable design and construction practices. The contrast between industrialized construction practices in Sweden, the U.S. and other countries is highlighted. Project-orientated vs. product-oriented approaches are essential, along with business models and strategies for industrialized construction companies and their opportunities for innovations. The course includes lectures, case studies, and course group-project assignments with leading companies in the industry. Visiting lecturer Dr Jerker Lessing, one of Sweden's leading experts on industrialized construction with more than 15 years of experience in this field, is giving this course. This is a unique opportunity to learn about this comprehensive, emerging construction concept. Dr Lessing's research at Lund University has pioneered the area of industrialized construction and established models and strategic perspectives that are widely adopted throughout academia and industry. Dr Lessing has published articles and books and he frequently lectures on the topic in Sweden and internationally. He is the Director and General manager of Research and Development at BoKlok, an industrialized house-building company which is a joint venture of the construction company SKANSKA and furniture giant IKEA. The class will be taught as a condensed two week course. Readings and discussions will be organized in the weeks before the lecture component of the class, a group project after. During weeks 1-5, class will not meet regularly and only meet a few times for reading discussions and guest speakers. When they occur, these meetings will be held either Tuesday or Thursday 8-9am in Y2E2 292A. A detailed class schedule will be available before the start of the quarter. Attendance mandatory. No exam. Case and problem discussion. Auditing not allowed. Eligible for SDC Building & Infrastructure Development concentration area requirement. Number of students limited to 20. Prerequisite: CEE 100 or equivalent. Direct questions to
Terms: Spr | Units: 1-2 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
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