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Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA)


Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA) is a key pillar of the Construction Industry Transformation Map (ITM) in Singapore. It is a game-changing method of construction that is designed and detailed for a substantial part of work to be done off-site in a controlled manufacturing environment. It can cut down and optimise resources such as manpower, time and materials for a building project significantly.

DfMA comprises a continuum of various technologies and methodologies that promote offsite fabrication, from prefabricated components to fully integrated assemblies across the structural, architectural and MEP disciplines.

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The key benefits of DfMA include:

  1. Shorter construction period
    As most of the construction are done off-site, site works are minimised which allows for faster construction and time savings

  2. Improved workmanship
    Due to stringent quality control in prefabrication factories

  3. Reduction in dis-amenities
    As lesser construction works are carried out on site, it will cause less dis-amenities to the surrounding and residents nearby

Types of DfMA Technologies

For more information on the game-changing DfMA technologies, click on the links below:

  1. Advanced Precast Concrete System (APCS)
  2. Mass Engineered Timber (MET)
  3. Prefabricated Pre-Finished Volumetric Construction (PPVC)
  4. Prefabricated Bathroom Units (PBU)
  5. Prefabricated Mechanical Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) Services
  6. Structural Steel

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