RESEARCH ARTICLE


Using a Configuration System to Design Toilets and Place Installation Shafts



Anders Kudsk*, 1, Lars Hvam2, Christian Langhoff Thuesen3
1 NCC Construction Denmark A/S and Technical University of Denmark, Management Engineering, Operations Man-agement, Produktionstorvet, Building 426, room 042, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
2 Technical University of Denmark, Management Engineering, Operations Management, Produktionstorvet, Building 426, room 013, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
3 Technical University of Denmark, Management Engineering, Planning and Management of the Built Envi-ronment, Produktionstorvet, Building 424, room 124, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark


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* Address correspondence to this author at the NCC Construction Denmark A/S and Technical University of Denmark, Management Engineering, Operations Management, Produktionstorvet, Building 426, room 042, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark; Tel: +45 24887859; E-mail: aku@ncc.dk


Abstract

The aim of this research is to discover how configuration systems can support a product’s design process when a high degree of variation is required and a very open or endless space exists for possible configurations. The article is based on an industrial case involving a firm that wishes to offer a bathroom configurator to architects. The aim of the configurator is to help architects design a bathroom according to relevent requirements and norms. In offering the configurator, the firm aims to enable a design that can be coordinated with a prefabricated installation shaft sold by the firm, and also to create customer leads. Four scenarios are developed for how design can be supported by four different types of configuration technologies. The four scenarios are evaluated in relation to a number of functional and technical requirements. The scenarios indicate that a good and varied range of opportunities exist for using configuration systems in the construction industry. They also show that it can be done without fundamentally changing the present process.

Keywords: Configuration, expert systems, prefabrication, regulations, handicapped persons, installation, sanitary engineering, shafts.