With engineers, scientists, and designers taking a closer look at sustainable building ideals, new design concepts are regularly emerging. One of these newer concepts is known as Designing for Manufacturability (DFM). With this process, companies and clients alike are quickly seeing the benefits of constructing a building through DFM principles. Not only are companies able to monetarily benefit, but through this design concept, companies are able to further their sustainability initiatives. To see how DFM relates to engineering and construction we need to take a deeper dive.
What is DFM?
Design for Manufacturability, or DFM, is a mindset and practice that is commonly used in many areas of building design and construction. It’s important to remember that at the core of DFM is proactive design. There are two main principles that go into DFM.
1. The first component is to create an optimized procedure for all manufacturing functions. This can be anything from fabrication, testing, procurement, shipping and delivery, or even service and repair.
2. The second main component of DFM is to find the best cost option with premium quality and reliability, which ultimately leads to customer satisfaction.
How Does This Apply to Construction?
The main focus of the DFM process is to keep the entire team associated with manufacturing involvement from the very beginning. Open communication means the architect works with the builders, who work with regulatory committees, who work with clients. Together, with everyone involved, decisions and procedures are developed once with everyone's input. By doing this, one optimal procedure is developed for everyone to follow.
In building construction, this can relate to sourcing reliable and sustainable materials at the best cost in the most sustainable way, to making sure constructors understand the materials and methods they select, and how the materials will interact with one another.
How Clients and Companies Benefit
Clients and companies alike benefit from a DFM mentality. For one, clients will see reduced cost. Because everyone works collaboratively from the beginning to achieve an optimized process, the construction process is more streamlined and smooth. The design and building is created once and there is less time and money spent on having to backtrack to redesign components that do not work together.
Further, any potential challenges or setbacks are anticipated and accounted for. Additionally, by sourcing, shipping, and delivering materials in the most efficient way, companies are able to save money. This cost savings then trickles to the client allowing the client to not only build more responsibly but also more affordably.
Contact Our Team
Our engineering team at Gausman & Moore likes to stay involved with the entire consult, design, and construction phase. By staying involved and practicing DFM fundamentals, we are able to meet our sustainable goals while keeping our clients happy. For more information about our engineering services in building design and construction, contact our team today.