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Industry growth supports innovation

Current trends in the construction industry reflect the need to adopt technological advances and initiate a transformational shift from conventional on-site construction to a Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) approach.

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High-impact collaborations

The University of New Brunswick’s state-of-the-art engineering research facilities form an integrated ecosystem that allows individuals and teams to collaborate across research clusters.

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Off-site construction research

Today's designers and contractors of the built environment are looking for more sustainable designs, not only to lessen environmental impact, but also to increase production efficiency and improve quality management.

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Prefabrication possibilities being explored by UNB research centre

OSCO Construction Group, a construction contractor/manufacturer based in Saint John, N.B., recently invested $2 million for a centre to research off-site construction possibilities.

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OSCO funds research in off-site construction at UNB

In contrast to conventional “stick-built” construction at a jobsite, off-site construction consists of planning, designing and fabricating building elements in a factory-controlled environment for rapid assembly in a “plug-and-play” fashion at the jobsite.

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