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Risk v Progress: Modern methods of construction - Do we understand the risk of this progress?

30 June 2020

As modern methods of construction (MMC) and off-site construction were becoming increasingly accepted, what does a post-COVID-19 world look like for this procurement and technology?

Off-site and modern methods of construction (MMC) are hailed as the new way of working by the construction industry. In DWF Adjusting’s recent webinar, 71% of our audience, when asked if MMC increased or decreased risk, voted that risk will decrease.

Recent press coverage has contained some negative risk commentary, albeit we do note that out of our varied webinar audience, many underwriters voted that risk will increase. Despite the poll result, therefore, perhaps the jury is still out on this issue in some quarters?

Current risk issues discussed in our session included: 

  • Knowledge of products and materials.
  • Resilience to perils.
  • Cost of repairs. 
  • Replacement of components.
  • Transport.

As we all consider what life is going to be like when we return to the office, our audience was also asked, 'Will COVID-19 increase the use of MMC?'  92% voted yes to this, demonstrating that post COVID-19, a real opportunity exists to implement these new technologies and ways of working.

Our audience Q and A also covered a number of interesting topics including:

  • The use of additive manufacturing
  • Front loading design and consequence of errors
  • Parties responsible for promoting off site technology
  • Technology which will remove the need for cranes

The benefits of off-site construction and MMC – speed, waste reduction, reduced cost, together with the increased pressure to build quickly and in an affordable way, means the promotion of off-site construction and MMC as a feasible solution will continue.

Listen to our webinar to find out more about this topic and the issues and questions raised by our audience > 

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