Document Detail

Title: RS29-1 - MODEX: Automated Decision Support System for Modular Construction
Publication Date: 5/1/1992
Product Type: Research Summary
Status: Archived Supporting Product
Pages: 22
This publication has been archived, but is available for download for informational purposes only.

Determines feasibility of modular construction for a particular process or power plant construction project.
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This document is presented as a reference for industry professionals to examine the feasibility of modularization. The purpose of this document is to introduce a decision support system that enables the user to perform an initial feasibility study on the use of modular construction.

The motivation for this research is threefold:

  • A lack of documented information about modularization decision support and the need to compile knowledge from experts in the field
  • The absence of a systematic process to perform modularization feasibility studies
  • The development of a computer-based application tool to aid Engineering and Construction industry professionals and owners in the performance of an initial feasibility study

This summary document introduces a new decision support tool, MODEX (MODularization EXpert). This PC-based program enables owners and engineering and construction (E&C) firms to make preliminary engineering decisions regarding the use of a modular appproach to plant design and construction during early planning and conceptual design phases. Based on inital feedback from E&C decision makers, MODEX can determine if the use of a modular design can contribute to significant cost savings in facility construction and operation.