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The Basics of Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA)

Event code: 79086

DfMA is a concept that has its roots in the manufacturing sector. In construction, DfMA is a process whereby buildings are designed for ease of off-site manufacturing and efficiency of on-site assembly. In this course, participants will gain essential concepts and principles of DfMA, design consideration for DfMA, its benefits and challenges as well as applications. Case studies will also be discussed.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
• Understand the basic concepts and principles of DfMA;
• Appreciate design consideration for DfMA; and
• Understand benefits and challenges of DfMA and how such challenges can be overcome for a successful adoption.


1. Overview of DfMA
• What is DfMA
• Why DfMA
• Building a Robust DfMA ecosystem
- demand, supply
• DfMA Continuum
- single components, integrated components, full integration systems
• BIM for DfMA
• Procurement framework outline

2. Design Considerations
• DfMA criteria
- Reduced number of components
- Standardization
- Ease of handling and assembly
- Efficient joining
- Minimise additional work on site
- Dimensions and consideration in module division
- Building regulations & code of practice
- Application of various types of DfMA system
• Structural design considerations overview
• Architectural design considerations overview
• MEP design considerations overview
• Fire safety
• Protection, transportation, lifting
• Construction and project management
• Regulations
• Maintenance and provisions for inspection
• Quality assurance
• Challenges and learning points from early DfMA projects

MIKA FENG, Senior Manager of Building and Construction Authority (BCA)
Ms Mika Feng holds a degree in engineering (civil) from the National University of Singapore. She has prior experience in precast production for HDB projects as well as Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction. Her experience includes residential building design, structural appraisal, periodic building inspection, crisis operations and conducting engineering reviews. Ms Mika Feng is currently in the Construction Productivity and Quality Group in BCA. She evaluates new game-changing Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA) systems, including Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction (PPVC), under the Building Innovation Panel (BIP) framework. She is passionate in exploring DfMA technology, and to work with the industry and stakeholders to adopt DfMA in projects so as to raise construction productivity to the next level in Singapore.

This course is targeted at any construction professionals who wish to gain a basic understanding of DfMA.

A Certificate of Attendance (COA) will be issued to participants who meet the minimum attendance requirement of 75%.

PEB: Pending
IES-ACES: Pending (Structural)


3rd Run: 5 Mar 2018
Duration: 1 day
Time: 9.00am to 5.00pm
Venue: BCA Academy

Fee (Incl of GST):
S$350.00# (without WTU funding)
S$55.61* (with WTU funding support for eligible local participants. Limited funding places are available.)

Lunch & refreshment will be provided.

# Foreigners may claim 40% of WTU funding support upon fulfilling the funding requirement

* For more information on the funding requirement, please refer to

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200 Braddell Rd S579700 • Fax: 6258 0558 • Email: •

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Registrant applying for course funding should submit hardcopy application form together with company cheque and mail to BCA Academy, 200 Braddell Road, Singapore 579700.

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