Launch: RIBA Plan of Work DfMA Overlay


This 2-hour virtual conference will launch the new Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) Overlay to the RIBA Plan of Work. By attending you’ll understand what are the key tasks that architects and construction professionals need to do through the construction project process.

Zoom - Online

Date & time

Wednesday, 15 September 2021, 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM

What is the conference about?

This conference will launch the new DfMA Overlay to the RIBA Plan of Work. The overlay helps architects and construction professionals understand what they need to do differently in each of the 8 stages of the project lifecycle if they are to successfully adopt Offsite Construction and a Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) approach.

The DfMA Overlay is accompanied by a DfMA report that sets out the latest in thinking on Offsite and DfMA for architects and construction professionals. The Overlay organises the core tasks that the profession needs to do differently through the process of briefing, designing, constructing and operating building projects if we are to effectively accelerate the uptake of Offsite in line with current industry thinking and client requirements.

What will we cover?

You will be able to listen to and participate in debates with expert speakers and contributors to the overlay on key topics that have arisen during its production. There will also be a chance to hear about recent examples of best practice in DfMA.

Speakers from Akerlof, Bryden Wood, Cast, Hawkins/Brown, HTA, Kier, L&Q, Ministry of Housing and Communities, Modularize and UK Research & Innovation, include:

  • Mark Farmer, Cast
  • Jamie Johnston, Bryden Wood
  • Nigel Ostime, Hawkins/Brown

What will I achieve?

By the end of this conference, you should be able to:

  • Identify the key client drivers for using DfMA
  • Appreciate why DfMA is an essential topic for architects
  • Understand the core tasks that are different when adopting a DfMA processes
  • Learn about the latest thinking in DfMA and how will impact the profession

Who will benefit from attending this launch? 

This session is suitable for anyone who has an interest in DfMA, MMC and the use of offsite construction techniques.

What can I expect from this launch?

The launch will be highly interactive encouraging attendees to listen to short presentations by industry experts and then to participate in “round-table” discussions on the key industry topics set out above.

What are the technical requirements?

You will need:

  • Internet connection
  • A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook)
  • Your smartphone to load our interactive facilitation tools

When I've finished, what related training session should I do next?

Complete our e-learning modules Introduction to Offsite - Design and DfMA: Design for Manufacture and Assembly.

This launch event is free to attend, please register using the link below.

Thumbnail image credit: HTA Design LLP


Design for Manufacture and Assembly
135 mins

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