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Off-site Construction Research Centre

Transforming the creation and delivery of infrastructure

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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Zhen Lei takes home the Innovation in Academia and Research award at the InnovateNB Awards

Zhen's contribution to research on issues that have dominated the construction sector for years, including poor productivity, carbon emissions, and material waste, along with his use of building information and modelling (BIM), virtual design and construction, digital twin and simulation modelling to increase productivity, safety and quality in the construction sector contributed to his win.

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Malta Inc. and UNB OCRC Awarded Grant to Study Modularization of Malta Energy Storage System

Collaborative effort sponsored by New Brunswick Innovation Foundation to accelerate Malta’s breakthrough long-duration energy storage technology.

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Off-site Construction Research Centre emerges as hub for construction industry

To start a conversation about the future of digital capture technologies, the Off-site Construction Research Centre (OCRC) at the University of New Brunswick (UNB), in partnership with the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE), recently hosted a three-day event, Transforming Construction with Reality Capture Technologies.

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OCRC welcomes Tom Howell to the executive board

Tom Howell is the Senior Vice President of ED Modular Inc, EllisDon's emerging manufacturing and prefabrication division. EllisDon is an employee-owned, $5 billion-a-year construction services company that has grown exponentially beyond its modest origins in London, Ontario.

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OCRC adds a member to the executive board

Enda McDonagh, principal of Montgomery Sisam Architects in Toronto, Ontario has joined our existing executive board tasked with helping the OCRC become the hub for off-site construction research. Enda brings a wealth of international building knowledge to his team from his work in firms across Ireland, Australia and the United States.

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