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CIC Webinar on DfMA - Facilitating Offsite Construction through a "Platform Approach"

About this event

Modern Methods of Construction has been promoted in the United Kingdom (UK) in recent years, and the UK construction industry is driving the platform approach to DfMA. This approach can unlock the huge potential of DfMA in offsite manufacturing techniques for better quality and productivity. The Platform can facilitate standardisation of assemblies and modules across various types of projects of major project clients, thereby achieving cost effectiveness.

In this webinar, we are privileged to have two DfMA experts from the UK, Mr Rory BERKIN from HTA Design LLP and Mr Mark WATKINS from ECS Engineering, to share their experience in the implementation of the platform approach, to bring insights to the clients, designers, contractors and suppliers in Hong Kong. It is hoped that this could facilitate our industry's pursuit of construction industrialisation.

The webinar's highlights are as follows:

  • Key concepts of collaborative design and common interface details in the platform design
  • Standardised offsite MEP solutions that are crucial to project success
  • The real benefits and hurdles of adopting the platform approach in construction

An electronic copy of CPD attendance certificate will be issued to the participants (with 80% or above attendance rate) after the webinar.

RUNDOWN (The webinar will be held in HKT (GMT +08:00))

16:00 – 16:20 Housing Standardisation using Design for Manufacture & Assembly (DfMA) by Mr Rory BERGIN

16:20 – 16:40 Integrating MEP Modularisation by Mr Mark WATKINS

16:40 – 17:00 Q&A Session facilitated by Mr Tim HALL



Rory set up the HTA Sustainable Futures team, a specialist unit within HTA Design LLP that focuses on sustainable design, energy analysis and prefabrication. He has been closely involved in the development and implementation of thinking around sustainable housing in the UK. The team advises on Designing for manufacture and Assembly(DfMA) in their services as they know that this can have a significant and beneficial impact on the sustainable outcomes of projects, helping to achieve performance targets, lowering embodied emissions and contributing to the circular economy. This expertise has led Rory to co-author a book on this topic, the Modular Housing handbook, published by RIBA Press. Additionally, Rory chairs a working group for the Construction Leadership Council on client adoption of MMC and regularly presents to conferences and universities about our work and contributes to trade press and national press on sustainable design.


Mark Watkins has worked for industry leading engineering businesses in his 35 years in construction; including N G Bailey, ECS Engineering and Laing O’Rourke. This has given Mark a very broad knowledge base, honed down to his specific expertise in offsite modularisation, with a particular focus on MEP and Energy. If his experience has taught him anything, it is that using an offsite solution on a project makes sense at every level. He has now been in the offsite industry for over 10 years, undertaking many projects from complex bespoke modular solutions, full plant room and services distribution modularisation to simple bracketry. His major project experience includes Atomic Weapons Establishment in Reading, East Village No.8, Residential Towers in London, Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station, Birmingham New Street Station and Heathrow Terminal 5.

Should you have any inquiries, please feel free to contact Ms. Christy Kwong at / 3199 7186.

Hosted by

  • Guest speaker
    Mr Tim HALL Managing Director @ Alma Kaizen Limited, UK

  • Guest speaker
    Mr Mark WATKINS Managing Director @ ECS Engineering and Former Managing Director of NG Bailey Offsite, UK

  • Guest speaker
    Mr Rory BERGIN Partner, Sustainable Futures @ HTA Design LLP, UK