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Most common asked questions

What is modular prefabricated construction process?



This is a process that constructs a building off site, under controlled plant conditions, using the same materials and designed to the same codes and standards as conventionally built facilities. Buildings are produced in 3D "modules" that when put together on site, reflect the identical design intent and specifications of the most sophisticated traditionally built facility.

How the modular units become to one building?


  

Once the modules are ready, they shipped to the site and fastened together. Module installation includes line connections for mechanical and electrical systems, exterior and interior finishes, where applicable. The final construction stage includes completing exterior systems such as cladding and roofing components and internal spaces like lobbies, stairwells, and elevator shafts.

How the manufacturing plants inspected?


Manufacturing plants have stringent QA/QC programs with independent inspection and testing protocols that promote superior quality of construction every step of the way.

Is the modular construction activity similar with traditional construction?

 

In comparison to Traditional construction activity, the Modular construction remove approximately 90% of the building construction activity from the site location significantly reduces site disruption, vehicular traffic and improves overall safety and security.

What are the stages of Modular construction techniques?

 

 

Modular construction techniques are analogous to assembly line car manufacturing. Typically, four stages make up a modular construction project. First, design development by the developer and plan approval by any regulating authorities; second, assembly of module components in a factory; third, transportation of modules to the project site; and fourth, erection of modular units to form the building.

Which kind of buildings possible to build using the modular construction technology?


In fact all type of building which can be built by conventional construction methods can also built by the modular system: schools, hospitals, hotels, apartments, shops and more are  possible to be  built using modular technology.

Is there any difference between traditional and modular buildings design process?

The off-site modular construction requires more coordination during the design/ construction process and forces developers to make decisions earlier. 

How the cladding of the modular building looks like?


Modular construction facades have no difference from traditional construction and use absolutely the same cladding materials used in traditional construction.

How further tasks are needed to complete on site, once the modules arrive on site?


 

Modular construction requires the lifting and positioning of each one of the modules by the prearranges sequence site assembly plan. Main infrastructures supplies are connected to each modules and interface lines in between modules are connected and sealed. set test are executed making sure that the onsite works have brought the assembled modules to be one integrated complete structure.

What internal building materials are used in modular construction?

Modular construction use absolutely the same materials used in conventional construction.

How do you protect the modules from damage during the onsite lifting?  

 

Our modules design and production consider the additional loads that may be applied during lifting and transportation and additional temporary or permanent reinforcement bars are added at specific location in order to absorb that extra loading and keep the modular building protected. 

Are modular constructions as sturdy as traditionally constructed buildings?

 

Yes. Modular buildings meet and often exceed the same building and fire safety codes as traditionally constructed buildings. In fact, modules are built to withstand transportation from the factory to the site and have additional reinforcement.

What kind of roof modular building may have?                                                                                                          

Modular construction  use the absolutely same  shapes of the roof used in traditional construction. These roofs can be designed as an integral part of the modules or as a separate one. 

What the difference between modular and prefabricated buildings?

 

There is no difference. "Modular buildings", "prefabricated buildings" and "pre-engineered structures" are all terms for buildings manufactured off-site in a factory-controlled environment that are then installed onsite once the site work is complete.

Is there a height limitation with modular building?


No. We can build a one floor structure up to multi stories complex. The size and configuration of modern modular buildings is virtually unlimited.

Is noise reduction insulation available?

 

Yes. We are experienced in providing modular building solutions for high-noise health care use, apartments, hotels settings and educational facilities.

Is it possible to expand or to move the modular building?

 

 

Yes. The modular building is extendable and relocatable. If you anticipate future expansion, or possibly moving to a new site, both tasks can be further accommodated by our design team if you discuss this with us at the outset. Virtually all modular buildings can be relocated. Some installation methods are more suitable for disassembly and relocation. If you know that the building will be relocated, work with your Forta Medical representative to choose the best installation method.

What in case where the building has been designed for traditional construction methods?


The modular and structural engineers who form our design team can ‘modularise’ any existing plans and will assist the architect in producing the correct building drawings following the needs of the client and addressing the modular construction rules.  

Are the modules designed to withstand seismic forces?


Of course, as in conventional construction, we must address all regulation and the specific location seismic parameters are included in our computerized model calculation to guaranty full durability.  

Does the Modular design limit the architectural design?

 

 

 

Modular design has always created in client's minds like; rectangular boarding structures without any architectural creativity. Indeed, the modular technology is based on modules units, normally rectangle in their shape, which are connected one to the other to create the complete structure. The design flexibility which exist in concrete structures cannot achieved easily in the PMCT buildings. The most that can be achieved is a combination of architectural concert/other materials exterior decorative elements that in combination with the modules can shape more interesting building typologies.

What are the dimensions limitations of your modules?

 

The size of the module depends on project specific and logistic plan. Our team is offering a variety of sizes and heights to address the client’s needs. Any bigger dimension can be supplied easily, as a smart combination of the basic modules!