Research Division

The KICT has formed research clusters that reflect its multidisciplinary structure. Each research cluster carries out important, integrative research activities, often involving multiple departments. These clusters are each a matrix of expert activity strategically coordinated to respond to changes affecting the world today and advance R&D with real merit and global applicability through government projects and KICT-branded projects aimed at social issue management and future response. The KICT is creating an open research platform that will enable experts from around the world to join its research clusters via virtual reality technology.
Modular Construction Research Cluster
Modular Construction Research Cluster Research
leads the paradigm of Korea’s future construction industry by swiftly developing smart modular construction technology that can respond flexibly to the evolving social environment of the modern construction industry.

- Head of cluster: Lee Sang-sup, Department of Building Research
  • Achieving increased productivity in the construction industry through modular technology
  • Improving quality and safety through connecting construction automation technology
  • Platform technology integration for job market improvement in the construction industry
  • Developing the system, policies and technology of smart modular construction for market expansion and revitalization
  • Securing its role of conducting international exchanges in the field of modular construction
Contribution to the KICT and Government Policies
  • Transitioning of the ecosystem for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the next-generation building industry in response to decreased productivity, increased occupational accidents, and decreased labor force
  • Support for changes affecting workers' rights such as 52-hour workweeks, 8 AM to 5 PM workdays, and minimization of non-permanent jobs
  • Support for important national environmental policies involving waste reduction, greenhouse gas emissions reduction, carbon neutrality, etc.
Major Areas of Research
  • Enactment and improvement of law, system and policy and globalization of standards for modular construction promotion
  • Manuals for design, installation, and management activities in modular construction
  • Improvement of pricing and commissioning systems in modular construction
  • Standardization of building functions by building type, e.g. residential, semi-residential, non-residential, emergency
  • Functional diversification of interior/exterior finishing materials used in modular construction
  • Modularization of indoor environments (lavatories, emergency shelters, elevators)
  • Efficient use of different materials (steel frames, precast concrete, timber, composites) and techniques (Rahmen, wall column, complex) in modular construction
  • Development of frameworks for high-speed modular assembly
  • Design and analysis for verification of structural safety in modular construction
  • Development of technology for removal and relocation of modular buildings
  • Use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in VR simulation and construction management of modular buildings
  • Use of 3D printing and drones in production and assembly in modular construction
  • Establishment of certifying bodies in the field of modular construction
  • Development and overseas expansion of smart modular construction business models
Major Areas of Expertise
  • Law and system in modular construction
  • Modular construction materials and resources
  • Planning, structure, environmental conditions (airtightness, temperature, noise), fire safety, equipment/machinery in modular construction
  • BIM in modular construction
  • Mass production and installation of modules