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This programme is linked with the units on production in the Microeconomics Course. Dr. Grahame Thompson of the Open University examines the way in which different methods of construction of dwelli...ngs, ranging from traditional bricks and mortar to industrialised building techniques, can be used to produce a substantially identical end product. Ken Penney of the University of Exeter introduces the technique of vector analysis as a means of dealing with a large number of inputs from a mathematical point of view. An interview with Alan Comrie Smith of the Greater London Council's Department of Architecture and Civic Design highlights the variety of factors which determine what mix of inputs will be the most appropriate at any time.
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Module code and title: D222, Microeconomics
Item code: D222; 04; 1974
First transmission date: 12-05-1974
Published: 1974
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Duration: 00:24:23
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Producer: Nicholas Gosling
Contributors: Grahame Thompson; Ken Penney; Alan Comrie Smith
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Construction industry; Economics
Footage description: Shots of Thamesmead. Thompson introduces the programme which will deal with various methods used to produce dwelling units. Thompson outlines growth of Thamesmead. Shots of the area - pile driving. Comrie Smith explains the three broad different methods of building. Over a model of Thamesmead, Thompson outlines the various stages of growth and the building techniques involved. More shots of the site. He explains what is meant by industrialised building (IB). Shots of components being made and assembled in the factory; then they are taken to the site for actual construction. IB, capital intensive, is next compared to old style, labour intensive building methods. Film sequence of men on building, laying brick carrying cement hods etc. Shots of Thamesmead buildings. Thompson compares the economic differences involved. Penney now discusses how the operations can be examined graphically or diagrammatically. To get over the problem of two-dimensionality he introduces the concept of vector analysis. He explains what is meant by vectors and how they are used to tackle economic problems. Sequence of animated graphs and numbers accompany his explanation. Thompson continues discussing the building methods used at Thamesmead. Shots of flats, shopping centre etc. Comrie Smith explains why certain methods are preferred to others and how these decisions may vary over time. Thompson sums up the programme, bringing out the important economic aspects. Comrie Smith concludes. Methods of Thamesmead plus more shots of actual buildings on site. Credits.
Master spool number: 6HT/71281
Production number: 00525_2036
Videofinder number: 86
Available to public: no