prefabAUS 2017 Conference

Growing. Innovating. Revolutionising. 

11 - 13 September 2017  |  The Glasshouse - Olympic Boulevard, Olympic Park Melbourne, Victoria

prefabAUS 2017 Conference

Conference message from International Keynote Speaker Mark Farmer



Conference Registration

All participants are required to register in advance online. Please read the following information before completing an online registration form.

prefabAUS Member $1,460
prefabAUS Member
including Site Visit
Non-Member $2,310
prefabAUS Student* $730


Registration fees are in Australian dollars and are inclusive of Goods & Services Tax. 

* Student fee is available for prefabAUS student members. A limited number of student registrations are available so we encourage you to book early. 


Registrations include:

  • Attendance to all Conference sessions
  • Access to the exhibition
  • Daily morning/afternoon tea and lunches Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Name badge
  • One (1) ticket to the Networking Function on Tuesday evening
  • One (1) Conference program and delegate satchel

prefabAUS Members who register for the Site Visit on Monday 11 September registration will also include transport, one (1) Conference site visit program, and lunch on the day.

Full payment of fees is required before registration can be confirmed. Payment can be made online when registering via PayPal.


A confirmation email will be sent to you after completing a registration form. It is advisable to check all items listed. Any changes or alterations can be made in writing to the prefabAUS.


Cancellation of a registration must be advised via email to Verbal changes or cancellation cannot be accepted.

The following refunds will apply from the date of receipt of notification:

  • On or before 11 July 2017 - 50% refund less an administration fee of $110 including GST
  • On or after 11 August 2017 - No refund available

The refund will be returned via the same payment method as the original receipt of funds.

No refund will be made after 11 August, however an alternative delegate name may be provided in writing and the booking and funds will be allocated accordingly.

Please note no refunds or discount will be made if an inclusive function or event within the registration fee is not taken up or is subsequently cancelled.

Optional functions or events may be cancelled before or on 10 August 2017 and will be refunded in full via the same payment method as the original receipt of funds. On or after 11 June 2017, no refunds for events will be made however an alternative delegate name may be provided via email and the booking and funds will be allocated accordingly.

Where there are extenuating circumstances a refund outside of these terms may be considered by and at the discretion of prefabAUS.



Conference Program

Monday 11 September 2017: Site Visit Program (advance registration required)
Day One: Tuesday 12 September 2017
8:00 Registration
8:30 Conference Opening Ceremony
9:00 Modernise or die: The construction industry's burning platform for change
Mark Farmer, International Keynote Speaker
10:00 Morning Tea
10:30 Session 1: National Focus
Navigating digital disruption and global change - Dr George Quezada, CSIRO
The contractor role in optimising the selection of offsite elements for medium high-rise construction - Adam Strong, Strongbuild
From builder to bathroom pod manufacturer - David Michel, Bedrock Offsite Modular Solutions
Panel Session
with Mark Farmer, Dr George Quezada, Adam Strong and special guest Nick Deeks, WT Partnership
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Session 2
The Handbook on the design of Modular Structures and practical applications - James Murray-Parkes, Founder and Director, Modular Construction Codes Board
Session 3: Architecture Angles
14:40 Afternoon Tea
15:10 Session 4: Sustainability, Research and Innovation
Industry-led research response to non compliant building products and update on ARC CAMP.H activities - David Heath, National Technical Manager; and Tuan Ngo, Research Director, ARC Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing
Prefab - A simple Solution for High Performance, Passive House (Passivhaus) Construction? Darren O'Dea, Inhabit Group and Australian Passive House Association
Ewelina Wozniak-Szpakiewicz, Cracow University of Technology and DMDmodular (Poland)
Transforming Australia through innovation - the Fourth Industrial Revolution - David Chuter and Lance Worrell, Innovative Manufacturing CRC
Redefining prefab - Damien Crough, prefabAUS
17:00 End of Day One
17:00 - 19:00 Networking Function
Day Two: Wednesday 13 September 2017
8:00 prefabAUS AGM (Members only)
9:00 Session 1: The Future and Innovation
Construction technology: how do we encourage uptake and change? - Lauren Christie, PrefabNZ (New Zealand)
Design interpretation and detailing for fabrication - Robert Beson, AR-MA
Prefab evolution in Europe - Alexander Neuss, SEMA (Germany)
The 3D photogrammetry revolution - John Lucchetti, Wood & Grieve Engineers
10:30 Morning Tea
10:50 Session 2
The 'triple helix' approach driving prefab innovation in Sweden - Mikael Ludvigsson, Smart Housing (Sweden)
Modularity for a future flexible world - Stanislav Martinec, KOMA (Czechia)
Mark Peters, Tribe and Nicholas Travers, Technē Architecture
12:15 Session 3: Timber Solutions
12:35 Lunch
13:30 Session 4
Self sufficient buildings and financial viability - are we there yet? - Ross Harding, Finding Infinity
Progressive Collapse and Monash University Research Update - Yu Bai (Barry), Director, Modular Construction Codes Board
14:20 Session 5
Where to for off-site construction assurance? - David Chandler, constructionEDGE
14:40 Afternoon Tea
15:10 Industry Leaders Panel
Danni Addison, Urban Development Institute of Australia
Vanessa Bird, Australian Institute of Architects
Kristin Brookfield, Housing Industry Association
Sally Capp, Property Council of Australia
David Chuter, Innovative Manufacturing CRC
15:55 Conference Closing Remarks
16:00 End of Day Two and close of Conference
16:00 - 17:00 Farewell Drinks

v6.0 Draft program - subject to change without notice.


The experts who produced the Modular Construction Code will speak on why it was needed and how it was developed, along with insights into its design and construction elements. In addition, all conference delegates will receive a digital copy of the final Code handbook – the first time it will be released.





Conference Speakers

International Keynote Speaker

Confirmed Speakers

Industry Leaders Panel



Conference Venue

The Glasshouse

Olympic Boulevard, Olympic Park Melbourne, Victoria

One of the newest venues in Melbourne, the ‘Glasshouse’, is located just minutes from the CBD on the banks of the Yarra River. Overlooking iconic Olympic Park, The Glasshouse is just a short walk from the CBD and is only minutes away from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Federation Square, Southbank, Rod Laver Arena and the MCG.

The Glasshouse Melbourne


A packed agenda of food, wine, sports and arts is your introduction to the best of Melbourne – from its creative, exciting city centre, to its buzzing neighbourhood hubs.

Visitors will find Melbourne an exciting city to explore. Modern architecture and design is juxtaposed with heritage buildings reflecting Australia’s cultural history. But beneath the city’s impressive façade, lies the true heart and soul of the city; laneways which snake the city grid to reveal cafes and bars, fashion houses, boutiques, innovative cuisine, galleries, theatres and museums.

Things to do

Melbourne is a city that knows how to live. Choose from high-end cuisine to basement rock gigs, plays, festivals and blockbuster sporting events – all happening across a city full of parks, gardens and historic architecture. Click here for information on Melbourne’s best attractions.



Conference Sponsors

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For a copy of the Sponsorship Prospectus please contact Brooke Adams, National Events Executive, on email

Premium Partners