prefabAUS 2017 Conference

Growing. Innovating. Revolutionising. 

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

prefabAUS 2017 Conference


TThank you to everyone who completed our online Conference Survey. The feedback received has provided us with a great insight into what you liked best, what we can improve,  and what you’re looking for in 2018.

We’d like to announce the winners of the survey competition:

The complimentary prefabAUS 2018 Conference registration was won by Damien Lipp from Dindas

The 3 x dozen mixed wine cases were won by David Heath from ARC CAMP.H; Joyce Ferng from AECOM; and Steven Janssen from Laing O’Rourke

Congratulations to the winners!



Conference Program

Monday 11 September 2017: site visit program (advanced paid registration required)
9am registration for a 9.30am departure and 5.30pm return
The pickup/drop off point will be within Melbourne CBD
Day one: Tuesday 12 September 2017
8:00 Registration
8:30 Conference opening ceremony
Tim Pallas MP, Treasurer of Victoria
8:50 Modernise or die: The construction industry's burning platform for change
Mark Farmer, International Keynote Speaker
9:50 Navigating digital disruption and global change - Dr George Quezada, CSIRO
10:15 Morning tea
10:30 Solar and battery solutions are set to add spark to the construction sector - Nick Carter, Tesla
The contractor role in optimising the selection of offsite elements for medium high-rise construction - Adam Strong, Strongbuild
From builder to prefab modular manufacturer: mid-life crisis or no brainer? - David Michel, Bedrock Offsite Modular Solutions
Prefab industry growth: an international and Australian perspective
with Mark Farmer, Dr George Quezada, Adam Strong and special guest Nick Deeks, WT Partnership. (Moderator: Pamela Bell, PrefabNZ)
12:35 Lunch
13:25 MCCB - session one
The Handbook on the design of Modular Structures and practical applications - James Murray-Parkes, Founder and Director, Modular Construction Codes Board
14:15 Modularity for a future flexible world - Stanislav Martinec, KOMA (Czech Republic)
Prefab - a simple Solution for High Performance, Passive House (Passivhaus) Construction? - Darren O'Dea, Inhabit Group and Australian Passive House Association
15:05 Afternoon tea
15:30 Industry-led research response to non compliant building products and research update from ARC-CAMPH - David Heath, National Technical Manager; and Tuan Ngo, Research Director, ARC Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing
The role of modular construction in developing the hospitality industry - Ewelina Wozniak-Szpakiewicz, Cracow University of Technology and DMDmodular (Poland)
Transforming Australia through innovation - the Fourth Industrial Revolution - David Chuter and Lance Worrall, 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 What we can teach ourselves about encouraging technology uptake? - 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
10:35 Morning tea
10:50 Smart housing in Sweden – the 'triple helix' approach driving innovations in glass and wood - Mikael Ludvigsson, Smart Housing (Sweden)
Beneath the Veneer - developing resilience in the Australian prefabrication supply chain - David Bylund, WoodSolutions
Tribe Hotel: delivering design-focused hotels with innovative prefabricated construction - Mark Peters, Tribe and Nick Travers, Technē Architecture
12:25 Lunch
13:20 MCCB - session two
Self sufficient buildings and financial viability - are we there yet? - Ross Harding, finding ínfinity
Progressive Collapse and Monash University Research Update - Yu Bai (Barry), Director, Modular Construction Codes Board
14:15Where to for off-site construction assurance? - David Chandler, constructionEDGE
14:40 Afternoon tea
15:10 Industry Leaders Panel - prefab in motion
Kristin Brookfield, Housing Industry Association
Sally Capp, Property Council of Australia
David Chuter, Innovative Manufacturing CRC
Peter Malatt, Australian Institute of Architects
(Moderator: Damien Crough, prefabAUS)
15:55 Conference closing remarks
16:00 End of day two and close of conference
16:00 - 17:00 Farewell drinks

v11.0 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.





Site Vist Program

We are pleased to announce the first two site visits for day one of the prefabAUS 2017 Conference. The site visits offer prefabAUS members a rare opportunity to get behind typically closed doors and see first-hand world leading modular and prefabrication manufacturing in action.

Registration is at 9am for a 9.30am sharp departure and buses will return at 5.30pm. The pickup/drop off point will be within Melbourne CBD.


Dynamic Steel Frame - Factory Visit

Dynamic Steel Frame designs and manufactures light gauge steel wall framing for roof trusses; floor cassettes for multi-residential, education and commercial projects; facades and a range of other applications. They also recently commenced manufacturing bathroom pods.


Impresa House - Factory Visit

Utilising world leading technologies and automation equipment, Impresa House produces precision manufactured panelised wall frames, both open and closed; floor cassettes and roof elements at its state of the art manufacturing facility based in Derrimut, Victoria.


Oakleigh South Childcare Centre: Australia’s first childcare CLT project

Oakleigh South Childcare Centre is Australia’s first cross-laminated timber (CLT) childcare centre. Constructed using approximately 260 XLam CLT panels (delivered in 10 x 40’ containers), it was installed in a little over ten days with an average team of four excluding crane crew. This is a Hume Property project, with the Atelier Projects as the main contractor. Works are still underway with completion expected later in the year. 


Tullamore: Mirvac’s three-level panelised townhouses project

These townhouses are part of Mirvac’s 800 lot Tullamore estate project in Doncaster. The floor and wall panels are supplied by FutureFit’s panelised building system.  Floor cassettes for this project are typically around six metres by 2.4 metres in size, and the panelised walls are up to three metres high and six metres long. This is a live site, with a bank of five townhouses currently being installed.



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

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