prefabAUS 2018 Conference

10 September 2018 | Site Visit Program
11 - 12 September 2018 | Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre


Why attend?

  • 92% of 2017 Conference attendees indicated they would attend the 2018 Conference!
  • Connect with like-minded professionals with attendees coming from around the world!
  • Visit exhibitors representing leading materials, technologies and prefab manufacturing processes.
  • Hear from leading practitioners in Education, Healthcare, Services, Technology, Research, Procurement and Project Management.
  • For the coffee! A barista cart onsite during conference hours.
  • Access to the Conference app enabling you to connect and stay informed! 


Site Vist Program

The Site Visit program will be held 9am - 3pm on Monday 10 September. The meeting location is the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, the exact point will be emailed to registered attendees prior to the day. Registration will include transport, light refreshments and lunch. The Site Visit program is only open to prefabAUS Members who are registered to attend the Conference.

A link will be included in your conference registration confirmation email to access the Site Visit registration page.

Crestmead Facility Tour


Fleetwood’s Crestmead facility spans a massive 50,000m2. This facility has been successfully delivering a variety of turnkey projects for a variety of sectors. Most recently their work includes the design, construct and transfer of a range of modular classrooms and learning environments for the Queensland Government Department of Education and Training.

Visit includes exposure to:

  • bolt together steel system 
  • light steel frame construction
  • perimeter steel structure system

Rochedale Townhouse Project


Australian Framing Solutions, a customer of Scottsdale Construction Systems, is constructing the light gauge steel framing for 60 two level medium density homes in Brisbane’s Southside.

The project is a one of many medium density sites currently being constructed by Australian Framing Solutions ranging from 8 homes to 263 homes.

The builder on the project is Rawcorp Constructions and the Developer is Azure.

UQ Centre for Future Timber Structures

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The Centre for Future Timber Structures at the University of Queensland is a Centre of Excellence for the education of future timber industry professionals and the creation of innovations that can drive the future development of timber in the built environment. The innovative technologies developed and the research-based education provided, seek to investigate new and enhanced applications that will help to develop how these technologies can be introduced into the market

The Tour will include the following UQ Civil Engineering and UQ Architecture facilities:

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Monday 10 September – Site Visit Program

9:00am     Only open to current prefabAUS members who have already registered for the conference. Limited places available.

Tuesday 11 September 2018

 8:30 am   Registration

 9:00 am   Conference opening

                  Conference welcome

                   Gary Caulfield, XLam (Principal Partner)

                  Setting the Brisbane Scene

                   Jen Williams, Property Council of Australia

                  New Cities and the Future of Technology

                   Karim Khalifa, Sidewalk Labs (International Keynote Speaker)

                  Morning tea

                  New construction technologies influencing Future Ways of Living

                   Simonne Bailey, Lendlease

                 Early contractor involvement - the key to optimising prefabricated solutions (including client perspective}

                  Adam Strong,  Strongbuild and Shane Mundey, RAW Property Studio

                 prefabAUS reflecting on the past 5 years

                  Panel discussion: prefabAUS Founders


                 Market opportunities for prefabrication and modular solutions in the Government Education sector

                  Nick Strongman, Sensum

                 Built to Perform - An industry led pathway to a zero carbon ready building code

                  Michael Li, Climate Works Australia      

                 Introduction to the upcoming Design of Tall Timber Structures Handbook

                  Professor James Murray-Parkes, Technical Handbook Council 

                 Why prefab works for rapid build projects

                  Matthew Dalmau, Root Partnerships

                  Afternoon tea

                Collaborative investment as a catalyst for change

                 David Chuter, IMCRC    

                300 George Street façade - delivering on the creative vision

                 Matt Tobin, UAP   

                Panel discussion - Cities and Communities

                Simonne Bailey, Karim Khalifa, Malcolm Middleton OAMJen Williams

 5:00 pm   End of day one


6:30 - 8:30 PM    Networking function @ Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (Tickets required)


Wednesday 12 September 2018

 8:00 - 8:30 AM    prefabAUS AGM (members only)

 9:00 am   The future of building including King Street project

                    George Konstandakos, DesignMake (Lendlease)

                   The importance of Services for Prefabrication Design and Construction (including client perspective)

                    Simon Waldren, Apex Wiring

                  Contemporary education design and prefabrication – Developing the kit of parts

                   Harry Nicholas, Hayball

                   Morning tea

                   The new procurement model: Early supplier engagement

                    Paul Kremer, XLam

                  Modular healthcare solutions including the client perspective

                   Jamie Coe, Hutchinson Builders + Jenny Lavery, GenesisCare
                  Prefab from a building certifiers' perspective

                   David Blackett, Blackett Maguire + Goldsmith


                  Advances in prefabricated building technology

                  Ola Svensson, Randek

                  Why the future of offsite construction lies in your 3D CAD/CAM software

                   Frank Davern, hsbcad Australasia

                 Digital Design and Delivery: How to leverage a digital approach across the development lifecycle

                  Steve Appleby, AECOM

                  Afternoon tea

                 Elemental prefab

                  Andrew Fowler, Austruss

                 Recap of the prefabAUS North America Study Tour

                  Rob Colquhoun, Prebuilt and Chris Skeels-Piggins, CLTP Burnie

                 Current and Future Research in Modular Off-site Construction in Australia and other countries

                  Professor Tuan Ngo, ARC CAMPH

                  Conference closing remarks

 4:00 pm   End of day two and close of conference


Conference Speakers

International Keynote Speaker

Confirmed Speakers



Conference Venue

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Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Boulevard Level (Grey Street)

The Centre’s location in the riverside South Bank Precinct, places it in the hub of the city’s cultural and entertainment activities. The venue itself is world-class and all floor levels are colour coded for ease of finding your way (Boulevard Level is Green). There are yellow Wayfinding kiosks located at the main points throughout the centre to help you navigate the centre. Please visit the BCEC website for full details on the layout and location of the venue and conference level.

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A relaxed casual river city, Brisbane is unpretentious and has an easy-going attitude. It boasts world-class facilities, a subtropical climate and practical infrastructure making it the city to visit for business and leisure.

If flying into Brisbane, take advantage of Airtrain. This service is the fast and economical way to travel between Brisbane Airport, Brisbane City and any South East Queensland (SEQ) suburban station. Around 20 minutes on the train and you'll travel directly to the heart of Brisbane City. prefabAUS Conference delegates have access to exclusive Airtrain discounted fares, simply click here to download your copy of the confirmation letter.

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Things to do

As the capital of the Sunshine State we are blessed with idyllic subtropical weather all year round. With award-winning food and wine, a jam-packed events calendar, adventurous activities, scenic weekend getaways and plenty to explore all over the city, there's always something to do. Click here to discover Brisbane.



Conference Networking Function

Date: Tuesday 11 September 2018

Location: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

Dress code: Smart casual

Cost: $25 per person including GST. Attendance to this function is only available to Conference attendees (additional tickets are not available).

Enjoy an evening with colleagues and friends at the Networking Function. Being held at the prestigious Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), this is an evening not to be missed. Guests will have the opportunity to view The Long Story exhibition upon arrival.

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Conference Partners and Exhibitors

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

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If you are an existing member of prefabAUS, you will automatically receive updates regarding the 2018 Conference.

To check if your organisation is a member please go to the members directory. If your organisation is a member and you're not receiving updates please contact prefabAUS.

However if you are a not a member, you can register your interest below.

For queries relating to prefabAUS 2018 Conference please contact Brooke Adams, National Events Executive, on 0466 247 724 or email