prefabAUS 2018 Conference

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


Thank 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 2019.

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

  • The complimentary prefabAUS 2019 Conference registration was won by Brian Stannard from Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

  • The 3 x dozen mixed wine cases were won by John McDougall from Parkwood Modular Buildings; Craig Perryman from Swanbuild Pty Ltd; and Simon Waldren from Apex Wiring Solutions

Congratulations to the winners!


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 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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Premium Partner




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