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prefabAUS Breakfast Seminar VIC: When will offsite construction be right for my development project?  [SOLD OUT]

Please join us for our prefabAUS breakfast seminar in Melbourne. The seminar specifically considers offsite / prefabrication / modular construction from a residential developers’ perspective.



DATE : Wednesday 20 February 2019

TIME : 7:30am – 10:00am

LOCATION : RACV City Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

TICKET PRICE : $25 prefabAUS member  |  $45 non member


George Argyrou, Joint Managing Director, Hickory

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George and his brother Michael founded Hickory in Melbourne in 1991. George began his career as a carpenter, and more than 20 years on has forged a reputation as one of the industry’s leading Construction Managers and most innovative directors.

George is a champion of innovation; focused on constantly improving the groups building practices and sourcing the newest materials and methods from around the world. This and his commitment to risk mitigation of safety, legal, commercial and work methods are unparalleled in the industry. George has encouraged the adoption of Green Building Construction to be incorporated into Hickory’s processes

He has great flair for creative problem solving and under George’s unique leadership Hickory has developed prefabricated construction technology that is unparalleled in the industry and leading the world in project delivery methods that constantly outperform on measures of time, cost, quality and sustainability.

Simon McCarthy, Senior Structural Engineer, WGA 

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Simon has over 20 years of experience as a Structural Engineer. He specialises in the design and documentation of low to medium rise residential, commercial, educational and health projects. He has designed numerous structures using modular construction techniques, with a particular emphasis on volumetric structures.

Simon is here to show that Structural Engineers should not be expected to “just design the frame to suit.” They are to be engaged at the beginning of the project to collaborate as an integral part of the design team for advice on:
- the most appropriate materials for the project
- developing the most suitable module configurations
- designing appropriate member sizes for coordinating services, and
- designing connection types to meet the builder’s approach to assembly.

Nick Strongman, CEO, Sensum


With almost a decade of industry experience, Nick knows what it takes to market and deliver high-value projects. Sensum is a project management and consulting firm specialising in offsite construction. Since its inception in 2015, Nick has led over 3,000 projects with a total value of more than $540 million. 

Nick specialises in public sector and government education projects. He understands the unique market opportunities for prefabrication in this sector, and he uses modern building solutions to meet the diverse needs of multiple stakeholders, tight delivery timeframes, and/or budgetary constraints. His impressive portfolio of work includes the Permanent Modular School Buildings Program, Relocatable Accommodation Service, Doctors in Schools, and Bushfire Readiness Program.

David Tweedie, Director, Hayball

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David’s early education was influenced by four engineers in the family but it was architecture that beckoned, allowing creative expression to combine with acute analytical skills and a lifelong passion for making and constructing things. It’s with these attributes that David leads sustainability and construction innovation across Hayball’s design platform. He’s also heavily invested in Hayball’s design culture, distinguished for its methodical and highly collaborative, research-based enquiry.

David’s deep expertise is across an uncommon diversity of projects which extends across urban design, civic buildings, schools, universities and multi-residential student housing.

A clear and influential communicator, David is highly adept at assimilating multiple viewpoints to distill what will provide the most benefit to end users. He leads cross-disciplinary teams in the delivery of projects involving complex governance and stakeholders.

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