28 - 29 August, 2018 | Bayview Eden, Melbourne, VIC

Conference Day One: Tuesday 28th August, 2018

7:00 am - 9:00 am Workshop A

9:00 am - 9:20 am Conference Registration and Welcome Coffee


Kerry London

Dean of Professor Built Environment and Urban Transformation
University of Western Sydney

Queensland Health delivers refurbishment and renewal health infrastructure projects across the spectrum of brown field inner city, regional and
rural sites through to remote and island communities. This presentation will explore:

  • The experiences, challenges and future considerations for project delivery, efficiency and stakeholder engagement in rural, remote and islander communities.
  • Case studies of modular healthcare facilities such as Saibai Island staff accommodation, Moura MPHS and Alpha MPHS.
  • Specifically, this session will reflect on the findings from Post Occupancy Evaluations and considerations in relation to government procurement policy and whole of life cycle asset management.

David Sinclair

Executive Director Capital and Asset Services Branch
Queensland Health


Fiona Brewin-Brown

Senior Director
Capital Infrastructure Delivery, Capital and Asset Services Branch, Queensland Health

10:00 am - 10:10 am How DfMA is being used at Monash University to Deliver Environmentally Sustainable University Infrastructure

Roger Wallis - Asset Planning Engineer Building and Property Division, Monash University
This session will explore the decision behind Monash University to incorporate modular design and construction into its current plans for student accommodation.

  • Case Study of the universities current projects including the $31 million Peninsula student accommodation and the $100 million Technology & Engineering Building featuring BIM technology
  • An overview of the project goals a feasibility study that showed how modular could be used for research laboratories, teaching floors and office accommodation
  • The keys benefits and challenges of choosing DfMA including less site disruption through the reduction of on site contractors, reduced waste and improves safety

Roger Wallis

Asset Planning Engineer Building and Property Division
Monash University

10:00 am - 10:40 am Thought Leadership Session

10:40 am - 11:10 am Speed Networking Session

An effective structured interactive session designed to help expand your network through one-to-one focused conversations. Bring your business cards!


11:40 am - 12:10 pm How Modular Design & Construction Allowed the $7.6 million Macquarie University Incubator to be Constructed in just Five Months

Luke Johnson - Principal, Architectus
Phillip Tondl - Design Manager, Lipman
Macquarie University Incubator was designed to respond to the diverse and changing needs of its occupants. The built solution was designed to be relocatable and had a short timeframe for construction completion. This session will explore:

  • How the decision to use cross-laminated timber (CLT) and other engineered timbers allowed the architects to create the desired atmosphere for the space
  • How the prefabricated modular construction allowed for the project to be completed offsite therefore minimising disruptions to the working campus
  • The environmentally sustainable features of this building such as natural ventilation, cantilevered roofs and double glazing

Luke Johnson



Phillip Tondl

Design Manager

Prof. Kerry London heads an innovative research project that explores case studies of modular design and construction to determine what makes these projects successful. In this panel members of the project team behind the case studies and Prof. Kerry London will discuss the key industry changes that need to occur and the need for collaboration between stakeholders to enable urban transformation.

  • Exploring strategies of effective collaborative practise
  • Strategies to ensure modular construction projects are completed on time and on budget
  • Exploring what future training needs to be provided in order for the industry to progress

Kerry London

Dean of Professor Built Environment and Urban Transformation
University of Western Sydney


Phillip Alviano

Sustainable Building Advisor
Master Builders Association of Victoria


Micheal Meehan

National Manager Business Process & Systems
Frasers Property Australia

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm Exploring how Pre Fabricated Modular Design is being used as Solution to the Rising Trend of Late Hotel Openings in Greater China

Gert Noordzy - Managing Director, Northside Consulting
The global hotel development pipeline stands at 1.9 million hotel rooms. Many new hotel openings experience delays. The status quo seems to be that delays simply are “part of the landscape”. Research into the nature of these delays reveals that there is a major discrepancy between the perceived reasons and the actual root causes.

  • Root cause analysis and root causes of hotel opening delays.
  • Case study of an international hotel company in China where pre fabricated modular design being used to deliver 500 economy hotels in a 5 year time period. Using this method produces 80% less site waste through using pre cut and welded steel
  • 5 Building Blocks on how hotel companies can prepare their organizations to implement project management, to open new hotels on large scale effectively and efficiently.
  • Better understanding of the modular construction and prefabrication sector on the potential of new hotel real estate.

Gert Noordzy

Managing Director
Northside Consulting

2:40 pm - 3:10 pm How Pre Fabricated Bathroom Pods are Changing the Way Aged Care is Constructed

Mick McGowan - Business Manager, Woollam Constructions
In this session Mick McGowan, Business Manager for Woollam Constructions will explore innovations in modular design and construction and how his organisation has delivered them to aged care clients.

  • Exploring the $1 million pre fabricated bathroom pod project that Woollam delivered to two aged care facilities in Brisbane and Toowoomba and the ongoing effects of this modularisation
  • Overviw of how Woollam construction delivered this project on time and on budget through effective stakeholder engagement
  • Exploring strategies to combat key logistical issues of modular design in order to allow modular construction to capture a wider market

Mick McGowan

Business Manager
Woollam Constructions


Champagne Solutions Clinic

You will you hear peer-to-peer led case studies and best practice; you will also receive focused thought leadership and insight into modular
design and construction, you will also be provided with drinks to encourage conversation…

How Will it Run?

  • The entire audience will break up into three tables
  • Each topic will be facilitated by a thought leader in the space.
  • Each delegate will have the opportunity to experience both topics and will rotate between the tables every 20 minutes.
  • There will be no PowerPoint presentation, instead participant questions will form the platform for discussion

Table One: Construction

3:50 pm - 4:50 pm How prefab can be used to construct infrastructure faster without compromising the quality of the project
  • Exploring how digital technologies such as BIM can be used to troubleshoot problems in the design phase
  • How can effective stakeholder management be used to ensure the project in the most efficient time frame
  • What are the key inhibitors that learn to quality problems in the design phase
  • Tuan Ngo, Research Director of ARC Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing, University of Melbourne

Table Two: Safety

3:50 pm - 4:50 pm How do you improve workplace safety and efficiency on by using prefab?
  • Explore the current regulations surrounding pre fab
  • Unpacking the best options to predict and manage change
  • How a collaborative approach can help to ensure a safe worksite
  • Simon McCarthy, Senior Structural Engineer, Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec Consulting Engineers

Table Three: Engagement

3:50 pm - 4:50 pm How do you make pre fab an innovative and attractive option
  • Exploring the key inhibitors from capturing a wider portion of the construction industry in Australia
  • Is pre fab a limiting design tool? What new innovations and we seeing that help to increase the aesthetic value of pre fab
  • Exploring how innovative design can be effectively embedded earlier in the process
  • Drenka Angjelic, Managing Director, Construction Assignments

4:50 pm - 4:50 pm Closing Address & End of Day One