23-24 August, 2017 | Novotel Sydney Central

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Case Study

Building the Future of Aged Care with Smart Modular Construction

Ahead of the 8th annual Modular and Prefabricated Construction Summit 2017 we chat to Tim Bentley, Managing Director of Asia-Pacific at ThomsonAdsett. In this article Tim explores how modular construction is building the future of aged care, and further delves into the opportunities modular construction provides users, healthcare providers, contractors and governments alike.

Creating Affordable Housing for the Future with Modular Construction

Ahead of the 8th annual Modular and Prefabricated Construction Summit 2017 we explore the Western Australian Government’s use of modular construction throughout the Stella Village project, specifically the Adara Apartments which went from ground level to six storeys in just two weeks, and delve into the benefits modular construction and private sector partnerships have provided in terms of accessibility, quality, cost and time.  

Reducing Project Time & Costs with Timber Modular Construction

Ahead of the 8th Annual Modular and Prefabrication Summit 2017 we chat to Knut Menden, Senior Associate at BVN Architecture about the Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School (Our Lady) in Sydney which has successfully utilised modular construction to reduce project time and costs, while simultaneously improving user experience and satisfaction.

This article with Knut delves into the Our Lady project – including client needs, building methods, and benefits along with challenges of utilising a modular construction method in the Australian market. 

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National Media

When using an architect doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank

In the 1960s and ’70s, architect-designed housing became accessible to many Australians when project-home companies such as Pettit+Sevittengaged well-known architects to design standard houses that could be built to order, then reconfigured to suit client needs and site conditions.

Today, architect-designed houses are not accessible to all, but there are architects across Australia determined to change that.

Can Prefab Housing Improve Housing Affordability?

Cities worldwide are booming as people migrate in search of better job opportunities and education. That creates strong demand for housing, and in many popular cities, demand for affordable housing has been unmet for many years, leading to rising housing costs.

Market Pulse: A shift in focus could see prefab jobs boom

Australia’s construction industry is a long way behind Europe in the uptake of prefabrication, however with a few shifts in focus we could take advantage of this emerging opportunity, according to a leading expert.

Kathryn Bunn, project director of international project management consultancy SUPERFUTURE PROJECTS, is analysing data and benchmarking exemplar projects in the global prefab modular construction and manufacturing sector. She says our whole concept of bricks and mortar needs to change.

Which hotel chain is turning to modular construction?

With the increased use of various technologies within design and construction, traditional processes are being overhauled and new systems have been adopted in building projects which are high quality, cost effective and increasingly sustainable. The US has been behind some of the largest skyscrapers in the world, such as the World Trade Center, alongside world-class architects, such as Kohn Pedersen Fox, who have built some of the most stunning buildings worldwide.

As land prices grow, developers and contractors turn to prefabricated construction techniques

The Australian construction industry is experiencing an unprecedented surge in the adoption of modular and prefabricated construction techniques. And for the most part, it's the industry's own dirty little secret.

Exclusive Content

Exploring 5 Innovative Modular Projects in Australia & the Benfits of Modular Construction

A McGraw-Hill survey notes that Modular and Prefabrication processes have the ability to shrink project schedules by over a month, cut budgets by at least 6%, and reduce construction site waste by 5%. When any expenditure contributes to the bottom line in project management these metrics cannot be ignored. However, because modular and pre-fabrication construction is an underdeveloped method in the Australian market, there remains low confidence that these processes are in fact the most cost effective and practical solutions for a project. Ahead of the 8th Annual Modular and Prefabrication Summit 2017 we look at 5 innovative projects employing modular and prefabricated construction methods and explore the benefits of these methods on project cost, quality, sustainability and project delivery times.

Presentations

Leveraging the Prefabrication Hierarchy

In this presentation from the Modular and Prefabrication Summit 2016 Warwick Stannus, Group Engineering Manager at A.G. Coombs explores:

  • The potential of various building services prefabrication strategies
  • The use of a prefabrication hierarchy
  • Some of the of the key challenges that need to be overcome to maximise the potential of the most valuable form of building

Modular Construction Codes Board (MCCB) Review

In this presentation from the Modular and Prefabrication Summit 2016 Angus McFarlane, Structural Engineering Leader, Laing O’Rourke Chairman Modular and the Construction Codes Board explores:

  • Negative associations amongst the general public with ‘prefabricated’ structures
  • Reluctance of the wider industry to adopt DfMA and off-site manufacturing
  • Risk adverse fi nancial and investment institutions
  • The traditional procurement process discouraging DfMA
  • Time lag for new technologies gaining acceptance in the marketplace. In particular, design standards and statutory approval processes do not necessarily keep pace with or fully integrate with new construction methodology.

Innovation and Advanced Modular Solutions in South Australia

In this presentation from the Modular and Prefabrication Summit 2016, Nick Flanagan General Manager – Resources at WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff explores:

  • Why we are choosing modular and investing in it?
  • What are the assets and projects government want to develop in a smarter way?
  • How are we managing quality and risk, and issues with supply chains?

DfMA - Latest Thinking and Approaches from UK Applied to the Australian Market

In this presentation from the Modular and Prefabrication Summit 2016, Stephen Giblett, Building Structures Discipline Leader at AECOM explores:

  • Understanding the rationale for using the DfMA approach, as opposed to the volumetric approach
  • Showcasing design and construction process using the DfMA approach, on a hospital project in UK and London’s underground expansion
  • Achieving true DfMA benefi ts in the Australian construction industry through residential construction, slender structur