2019 Sessions Program

The program includes local and global experts with topics exclusively devoted to timber and mass wood building construction – the only event to find out what’s possible and happening in this space.

MONDAY 17 JUNE
 
Speaker Presentation Sessions
Monday Speaker Presentations will provide an extensive overview of timber frame and mass wood offsite construction, with topics outlining elements to achieve improved productivity, quality, safety and sustainability for residential and commercial buildings. Speaker presentations are followed by delegate questions and discussion with additional experts.
 
Building the future 
How we will be constructing buildings in the future - Design technology has transformed timber building as a viable option for the construction industry. It is a big step forward in how we will be doing construction in the future. 
Wood products are the sustainable solution – Industry innovation and emerging new technologies will facilitate future opportunities for wood-based product developments and business solutions to help create more sustainable building construction outcomes. 
Building construction efficiencies and customer benefits from offsite - Each building construction development is considered successful based on key metrics that are heavily based on sales rate and duration of the project. If we deliver projects faster and provide improved end products through offsite, it is in our interest to undertake prefab wherever possible. 
 
Offsite systems 
The future for manufactured building systems incorporating EWP. Recent projects for engineered timber structures undertaken and achievement of a balance between design development and prefabricated manufacture and installation. Also, the evolution of post and beam systems, and effective grid spacings to be adopted.
Offsite timber frame building system cost guide – Typical examples of cost estimates for mid-rise timber building construction provided in a ‘Cost Plan Guide’ prepared by RLB for WoodSolutions, with information relevant to specifiers and builders. To be available following the Frame event. 
Comparisons between offsite construction systems – Comparisons and insights into a range of projects undertaken using various construction systems and lessons learned to create greater efficiencies and improved project outcomes. Hybrid timber systems including floor cassette systems, and trends to hardwood mass timber.  
 
Manufacturing 
Better ways to build using new technologies - There are better ways to build with better technologies now available, with 3D modelling technology and automated manufacturing for prefabrication that can immediately improve the productivity of new home construction. 
Software for digital data pathway from design to manufacturing - From the architectural design, creation of scalable and flexible 3D manufacturing models with full quantity take offs to communicate with CNC machines to deliver an integrated design to production. 
Manufacturing technologies to lower production costs and improve productivity - World’s-best practice in prefabricated manufacturing is now operating in Australia!! Outline of the current trends and global progress in digitized operation and data management from the building design to finished construction – plus recent developments in robot assisted manufacturing. 
 
 Construction 
Current property development and construction paradigms are ripe for disruption - Construction’s future will be in great shape when the sum of all its parts align to deliver the industry’s customers a better deal. Informed customers will be central to making this happen. Informing them how will be a precondition. 
Why ECI is THE design and build solution for construction - The Early Contractor Involvement approach to construction is based on a relationship between client, architect and main contractor with supplier engagement to create significant gains in productivity for building projects. 
National summary of offsite building projects - A national summary of recently completed projects and others currently being designed for timber frame and mass wood construction using a range of material combinations and building systems to achieve the most cost-effective outcomes.
 
Delegate Hospitality & Networking
 
TUESDAY 18 JUNE
 
Building Project Panel Sessions
Morning Panel sessions will discuss four different building projects utilising timber offsite construction systems, with key participants a combination of the developer, designer, specifier, builder, fabricator, and building materials suppliers. Presentations by panel members are followed by delegate questions and discussion on the project.
Preliminary selection of projects to include:
Timber frame system project 
Mass wood system project
CLT construction project
Hybrid construction project
  
Workshop Session Topics 
Afternoon Workshops will be comprised of five sessions in parallel on important topics requiring consideration in timber offsite design and construction, with specialised experts providing introductions for guidance on the selected topic, followed by open discussion with delegates to obtain more detailed information.
Five parallel sessions following lunch break
Comparisons between offsite construction systems (Presentation topic) Comparisons and insights into a range of projects undertaken using various offsite construction systems and lessons learned to create greater efficiencies and improved project outcomes. 
Acoustic design and influence on structural engineering - Design to meet acoustic performance requirements in timber and mass wood buildings has been assisted by new products now available and can also influence the structural engineering design and layout required. 
Software for digital data pathway from design to manufacturing (Presentation topic) From the architectural design, creation of scalable and flexible 3D manufacturing models with full quantity take offs to communicate with CNC machines to deliver an integrated design to production.   
Why ECI is THE design and build solution for construction. (Presentation topic) The Early Contractor Involvement approach to construction is based on a relationship between client, architect and main contractor with supplier engagement to create significant gains in productivity for building projects.  
Expanded building classes in NCC for timber construction - The 2019 National Construction Code applies from May and has expanded the range of timber buildings up to an effective height of 25 metres (approx. 8 storey building) in which fire-protected timber and mass wood construction systems can be used.  
Five parallel sessions following afternoon break
Offsite timber & EWP frame system cost estimates (Presentation topic) Examples of building cost estimates from Cost Plan Guide prepared by RLB for WoodSolutions with information relevant to specifiers and builders. 
Fire Protection Compliance in timber and mass wood buildings – Overview of primary considerations and typical solutions available / obtaining support information and documentation / new adhesives technology that improve fire safety / trends in other countries such as UK with non-combustible cladding, and US code change to allow 18 storey timber buildings.  
Manufacturing technologies evolving to lower production costs and improve productivity.  Worlds-best practice in prefabricated manufacturing is now operating in Australia!! Outline of the current trends and global progress in digitized operation and data management from the building design to finished construction. 
Getting started with Offsite building construction – Typical experiences and obstacles faced during initial adoption - invest in the learning process – get in and do it to learn and develop knowledge – beneficial outcomes to be achieved - example is houses to lock up in 3 days with completion under 3 months. 
Timber connectors for timber and mass wood construction – Fastening systems, connectors & tie downs perform critical functions and an expanding range of products are entering the market, requiring understanding and attention to detail. Post and Plate – Rothoblaas Spider connections, glued bonded systems, etc. 
 
Conference Close & Hospitality
 

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