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 construction, with topics outlining offsite elements to achieve improved productivity, quality, safety and sustainability for residential and commercial buildings. Global and local speaker presentations are followed by a discussion forum with additional experts.
 
Building the future 
What will the Australian construction industry look like by 2030? 
David Chandler OAM, Adjunct Professor, Centre for Smart Modern Construction at Western Sydney University.
The evidence is piling up that points to an industry looking radically different in the next decade with significant transformation and disruption, potentially by adopting the ‘Take, Make and Deliver’ functions in construction to mirror other progressive industries, resulting in dramatic improvements in completion times, offsite work levels, productivity gains, waste reduction, and less lost time.  
How we will be constructing buildings in the future 
Ralph Belperio, Built Environment Leader, Aurecon
Design technology and new engineered products have transformed timber building as a viable option for the construction industry. It is a big step forward in how we will be bulding in the future, and recent developments in R&D are providing a new methodology to create more efficient buildings. 
Wood products are the sustainable solution 
Duncan Mayes, EGM Innovation & Emerging Business, Timberlink Australia
Increasing focus on both climate change and health and wellbeing is providing significant opportunities for wood and wood derived products. Current energy efficiency of buildings is not achieving any real improvement in fossil depletion, carbon footprint or healthy living, however products of wood can bring positive solutions to address many of these challenges.

Offsite systems 
The future for commercial buildings using mass wood systems. 
George Konstandakos, Head of DesignMake, Lendlease
Major building projects utilising engineered timber and mass wood construction systems are achieving high levels of performance from collaboration between design development and prefabricated manufacturing, along with faster, safer and more sustainable construction. The almost-completed Barangaroo C1 building will be presented as a case study of the process and inherent benefits to occupants.
Cost Engineering guide for timber construction systems (Workshop topic A) 
A new Cost Engineering guide for mid-rise projects based on engineered wood construction systems has been prepared by WoodSolutions in collaboration with the cost management and quantity surveying consultants Rider Levett Bucknall. It addresses all the specific topics of this field with comprehensive information and provides costing examples relevant to the state of the art in this field.
Comparisons between offsite construction systems  (Workshop topic B)
Comparisons and insights into a range of residential building projects undertaken using timber offisite construction systems including floor cassettes and panelised external and internal walls, plus hybrid designs utilising various materials to develop the most cost efficient design outcomes.  

Manufacturing 
Panelisation is the next leap forward in housing  (Workshop topic C)
Ola Svensson, Managing Director, and Ola Skoglund, General Manager Robotic division, Randek Sweden. 
Prefabrication is a step forward, but panelisation is now becoming a leap ahead with advancements and recent developments in manufacture of panel systems for housing, plus the use of robotics to maintain high quality and reduced skilled labour requirements.
Software for the digital data pathway from design to manufacture  (Workshop topic D) 
Karel Vinckier Managing Director, hsbcad Belgium
An overview of software technologies for the building design elements and manufacturing processes with an update on where we are now, and a vision for future developments with creation of scalable and flexible 3D manufacturing models to deliver an integrated design for production.
Manufacturing technologies to improve prefabrication productivity  (Workshop topic E)
Walter Fahrenschon, Chief Executive Officer, Hundegger Germany
Outline of global trends and current progress in manufacturing equipment and technologies for prefabricated timber and mass wood processing, covering a wide range of manufacturing requirements from housing to large scale projects. 

Construction 
Critical steps for clients to benefit from offsite construction (Workshop topic F) 
Rob De Brincat, New Business Manager - Innovation, Atelier Projects.
Timber offsite construction projects recently undertaken will be reviewed from the customer perspective compared to the actual outcomes, and a check list provided of the critical steps to be fully considered in advance to ensure construction proceeds to schedule and achieves the project targets on time and on budget. 
Why the ECI process is THE design and build solution (Workshop topic G)
The Early Consultant/Contractor Involvement approach to construction planning is based on engagement between client, architect, engineer, consultants and main contractor along with important suppliers to virtually build the project twice – firstly in digital format to ensure all decisions are made, and secondly on site for assembly of the pre-manufactured components to generate significant gains in productivity.
 • National summary of timber offsite building projects 
A national review and summary of building projects around Australia being designed and/or recently completed for timber frame and mass wood construction, with analysis of building class and purpose, number of levels, floor space, building material combinations, and construction systems utilised.
 
Delegate Hospitality & Networking
 
TUESDAY 18 JUNE
 
Building Project Panel Sessions
Morning Panel sessions will discuss four different building projects utilising offsite timber and wood 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 delegates and panel members discussing details of 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 and workshop members to gain more detailed information on each topic.
Offsite mid-rise timber frame building system cost guide (Presentation topic) 
A new Cost Guide for mid-rise 3 to 5 level multi-residential timber frame buildings with costing examples and comprehensive information relevant to specifiers and builders. 
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. 
Panelisation is the next leap forward in housing (Presentation topic)
Panelisation is now leaping ahead with recent developments in manufacture of panel systems for housing, moving to robotic processing to maintain high quality and reduce skilled labour requirements.
Software for the digital data pathway from design to manufacture (Presentation topic) 
From the architectural design, creation of manufacturing models with full quantity take offs to communicate with CNC machines to deliver an integrated design to production process.  
Critical steps for clients to benefit from offsite construction (Presentation topic) 
Mass timber offsite construction projects reviewed from the customer perspective compared to the actual outcomes, and learnings to improve the process required. 
Five parallel sessions following afternoon break
Manufacturing technologies to improve prefabrication productivity (Presentation topic)
Outline of global trends and current progress in manufacturing equipment and technologies for prefabricated timber and mass wood processing, covering a wide range of manufacturing requirements from housing to large scale projects. 
Why the ECI process is THE design and build solution  (Presentation topic)
The Early Consultant/Contractor Involvement approach to construction planning is based on engagement between client, architect, engineer, consultants and main contractor along with important suppliers to virtually build the project twice – firstly in digital format and secondly on site for assembly.
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.  
New structural design software and new building classes in NCC
A new software program for structural member design has been produced by a consortium of companies in timber and prefabrication to provide designers with the latest data to assist in offsite construction projects.  Also the 2019 National Construction Code has expanded the deemed-to-satisfy provisions for timber buildings to all classes, now including hospitals, schools, and aged-care facilities up to an effective height of 25 metres..
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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