Speaker Sessions

Speaker Presentations will provide an extensive overview of timber offsite frame and mass wood construction, with topics outlining elements to achieve improved productivity, quality, safety and sustainability for residential and commercial buildings.

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Building the future Back

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. Indicators of the future are already appearing in North America with Katerra underway in revolutionizing housing and apartments with mass wood construction, and Google offshoot Sidewalk Labs planning to build a completely new city in Toronto.

Will timber be the disruptor that the construction industry has been waiting for?
Ralph Belperio, Major Projects Director & Timber Expertise Leader, Aurecon
Could we ever envisage a time, in the not too distant future, where the cost and embodied energy, transport logistics and the inherent carbon footprint that is required to produce concrete and steel buildings has become so unacceptable to the prevailing community and social norms that a radical re-shift is necessary? How do you completely disrupt an existing industry accepted norm? What would it take? Is this the opportunity that is now present with the emergence of Mass Engineered Timber construction and if so, what would be necessary to make the shift? The opportunity for timber to become a dominant material in the construction of the built environment is now – what do we need to do as professionals and as an industry to make this happen?

Wood – The sustainable solution to tackle global challenges
Duncan Mayes, EGM - Innovation & Emerging Business, Timberlink Australia
Ever increasing focus on both climate change and health and wellbeing is providing significant opportunities for wood and wood derived products. Energy efficiency of buildings is increasingly in focus and a today’s building methods and materials are not fully conducive to the objectives of reducing fossil depletion, carbon footprint and healthy living. Wood can bring positive solutions to address many of these challenges. From the broader perspective the advancement in research and development into utilising the world’s most abundant natural polymers from trees is presenting exciting new end uses from the forests.

Morning Break
Offsite systems Back

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. The recently completed Daramu House building in Barangaroo NSW will be presented as a case study of the process and inherent benefits to occupants.

Cost Engineering guide for timber construction systems
Natasha Carter, Director, Rider Levett Bucknall
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 the major specific topics with comprehensive information and provides costing examples relevant to the state of the art in this field.

Certification requirements for offsite building developments
Grant Harrington, Director, Private Certifiers Australia
Guidance and insight into the steps required to achieve certification for timber and mass wood buildings, where the Construction Code provisions require interpretation and understanding to gain approval. Also, a summary of common problems encountered on site such as penetration issues, and the solutions to be developed requiring all contributors in the construction process.

Lunch Break
Manufacturing Back

Using BIM in the prefab Industry, from design to manufacturing
Karel Vinckier, Chief Executive Officer, hsbcad Belgium.
How will BIM and new technologies change and help the prefabrication industry? An overview of software technologies for the design 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 ready for production.

Software for the digital data pathway from design to manufacture
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
Reinhold Klotz, International Sales Manager,, Hundegger Germany
Outline of global trends and current progress in manufacturing equipment and process technologies, to improve efficiency and expand production of timber and mass wood prefabrication, covering a wide range of requirements from housing to large scale construction projects.

Afternoon Break
Construction Back

Critical steps to benefit from the advantages of timber offsite construction
Rob De Brincat, New Business Manager - Innovation, Atelier Projects.
Timber offsite construction has developed significantly over the past few years in Australia with a range of different projects either completed or currently under construction. As the list of completed projects increases it is important to look back on the lessons learnt to truly benefit from the advantages of offsite construction. Robert will look back over past projects and provide a check list of the critical steps that need to be considered in advance to ensure the successful delivery of timber offsite construction projects.

Why the ECI process is THE design and build solution
Paul Kremer, Marketing & Strategic Manager, XLam Australia
The Early Supplier/Contractor Involvement approach to construction planning is based on collaboration between client, architect, engineer, consultants, construction materials suppliers and main contractor to enable best practice approaches for maximising productivity. The benefits include establishing a true design for manufacture and assembly process, setting building information modelling parameters, providing value management, integrated specification modelling, and practical solutions for reducing a project’s critical path to minimise cost and maximise efficiencies.

Wood building construction for major residential & commercial development projects
Ross Snowball, Regional Director, Multiplex Australasia
Ross will present Multiplex's experience with timber in construction, outlining the reasons and benefits of new timber technology, including ESD benefits, weight, aesthetics, and air tightness. Ross will exemplify these points by discussing 276 Flinders Street and Monash Peninsula Student Accommodation – recently completed projects which championed substantial timber use. He will also demonstrate Multiplex’s timber experience in relation to current projects, La Trobe University Student Accommodation and the Melbourne Central Rooftop Development. As a new innovation, Ross will discuss the future of timber use in construction, noting the need for investment into fire engineering, acoustics, further modulation, hybrid options and supplier relationships.

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