09.00-09.10 Opening Address by Conference Chairman
09.10-09.55 Visionary Keynote

Overcoming the Roadblocks to Implementing Modern Methods of Construction and Prefabrication

  • Project-centricity: Remove the traditional project-oriented mindset that constrains organizations’ ability to innovate
  • Process: Enable processes that increase the uptake of prefabrication and avoid the pitfalls of conventional design and procurement.
  • “Prove it!”: Cast away the resistance to change and the need for proof of success when adopting new technologies and developing new capabilities
  • Understanding the truly important considerations for promoting and building innovation in your organization and in the construction industry to achieve sustainable competitive advantage
Amy-Marks-112x128 Amy Kulka-Marks
President & Owner
XSite Modular

Ms. Marks is a member of Modular Building Institute (MBI) and serves on its Public Relations committee. She is a highly sought after keynote speaker for many international conferences on construction. Recently, Amy was appointed by the Government of Singapore to a two-year position on an International Panel of Experts focused on Construction and Productivity. She is also the founder and moderator of the Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) Group on LinkedIn. As an MMC Consultant, Amy works with clients all over the world to enable the optimization of off-site elements into projects’ design.

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09.55-10.30 Project Cost Minimization and On-schedule Delivery: Choosing the Right Project Delivery Method

  • Identifying some of the aspects associated within the early stages of value management and engineering that could assist contractors to refocus on the emerging alternatives that are available to them
  • Defining integrated project delivery
  • Evaluating key factors in choosing a project delivery method (both buy & sell side perspectives)
John-Smolders-112x128 John Smolders FAIB MAIPM JP
Conjoint Professor
University of Newcastle

John has over 40 years of experience in the building construction industry. In recent years he has been a consultant project manager focusing on distressed projects. He is an active committee member and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) as well as a committee member of the Master Builders Association (Newcastle). He has served varying roles including his term as Vice President (MBAN) and President (AIB-NSW). He currently chairs the judging panel for the Professional Excellence Awards. His engagement with Government includes international and local representation of the building industry at numerous focus groups, round table discussions and forums, in addition to being a member of the disciplinary committee of the Building Professionals Board.

10.30-11.00 Morning Refreshments
11.00-11.45 Off-site Construction: Reducing Site Disturbance, Waste and GHG Emission

  • Demonstrating the reduction in waste, CO2 emission and site disturbance with case studies
  • Understanding factors that help minimize construction waste by adopting prefabrication
  • Exploring Areas of Waste reduction after adoption of prefabrication in comparison to traditional on-site construction
  • Bringing sustainability further
Dr.-Vivian-Tam-112X128 Dr. Vivian W. Y. Tam
Associate Professor for Quantity Surveying, Engineering and Construction Management
School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, Western Sydney University

Dr. Vivian Tam’s research interests are in the areas of environmental management in construction and sustainable development. She is currently the Associate Editor of International Journal of Construction Management and the Research Group Leader for Sustainable Construction Management and Education Research Group under the School. She has published at least 2 books, 19 book chapters, 161 referred journal articles and 76 referred conference articles.

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11.45-12.30 DfMA – International Case Studies in Hospital and Infrastructure Construction

  • 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
  • Achieve true DfMA benefits in Australia construction industry
Steve-Giblett-112x128 Stephen Giblett
Buildings Leader NSW
Mott MacDonald

Stephen has over 20 years’ experience in structural engineering, with particular expertise in buildings. He has substantial experience in the delivery of projects utilizing digital design and Building Information Modelling (BIM) for the co-ordination and delivery of designs for manufacture and prefabrication. Having worked on many world-class projects in both Australia and the United Kingdom including the 2012 Athletes’ Village and Wembley Stadium in London and World Tower in Sydney, he is a champion of prefabrication and is an industry leader in the design of precast concrete and prefabrication systems, with significant experience in advanced computer finite element modeling and lateral stability analysis of high rise structures under wind and earthquake loading.

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12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-14.15 Research And Collaboration As The Key Enabler To Industry Growth

  • Understanding how to benefit from research alliances
  • Industry-led projects showcasing innovation
  • Transformation to advanced manufacturing
Damien-Crough-112x128 Damien Crough
Managing Director, Founding Director and Board Director
Advanced Offsite Group, PrefabAUS

Damien is a Founding Director & Board Chair of PrefabAUS and Industry Engagement Manager of the newly established ARC Centre for Advance Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing (ARC-CAMP.H)In 2007 Damien Crough began working with renowned Australian architect Nonda Katsalidis and Hickory Group to develop and bring to market the prefabricated Unitised Building system. Damien’s skills, knowledge and experience with the UB System were used to grow and develop the business in Australia, where he was the driving force behind new projects in his role as Hickory’s Building Systems Business Development Manager.In 2015, Damien left Hickory to establish Advanced Offsite Group, a specialist consultancy which enables clients to improve and enter new markets with existing offsite technologies. Damien also works with clients that are new to the Offsite industry to identify opportunities for the use of the Offsite supply chain and effectively incorporate these elements into the design, procurement and project execution phases of construction projects.

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14.15-15.00 Historical Barriers and Future Trends of Modular Construction & Prefabrication in Commercial Construction

  • Understanding the history of prefabrication and modular hotel construction in Australia, from 1990’s to the present, including case studies
  • Evaluating barriers to prefabrication and modular hotel construction
  • Exploring remedies and opportunities to those barriers
  • Discovering the future of prefabrication and modular hotel construction in Australia, with local and international case studies from healthcare and residential sectors
Drenka-Andjelic-112x128 Drenka Andjelic
Managing Director
Construction Assignments

Drenka is a civil engineer with over 20 years’ experience in the property and construction industry. She gained extensive experience in project management working in roles including Project Engineer with AMP Property Investments and Construction Manager with Accor Hotels. Drenka’s enviable industry niche is the cost effective design and construction of hotels where she has been responsible for the design and construction of 18 new hotels in the last 16 years, including, most recently, the Rydges Sydney Airport and the revitalization of the iconic Hydro Majestic Resort. Drenka Andjelic is current Chair of the Property Council of Australia’s NSW Hotel Property Committee for 2015/2016.

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15.00-15.30 Afternoon Refreshments
15.30-16.15 Combining Expertise from Automotive and Construction Industries to Optimize Construction Manufacturing

  • Demonstrating automotive expertise that can be applied to construction manufacturing
  • Learning best practices to set up your factory
  • Recruiting the right talents
Eddie-Pallotta-112x128 Eddie Pallotta
Director of Operations
The Hickory Group

Mechanical and metallurgical engineer Eddie Pallotta has been with the Hickory Group since 2010, joining after excelling in the automotive industry in both Australia and internationally for General Motors. Combining technical knowledge that spans mechanical design, manufacturing, material selection, welding and corrosion with a broad range of management and people skills, Eddie has been an important part of the Group; improving process and design on both the conventional construction and prefabricated sides of the business.

16.15-17.15 Panel Discussion

Assessing Risks & Measuring Returns: Preventing and Mitigating Risks in Modular Construction Projects and Maximizing ROI

  • Analyzing risks particularly associated with modular construction projects
  • Understanding pre-emptive and mitigating measures to project-specific risks
  • Measuring project ROI and choosing the appropriate benchmark

Warren McGregor (Moderator)
Eddie Pallotta
Colin Jones
John Zendler

17.15-17.30 Closing Remarks by Conference Chairperson
17.30 End of Day 1


09.00-09.05 Opening Address by Conference Chairman
09.05-09.50 Keynote Address

Offsite Construction Isn’t Waiting For You – So You’d Better Be Ready

  • Overview of prefabrication and offsite construction
  • What is happening and where – with featured projects
  • Why the momentum is so strong now
  • How project initiation, funding and delivery change with off-site construction
  • What to look out for – a growing array of offsite technologies plus left field entrants
Warren-McGregor-112x128 Warren McGregor

Warren has a diverse professional background, predominantly management consulting both in Australia and 10 years in South-East Asia, across many industries and with a property focus for the past decade. His property experience includes research and advice across many property asset classes – office, retail, residential, industrial, aged care and retirement living for institutional, government, private and not-for-profit organizations.Most recently Warren has been part of the project advisory team at Turner & Townsend Thinc. His interest in prefabricated construction dates back to 2010 when he first considered modular options for an apartment development, and was reignited in 2014 when he undertook for Thinc a review of the many advances being made in offsite construction. Warren holds Economics (Hons), Accounting, and Applied Finance qualifications.

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09.50-10.30 Overcoming Transport & Logistics Issues for Seamless Installation

  • Discover new developments of extreme heavy lifting and SPMT works used in the project modularization industry through 3D animations and movies active views on references of:
    • Ring design cranes over the 3000T capacity and the future development expectation in this industry
    • Gantry or tower lifting systems executing module lifts or assemblies of FPSO and other type of modules weighing over 15,000T each
    • Single jack devices with capacities of 5000T per unit and their applications
    • Self-Propelled Modular trailer (SPMT) works transporting modules from 1000T to 12,000T
Luk-Roelandts-112x128 Luk Roelandts
National Sales Manager
Sarens Australia

Luk has over 10 years’ experience in technical and commercial functions in the engineering, semiconductor and mechanical industry. With Sarens, Luk started as Key Account Manager responsible for a diverse range of projects in the mining, Oil& Gas and infrastructure. Since 2014 he took the role of National Sales Manager targeting projects with his sales team based in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. Luk is a very motivated engineer with a special drive for Business Development. He’s dedicated to the heavy lift industry with the vision that it is of utmost importance to inform you of Sarens innovative lift and shift solutions. Luk has a master in Electrical-Mechanical engineering from the Katholic University Leuven in Belgium. Right after his studies he explored the industry with long term assignments in Korea, Kong-Kong and Japan before arriving in Sarens Oceania in 2012.

10.30-11.00 Morning Refreshments
11.00-11.45 Winning Strategies to Obtain Greater Funding and Gaining Financiers’ Buy-in

  • Financiers’ key concerns regarding modular construction projects
  • How to de-risk the project for financiers
  • Alternative Financing Solutions for Modular Projects
John-Zendler-112x128 John Zendler
Executive General Manager
CIMC Modular Building Systems (Australia)

John is an outstanding leader with 21 years high level management experience specialising in modular construction. Combining practical onsite experience with years of senior management in the construction industry working with Australia’s largest modular manufacturer in senior roles before moving to Hickory as General Manager for WA & QLD. John brings his high rise modular manufacturing and project delivery experience to CIMC MBS to further solidify the reputation CIMC is establishing within the Australian modular building industry.John is a passionate campaigner for modular solution in Australia and is a highly respected thought leader amongst his peers. John is regularly invited to speak at industry evens, sharing his knowledge of both modular and conventional construction.

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 11.45-12.30 Optimizing Fire Resistance in Modular Construction

  • Discuss the legislative requirements around fire safety affecting the modular construction in Australia (fire resistance requirements, construction types, etc.).
  • Share an overview of the structure of the Building Code of Australia will be undertaken and linked to the use of modular construction
  • Conduct fire/structural engineering analysis required to allow approval of a modular project by the Authority having jurisdiction and the Fire Brigade and to meet the legislative requirements
  • Explore the innovation that fire/structural engineering can allow in terms of design optimization, reduction of construction cost (reducing amount of plasterboard used/reliance on inherent fire rating of the module’s structure).
john.lucchetti-112x128 John Lucchetti
Hydraulic Section Manager, Principal
Wood & Grieve Engineers

John Lucchetti is a Principal in Wood & Grieve’s Melbourne office. He has a particular emphasis on the modular and prefabricated construction field and is always focused on opportunities to improve technology and construction methodology in this area. This involves connecting his extensive network of contacts and acting as a trusted and valued advisor for his clients.  He is actively involved in the Australian construction industry and is a co-founder and board member of the Modular Construction Code Board as well as being a Director of prefab Australia.

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Renaud-Momtbrun-112x128 Renaud Momtbrun
Fire Engineering Project Engineer
Wood & Grieve Engineers

Renaud Momtbrun is a Fire Engineering Project Engineer in Wood & Grieve’s Melbourne office.  Renaud has gain significant experience on modular building construction and has undertaken significant assessment and advanced fire modelling on this type of construction.  He believes that the potential of modular construction is currently not being fully exploited due to the lack of research and analysis on the effect of fire on the structural elements forming the modules.  Renaud is actively working at finding solutions allowing better understanding of the fire resistance of modular construction.

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12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-14.15 Keynote Address

Challenges and Innovations in Designing for Resilient and Sustainable Prefabricated Modular Buildings

  • Explaining the urgent need for resilient housing and innovative construction techniques
  • Understanding challenges in designing for resilient buildings
  • Showcasing innovations in advanced materials, building systems and construction techniques for resilient and sustainable buildings
  • Demonstrating through case studies the benefits of adopting these new innovations
Tuan-Ngo-112x128 Dr. Tuan Ngo
Research Director
ARC Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing

Besides winning multiple awards for his contribution to the science community, Dr Ngo has also played a key role in the PrefabAUS. He has carried out significant research collaborations with industry and government agencies to perform R&D experiments of prefabricated modular components of building structures (facades, wall panels and floor slab systems). He has successfully coordinated a large Training Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing funded by ARC and industry. The national and international research interactions have given Dr Ngo widespread recognition amongst the scientific community and industry as an expert in design and manufacturing of building components and systems using high performance materials.

14.15-15.00 Mitigating the Five Biggest Risks in Construction with Modularization

  • How modular can reduce risk and increase certainty on projects
  • The five biggest risks on construction projects and how modular can help mitigate them
  • Case study projects and real examples of the role of modular and risk reduction
  • Facing the builder’s nightmare: the issue of waterproofing
  • What does this mean for the industry as a whole, and could this lead to increased warranties and certainty for clients?
Andrew-Fowler-112x128 Andrew Fowler
Managing Director

Andrew Fowler is widely respected in the NSW construction industry as both a builder and a manufacturer of modular solutions. He loves nothing more than to look at the structure of a building and work out a way to build it smarter – unlocking efficiencies from a time, cost, sustainability and quality point of view. With over 25 years experience in the industry, building is in Andrew’s blood. He grew up on construction sites and in 2003 established Austruss, a proudly Australian company that designs, manufactures and installs frames, trusses, bathroom pods and modular construction elements.

15.00-15:30 Afternoon Refreshments
15.30-16.00 The Beauty of Modular Buildings: Architectural Sophistication and Sustainability

  • Showcasing modular buildings with outstanding architecture design and great sustainability
  • Clarifying changing role of architects in modular construction projects
  • Exemplifying sustainable features and techniques used to achieve them in modular buildings
bill-mccorkell-112x128 Bill McCorkell
Managing Director & Founder

Bill McCorkell is passionate about architecturally-designed sustainable homes and the intersection of architecture with prefabrication and new technologies. Prior to founding ArchiBlox, Bill was Director of Melbourne architecture and interior design firm Techne, and Director of McCorkell Constructions which has contributed to his well-rounded design and building skill-set today. Bill brings explosive talent to his work as an architect and a clear vision to the business to provide beautifully designed, sustainable architecture. His energy and enthusiasm for architecture and prefab, supported by solid industry knowledge, captures the imagination of clients.

 16.00-16.30 Complementing Traditional Construction with Modular Construction to Achieve Optimal Project Outcome

  • Engaging project team early to assess the ‘best for project’ methods
  • Adopting on-site construction skills in construction manufacturing and bringing DfMA into traditional construction concepts to best integrate off-site construction into construction supply chain
  • Reducing risks for lenders and adopting financing models from other manufacturing industries to be used for modular construction
Lee-Aschettino-112x128 Lee Aschettino
Technical Director
Alto Australia

With over fifteen years modular building experience and a tertiary qualification in multidiscipline engineering, Lee has focused primarily on concept design, through to manufacturing, and handover. Lee has an impressive International track record, developing and honing skills from the best in major European, Asian and Australian manufacturing facilities, such as Ausco Modula. He has been responsible for the design and delivery of over two hundred modular projects in Australia and Europe with a diversified range of clients across construction, telecoms, hospitality and resource industries.

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16.30-17.15 Panel Discussion

Assembling and Managing the ‘Dream Team’ for Superior Quality and Faster Delivery at Reduced Costs

  • Identifying different members of a project team, evaluating their roles and expectations during planning and project delivery phase
  • Bringing the right team members together for large-scale, complex projects
  • Building trust and promoting collaboration in your team
  • Overcoming complexities of large-scale projects through project management systems

Colin Jones
Damien Crough
Eddie Pallotta
Lee Aschettino
Stephen Giblett

17.15-17.30 Closing by Conference Chairperson
17.30 End of Day 2


09.00-13.00 Workshop:

Developing Off-Site Elements using Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA) Principles

To be conducted by Amy Kulka-Marks, Founder and President, XSite Modular

Implementing and optimizing prefabricated elements is a complex process, where the use of Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA) principles for prefabricated components is crucial to the success of the project. When developing prefabricated elements, these principles should be considered to achieve the most efficient designs and economies of scale without compromising technical performance.

Participants will be taken through:

  • Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA) principles educational session
  • Participant will work in small facilitator-led groups to create off-site strategies
  • A sample case study and examples will be reviewed and discussed

Key Takeaways:

  • Participants will understand the importance of DfMA in designing for prefabricated elements
  • Factors to consider when deciding what elements to select and execution strategies for fabrication
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Amy Kulka-Marks, Founder and President, XSite Modular

Ms. Marks is a member of Modular Building Institute (MBI) and serves on its Public Relations committee. She is a highly sought after keynote speaker for many international conferences on construction. Recently, Amy was appointed by the Government of Singapore to a two-year position on an International Panel of Experts focused on Construction and Productivity. She is also the founder and moderator of the Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) Group on LinkedIn. As an MMC Consultant, Amy works with clients all over the world to enable the optimization of off-site elements into projects’ design.

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14.00-17.00 Site Tour:

Experience first-hand the power of modular construction and prefabrication at this 3-story residential redesign project in Surry Hills. Led by Rohan Little, Managing Director of Modulum as well as Oxide Design, you will be guide to understand how prefabricated modular systems have been designed to ensure fit and smooth installation. You will also apply your learning from the workshop to a real life project by understanding the prefabrication considerations as well as the project management complications that arise from modular construction.

Based in one of Sydney’s oldest, most densely populated suburbs – Surry Hills – the Oxide Design project is a new 3-storey home sitting in the rear yard of a heritage listed terrace. The building’s form references the traditional and morphs into the modern. The building represents Modulum’s final prototype for a building system that aims to remove a carpenter’s pencil and measuring tape. You will be able to witness the ability of modular construction to reduce costs, build time, site disturbances and waste to achieve sustainability through smarter and leaner designs.

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Rohan Little, Principal, Modulum, Oxide Design

Rohan Little is Principal of Oxide Design, a design and architecture practice based in Sydney; and Modulum, a patent pending prefabricated component building system. Both firms are focused on the end-to-end delivery of residential, commercial and urban developments. Rohan has over twenty years’ experience in design and construction and for five years was a lecturer at the University of Technology, Sydney in sustainable residential design and furniture design.

In 2016 Modulum was invited to join the Australian Government’s Industrial Transformation Research Program and provides PhD Candidate Scholarships as a Training Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing.