Senator Scott Ryan officially launched the ARC Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing (CAMPH) on 4 November at The University of Melbourne. Attended by around 130 representatives from industry and research, the proceedings also included presentations by Centre Director Prof Priyan Mendis, Research Director Assoc Prof Tuan Ngo, University of Melbourne Vice Chancellor Prof Davis, ARC Executive Director Dr Cameron, Partner Investigator Tom Vassos and Centre Chief Investigator Prof Colin Duffield. Following the official proceedings, the Centre’s postdoc and PhD students provided displays showcasing the research and training activities currently in progress.
The overwhelming message was that Australia’s building industry needs to innovate, collaborate and transform to meet the demands on the 21st Century including the growing need for affordable housing. The Centre is working with industry to develop innovative solutions for a broad spectrum of projects to promote prefabricated construction.
ARC CAMPH Research and Training Committee workshop
The Centre’s Research and Training Committee assembled on 4 November following the official Centre launch. Collaborating Organisations include The University of Melbourne, The University of Sydney, Monash University and Curtin University. Collaborating Partners include prefabAUS, Amoveo, ARC Reinforcing Co, CIMC, EnviroSIP, FWPA, Habitech, Kirk Architect, Modulum Homes, Prebuilt, Tektum and Timber Building Systems.
An afternoon workshop for the Chief Investigators and Partner Investigators of the Centre’s Research and Training Committee explored opportunities for collaboration and strategies to advance the Australian prefab industry. The discussion covered the many innovative research projects being undertaken by the postdoc and PhD students.
prefabAUS and the ARC Training Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing (CAMPH) welcomed a large delegation of representatives from Singapore’s Building & Construction Authority. An afternoon workshop and evening networking event provided an excellent opportunity to discuss the latest technologies and strategies to boost productivity, improve quality and safety in the construction industry through modular construction. The discussion provided a tremendous knowledge-sharing opportunity and helped establish a commitment to ongoing international collaboration.