News and events

Symposium: Aftermath of Grenfell Tower Fire: Are Australian Buildings safe?

4.30–6.30pm 4 July 2017

The Grenfell tower event one of the worst disasters in the world, which has touched many lives. Australian cities will especially be affected as our population is concentrated in urban cities and many medium-rise and high-rise buildings have been constructed with non-compliant products.

In London, lives have been lost and many people have been hospitalised, and the burnt blackened tower has left an important question mark on fire safety and fire protection systems in buildings. It is assured that help is being given to all the homeless survivors, but this catastrophic fire is a tragic warning for the occupants, developers, architects, engineers and all people involved in the construction industry in Australia and around the world. Unfortunately, the Grenfell Tower fire is very severe as the combined effects of many critical factors of fire safety amplified the damage.

Built Offsite: a new publication for the prefab construction industry

Australia’s building industry is on the precipice of deep structural change and offsite construction is at the very heart of that process. Prefabrication or offsite construction is changing the way buildings are designed and built. By 2020 the offsite building sector is forecast to account for 10% of all GDP construction; a figure in today’s statistics that represents $3.2 billion. Built Offsite magazine gives process a voice and will bind the industry together in a sharp, well-written and researched voice that is published to be used.

Built Offsite is published bi-monthly six times per year, and is available in one and two year subscriptions.

ARC CAMPH officially launched

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.

ARC-CAMPH at prefabAUS 2016 conference

The ARC Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing is proud to have been a part of the prefabAUS 2016 conference. Hosted by the University of Sydney (Collaborating Organisation to the ARC Centre) the conference was an opportunity for leading minds from Australia and abroad to come together to share insights and explore opportunities for collaboration.

The conference included presentations by Centre Research Director Assoc Prof Tuan Ngo, Centre Industry Engagement representative and prefabAUS Chairman Damien Crough, and PhD candidate Mr Tharindu Samarasinghe.

The ARC Centre congratulates prefabAUS (Collaborating Partner to the Centre) on this year’s highly successful event and looks forward to participating in future conferences.

Modular and Offsite Construction Summit, 29 September – 1 October, Canada

The Industry Engagement Manager of the ARC-CAMPH Training Centre and Founding Director and Board Chair of PrefabAUS, Mr Damien Crough, will be providing a keynote speech at the Modular and Offsite Construction Summit in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  The title of Damien’s keynote speech is “Changing perceptions of prefabrication through research and collaboration”. The presentation will examine how prefab has evolved, including via technologies borrowed from the automotive and aerospace industries, to build modern building systems.

Presentations at Modular Construction & Prefabricated Construction ANZ 2016

The ARC-CAMPH was well represented at the 2016 Modular Construction & Prefabricated Construction ANZ conference held between 30–31 March in Sydney.  Research Director, Assoc Prof Tuan Ngo provided a keynote address on “Challenges and innovations in designing for resilient and sustainable prefabricated modular buildings”.  Industry Engagement Manager, Mr Damien Crough provided a presentation titled “Research and collaboration as the key enabler to industry growth”.  Warren McGregor, CEO of prefabAUS also provided a keynote address on “Offsite construction isn’t waiting for you — so you’d better be ready”. The conference provided an opportunity for focused discussions on how modern methods of construction can achieve productivity breakthroughs and accelerate delivery.

PrefabAUS and ARC-CAMPH welcomes BCA Singapore

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.