Mr Bertrand Teodosio, a PhD candidate supervised by Prof Mendis and Dr Kristombu Baduge at the University of Melbourne, Australia and part of the ARC Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing (ARC-CAMP.H), was invited as a visiting researcher to the University of Alberta, Canada under the Global Skills Strategy scheme. His research topic focuses on developing an optimised prefabricated slab-on-grade substructure for single-detached dwellings on reactive soils conditions collaborating with the Australian Reinforcing Company. He is being supervised by Prof Mohamed Al-Hussein, the chairholder of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Industrial Research Chair (NSERC IRC) in the Industrialization of Building Construction.
The research fellowship commenced in May and will conclude in July 2019 and the activities include research collaboration on innovative design concepts for a precast slab-on-ground substructure and paper presentation in the Modular Offsite Construction (MOC) Summit in Banff, Alberta, Canada. This research fellowship was made possible through the ARC-CAMP.H research support, Pearson William Tewksbury Trust and Thomas Ewing Scholarship.
CSCS China Steel Structure Development Summit 2019
CSCS China Steel Structure Development Summit 2019, China’s main steel construction forum was held 19–20 May 2019 in Hangzhou, China. It was hosted along with 2019 China Engineering Science and Technology Forum, one of a series of academic activities hosted by Chinese Academy of Engineering and sponsored by major steel companies in China. More than 1500 people attended the Summit.
Prof Priyan Mendis, the Director of CAMPH, was invited as a keynote speaker for this Summit, as a foreign expert in prefabricated construction industry. His presentation was on Modular Steel Construction and covered the latest developments in steel modular buildings, research conducted by the ARC Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing (ARC CAMPH) and a snap-shot of projected conducted by the centre partners relevant to this theme. He outlined lessons learnt and difficulties in steel modular construction as well as future research needs.
Tim O’Grady awarded the JTSI PhD Fellowship
Mr Tim O’Grady, a CAMPH PhD student based in Curtin University was awarded the JTSI PhD Fellowship.
The PhD fellowship was awarded by the Western Australian Government: Jobs, Science, Tourism and Industry department to help boost growth in WA industries. Teaming up with Quantify Technology, it hopes to develop smart automation of the power and lighting systems, creating a model that requires low user input once installed. The aim is to create an energy management system that is set to optimal energy performance, and self manages by using internal and external monitoring to best define how to manage the building’s use of energy. This will be achieved by adjusting blinds to shade sunlight, reduce mechanical heating and cooling, and switching off non-essential power outlets when the home is locked.
Creating a smart home automation system that has a single interface linking multiple automation systems allows the four major barriers that hinder the uptake of home automation to be removed. This will enable Quantify to boost their market share, and become a global leader in home automation systems.
The increase in international markets will result in more jobs for Western Australia, and further linkage between industry and academia.
Legacy Living Lab project presentation
Mr Tim O’Grady, PhD student visiting from the Curtin University, provided a presentation to the technical group on the Legacy Living Lab project that he is working on with CAMPH PhD student, Mr. Roberto Muninno .
L3 is a practice led research project based on the circular economy framework, and sustainability principles of reduce, reuse and recycle aiming to create a tangible asset, which proves the feasibility of circular economy buildings. L3 will be a multi-purpose interactive modular building, functioning as a research and prototyping space facilitating practical partnerships between academia and the building industry.
L3 will be an adaptable modular design aimed toward multiple future lifecycles. The first of which will feature in the East Village at Knutsford, a Landcorp development and Smart-Cities project site from early 2019, powered by 100% renewable energy. L3 will act as the communities main charging source for the duration of the development. The building will stay at the East Village site for 2 years before being moved to Curtin University, for its second lifecycle.
This research aims to prove that there can be a significant reduction of waste in the building industry without sacrificing on quality and experience and will showcase Australia’s most innovate materials and technology in the field of high -quality green buildings.