The role of design and the delivery process required for prefabricated building systems are different from those commonly adopted in traditional architectural, industrial and engineering design projects. The components of the prefabricated structure have to be designed considering manufacturing, transportation, assembly and disassembly, different structural behaviour and performance requirements, etc. Therefore, prefabricated buildings are comprehensively planned products requiring a greater emphasis on design, processes, modelling, and integration of components relative to traditional building construction. This research program aims to identify and synthesise the underpinning principles for selecting materials and designing integrated systems that holistically consider manufacturing, functionality, structural adequacy, energy consumption, and circular economy into tools that will help design professionals and end-users achieve high-quality designs satisfying end-user performance requirements. Also, the program will establish a training platform that engages the workforce in the design and manufacturing processes to site erection.
The program will enable designing and manufacturing of affordable mass customised prefabricated housing using automated robotic platforms. It will alleviate major market challenge in the prefabricated industry by moving prefabrication away from identical, repetitive building configurations towards high-quality, innovative, high-performance, custom-tailored design products. Development of interoperable Building Information Modelling (BIM) systems will enable easy engagement in design, supply chain, manufacturing, and assembly of the prefabricated buildings. Interoperable BIM platform intends to enable collaboration between design professionals, manufacturers, contractors, and asset managers and minimise the disputes between the stakeholders.
Transportation induced damage to prefabricated structure
Investigating the response and damage pattern of prefabricated structures due to vibration during transportation and lifting, aiming to derive a simplified analysis and design method for safe transportation.
Acoustic metamaterials for structure-borne sound isolation in multi-storey timber buildings
Developing a system using a novel technology (metamaterials) to attenuate low frequency structure-borne sound in multi-storey timber buildings.
Effects of envelope design variables on indoor environmental quality of prefabricated houses in Australia
Assessing the performance of prefabricated houses and improve their design in order to minimise life cycle costs and achieve better indoor environmental quality.
Development of an innovative timber based prefabricated panelised system
Seeking to understand current limitations of timber based prefabricated panelised systems and developing verified solutions to create a robust and innovative system.
Design for lean manufacture of low-cost housing
Development of a moving assembly line for low cost multi storey buildings and applying lean principles to the manufacturing processes.
BIM-based automated design check system for modular building
The aim is to develop a Building Information Modelling-based method to automatically check design quality of modular buildings in terms of manufacturability, transportability and assemblability.
A lightweight concrete solution for a timber concrete composite floor system
Evaluating the effect of lightweight concrete on the structural performance of timber-lightweight concrete composite system.
Fire performance of concrete flat slabs
Using advanced instrumentation to complete range of tests to measure the fire performance of concrete flat slabs.
An optimisation method for MEP plant room modularisation
Developing a method to assist engineers and researchers to evaluate the benefits of a modular configuration compared to conventional site build strategy prior to implementing prefabrication in mechanical, electrical and plumbing projects