Frame Australia 2015 Speaker Sessions
The Frame 2015 conference sessions will focus on the design and construction of residential and commercial buildings utilising prefabricated timber and engineered wood construction systems. The speakers program is comprised of four separate topic sessions
Building with engineered wood construction systems
Session One / 8.30am
Sustainable solutions for future building construction
Session Chair - Jennifer Cunich, Executive Director, Property Council of Australia
Timber: Productivity powerhouse and planetary panacea?
As the building industry grapples with unprecedented global challenges – hyper urbanisation, dwindling resources and climate change among them – timber and engineered wood products (EWP) are emerging as a sustainable solution. Project teams are embracing timber and EWP as an environmentally-sustainable and renewable material, and using it to build faster, cheaper and more sustainably than ever before. So how can new systems approaches to timber create new opportunities, accelerate construction times, reduce costs and create stronger value chains? More than a panacea, timber and EWP is emerging as a productivity powerhouse and an industry game changer.
Speaker: Tony Arnel, Global Director Sustainability,, Norman Disney & Young, and former Chair, World Green Building Council
Building tall timber buildings in Australia
Australians are generally early adopters of new ideas, but we have been slow to embrace the potential for large scale timber construction in the residential and commercial property sectors as seen in parts of North America and Europe. Our geographical separation from the current marketplaces for such product has allowed us to test the efficacy of current technology and systems, producing conceptual solutions to address our unique issues of environment, building procurement and cost. What are these ideas and solutions and what will release this logical and systematic approach to next generational buildings in the Australian market?
Speaker: James Fitzpatrick, Managing Partner + Head of Design, Fitzpatrick+Partners Architects
Innovation in residential and commercial building
International expansion of timber and wood construction is rapidly progressing with tall buildings in Canada, USA and other countries. This is creating new thinking in how to achieve faster construction times to improve financial returns, whilst improving safety and sustainability outcomes. In Australia, the scale adoption of medium to large size engineered timber projects is set to grow.
Speaker: Andrew Nieland, Head of Timber Solutions Property, Lend Lease
Discussion forum: David Waldren, National Executive Design Manager, Grocon Group Robert Pradolin, General Manager, Business Development, Australand Property Group
Session Two / 10.50am
Building codes and engineering
Session Chair - Bill Wong, Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University, and past Chair of the Structural Victoria Branch Committee, Engineers Australia
Building height changes to the NCC (BCA)
BCA changes now accept 3 storey timber-framed deemedto-satisfy (DtS) requirements for Class 2 & 3 buildings with provisions in the NCC-BCA. A submission to the ABCB seeks to permit timber-framed/massive timber building systems in the NCC-BCA and increase the allowable building height to 25m to enable construction of timber buildings up to 8 storeys utilising DtS solutions. Lightweight multi-residential buildings in Canada and other countries allow timber and wood construction to be used on sites where rapid, cost-effective and lightweight building systems are desired.
Speaker: Boris Iskra, National Manager - Codes & Standards, Forest & Wood Products Australia (FWPA)
Fire safety engineering in timber buildings
Understanding fire science and fire safety in tall timber buildings, with case studies of holistic building design and fire safety solutions for mid- and high-rise timber building construction. Emphasis on systems that achieve costeffective design and documentation for multi-residential and commercial building projects. Examples of designs in a range of timber construction systems that ensure high performance levels to achieve code requirements and customer satisfaction at the lowest cost.
Speaker: Robert Gerard, Engineer, Fire Engineering, ARUP
Structural design of timber framed multi-level construction
This presentation aims to provide an overview of the factors and benefits behind constructing multi-level buildings using timber framing. Using the recently completed Australand “The Green” project as an example of how a 5 level building can be designed and constructed using timber framing in a prefabricated system. This system was proven to be an economical solution for both time and cost when compared to similar concrete framed buildings.
Speaker: Mark Paterson, Associate Director - Structural, Irwinconsult Engineers
Fixing systems for timber construction
Research and development of high technology connecting solutions for timber building construction has led to innovative structural screws and products for connecting, supported by intuitive software enabling design and calculation of complex connections. A major benefit of specialised fixing systems is that connections in exposed locations can have an attractive visual appearance.
Speaker: Albino Angeli, Technical Director, Fixings, Rotho Blaas, Italy
Discussion forum: Robert Nestic, Structural Engineer, Tim Gibney & Associates and Timber Imagineering (Archie) Archav Jalilian, Senior Engineer, STRUCterrre Consulting Engineers
Session Three / 1.30pm
Wood construction system benefits
Making timber office building construction a realistic value proposition
Timber construction is moving beyond domestic buildings and into multi-storey construction. Getting traction in the market place requires a transfer of knowledge and methods to help industry uptake this technology and to assess it relative to the existing methods they use. This presentation reports on an R&D project for a 9 level prototype office building designed in timber, including core themes that address structural, MEP, fire, sound and construction process requirements. The work also compares timber construction with conventional reinforced concrete construction.
Speaker: Prof. Perry Forsyth, Professor of Construction Management, Faculty of Design Architecture and Building, University of Technology Sydney
Benefits from prefab and modular building systems
A review of innovative designs using modular and prefab construction with advanced manufacturing techniques for medium-density dwelling projects utilising off-site components to improve safety, reduce site access problems, and lower construction time and cost. Evaluation of the building methods and benefits achieved, along with improved financial feasibility for inner and outer urban building construction.
Speaker: Damien Crough, Business Development Manager, Hickory Group, Founding Director and Chairman of PrefabAUS
Market opportunities for timber and wood buildings
The future potential for timber and engineered wood building systems can be analysed by market statistics that indicate future levels of activity by developers and builders in construction of multi-storey residential and commercial buildings. Analysis shows where the opportunities for both suppliers and builders will deliver major benefits in the building process.
Speaker: Jack Haber, Managing Director, Tecbuild Systems
Beyond the cutting edge of technology in engineered timber buildings
Overview of recent and current building development projects in Australia to demonstrate the scope of timber and engineered wood systems presently available, and a projection of future possibilities for timber and wood in residential and commercial construction.
Speaker: Andrew Dunn, CEO, Timber Development Association
Discussion forum: Roger Hogg, Quantity Surveyor, RICS Building Cost Information Service
Session Four / 3.50pm
Timber building projects supply chain
Session Chair - John Simon, Deputy Chairman, Forest & Wood Products Australia, and CEO, Simmonds Lumber
Insight to the process of design and supply
The introduction of products such as Cross Laminated Timber, timber floor cassettes, and other prefabricated/ modular timber systems have opened the door of opportunity into the commercial construction market, but the need to truly understand the design and supply process to effectively deliver these products has never been more critical. Finding the right tool to complete a job is the easy part, learning how to use it is the challenge.
Speaker: Rob De Brincat, Business Manager, Tilling SmartStruct
How CAD/CAM technology has advanced timber fabrication
Information technology and digital fabrication has become standard operating practice with 3D CAD software to interface between common Architectural and Engineering software packages and a production environment. New possibilities presented by digital CAD/CAM fabrication provide a powerful component of BIM modelling, and a highly flexible and accurate manufacturing process for prefabricated engineered wood products and components for cost effective solutions in commercial construction using timber for complex applications.
Speaker: Andrew Van Houtte, Australasian Sales Manager, Nelson Pine NZ
Labour skills and training for prefabrication
A review of labour requirements in other countries using prefabricated construction has provided assistance in developing programs for future availability of labour with skills required for on-site building and off-site manufacturing. These training programs are being developed for trade education and up-skilling of domestic housing trades, with plans to meet the projected growth in labour demand for higher level timber and wood construction, which will enable safer building sites by significant reduction in risk factors, particularly in risk of falls.
Speaker: Philip Alviano, Sustainable Building Advisor, Master Builders Association (VIC)
Current and future engineered wood products
Globalisation has brought a world economy to Australia in the construction industry, with the economic and social climate driving more resource efficient and sustainable products in structural timber. By assessing these technologies in conjunction with local knowledge we can determine the right products to import and how they supplement the existing suite of engineered timber in the market.
Speaker: George Dolezal, Principal Engineer, Meyer Timber
Discussion forum: Kase Jong, Estimating Manager, Australand Property Group Jarrod Kerrins, Project Manager, Timberbuilt Solutions
5.30pm Closing Hospitality - Sponsor TimberTrader News