National Seminar - Prefabricated Modular Concrete - Design & Construction (Sydney)

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Tuesday, 1 May 2018
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM


Rydges World Square
389 Pitt Street , Sydney NSW 2000


How can we continue to meet the growing demand for more rentable building space at a reduced construction cost over a faster time frame? Conventional in-situ concrete construction relies heavily on good workmanship, thorough planning and proper execution subject to weather conditions, traffic interrupting concrete supply and variations in concrete quality over large placements.

As we get busier and busier, construction quality plummets and we are left with sub-standard concrete structures, unhappy clients, big repair bills and possible litigation. Modular concrete offers a tangible solution to this dilemma while providing sound economic benefits in greatly reduced construction time, higher concrete quality, and less interruption to the public during construction.

New innovative concrete construction technology has given rise to prefabricated high-rise construction and has successfully been applied to several buildings in Australia, with the recently completed, 2017 Award for Excellence in Concrete winner, La Trobe Tower.


CIA Members $490.00 CIA Retired Members $210.00 CIA Student Members $210.00 Non-Members $695.00 12 Month CIA Individual Member and Seminar Package (Save $75) $710.00 12 Month CIA Individual Young Member (<30yrs) and Seminar Package (Save $50) $590.00


Mr. Shan Kumar
Head of Innovation and Engineering - Hickory Group

Professor Priyan Mendis
Professor - University of Melbourne

Professor Tuan Ngo
Professor - University of Melbourne


The Concrete Institute of Australia has brought together a power line up of expert speakers in the design and construction of prefabricated modular buildings, keen to demonstrate the benefits of this construction type, the pitfalls to watch and the best use of hybrid modular and in-situ concrete options implemented successfully nationwide and overseas.

The seminar will cover the necessary practical design and specification considerations, as well as facilitating an open forum discussion, with the principle objective of clarifying and imparting knowledge with regards to Prefabricated Modular Concrete. 

What to expect? 

  • Gain a practical understanding of the major changes in the Australian prefabricated concrete industry, and how this impacts construction.
  • The opportunity to hear from leading prefabricated modular concrete practitioners who are covering new ground in Australia.
  • Discover the latest in tall tower design and construction using innovative methodology.
  • Case studies on landmark structures highlighting the latest in design and construction.
  • An excellent opportunity to discuss key aspects with industry experts in an open forum.

Who should attend?

This seminar and included content will be beneficial for all structural and civil design engineers, as well as design construction engineers. We also encourage suppliers, contractors, and concrete practitioners of all levels of experience.



Agenda and details Speaker/s
09:00  Introduction
  • History
  • Application
  • Inspiration & Innovation
Dr Shan Kumar & Prof Mendis
09:30: Session 1 - Introduction to modular concrete construction
  • What is modular construction?
  • Why do we need Modular construction?
  • How do we achieve modular construction with minimal changes to original design?
  • Advantages and Disadvantages
Dr Shan Kumar
10:00: Session 2 - Prefabricated concrete modules - their benefits, forms, uses, and restrictions.
  • Applications in Medium to High rise buildings
  • How do we convince Clients Architects and engineers?
  • Can we use the prefabricated methods on all buildings?
  • How important module to module connections are?
Dr Shan Kumar
10:30  Morning Tea  
11:00: Session 3 - Structural design requirements - lateral loads, Fire, Seismic and Wind, Robustness
  • General
  • Connections
  • Comparison of different structural systems used around the world (using concrete in modular buildings) – good and bad practices
  • Design considerations specific to modular buildings
  • Latest research    and new concepts for concrete based modular structures
  • Importance of detailing in modular construction
  • New code rules (AS3600) related to prefabricated walls   
Prof Mendis, Prof Tuan
12.45   Lunch  
13.30:  Session 4 - Prefabricated modular concrete - including lifting, systems, transportation and placement techniques. (Tolerances)  
  • Design Requirements for temporary condition
  • Design for lifting
  • Design requirements for transportation and placing
Dr Shan Kumar
Mr Vas Haitas/ Mr Collin Ginger/Mr Peter McUtchen
Dr. Shan Kumar

14:15:  Session 5 – Sustainability with prefabricated modular concrete.
  • Sustainability with prefabricated modular concrete.
  • Building Information Modelling and DFMA for modular construction
  • New light-weight concrete materials

Prof Mendis & Prof Tuan
15:00: Afternoon Tea  
15:30: Session 6 -Case Studies including the 44 storey La Trobe Tower.
  • Case Study 1 – Award winning 44 Storey building- Victoria-completed
  • Case Study 2 – 17 Storey Mantra Hotel -Perth-Completed
  • Case Study 3 -  44 Storey Student Accommodation -Under construction
  • Case study 4- Award winning SYNC bath pod application 
Dr. Shan Kumar
16:30 Session 7 – Local Presenter – Case Study on local projects  

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