Prefabricated Modular Concrete: Design & Construction


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The Concrete Institute of Australia has brought together a power line up of experts in the design and construction of prefabricated modular buildings, keen to share 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 notes will cover the necessary practical design and specification considerations, 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.

Topics covered in this Learning Module:

  • Modular construction process
    • Temporary design cases
    • Application to high-rise building
  • Module to module connection
    • ​Benefits
    • Forms
    • Restrictions
  • Structural design requirements
    • ​Lateral loads
    • Fire
    • Seismic and wind
    • Robustness
  • Design temporary condition
    • ​Lifting
    • Transportation
    • Placement
    • Techniques
  • Sustainability
  • Case study
    • ​La Trobe Tower 44 Storey


  • Dr Shan Kumar Principal Engineer, Hickory Building Systems, BScEng (Civil), University of Sri Lanka and PhD from Swinburne University.
Shan-Kumar-(2).jpgShan’s expertise in the field of concrete and steel formwork systems is ground breaking, with Engineers Australia recently naming him one of Australia’s most innovative engineers in 2017. 

He was instrumental in the design and development of an integrated, prefabricated construction method, which was used to construct La Trobe Tower, the first high-rise project to use design for manufacture, and assembly construction methods. Shan’s continuous ingenuity and dedication to this field was instrumental in the successful delivery of 2017 Award for Excellence in Concrete winner, La Trobe Tower.
  • Dr Priyan Mendis PhD Monash University, Australia. 
Priyan-Mendis.jpgProfessor in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering and the Leader of the Advanced Protective Technology of Engineering Structures Group.
He was also the Convener of the ARC Research Network for a Secure Australia (RNSA) from 2004 -2011.

He is also the Director of the ARC Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing Research interests
- Protective technology of structures
- Smart Infrastructure, design, assessment and monitoring 
- High-strength/High-performance concrete 
- Seismic design of reinforced and prestressed concrete structures 
- Design of tall buildings and bridges 
- Disaster mitigation and management
- Sustainable infrastructure
  • Dr Tuan Ngo PhD from Melbourne University, Australia
Tuan-Ngo-(3).jpgTuan is the Director of the Advanced Protective Technologies for Engineering Structures (APTES) Group at the University of Melbourne.
He received the Safeguarding Australia Award for Best Contribution to National Security Technology Research in 2011. He also received the Award for Excellence in Concrete by the Concrete Institute of Australia-Vic Branch in 2017 and the University of Melbourne Excellence Award for Industry-engaged Research.
Research expertise:
- Prefabricated modular buildings 
- Extreme loadings: blast, impact and fire 
- High strength concrete
- Wind engineering and computational fluid dynamics
- Modelling urban systems and design of sustainable precincts