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#1 ePlanning and eApprovals – Scoping Study

Planning and building approval processes are still largely paper (PDF) based, which make them inefficient and time-consuming, imposing significant costs on both industry and government. Industry is effectively unable to test plan compliance against planning controls and building regulations, track progress of their applications, and efficiently track compliance through construction. The longer-term objective of the […]

ePlanning and eApprovals, Planning, Uses and Zoning  ·  Lendlease Digital, uTecture Australia, Sumitomo Forestry Australia, A.G. Coombs, Salesforce.com, Inc., Master Builders Association Victoria, Victorian Building Authority, Monash University, The University of Melbourne

Planning and building approval processes are still largely paper (PDF) based, which make them inefficient and time-consuming, imposing significant costs on both industry and government. Industry is effectively unable to test plan compliance against planning controls and building regulations, track progress of their applications, and efficiently track compliance through construction.

The longer-term objective of the CRC’s work in this area is to embrace the opportunities that digital workflow and digital twin technology provide to design, develop and deliver an innovative digital platform to facilitate effective, efficient and timely planning, building permits, approvals, ongoing compliance with planning controls, building regulations and other regulatory requirements.

The digital platform will not be a simple electronic submission system, but will be a rich digital platform that will (among other things) provide:

  • an integrated planning and building development approvals process in which planning and building controls and rules are coded, thereby providing industry and regulators with a streamlined assessment tool that facilitates (to the extent reasonably practicable) compliance checking, certifications and approvals;
  • industry participants with an assessment tool utilising digital twin concepts to test plans for compliance with planning and building controls and regulations, thereby minimising incomplete applications and requests for further information;
  • regulatory authorities with a streamlined assessment tool that delivers enhanced speed, accuracy and transparency at less cost for both industry and government;
  • industry participants, regulators and other stakeholders with a platform from which to compare the as-built with the as-designed building for regulatory compliance; and
  • a single source of information (point of truth) for both proposed and approved designs upon which future policy, planning and regulatory decisions can be based.

BIM, Building approvals, Digital transformation, Digital Twin, Permits, Planning, Validation

#2 Automated tracking of construction materials for improved supply chain logistics and provenance – Phase 1 Scoping Study

Recent highly publicised building failures have been compounded by an inability to trace non-conforming materials. Further, project performance is limited by a lack of supply chain visibility. New modes of data capture are required to register compliance, track materials to site, track construction progress, and provide ongoing traceability. This project will investigate the building supply […]

Supply Chain Management, Logistics  ·  BlueScope, Holmesglen Institute, Lendlease Digital, Monash University, Queensland University of Technology, Salesforce.com, Inc., Sumitomo Forestry Australia, Master Builders Association Victoria, The University of Melbourne, Victorian Building Authority, Ynomia

Recent highly publicised building failures have been compounded by an inability to trace non-conforming materials.

Further, project performance is limited by a lack of supply chain visibility.

New modes of data capture are required to register compliance, track materials to site, track construction progress, and provide ongoing traceability.

This project will investigate the building supply chain and assess tracking technologies for sectoral appropriateness. Recommendations for the implementation of automated material tracking will seek to improve project performance and establish provenance data. Technologies will be assessed against a sectoral shift towards smart contracts and an ecosystem­ based, rather than linear, supply chain.

Digitalisation, Supply Chain, Traceability

#3 Projects to Platforms: Investigating New Forms of Collaboration – Scoping Study

Construction practice is rooted in project-based thinking as organisations use temporary teams to create one-off products in response to unique and changeable site conditions. As a result, product platforms have begun to emerge in construction. However, the introduction of broader, platform-based business models promises fundamental and holistic change to traditional construction. Such business models leverage […]

Business Model Innovation, Platforms and Process  ·  A.G. Coombs, BlueScope, Hyne & Son, Lendlease Digital, Monash University, Sumitomo Forestry Australia, The University of Melbourne

Construction practice is rooted in project-based thinking as organisations use temporary teams to create one-off products in response to unique and changeable site conditions.

As a result, product platforms have begun to emerge in construction. However, the introduction of broader, platform-based business models promises fundamental and holistic change to traditional construction.

Such business models leverage a combination of strategies in terms of product and process that require investigation, definition, critique, and adaptation for their potential use in construction.

This project investigates construction's disparate ecosystem to consolidate the broader network of actors through an examination of industry-wide business-level platforms.

Business Ecosystem, Business Model change, Digital Platforms, Platforms, Supply Chain Innovation

#4 Computational Design and Optimisation Tools for Prefabricated Building Systems – Phase 1 Scoping Study

The objective of this project is to develop a computational framework for producing optimised design options for modular façade and floor systems, which are both structurally and thermally efficient, early in the conceptual design phase. Given the multi-objective criteria (both structural and energy), several designs will be presented to the client in a format that […]

Computational Design  ·  M-Modular, The University of Melbourne, Queensland University of Technology

The objective of this project is to develop a computational framework for producing optimised design options for modular façade and floor systems, which are both structurally and thermally efficient, early in the conceptual design phase.

Given the multi-objective criteria (both structural and energy), several designs will be presented to the client in a format that is intelligible to engineers for them to make an informed decision on the option that meets the constraints of their projects.

The time/cost efficiency of these building systems will be ascertained by benchmarking them against existing case studies of building systems (façade and floor) designed using traditional manual techniques.

https://player.vimeo.com/video/689238399?h=619c957472

Architecture and Building Design, Computational design, Daylighting analysis, Digital Twin, Energy analysis, engineering, Modular building, Prefabrication, Structural Engineering

#5 Automatic compliance and energy rating system

This project will transform the current manual process of energy compliance checks for new residential homes by integrating existing rapid digital building software with Australia’s building regulation and performance assessment requirements. The outcome is intended to be a fully integrated and seamless workflow with home design and subsequent implications, and energy performance assessment performed in […]

ESD, Digitising and 3D Modelling of Physical Assets, Energy  ·  uTecture Australia, Green Building Council of Australia, The University of Melbourne, Monash University, Queensland University of Technology

This project will transform the current manual process of energy compliance checks for new residential homes by integrating existing rapid digital building software with Australia’s building regulation and performance assessment requirements.

The outcome is intended to be a fully integrated and seamless workflow with home design and subsequent implications, and energy performance assessment performed in real time.

https://player.vimeo.com/video/689239323?h=061a07aa4d

Architecture and Building Design, Building Informatics and Analysis, Cloud Computing, Database and Cloud Security, Environmental Performance, Innovation, Reality Capture, Sustainability

#6 Field Data Collation to support real-time operational management

Accurate and timely information about construction processes is essential to provide greater visibility and understanding of project progress and therefore deliver the projects on-time and on-budget. This project seeks to make significant advances in the knowledge and practice of acquiring and managing real-time operation data. More specific objectives include 1) understanding how passive data collection […]

IoT, Sensors and Construction Tech  ·  Lendlease Digital, Ynomia, Standards Australia

Accurate and timely information about construction processes is essential to provide greater visibility and understanding of project progress and therefore deliver the projects on-time and on-budget.

This project seeks to make significant advances in the knowledge and practice of acquiring and managing real-time operation data.

More specific objectives include 1) understanding how passive data collection can improve the management and coordination of on-site activities, 2) conducting field tests to assess and validate the key assumptions underlying the development of the framework, and 3) developing a technical implementation roadmap for a potential product prototype.

https://player.vimeo.com/video/689239545?h=c4f20bd343

Data Management, Innovation, Internet of Things, Sensor Technology

#8 Prefab, Integrated Wall Systems – Scoping Study

This project seeks to design a high-performance wall system exceeding the performance of a 7-star dwelling, with window systems that can be manufactured in two weeks and wall systems that can assembled on-site (lockup stage) in four weeks, and can be manufactured, delivered and installed in a cost-effective manner. The initial phase consists of a […]

Sustainable Materials and Design, Production and Process Systems (Advanced Manufacturing)  ·  Bentley Homes, Ultimate Windows, The University of Melbourne, Monash University

This project seeks to design a high-performance wall system exceeding the performance of a 7-star dwelling, with window systems that can be manufactured in two weeks and wall systems that can assembled on-site (lockup stage) in four weeks, and can be manufactured, delivered and installed in a cost-effective manner.

The initial phase consists of a technology review and scoping exercise that will lead a detailed design phase and a manufacturing systems design phase.

#9 Implementing DfMA and Lean in Construction: Best Practice Guidelines through a Study of Building Services and Structure

The use of Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) and Lean production principles in construction projects can lead to reduced construction costs and time, minimised waste and risk, while also improving quality and safety. However, attempts to implement these approaches in the Australian building industry have not yet delivered their full potential benefits. This project […]

Building Design and DFMA, Construction Management, Platforms and Process  ·  A.G. Coombs, Lendlease Digital, Monash University, The University of Melbourne

The use of Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) and Lean production principles in construction projects can lead to reduced construction costs and time, minimised waste and risk, while also improving quality and safety.

However, attempts to implement these approaches in the Australian building industry have not yet delivered their full potential benefits.

This project will investigate the major challenges and opportunities for the effective implementation of DfMA and Lean production principles in construction, specifically through the lens of coordinating building structure and services. The project will identify and develop best practice guidelines for further testing in future projects.

DfMA, Lean

#10 Product Platform for Volumetric Building (Scoping Study)

Product platforms have demonstrated success in manufacturing and construction to integrate design and production. This approach can drive efficiency improvements with design responsiveness. Product platforms deliver commonality in ‘assets’ that are defined as physical components, business processes, knowledge management, and stakeholder interactions. Defining common approaches to these assets allows variety to emerge through configuration while […]

Platforms and Process, Production and Process Systems (Advanced Manufacturing), Building Design and DFMA  ·  Fleetwood Australia

Product platforms have demonstrated success in manufacturing and construction to integrate design and production. This approach can drive efficiency improvements with design responsiveness. Product platforms deliver commonality in ‘assets’ that are defined as physical components, business processes, knowledge management, and stakeholder interactions. Defining common approaches to these assets allows variety to emerge through configuration while focusing resources on each asset to monitor performance and target continual improvement.

Fleetwood Building Solutions currently supply volumetric prefabricated buildings to the education, resources, housing, custodial, and commercial sectors. Designs are highly customised, responding to changing sites and client briefs. Working with the Future Building Initiative at Monash University, Fleetwood will develop a common organisational product platform for their built solutions to improve production efficiency while driving flexible designs that continue to deliver high quality design solution outcomes for customers.

Monash Future Building Initiative

DfMA, Industrialised Building, Prefabrication, Product Platform, Volumetric construction

#11 Environmental Credentials for Building Technology Platforms

There is a growing need for environmental credentials to support B2B and B2C communication in the building industry. Solutions based on the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology are the most comprehensive, covering all the stages of the building’s lifecycle – from extraction of raw materials to their end-of-life stages. Despite the potential efficiencies of loosely-coupled […]

ESD, Sustainable Materials and Design, LCA, Energy  ·  uTecture Australia, Coresteel Buildings, Monash University

There is a growing need for environmental credentials to support B2B and B2C communication in the building industry.

Solutions based on the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology are the most comprehensive, covering all the stages of the building’s lifecycle – from extraction of raw materials to their end-of-life stages.

Despite the potential efficiencies of loosely-coupled supply chains, distributed decision-making, and increased levels of digitalisation, there are no readily available methods to systematically assess the environmental impacts of building technology platforms.

This project will develop an ISO-compliant LCA framework to quantify and communicate these impacts using the uTecture and Airbuildr platforms as cases.

https://player.vimeo.com/video/690487453?h=25c787f18e

Environmental Performance, LCA, Life Cycle Analysis, Net Zero Emissions, Platforms

#12 VR/AR technologies in vocational education and training (scoping study)

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is a major part of Australia’s education system. It is crucial to train practitioners with innovative technologies to gain fundamental skills in critical and creative thinking, ICT capability, and intercultural understanding for meeting Australia’s future workforce. This project aims to explore the integrated utilisation of VR/AR technologies in the VET […]

Construction Safety, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Digitising and 3D Modelling of Physical Assets  ·  Holmesglen Institute, Master Builders Association Victoria, Monash University, Queensland University of Technology

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is a major part of Australia's education system. It is crucial to train practitioners with innovative technologies to gain fundamental skills in critical and creative thinking, ICT capability, and intercultural understanding for meeting Australia's future workforce.

This project aims to explore the integrated utilisation of VR/AR technologies in the VET system. Innovative vocational education based on VR/AR can provide initial skilling and help workers to retrain as jobs and industries evolve.

The scoping study will be used to define desirable extended reality technologies for design and development/evaluation of appropriate skill training platforms in building construction.

https://player.vimeo.com/video/689241701?h=ace0af2ac9
https://player.vimeo.com/video/689240260?h=2aef3e723a

3D Visualisation and Modelling, Augmented Reality, Capability Development, Digital Twins, Extended Reality, Health & Safety, Human Resources, Industrialised Construction, Innovation, Mixed Reality, Reality Capture, Virtual Reality, Workforce Management

#15 Using the Whole Tree for Future Timber-Based Construction – Scoping Study

The project aims to optimise parts of the Australian sawn timber processing sector to adapt to changes in market demand and material characteristics in ways that align with the future timber-based construction. The project is a review and scoping exercise to find ways of using the whole tree more effectively while adding value to the […]

Sustainable Materials and Design, Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Optimisation, Materials and Systems Innovation, Production and Process Systems (Advanced Manufacturing), ESD  ·  Hyne & Son, Sumitomo Forestry Australia, The University of Melbourne

The project aims to optimise parts of the Australian sawn timber processing sector to adapt to changes in market demand and material characteristics in ways that align with the future timber-based construction. The project is a review and scoping exercise to find ways of using the whole tree more effectively while adding value to the built environment and propose avenues of research that will address timber supply and provide manufacturing and structural design solutions to build a more resilient industry. 

UoM Sustainable and Renewable Forest Products Group

Advanced Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Sawn timber, Engineered Wood Products, Plantation Resource

#17 The implication of Industry 4.0 for the construction industry: towards smart prefab

The Australian construction industry has faced severe challenges over the past two decades. Spiralling costs of building materials and construction have made housing less affordable. Productivity, sustainability, health and wellbeing, and safety imperatives, together with the market-wide expectation for high-quality design, have further challenged traditional construction. Advanced manufacturing of prefabricated housing is a viable alternative. […]

Materials and Systems Innovation, Production and Process Systems (Advanced Manufacturing), Digital Project Management, IoT, Sensors and Construction Tech, User Interface, Visualisation and Analytics, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Digital and Automated Fabrication (Robotics), Platforms and Process, Policy and Regulation, Digitising and 3D Modelling of Physical Assets, Business Model Innovation, Supply Chain Management, Logistics  ·  Monash University, The University of Melbourne, Queensland University of Technology

The Australian construction industry has faced severe challenges over the past two decades. Spiralling costs of building materials and construction have made housing less affordable. Productivity, sustainability, health and wellbeing, and safety imperatives, together with the market-wide expectation for high-quality design, have further challenged traditional construction.

Advanced manufacturing of prefabricated housing is a viable alternative. The building industry in Australia has recognised the productivity and efficiency gains that advanced manufacturing and Industry 4.0 techniques can offer.

Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) is engaging with Building 4.0 CRC to develop a roadmap for Smart Prefab and Industry 4.0 for the broader Australian building industry. The project will effectively bring together leading companies and research organisations to develop the pathway for the growth of prefab buildings in Australia, and the adoption of the Industry 4.0 approach.

Advanced Manufacturing, Augmented Reality, Industry 4.0, Internet of Things, Virtual Reality, Smart Prefab, Australian Building Industry, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Digital Engineering

#18 Long-span Low-Carbon Floor Systems (Scoping Study)

The last two decades have seen mass timber emerge as a viable, desirable, and sustainable construction material for both commercial and large-scale residential developments. This scoping study lays the groundwork for developing a low carbon, suspended floor system capable of spanning 8m or more, and satisfying a range of additional criteria necessary for large-scale application […]

Building Design and DFMA, Fire Safety, Production and Process Systems (Advanced Manufacturing), Materials and Systems Innovation, Sustainable Materials and Design  ·  Lendlease Digital, Sumitomo Forestry Australia, Monash University, The University of Melbourne

The last two decades have seen mass timber emerge as a viable, desirable, and sustainable construction material for both commercial and large-scale residential developments.

This scoping study lays the groundwork for developing a low carbon, suspended floor system capable of spanning 8m or more, and satisfying a range of additional criteria necessary for large-scale application in multi-storey mass timber projects.

Existing product solutions in this field tend to be isolated, project-specific, and detached of market and customer requirements. This scoping study will survey and benchmark the systems available on the market, with the aim of delivering a detailed design brief for future development.

https://player.vimeo.com/video/689242035?h=68fea8de37

Architecture and Building Design, DfMA, engineering, Environmental Performance, Industrialised Construction, Prefabrication, Sustainability

#19 Hybrid Timber‐Steel Structural Systems for Mid to High Rise Buildings – Phase 1 Scoping Study

Mid-to-high-rise buildings in Australia are mainly constructed using reinforced concrete structures and have large carbon footprints. Advanced manufacturing of engineered timber products, such as CLT and Glulam, as well as cold formed steel/high strength steel, with high strength-to-weight ratio, have paved the way for construction of those buildings, using hybrid timber-steel structural systems with a […]

Sustainable Materials and Design  ·  BlueScope, Hyne & Son, Monash University, The University of Melbourne, Queensland University of Technology

Mid-to-high-rise buildings in Australia are mainly constructed using reinforced concrete structures and have large carbon footprints.

Advanced manufacturing of engineered timber products, such as CLT and Glulam, as well as cold formed steel/high strength steel, with high strength-to-weight ratio, have paved the way for construction of those buildings, using hybrid timber-steel structural systems with a reduced carbon footprint.

Lightweight hybrid timber-steel systems may also enable a reduction in construction cost and time by allowing a DfMA approach to be taken to design and construction, and allowing the manufacturing of building components offsite.

Despite the potential of hybrid structures, and unlike North America and Europe, the high-rise building market in Australia is still dominated by concrete structures, and the use of steel and timber has made few in-roads into this market.

This project will review developments in hybrid timber-steel buildings and identify the barriers to the take-up of this technology in Australia, with a focus on medium and high-rise buildings.

Image credit: 547 Ann Street Fortitude Valley, QLD, Fulton Trotter Architects, Bligh Tanner and Kane Construction. CLT supplied by Xlam.

design for manufacturing and assembly, DfMA, hybrid steel-timber structures, Steel structures, timber structures

#20 Systems and methods for robustness of mid-rise light gauge steel (LGS) buildings – Phase 1 Scoping Study

Unlike hot-rolled steel buildings, where the robustness requirement can be easily met with the use of bolted or welded joining methods with high tensile resistance for connecting structural members, the connections in LGS buildings are made in the form of screws and rivets with low tensile resistance, and thus they are usually vulnerable to progressive […]

Materials and Systems Innovation, Structural Optimisation  ·  BlueScope, The University of Melbourne, Monash University

Unlike hot-rolled steel buildings, where the robustness requirement can be easily met with the use of bolted or welded joining methods with high tensile resistance for connecting structural members, the connections in LGS buildings are made in the form of screws and rivets with low tensile resistance, and thus they are usually vulnerable to progressive failure.

This project will develop cost-effective systems and design methods to achieve suitable robustness in LGS buildings. The success of this study will promote the practical application of LGS to mid-rise construction markets.

https://player.vimeo.com/video/689242722?h=fc5441f24f

Architecture and Building Design, engineering, Innovation, Materials, Steel structures

#22 Generative design and BIM-based Design Automation methods for Steel Framed Buildings – Phase 1 Scoping Study

Light gauge steel (LGS) offers significant advantages over other materials including lightweight, quicker construction times, non-combustibility and resistance to rotting, shrinking, warping and termite attack. Today, it is not clearly understood which tools and inputs should be considered at the early planning phase in order for an LGS solution to be considered a viable structural […]

BlueScope, The University of Melbourne, Queensland University of Technology

Light gauge steel (LGS) offers significant advantages over other materials including lightweight, quicker construction times, non-combustibility and resistance to rotting, shrinking, warping and termite attack.

Today, it is not clearly understood which tools and inputs should be considered at

the early planning phase in order for an LGS solution to be considered a viable structural construction alternative to timber, steel and other structural systems, particularly in mid-rise building applications.

This project will develop computational design and optimisation tools for generating LGS building systems with excellent structural/fire performance that will be benchmarked against an existing project that has employed traditional methods.to quantify time and cost savings.

#23 When prefab hits the ground: Barriers and opportunities in the Australian housing market

Traditional construction practices in Australia have been criticised for their focus on the reduction of upfront construction costs at the expense of quality, performance and flexibility. Current and emerging prefabrication processes could provide the efficiency and quality of construction to the traditional built-to-sell market, however by incorporating the possibilities to cater for the recently developing […]

Housing and Urban Design (Affordability), Sustainable Materials and Design  ·  Fleetwood Australia, Sumitomo Forestry Australia, Monash University, Queensland University of Technology

Traditional construction practices in Australia have been criticised for their focus on the reduction of upfront construction costs at the expense of quality, performance and flexibility.

Current and emerging prefabrication processes could provide the efficiency and quality of construction to the traditional built-to-sell market, however by incorporating the possibilities to cater for the recently developing built-to-rent sector is considered to drive it even stronger.

This is because Build-to-rent shifts the housing profit model from capital gains to one based on ongoing rental income, with viability tied to minimising ongoing expenditure.

This scoping study seeks to examine the intersection of these assets and prefabrication processes, to identify opportunities for the housing and construction sector to reduce ongoing greenhouse gas emissions and increase the quality of stock.

https://player.vimeo.com/video/689243209?h=04fd158b0c

Housing, Prefabrication

#24 Next Generation of Robust and Fire-resilient Light Gauge Steel Systems for Mid-Rise Buildings (Umbrella Project) 

Light gauge steel (LGS) offers significant advantages over other materials including good strength for weight properties, ability to pre-fabricate, quicker construction times, non-combustibility and resistance to rotting, shrinking, warping and termite attack. Today, it is not clearly understood what tools and inputs are considered at the early planning phase, for a LGS solution to be […]

Fire Safety, Materials and Systems Innovation, Structural Optimisation  ·  BlueScope, Queensland University of Technology, The University of Melbourne

Light gauge steel (LGS) offers significant advantages over other materials including good strength for weight properties, ability to pre-fabricate, quicker construction times, non-combustibility and resistance to rotting, shrinking, warping and termite attack. Today, it is not clearly understood what tools and inputs are considered at the early planning phase, for a LGS solution to be a 

viable structural construction alternative to timber, hot rolled steel and other structural systems, particularly in mid-rise building applications. 

Following the findings and recommendations from Phase 1, the key industry  problems pertain to the challenges and barriers hindering the adoption of LGS in  the Australian mid-rise building market.   This project should provide a side-by-side evaluation of LGS against the  incumbent systems to demonstrate LGS as a viable alternative, with minimal  disruption to current design and engineering processes.  This project is divided into two sub-projects to address the above mentioned industry problems: 

1) Systems and methods for robustness of LGS mid-rise buildings (#20 ext)  2) Fire Resistance of LGS Floor Systems (#21) 

#25 Operational Excellence framework of steel fabrication and processing in the OSM and prefabrication sector (Phase 1)

In the manufacturing of modules off-site, steel fabrication often comes with many challenges, including supply chain reliability and clarity, the need for efficient production at both the steel producer and the modular builder end, and the flexibility for customisation. This project seeks to find new methods of efficient production and new ways of collaborating in […]

Sustainable Materials and Design, Business Model Innovation, Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Production and Process Systems (Advanced Manufacturing), Platforms and Process  ·  BlueScope, Fleetwood Australia, Monash University, The University of Melbourne, Ynomia

In the manufacturing of modules off-site, steel fabrication often comes with many challenges, including supply chain reliability and clarity, the need for efficient production at both the steel producer and the modular builder end, and the flexibility for customisation.

This project seeks to find new methods of efficient production and new ways of collaborating in the steel fabrication supply chain.

Phase 1 of this project is a scoping exercise to review the current state of the market and a comprehensive technology review.

Product Platform, Steel structures, Supply Chain, Data interoperability, Supplier relationships

#26 New materials for windows of the future

Double-glazed windows are a norm in many countries across Europe, Asia and North America due to their effective reduction of heat loss (~30%) compared to single -glazed windows. However, in Australia, only 10% (approx.) of current window installations are double-glazed. This is in part owing to the temperate climate across many parts of Australia, but […]

Building Operation and Performance, Materials and Systems Innovation, Sustainable Materials and Design, ESD  ·  Ultimate Windows, Monash University

Double-glazed windows are a norm in many countries across Europe, Asia and North America due to their effective reduction of heat loss (~30%) compared to single -glazed windows.

However, in Australia, only 10% (approx.) of current window installations are double-glazed. This is in part owing to the temperate climate across many parts of Australia, but equally the high cost of double glazing. Material science has made rapid progress over the last two decades resulting in the development of many new advanced materials and coatings.

This project is focussed on providing a critical assessment of the opportunities to apply new materials and coatings to reduce the cost, and improve the performance and ease of installation of double-glazed windows.

Double Glazed Windows, Energy Efficency, Coatings, Polymers, Building Transformation

#27 Environmental Decision-Support for Structures

There is a growing demand for reliable methods to rapidly assess and compare the environmental impacts of alternative building solutions. Approaches based on the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology are most commonly recognised by industry and academia; however, producing accurate results under this framework requires highly specialised skills and research effort that prevents their ready […]

ESD, Energy, LCA, Sustainable Materials and Design  ·  BlueScope, Monash University, The University of Melbourne

There is a growing demand for reliable methods to rapidly assess and compare the environmental impacts of alternative building solutions. Approaches based on the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology are most commonly recognised by industry and academia; however, producing accurate results under this framework requires highly specialised skills and research effort that prevents their ready incorporation into the design of most buildings.

The main objective of this project is to generate a knowledge base to inform the development of decision-support systems, supporting environmentally efficient building design.

Decision Support, LCA, Steel structures, Sustainability

#28 Componentised Internal Wall Systems for Multi-residential Applications

Internal wall systems in multi-residential applications continue to rely on labour intensive and wasteful on-site processing despite advances in prefabrication and other aspects of multi-res construction. Described performance requirements for internal walls rely heavily on craftsmanship and supervision – when these fail, significant and costly legacy issues arise. A different approach is required to the […]

Materials and Systems Innovation, Digital and Automated Fabrication (Robotics), LCA  ·  Lendlease Digital, Monash University, The University of Melbourne

Internal wall systems in multi-residential applications continue to rely on labour intensive and wasteful on-site processing despite advances in prefabrication and other aspects of multi-res construction.

Described performance requirements for internal walls rely heavily on craftsmanship and supervision - when these fail, significant and costly legacy issues arise.

A different approach is required to the design of internal walls; one which considers modularity rather than customisation, which provides a model for costing legacy and life-time value, and which allows services and performance-based criteria to be integrated in a controlled, off-site environment.

https://player.vimeo.com/video/691110453?h=a22f5a0a3b

Advanced Manufacturing, Architecture and Building Design, Building Operations, Business Processes, Circular Economy, Facility Management, Industrialised Construction, Materials, Prefabrication, Workforce Management

#30 Critical Path IMPACT through Productisation

The critical path coordinates and supports construction planning and execution and defines the prioritisation and interdependence of tasks. The resulting build program establishes a timeline, informed by the production modes, plans and management practices. New building production systems and planning arrangements have only partially resulted in achieving the construction phase productivity gains and performance improvements […]

Business Model Innovation, Production and Process Systems (Advanced Manufacturing), Building Design and DFMA  ·  Lendlease Digital, Monash University, The University of Melbourne

The critical path coordinates and supports construction planning and execution and defines the prioritisation and interdependence of tasks.

The resulting build program establishes a timeline, informed by the production modes, plans and management practices.

New building production systems and planning arrangements have only partially resulted in achieving the construction phase productivity gains and performance improvements promised by their introduction.

This project will examine what the roadblocks are to the effective impact on transforming construction programs, to establish the context and conditions of future project timelines.

Project Anatomy, Product approach, Critical Path Analysis, Impact, Integration, Dynamic Scheduling

#31 Demystifying Volumetric Construction: A Study of the Bathroom Pod

Potential benefits of volumetric construction include faster builds, improved quality, and reduction in waste. However, increased transportation costs, structural redundancy, and increased overheads can dilute these benefits, limiting their uptake. Within the Australian construction industry, the bathroom pod is one of the few volumetric assemblies that has become commonplace, and widely considered an acceptable method […]

Building Design and DFMA, Production and Process Systems (Advanced Manufacturing), Business Model Innovation, Construction Management, Platforms and Process, Supply Chain Management, Logistics  ·  Lendlease Digital, Monash University, Queensland University of Technology, The University of Melbourne

Potential benefits of volumetric construction include faster builds, improved quality, and reduction in waste.

However, increased transportation costs, structural redundancy, and increased overheads can dilute these benefits, limiting their uptake.

Within the Australian construction industry, the bathroom pod is one of the few volumetric assemblies that has become commonplace, and widely considered an acceptable method of delivering bathrooms in multi-storey buildings. However, the degree to which manufacturing methodologies have been adopted in the design and delivery of bathroom pods varies.

This project unpicks the complexities of a volumetric construction through the lens of the bathroom pod.

design for manufacturing and assembly, DfMA, Volumetric construction, Bathroom pods, Modular construction, Productisation

#34 Acoustic flanking performance of mid‐rise Light Gauge Steel (LGS) structures – Phase 1 Scoping Study

Light Gauge Steel (LGS) structures have great advantages in terms of lower weight, easier to transport, minimum construction wastes and shorter construction time. Although the resistance of various light gauge systems, including floor and wall systems, under different loading cases has been widely recognised and tested, there is very limited information on the acoustic flanking […]

Sustainable Materials and Design, Building Operation and Performance  ·  BlueScope, Monash University, The University of Melbourne

Light Gauge Steel (LGS) structures have great advantages in terms of lower weight, easier to transport, minimum construction wastes and shorter construction time.

Although the resistance of various light gauge systems, including floor and wall systems, under different loading cases has been widely recognised and tested, there is very limited information on the acoustic flanking performance of LGS structures.

This scoping study lays the groundwork for developing a robust methodology for assessing the acoustic flanking performance of LGS buildings.

Steel structures, Sustainability, Light-gauge steel structures, Acoustic, Flanking

#35 Prefab Housing Solutions for Bushfire & Disaster Relief

This project aims to develop prefab housing designs that are fire safety compliant and resilient to different natural hazards, low cost and sustainable for both temporary and long-term accommodation. The team will bring together the leading experts in the field to develop prefab housing solutions for bushfire & disaster relief in Australia and to provide […]

Housing and Urban Design (Affordability), Fire Safety  ·  Monash University, The University of Melbourne

This project aims to develop prefab housing designs that are fire safety compliant and resilient to different natural hazards, low cost and sustainable for both temporary and long-term accommodation.

The team will bring together the leading experts in the field to develop prefab housing solutions for bushfire & disaster relief in Australia and to provide recommendations and strategies for improving disaster preparedness.

A coordinated approach by the AMGC Prefab Innovation Hub will be used, and the research team will work closely with the other projects on Sustainability and DfMA.

The outcome will also contribute to lowering the carbon footprint of housing in Australia and improving the resilience of building industry against natural hazards.

Bushfire, Disaster relief, Prefabrication

#37 Australian Timber Fibre Insulation Scoping Study

The Australian timber industry generates significant quantities of low-grade by-products, in the form of chips and sawdust, through the manufacturing of sawn and mass timber products. Most problematic among these are the H2 and H3 treated products that are not currently re-purposed into other products. In addition to this timber waste stream, there are large […]

Materials and Systems Innovation, Sustainable Materials and Design  ·  Hyne & Son, The University of Melbourne, Ultimate Windows

The Australian timber industry generates significant quantities of low-grade by-products, in the form of chips and sawdust, through the manufacturing of sawn and mass timber products. Most problematic among these are the H2 and H3 treated products that are not currently re-purposed into other products.

In addition to this timber waste stream, there are large amounts of other low-to-no value feedstock such as bark (currently exceeding 400,000 tonnes annually), single use timber pallets and other non-timber waste streams such as shredded plastic fibres. These by-products have the potential to be manufactured into higher value fibre insulation products for the Australian market. Currently, such products are not manufactured in Australia with importers servicing the market instead.

This presents a potential opportunity to divert considerable quantities of waste from landfill to produce a high performance, locally made, low carbon, natural fibre insulation product for the domestic and commercial building industry in Australia.

This project is a scoping study with the intention to assess the techno-economic feasibility and opportunities associated with the creation of a timber fibre insulation manufacturing facility in Australia.

Australian Timber, Circular Economy, low-carbon, Manufacturing, Materials, re-cycle, re-use, recycling, Sustainable Building Materials, Timber Fibre, timber structures

#42 Workflow Automation Tools for Home Designs Phase 1 Scoping Study

The current process of home designs used by industry is fragmented, providing opportunity for improvement. This project aims to develop workflow automation tools for improving the home design process. The outcomes of this project will provide industry with a time and cost-efficient solution to quickly customise the design to meet the changes and variations requested […]

Computational Design  ·  Bentley Homes, M-Modular, The University of Melbourne, Queensland University of Technology

The current process of home designs used by industry is fragmented, providing opportunity for improvement.

This project aims to develop workflow automation tools for improving the home design process.

The outcomes of this project will provide industry with a time and cost-efficient solution to quickly customise the design to meet the changes and variations requested by clients, reduce time spent on the iterative design process, and achieve faster and more efficient tendering outcomes.

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Automation Workflow, BIM, BIM-integrated detailing, Generative Design, Home Design

#44 Generative Architectural Design Engine

Computational design tools have been instrumental in increasing the efficiency of design pipelines, as well as the environmental and structural performance of residential buildings.  However, other aspects of architectural design, generally associated with the cultural and social impact of buildings, have not seen similar benefits from the introduction of new technologies into the design process. […]

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning  ·  Lendlease Digital, Monash University

Computational design tools have been instrumental in increasing the efficiency of design pipelines, as well as the environmental and structural performance of residential buildings. 

However, other aspects of architectural design, generally associated with the cultural and social impact of buildings, have not seen similar benefits from the introduction of new technologies into the design process.

This project aims to kickstart a transformation in the way architectural design is approached, by introducing AI-driven generative design methods to enable the exploration of vast landscapes of diverse, highly performative design alternatives.

Computational Creativity, digital design, Generative Design

#46 Data analytics for structural fibre resources optimisation

Growth in demand to produce sawn timber products cannot be met if current practices continue. On the one hand, the sector is being squeezed by increasing consumer demand. On the other hand, irreversible changes to the raw material, due to unforeseen climatic events and change in resources management, is challenging supply. The main aim of […]

Optimisation, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, User Interface, Visualisation and Analytics  ·  Hyne & Son, Queensland University of Technology

Growth in demand to produce sawn timber products cannot be met if current practices continue.

On the one hand, the sector is being squeezed by increasing consumer demand. On the other hand, irreversible changes to the raw material, due to unforeseen climatic events and change in resources management, is challenging supply.

The main aim of this scoping study is to find promising avenues, through a data analytics approach, which will contribute to optimising the use of the timber resource and better meet the future needs of the building industry.

Data Analytics, Machine Learning