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The draft sessions program has been announced for the Frame Australia 2016 Conference and Exhibition being held in Melbourne next year.

To be held on Monday 23 May 2016 at Park Hyatt Melbourne, the 18th edition of Frame Australia will feature the theme ‘Building construction with prefabricated timber and engineered wood’. With over 400 delegates expected to attend the event, the 2016 conference and exhibition will be the largest ever held and will feature an expanded program combining topics from both Frame 2014 and 2015 conferences.

The expanded program will have parallel sessions to cover the range of emerging developments in building design and prefabricated timber and wood construction across Australia.

Draft sessions program for Frame Australia 2016

Opportunities for wood products in building construction (All delegates)

  • Creative architectural design and engineering innovation in wood construction
  • The ‘drivers’ for increased timber and wood in residential and commercial buildings
  • Global and local growth projections for supply of timber and engineered wood products
  • Discussion forum with speakers and panel members

Building design and engineering developments (Parallel session)                         

  • How high can we go? Will you be ready for the NCC height changes in May 2016?
  • Structural engineering solutions and current design projects using timber and CLT
  • The process of design, supply and construction for prefab timber building systems
  • Discussion forum with speakers and panel members

Manufacturing technologies and plant automation (Parallel session)        

  • New concepts and technologies emerging in truss and frame manufacturing plants
  • Estimating and detailing both locally and overseas – what are the pros and cons?
  • Plant productivity improvements from automation – will robotics be the next step forward?
  • Discussion forum with speakers and panel members

Timber buildings for faster construction and lower cost (Parallel session)           

  • Design and build options to lower building costs in multi-residential timber construction
  • National review of recent timber building projects and benefits achieved by developers
  • Customer and regulator attitudes to timber in residential and commercial construction
  • Discussion forum with speakers and panel members

Prefabricated panel systems production and supply (Parallel session)     

  • Developments in production and delivery of Prefab and Modular construction systems
  • Will BIM/CAD/CAM be the future for integration of design, prefabrication and supply?
  • Growth in supply of pre-assembled wall panel and floor cassette systems for housing
  • Discussion forum with speakers and panel members

The future for timber and wood building system solutions (All delegates)

  • What would encourage greater use of timber and wood in building design and construction?
  • What are the likely future dynamics of building market demand and timber supply capabilities?
  • Will collaboration by the supply chain simplify the process and achieve ‘systems based’ delivery?
  • Discussion forum with speakers and panel members