Transforming Advanced Manufacturing Piece by Piece – A Cooperative Research Project

Its not just the ITKE (see here) that is exploring new and innovative ways to design, construction and building material fabrication. The University of Melbourne in collaboration with Speedpanel Australia has been awarded a three year, $3,000,000 project at the Australian Government Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) that will focus research and development on innovation in pre-fabricated building systems.

The aim of the collaboration is to unlock the potential growth of Australia’s prefabricated building industry by creating a co-operative knowledge exchange between the collaborating partners.

Lead researcher, Associate Professor Tuan Ngo, from the Department of Infrastructure Engineering said the iBuildCRC project will develop an innovative building system using advanced manufacturing techniques for faster and cheaper construction.

“This new panelised system will be a significant advancement on traditional building products because it will be lightweight, easy to construct, reusable, recyclable and have better load resistance,” he said. “It also promises a much lower carbon footprint.”

Mr. David Visser, Managing Director of Speedpanel Australia said that funding from the CRC programme will enable the establishment of a world-class collaborative research platform with the University of Melbourne.

“This will lead to more efficient, sustainable construction in Australia and greater export opportunities. Prefabricated construction is ideal for affordable inner city developments and this technology will help close the gap with reduced construction costs and increased fire protection qualities which are pressing issues for the Government,” he said.

The aim of the CRC project is to improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries by fostering high quality research to solve industry identified problems through industry-led and outcome focused collaborative research partnerships between industry and research organisations.

Photo credit: “”. Material used in the preparation of this article has been drawn from Melbourne University.

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