11 Jun 2019

Due to the increasing rates of urbanisation and the ever growing urban population, it is inferable that the demand on multi-story construction industry will continue to increase. In Australia, having an urban population of approximately 21 million, equivalent to 90% of the total population, the construction industry is a key driver and contributes to approximately 7.8% of the country’s GDP in value added terms, where issues regarding quality control, reduced workplace productivity, onsite safety, skilled labour shortages, rising costs and environmental impacts are of great concern.

Report
28 Mar 2018

Modular building construction is an emerging trend in the construction industry. During the course of road transportation of the modular unit of a building, vehicular vibrations on the truck-trailer may cause damage to components that are attached to the unit. The amount of dynamic loading depends on many parameters including the level of loading on the vehicle, location of the centre of mass, suspension setup of the truck-trailer, and amount of damping of the vibrating parts.

Journal article
22 Feb 2018

Highlights

  • A method is developed to predict the service stiffness of floor diaphragms in modular buildings.
  • The influence of diaphragm flexibility on the seismic response of modular buildings is presented.
  • Performance-based methods for the seismic design of diaphragm connections in modular buildings are discussed.

Abstract

Journal article
23 May 2017

Provision of adequate and affordable housing is a major challenge in both emerging and industrialised countries. With increasing urgency for addressing climate change and other environmental issues these habitats will need to be environmentally sustainable too. Conventional construction, especially in dense urban centres and in rural or remote areas, is putting great pressures on cost and resource efficiency and is compelling the industry and governments globally to question the approach of business-as-usual.

Journal article
09 Nov 2018

In this paper, the characteristic requirements for inter-module connections with regard to structural and functional needs are identified and presented. An overview into few key aspects regarding multi-story modular building construction is also discussed.

Conference paper
26 Nov 2017

Modular buildings are those built using prefabricated volumetric units called modules. Due to modules being connected to each other at discrete locations, discontinuous structural systems are formed, where diaphragm discontinuity is a key issue and could result in diaphragms that are flexible. Multi-story modular buildings with flexible diaphragms are susceptible to higher mode influences when under the action of seismic loads, where such influences affect lateral load distribution, cause excessive drift among gravity frames and could potentially lead towards collapse.

Conference paper
06 Jun 2017

This paper presents a performance framework for modular construction. Modular construction is a method of construction that uses factory-produced building units called modules that are delivered as components, parts or whole buildings to be erected on site. The particular aspect of performance discussed in this paper is construction performance. The performance framework, in this context, is a description of the required structural characteristics of the module and its attachments for all stages of construction, from manufacturing, transport to installation.

Conference paper
14 Sep 2018

Dutch cyclists rode down the world's first bike path made entirely of discarded plastic this week, in a move aimed at reducing the millions of tonnes wasted every year. The 30-metre (100-ft) cycling path in the 1,300-year-old northern town of Zwolle contains the equivalent of 500,000 plastic bottle caps and is estimated to be two to three times more durable than traditional roads.

Article
05 Jul 2018

While relocatable, prefabricated learning environments have formed an important component of school infrastructure in Australia, prefabrication for permanent school buildings is a new and emerging field. This review of prefabrication for schools is timely. In 2017, Australia’s two largest state education departments committed to prefabrication programs for permanent school infrastructure. In this paper we examine the recent history of prefabrication for Australian school buildings in the context of prefabrication internationally.

Journal article
01 Mar 2018

Modularity is a strategy recognized by the academia and the industry, and modular architecture is argued to play an important role in the development of sustainable products. The objective of this article is to explore the intersection between modularity and sustainable design from the perspective of the product life cycle.

Journal article
01 Feb 2018

Off-site manufacturing offers a real solution to the growing skills crisis in UK construction. But a more standardised design approach is needed if is to be become more widely used for infrastructure delivery, says John Armitage of Ramboll.
The UK construction industry is facing two key issues: a skills shortage and an increasing demand for improved infrastructure. The governmentcommissioned Farmer review identified that the number of skilled workers in the industry is likely to decline by at least 20% over the next decade.

Briefing paper
09 Jan 2018

Commonly used in much of Europe, prefabrication is a more environmentally sustainable and socially beneficial way to build, and it’s taking off in Australia too.

Article