University awarded $4 million for ARC centre for prefabricated building manufacturing

June 15 / 159


The University has been awarded $4M to establish the Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing.


The Centre will be led by Priyan Mendis and Tuan Ngo from the Department of Infrastructure Engineering. The four year funding includes support for six post-doctoral fellow positions and 14 PhDs.


Professor Mendis said the Centre aims to unlock the potential growth of Australia’s prefabricated building industry by creating a co-operative training system between industry and universities.


“The Centre will enable the next generation of engineers and architects to apply advanced manufacturing ideas to prefabricated modular buildings,” he said.


“This emerging highly trained workforce driven by the needs of the customer will identify innovations in the use of advanced materials, design for manufacturing and assembly.”


Mark Hargreaves, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Partnerships and External Relations) said the Centre will secure the Australian industry’s competitive advantage, leading to local employment growth and increased exports.


“Through this program, we will train emerging industry professionals, and enable industry with world-leading research capability, to develop and apply new materials, processes and technologies that will create products, processes and business models,” Professor Hargreaves said.


Ideas from this project will enable the prefabricated building industry to produce innovative and customer specific building products required in future markets.


The ARC Training Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing is a highly collaborative venture involving four universities (Melbourne, Sydney, Curtin and Monash) and nine Partner Organisations.


Story by Anne Rahilly

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