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Seminar on Building the Foundations of a Secure Offsite Industry in Scotland
The Centre for Smart Modern Construction (c4SMC) of the Western Sydney University organised a seminar focussing on the future of offsite construction, in collaboration with Wood Solutions, Australia (opens in a new window). The event was hosted at Kartsens, Sydney on 19, March 2019 in the form of a joint CPD seminar. It provided insights in to the offsite construction practice in in Scotland, UK. Guest speaker, Ms. Lucy Black (opens in a new window) who is the Head of Business Relationships at Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) (opens in a new window)presented a detailed outline of their Centre activities. The purpose of the seminar was to bring academic and industry experts together to discuss and share ideas on how offsite construction practices can be effectively applied in Australia and to learn from the experience and exposure of the Scottish construction industry. The seminar provided a valuable platform for knowledge sharing and networking among the participants who were from both the industry and the academia. The presentation by Lucy was followed by a though provoking panel discussion along with audience question and answer sessions.
MC of the seminar, Andrew Dunn, the CEO of Timber Development Association Australia welcomed the gathering of over 50 industry and academic participants. Associate Professor Mary Hardie from the c4SMC delivered the welcome speech. The keynote presentation by Ms. Lucy Black was on “Building the Foundations of a Secure Offsite Industry in Scotland”, with introduction to CSIC, the strategic and technical level support provided by CSIC and the collaborations that has taken place to deliver the UK Industrial Strategy and Future Workforce support. It was followed by an expert panel discussion where Ms. Lucy Black, Professor Srinath Perera, the Director of c4SMC, Charlie Hutchings, the Managing Director of Hundeggar Australia Pvt Ltd, Jason Reints, Sales Manager at RANDEK Prefab and Ryan Slater, Technical Sales Consultant at HOMAG Australia Pvt Ltd were invited to share their valuable thoughts and comments on the seminar theme. Major outcome of the panel discussion was the vitality of government involvement to achieve successful offsite construction in Australia. Further, Professor Srinath Perera highlighted the need of more integration between industry and universities for the betterment of the industry. The second highlight for the day was the presentation of the first contribution of the Meriton Group joining the Centre for Smart Modern Construction as a Collaborator and the sponsor for the International Expert Fellowship scheme by Mr. Julian D’Onofrio, the National Research and Development Manager of Meriton Group. The event concluded with a networking luncheon to all participants of the seminar.