Smart Skyscrapers Summit Australia 2017

28-29 March 2017
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Melbourne, VIC, Australia



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Day 1 - 28 March 2017
08:00 - 08:50


08:50 - 09:00

MC Opens

09:00 - 09:10

Welcome Address by Schindler

09:10 - 09:40

Speed Networking
This speed networking session will allow delegates to introduce themselves and swap business cards with other summit attendees.

09:40 - 10:00

Sydney’s One Central Park – The Making of the World’s Best Tall Building

  • Tallest vertical garden in the world, over 1100 square metres
  • Sustainable design concepts and visible use of green design
  • Naturalisation of the built environment

Mark Giles, Senior Associate, PTW Architects

Mark Giles
10:00 - 10:20

Australia’s Changing Skyline – Facts & Figures Depicting Growth

  • Analysis of property demand and growth in Australia  
  • In six of eight Australian capitals apartment skyscrapers are planned or under construction that will tower over every other high-rise in the city in the next five years

Jennifer Duke, Domain Review Editor, Domain - Fairfax Media

Jennifer Duke
10:20 - 10:50


10:50 - 11:10

Rethinking the Australian Skyscraper

  • As a high-rise apartment boom sweeps Australia, concern is growing that the proliferation of skyscrapers will be to the detriment of cities and the people who live in them.
  • This presentation looks at opportunities for rethinking Australian tall building design inspired by climate, culture and context.
  • It suggests towers can be reinvented to play a more generous role in our future cities, accommodating innovative new functions and providing places of community and recreation in the sky.


Dr. Philip Oldfield, Senior Lecturer, UNSW Built Environment, UNSW AUSTRALIA

Dr. Philip Oldfield
11:10 - 11:40

Architectural Technical Design of the New Generation of Supertall Buildings

  • What are the metrics of and the impetus behind the exponential increase in the number of supertall buildings?
  • What are the unique technical challenges that supertall buildings pose?
  • How are those challenges being addressed by designers, code officials, industry and other interested parties?
  • What does the future hold?

Peter A. Weismantle FAIA, RIBA, Director of Supertall Building Technology, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture LLP, USA

Peter A. Weismantle  FAIA, RIBA
11:40 - 12:10

Extending the public realm into the sky

Tall Buildings are developing features of semi-public and super public natures at increasingly heightened levels. In addition to this, the act of elevating the public realm is driving the creation of links extending from and towards the city street scape below.

  • Allowing the public realm into tall buildings is a way to preserve and enhance the urban habitat on the ground floor
  • Tall buildings need more social spaces
  • Tall buildings are ready to become super public and cultural

Claude Godefroy, Partner, Design Director, Henning Larsen Architects, Hong Kong

Claude Godefroy
12:10 - 12:30

Innovation in Façade Development through Parametric design processes
Resolving a tower with a double curved glass facade
Automation through parametric tools and multi-platform interoperability enables resolution of design concepts through streamlined processes with accurate and efficient output.

  • What processes are required for a double-curved glass facade to become a resolved, scheduled curtain wall
  • What are the limitations with curving glass in construction and the Australian climate
  • How is this information documented to be clearly communicated to a stakeholder

David Christie, Architect, Associate, Technical Innovation Leader, Woods Bagot

David Christie
12:30 - 12:50

The Future of High-Rise Design – Case Study: Quay Quarter Tower

  • 3XN’s philosophy of Architecture Shapes Behaviour and how they’re Humanizing the High-Rise
  • Features of the Quay Quarter Tower including workplace, context and upcycling

Fred Holt, Architect, Partner, 3XN, Denmark

Fred Holt
12:50 - 13:50


13:50 - 14:10

Innovation in Environmental Design

  • Naturally ventilated and mixed mode spaces are becoming increasingly important in creating a variety of comfortable and liveable spaces that provide an alternative to solely air-conditioned environments
  • The interplay of the natural ventilation, façade and building design is explored using examples such as 1 Bligh Street Sydney, Qantas Headquarters, 443 Queen Street Brisbane and other projects

Ray Brown, Managing Director, Architectus

Ray Brown
14:10 - 14:30

Sustainable Design for High Rise Buildings

  • Setting the design right
  • Bringing the industry and end users together
  • Holistic approach for optimal results

Alistair Guthrie, Director, Arup, UK

Alistair Guthrie
14:30 - 14:50

Energy Efficiency in Existing Tall Buildings – Chifley Tower’s Energy Efficiency Upgrade

  • Winner of the 2015 Performance Award at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Awards
  • Featuring upgrades that significantly boosted the energy performance of the 42-story Chifley Tower
  • The iconic 23-year old tower now boasts a 4.5 NABERS energy rating due to upgrades to lighting, HVAC, elevators, BIM and waste management systems

Mike George, Regional Director, Head of Premium Property Group – Office, Asia Pacific, JLL

Mike George
14:50 - 15:20


15:20 - 15:40

Schindler High-rise Solutions – Enabling the Buildings of Tomorrow

  • Creating the most efficient and visually striking solutions with a minimal footprint
  • Maintaining continual operation and improving equipment reliability
  • Entering the era of connected equipment, predictive maintenance and increased reporting capabilities
  • How Destination Control and Modernisation can improve the efficiency and value of your assets

Robert Boog, Vice President Sales and Marketing - Schindler Top Range, Schindler
Steve Newton, National Transit Management & Top Range Manager, Schindler

Robert Boog Steve Newton
15:40 - 16:00

Opportunities for Timber construction systems in High Rise Buildings

  • Increased use of prefabricated timber structures in major building projects
  • Reduced need for steel and concrete, which requires large amounts of energy to be transformed into useable materials

Associate Prof. Gregory Nolan, Director, Centre for Sustainable Architecture with Wood School of Architecture and Design, University of Tasmania

Associate Prof. Gregory Nolan
16:00 - 16:45

Panel Discussion
Regulations Impacting Height Limits for High Rise Buildings

  • Discussing tower height restrictions for developers
  • Providing community areas such as recreational public spaces, cafes, laneways or social housing to offset height restrictions
  • International perspective on height restrictions for tall buildings

David Waldren, Head of Planning and Design, Grocon
Dr. Philip Oldfield, Senior Lecturer, UNSW Built Environment, UNSW AUSTRALIA
James Larmour-Reid, Victorian Regional Director, Planisphere
Peter A. Weismantle FAIA, RIBA, Director of Supertall Building Technology, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture LLP, USA

David Waldren Dr. Philip Oldfield James Larmour-Reid Peter A. Weismantle  FAIA, RIBA
16:45 - 17:05

Skyscrapers as Catalysts for Social Interaction
Spatial and urban approach in Zaha Hadid Architect’s high rise design.

  • The social need for innovation in architectural design
  • How Design excellence forces development of the Construction Industry
  • How complex design generates new spatial and functional opportunities

Michele Pasca di Magliano, Associate Director, Zaha Hadid Architects, UK

Michele Pasca di Magliano
17:05 - 17:15

Address by Cocktail Sponsor - ARUP

17:15 - 17:20

MC Closes

17:20 - 18:20


Day 2 - 29 March 2017
08:25 - 08:55


08:55 - 09:00

MC Opens

09:00 - 09:30

Speed Networking
This speed networking session will allow delegates to introduce themselves and swap business cards with other summit attendees.

09:30 - 09:50

Significance of Developing Iconic Skyscrapers in Cities

  • City of Sydney - Why it's important to reconsider height limits?
  • The importance of iconic tall buildings in cities
  • Opportunities in developing tall buildings
  • Recently released Central Sydney Plan dealing with building heights and the importance of maximising these heights in a global city like Sydney
  • Key precincts such as Barangaroo and the Bays Precinct

Councillor Christine Forster, City of Sydney, NSW

Councillor Christine Forster
09:50 - 10:20

Are Vertical Schools the Future for Learning Environments

  • Are vertical schools a passing trend? Or does this represent a paradigm shift?
  • What are the key educational affordances/constraints for building vertical schools?
  • While a vertical school has been built in Perth’s CBD and the NSW Government is committed to building 4 vertical schools, is this typology really a new paradigm historically and internationally?  And what are the lessons learned historically and internationally?

Peter C. Lippman, M. Phil; Assoc. AIA, REFP, Educational Facility Planner, Researcher, Educator, School Designer, Places Created for Learning: We Bring Your Schools to Life

Peter C. Lippman, M. Phil; Assoc. AIA, REFP
10:20 - 10:40

Performance Testing of Building Facades

  • Looking at structural adequacy, weatherproofing, wind pressures and facade performance testing
  • Building skyscrapers to withstand pressure from wind, water and seismic activity

Peter Lalas, Director Principal Engineer, Façade Systems, Janus Façade

Peter Lalas
10:40 - 11:00

Structural Principles for Construction of High-Rise buildings

  • With the recent advancement of 3D modelling tools architecture of tall buildings has become a lot more adventurous
  • This has led to buildings becoming taller, more slender and more irregular in shape
  • Increased slenderness means that serviceability requirements govern design
  • Highly asymmetrical buildings require complex time-dependant analysis and pre-setting
  • Wind loading requires special attention through complex desk-top analysis and wind tunnel testing

More and more engineers are faced with the challenge of having to come up with innovative designs which must be both buildable and economic. Some mitigation measures include:

  1. Increasing stiffness through intelligent concrete mix design (enhanced E-modulus)
    1. in lieu of e.g. adding structural steel sections in core walls
    2. reducing the number of multiple outriggers
    3. better control on sway and inter-storey drift
  2. Use of HISTAR steel for optimisation of column capacities and sizes (enhanced high-yield rebar is studied as an parallel option)
  3. Use of damping systems to control building accelerations -> SLS requirements become less or non-critical -> design for ULS -> better economics

Jean-Louis Govaerts, Deputy Director Engineering, BESIX

Jean-Louis Govaerts
11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 11:50

Intelligent Buildings

  • Advanced design - looking at ways buildings can be intelligent: optimising use of space and enhancing the productivity and wellness of occupants  
  • Aurecon’s industry wide study looking into the future of intelligent buildings with surprising results!
  • Exploring how technology and design are applied to produce the intelligent buildings of the future

Peter Greaves, Global Electrical Leader, Aurecon

Peter Greaves
11:50 - 12:10

Impact of Wind Loading on Tall Buildings

  • Principles of Aerodynamics: how to minimise impact on skyscrapers
  • How external wind pressure acts on building facades
  • Design cladding systems for high-rise and medium-rise buildings

Tony Rofail, Director, Windtech Consultants

Tony Rofail
12:10 - 12:30

Steel Framed Solutions for Multilevel Construction

  • The rise of steel-intensive high-rise construction in Australia
  • Streamlining multistorey construction projects through steel: improving speed, efficiency, safety, sustainability and reducing building costs
  • Innovative steel solutions
  • Steel facilitating prefabricated building construction

Dr Peter Key, National Technical Development Manager, Australian Steel Institute

Dr Peter Key
12:30 - 12:50

Vertical Transportation and its Role in Sustainable Vertical Urbanism

  • Creating cities equipped with aesthetics appropriate for the environmental challenges of our age
  • New approaches to vertical transportation design
  • How cutting edge technologies allow tall buildings to be constructed more efficiently than ever, making high rise development economically sustainable

Glen Pederick, Associate Director, Waterman AHW (VIC) Pty Ltd

Glen Pederick
12:50 - 13:50


13:50 - 14:10

Brisbane Sky Tower – Design Challenges

  • Refining the architectural form to optimise structural performance
  • Defining the structure to accommodate services and architectural planning
  • Designing for efficient construction

Richard Cass, Chartered Engineer & Technical Director, Bonacci Group

Richard Cass
14:10 - 14:30

Australia’s tallest Prefabricated Building – New Way of Thinking

  • Learnings from the Hickory Way: System flexibility and continuous innovation key to implementing prefabrication on a larger scale.
  • 323 La Trobe Street: 133 metre, 44-storey residential tower which rose at two floors per week during its eight month night work installation period.

George Argyrou, Joint Managing Director & Co Founder, Hickory

George Argyrou
14:30 - 14:50

New Developments in Stainless Steel
Stainless steel is an increasingly popular curtain wall material for extravagant architecture like museums, headquarters and skyscrapers. Outokumpu sees this growing demand as a result of the increasingly valued interplay of the material properties sustainability, functionality and aesthetics. The presentation will give an update on the various tall building façade projects in which Outokumpu acts as the material supplier and will furthermore focus on the new developments of stainless steel surface finishes for façade applications with regard to reflectance, corrosion, directionality and aesthetics.

  • Outokumpu’s experience in producing stainless steel sheets for curtain wall applications
  • New lower reflecting stainless steel surface finishes which also fulfill the strict reflectance regulations in Sydney
  • Directionality of patterned surface finishes and new solutions towards non-directional patterned and bead blasted surface finishes
  • Available stainless steel grades and surface finishes for higher corrosive environments like the coastal region in the Middle East or coastal locations in Australia
  • The sustainable nature of stainless steel

Joern Teipel, Lead Technical Manager (Architecture), Outokumpu, Finland

Joern Teipel
14:50 - 15:10

Challenges of Vertical Efficiency in High-Rise Building Service Design

  • Maximising floor plates though smart service design to improve returns without compromising design and comfort
  • Vertical cities - zoning within high-rise buildings lends itself to configuration through multiple service feeds, inherently increasing system reliability and redundancy
  • Case study on distributed pumping and how this can save time ,money and energy

Mathew Burke, Building Services Discipline leader, Meinhardt

Mathew Burke
15:10 - 15:40


15:40 - 16:00

Lighting Design in High-Rise Buildings

  • Latest and future lighting technologies
  • Case studies of iconic Australian towers
  • Melbourne C270 Central City Built Form Review – Impacts on Daylight
  • ESD initiatives

Dave Anderson, Specialist Lighting Section Manager, Wood & Grieve Engineers

Dave Anderson
16:00 - 16:45

Panel Discussion:
Prefabricated Versus Conventional Building

  • Our panellists debate the strengths and limitations of prefabricated and conventional buildings
  • Could prefabricated buildings be the future of skyscraper construction?

Dr Peter Key, National Technical Development Manager, Australian Steel Institute
George Argyrou, Joint Managing Director & Co Founder, Hickory
Prof. Priyan Mendis, Professor of Civil Engineering, Dept of Infrastructure Engineering, University of Melbourne
Stuart Marsland, Principal, Rothelowman

Dr Peter Key George Argyrou Prof. Priyan Mendis Stuart Marsland
16:45 - 16:50


Agenda is subject to change
*Speakers to be confirmed

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28-29 March 2017

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Melbourne, VIC, Australia

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