27-29 Oct 2020
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Digital Building Theatre

New and free for 2020, this stage will present the latest in digital solutions and technological advancements across planning, design and building. From BIM software, updates on digital strategy, to presentations from the next generation of digital innovators.

Tuesday 27 October

The Victorian Digital Asset Strategy (VDAS) aims to improve the way infrastructure projects are defined, delivered and maintained.


Understanding VBIS, GS1, Uniclass and BIM-MEP AUS and how they link digital models to a store of facility management related information.


The building services industry continues to evolve through a connection between design and construction. This presentation will delve into the critical importance standardised digital engineering practices play in improving collaboration and productivity between design and construction teams. This gap is already starting to be bridged by some in the industry but for others, it continues to be an issue. Shannon will talk about how the BIM-MEPAUS initiative tackles this issue and provides a foundation that helps to influence change and data driven business decisions as the industry navigates through this inevitable restructuring.


Architecture was always influenced by culture. Due to religion we have churches. Can hip hop culture be the inspiration for a desperately needed inventiveness to reform our current 'sorry state of housing'?


Wednesday 28 October

Andrew will use examples from his work at the University of Sydney, Laing O’Rourke and elsewhere to explore the changes coming to the profession and to the practice of engineering as a whole. This includes practical examples in robotics / automation, exoskeletons, digital tech, big data, additive manufacturing (3D printing), intelligent infrastructure, augmented reality, advanced materials and biomimicry.

He will provide a unique insight into how leading firms such as Laing O’Rourke are utilising technological advancements to deliver innovative best practice solutions in the building and construction industry.


Together we explore the digital mega trends and work through a framework to help you select the right technologies to make a positive and lasting impact on your business.


Nathan will present the results of the digital adoption of Architectural Practices 2019 survey undertaken by the AIA and the ACA of their members. Learn where you sit in industry.


The Australian construction sector has a Fatal Injury Rate twice that of all industry sectors; around 16 per 1,000 construction workers (per year) are injured, medically treated and compensated. Industrial Revolution 4.0 – The Digital Era is here and is rapidly transforming work, providing the greatest opportunities to reduce health and safety risks at the design stage. There are new opportunities for WHS management with Building Information Modelling (BIM).


In this session, Andrew Brady will reveal how built environment cost professionals harness technology and innovation to uncover minutiae that ultimately leads to better cost control and outcomes.


Thursday 29 October

More sessions to be announced

CEDIA’s Technology and Standards department explores the trends for the seamless integration of technology into buildings for the comfort, productivity, entertainment, safety, and health of the occupants. This includes such things as the IoT and 5G, AI and assisted living, wellness, power management and sustainability, amongst other things. How will this influence design and build into the 2020s?


Advancements in technology for residential building extend from sales to contractor communication, workflow management and beyond. In this session we demonstrate how organisations are using software, and explore what efficiencies are going to be gained due to technology in 2020.


Theatre seating is limited, please arrive early to avoid disappointment

Sessions details are subject to change, we suggest checking the session times prior to the event.

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