Canadian Consulting Engineer

PEO York Chapter Presents: New Concepts in Modular Construction

February 08, 2017
531 Atkinson Ave., Thornhill, Ontario

Modular and offsite construction are hot topics, however, there have been mixed results in the field, with high-profile successes and failures. The session will reference recent projects while covering the following topics:

  • “Big Ideas” behind modular construction
  • Challenges facing the construction industry and the solutions offered by modular project delivery
  • Limitations to the growth of the modular industry
  • Markets for modular construction and the role of incentives, regulations and policy
  • Technical approaches such as volumetric, integrated facade, panelized, WC pods
  • Modular design and construction process
  • Role of tolerances and methods for delivering the required precision
  • Production metrics such as expected output volumes per unit of factory space


speaker julian bowronDescribed by Canadian Architect as “One of the emerging leaders in bridging the gap between designers and fabricators“, Julian Bowron is a frequent guest lecturer on the subject of Modular Construction and High-Definition BIM. He is also the inventor of the Vectorbloc Modular Construction System, a precision,tall-capable, self-bracing, stackable volumetric solution, which is among his many patented modular construction solutions.

These construction solutions are products of his 35 years’ experience directing architectural fabrication facilities and job sites across the globe and 25 years’ spent managing an architectural design department, including 16 years directing parasolid / 3D design operations in support of full scale, multi-material, digital fabrication.

Prior to founding VectorBloc, he was the founder of Feature Factory, a high-end, ultra-custom fabricator (sold to Walters Group, now called Feature Walters) and founder of the Prefabricated (Modular) Architectural Division of Feature Walters. He also created Walters’ “DEFINE BUILD” ™ brand identity and “The Recording Studio for Architects” ™ an immersive, 3D multi-trade design and process troubleshooting environment. Julian is a Industrial Design graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD).

$15.00 plus a small processing fee.

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