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Lighting & DFMA – the Benefits of Integrating Systems Early in the Fabrication Process

Presented by Light Project

Lighting & DFMA – the Benefits of Integrating Systems Early in the Fabrication Process


January 29th, 2022

Session Synopsis

The benefits associated with DFMA (Design for Manufacture and Assembly) are clear. Prefabrication simplifies the manufacturing process, minimises waste, cuts construction time and costs, and contributes to the overall sustainability of construction projects.

As such, the trend towards DFMA is welcome. At the same time, however, it is not without unintended negative consequences. If not approached correctly, the fact that it involves the delivery of products that are, in effect ‘ready-made’ can limit design possibilities.
Incorporating services like lighting and electrical systems into prefabricated elements is often viewed as challenging, however these elements often provide great architecture opportunities to enhance the overall project outcome.
The solution to this dilemma is to get in early. Designers, consultants and supply chain need to communicate early in the design process to control installation and procurement methodologies ensuring outcomes are achieved and remain unchanged. This session examines the best ways to go about this.

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Key Learning Outcomes

At the end of this presentation you should be able to –

  • Outline the ways in which lighting systems are typically incorporated into the DFMA design process.
  • Explain why the above is not optimal in terms of achieving preferred design outcomes. 
  • Outline the benefits of integrating lighting systems earlier on in the process of fabricating fittings made from Engineered Timber Structures.
  • Explain why design, installation and procurement methodology is crucial to understand from the project outset
  • Explain why doing this is preferable from a sustainability point of view.


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Ali Habibi, Principal, Structural Engineer Northrop

Ali is a Sydney-based Principal of Northrop and Chartered Engineer who heads up the Structural Engineering Section. His career portfolio includes Australia’s first mass timber commercial office building, the award-winning International House at Barangaroo. He is a recognised expert in multi-storey engineered timber buildings, with multiple academic papers and industry presentations to his credit. Ali is the current president of the ACSE and has been appointed an Adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith University. Ali’s approach is to design beyond structural engineering by analysing the overall purpose of a space, considering its users, its lifecycle and its environmental footprint.

Simonne Bailey, CEO, Light Project

Simonne has over 20 years’ experience in the property sector managing a vast variety of industrial, residential, urban regeneration and commercial portfolios. Many focussed on innovative pre-fabricated and DfMA methodologies, always looking at doing things differently. She is recognised as a thought leader and futurist with a passion for socially sustainable and commercially successful outcomes across communities. Simonne has a track record is using design-led principles through the lifecycle of an asset whilst implementing innovative large-scale placemaking and building solutions, including testing new models in both the supply chain and construction sectors. She has a proven track record in delivering complex and diverse projects across Australia.

Tom Curtis, General Manager, Light Project

Tom has been a valued member of the Light Project family for over 10 years and been instrumental in supporting award winning projects across multiple project segments. He has an inherent understanding of Light Project’s history, the value of artificial lighting, challenges around integration and the knowledge and experience Light Project proudly represent. Tom’s former experience as a practicing Architect is fundamental to his collaborative approach to problem solving to help realise the best architectural lighting outcomes.

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