Buildings of the future: Bigger, faster, more complicated

Australia has seen a raft of tall buildings and infrastructure projects developed over the last few decades.

But, as buildings get taller and new infrastructure more ambitious, how do designers consider and address fire safety?

What additional risks do these projects pose?

What consideration needs to be given to controlling and suppressing fire, stopping its spread, and allowing the quick and easy evacuation of people?

This session will explore the thought processes underpinning the safety of major buildings and infrastructure projects.


Rob Broadhead

Board of Directors, FPA Australia

Rob is the founder and CEO of 2020 Fire Protection, a company that focuses on inspection and testing, repairs and upgrades, annual fire safety statements, office fitouts, and fire order upgrades.  Rob is passionate about the industry becoming a trusted profession, and spends a lot of time educating the strata sector on the importance of fire safety.


Simon Widjaja

Technical Manager – Fire Engineering, Norman Disney & Young

Simon has worked in fire safety engineering for almost 20 years and is the Technical Manager for Fire Engineering at Norman Disney & Young. Simon has worked on various large scale projects including The Emporium Shopping Centre, Royal Children’s Hospital, Perth Childrens Hospital, Collins Square office towers and retail podium, ANZ Headquarters – Docklands, 700 Bourke St – Docklands NAB Office and 405 Bourke St fit out, Victoria Police Headquarters – West Melbourne and the Australia 108 apartment tower. Simon has recently been involved as Metro Trains Melbourne Subject matter Expert for the Level Crossing Removal Project and is currently providing review roles on the Brisbane Metro project, Cross River Rail project as well as Sydney’s More Trains More Services upgrades.

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Greg du Chateau

Director, du Chateau Chun

Greg du Chateau is a Director at du Chateau Chun, a multi-disciplinary building code, fire life safety engineering and accessibility / DDA consultancy business. Greg holds qualification and registration as a Building Surveyor and Fire Safety Engineer and has a Masters in Construction Law.

Greg has practised as a building and fire life safety consultant in both the private and public sectors for over 30 years and has been involved in consulting on numerous major residential commercial and public infrastructure projects.

Greg has been National President, State President and Executive Member of the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors, a member of the Society of Fire Safety, Society of Fire Protection Engineers and the Property Council, and has been a representative on the Building Regulations Advisory Committee, Building Advisory Council, and various representations for the Australian Building Codes Board.

Greg has practised in Australia and the Middle East and has presented papers nationally and internationally on various building regulatory frameworks, performance based building and fire codes, technical codes, standards and guidelines.