Structural Engineering

The structural frame is an integral component of buildings that utilise DfMA techniques, such as modular buildings. The knowledge and experience of our in-house specialist structural engineering services sets us apart from our competitors.

Structural Engineering
Our Structural Engineering team works collaboratively with Architects, Builders and Modular Suppliers from the concept design stage to develop the frame in a coordinated approach, to achieve a practical and cost-effective method of construction.
Simon McCarthy is our Principal Structural Engineer.
We specialise in designing buildings for modular configuration using offsite construction in the following sectors:
  • Housing (residential, multi-family, affordable, social)
  • Education (teaching rooms for primary, secondary and tertiary facilities)
  • Essential services (police, ambulance, fire stations)
  • Tourism (hotels and serviced apartments).
  • Aged care (accommodation wards)
  • Hospitals (medical centres, rehabilitation facilities)
  • Student accommodation (multi-storey)
  • Correctional facilities (cell / accommodation wings)


Our experience in the adoption of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) enables us to advise on the most suitable form of modular construction, such as:

Volumetric (3D)– offsite / pre-fabricated, pre-finished modules to be assembled on site (DfMA)
E.g, enclosed apartments, hotel rooms, hospital wards, operating theatres, prison cells

Non-Volumetric (2D)– Flat-pack /  offsite / prefabricated building elements assembled on site
E.g. Pre-cast concrete panels, timber walls, timber floor cassettes

Hybrid (2D and 3D) construction– a combination use of 2D panelised and 3D volumetric components. E.g. proprietary bathroom pods (3D) installed in a building that used 2D panels.

We document our designs in Revit for coordination with all disciplines in 3D. Our adoption of digital design allows us to utilise the benefits of a single model for design and documentation.

Digital Design and Documentation

We document our designs in Revit for coordination with all disciplines in 3D.
Our adoption of digital design allows us to utilise the benefits of a single model for design and documentation.

We support the implementation of the Victorian Digital Asset Strategy.

Considering Volumetric Modular Construction on your next project?
Contact us for a Modular Feasibility Study to obtain the key information you require to make your decision.
For a cost-effective fixed fee, Sensum can provide conceptual design services to:

  • Assist developers with feasibility in relation to the proposed development of sites
  • Assist builders at tender to determine if a preliminary design can be adapted to suit modular
  • Support planning applications

By engaging Sensum at an early stage of the design on a project, we can add advise whether there is an opportunity to add significant value and achieve early return to market by using offsite construction.

Lunch and Learn / Training:

We offer in-house training sessions to demonstrate the benefits of adopting modular / offsite construction techniques. Please contact us to organise a suitable date and time to meet your team.


Built Offsite Magazine Edition 20 – Offsite Insight (page 29) and Industry news (page 10)
Built Offsite Magazine Edition 16 – Expansion plans using modular
Built Offsite Magazine Edition 15 – When will offsite construction be right for my development?
Built Offsite Magazine Edition 13 – Binary Evolution.
Industry Presentations:

2019-Feb  – PrefabAUS – “When will offsite construction be right for my development?”
2018-Dec – Future Prisons Australia – “Structural Design of modular buildings”

Contact Us

Melbourne Address Level 1, 2 Adelaide Street
Cremorne, VIC 3121

Call Us (03) 8618 7200


Adelaide Address Suite 3, Level 3, 91 King William St,
Adelaide Central Business District, SA 5000

Call Us (08) 6109 4350

Sydney Address GPO Box 326
Sydney NSW 2001

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