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1. (AU2014221181) Modular building units, and methods of constructing and transporting same
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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:
1.          A connector assembly, comprising an upper connector coupled to a lower connector and a gusset plate sandwiched between the upper and lower connectors,
the lower connector comprising:
a lower connector hollow body having lower connector first and second ends, the first end being adapted for receiving a first end of a first module frame and the second end being adapted for coupling to the gusset plate;
at least a pair of lower connector bosses coupled to the lower connector hollow body; and
at least a pair of lower connector arms, each lower connector arm being coupled to and extending from the lower connector boss and having an aperture for receiving a fastening means to couple the lower connector to the upper connector;
the upper connector comprising:
an upper connector hollow body having upper connector first and second ends, the first end being adapted for coupling to the gusset plate and the second end being adapted for receiving a first end of a second module frame;
at least a pair of upper connector bosses coupled to the upper connector hollow body; and
at least a pair of upper connector arms, each upper connector arm being coupled to and extending from the upper connector boss and having first and second apertures, the first aperture adapted for receiving a coupling means to couple the upper connector to the gusset plate and the second aperture adapted for receiving the fastening means to couple the lower connector to the upper connector; and the gusset plate comprising:
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a first face, a second face and through holes for receiving the coupling and fastening means to couple the upper and lower connectors.
2.          The connector assembly according to claim 1, further comprising a locating pin positioned on the first face of the gusset plate for engaging the second end of the lower connector hollow body for positioning the second connector on the gusset plate.
3.          The connector assembly according to claim 1 or 2, wherein the lower connector hollow body and/or the upper connector hollow body have one or more bores adapted for receiving affixing means.
4.          The connector assembly according to any one of claims 1 to 3, wherein the upper connector hollow body has a generally T-shaped opening at the first end of the body.
5.          The connector assembly according to any one of claims 1 to 4, wherein the hollow body of the upper and lower connector has beveled edges for cooperatively engaging a frame structure.
6.          The connector assembly according to any one of claims 1 to 5, wherein the lower connector hollow body and the upper connector hollow body have a square shaped cross-section.
7.          A system of modular frame units for forming a modular building, comprising:
- a first module frame unit having a first end coupled to a lower connector;
- a second module frame unit having a first end coupled to an upper connector; and
- the upper and lower connected being coupled and sandwiching a gusset plate,
wherein the upper connector, lower connector and gusset plate are as defined in any one of claims 1 to 6.
8.          A  system    for  coupling     adjacent      modular    frame    units   for   forming     a 
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modular building, comprising:
- a first module frame unit having a first module frame unit first end coupled to a first module frame unit connector;
- a second module frame unit positioned adjacent to the first module frame unit and having a second module frame unit first end having a second module frame unit connector; and
- a floor section having pedestals coupled to a slab, the pedestals having an opening adapted for coupling the pedestals to the first and second module frame unit connectors; and
wherein the first and second module frame unit connectors are one of the upper or lower connectors defined in any one of claims 1 to 6, and having a bore in the hollow body adapted for receiving and coupling the pedestals.
9.          A system for vertically and horizontally joining modular frame units for forming a modular building, comprising the system as defined in claims 7 and 8.
10.        A method for coupling modular frame units for forming a modular building, comprising:
- coupling a lower connector to a first end of first module frame unit; - coupling an upper connector to a first end of second module frame unit; and
- sandwiching a gusset plate and coupling the upper and lower connectors to form modular frame units, wherein the upper connector, lower connector and gusset plate are as defined in any one of claims 1 to 6.
11.        A module frame unit comprising the upper connector and the lower connector as defined in any one of claims 1 to 6.
12.        A building comprising the module frame unit of claim 11 or the connector assembly as defined in any one of claims 1 to 6.
13.        A lower connector comprising:
a lower connector hollow body having lower connector first and second ends, the first end being adapted for receiving a first end of a first module frame and the second end being adapted for coupling to the gusset plate;
at least a pair of lower connector bosses coupled to the lower connector hollow body; and
at least a pair of lower connector arms, each lower connector arm being coupled to and extending from the lower connector boss and having an aperture for receiving a fastening means to couple the lower connector to an upper connector.
14.       The lower connector of claim 13, wherein the hollow body of the lower connector has beveled edges for cooperatively engaging a frame structure.
15.        An upper connector comprising:
an upper connector hollow body having upper connector first and second ends, the first end being adapted for coupling to a gusset plate and the second end being adapted for receiving a first end of a second module frame;
at least a pair of upper connector bosses coupled to the upper connector hollow body; and
at least a pair of upper connector arms, each upper connector arm being coupled to and extending from the upper connector boss and having first and second apertures, the first aperture adapted for receiving a coupling means to couple the upper connector to the gusset plate and the second aperture adapted for receiving the fastening means to couple a lower connector to the upper connector.
16.       The upper connector of claim 15, wherein the hollow body of the upper connector has beveled edges for cooperatively engaging a frame structure.