SepTimber seminars

This month Architecture & Design Scotland, Forestry Commission ScotlandWood for Good and our colleagues at Edinburgh Napier University are jointly presenting a CPD series looking at timber in construction.

There are five one hour lunchtime talks in Edinburgh and one full afternoon seminar in Glasgow.  The lunchtime seminars are free (but you’ll need to bring your own food if you want to properly make it lunchtime).  The seminar in Glasgow has a very modest fee (£6/£4).
For more details and booking, go to A&DS’s website

6th September / 13:00 – 14:00 / Edinburgh
Timber Cladding and Innovation
Architecture and Design Scotland, 9 Bakehouse Close, 146 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DD

7th September / 13:00 – 14:00 / Edinburgh
The Vertical Timber City
Architecture and Design Scotland, 9 Bakehouse Close, 146 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DD

13th September / 13:00 – 14:00 / Edinburgh
Engineered wood products for Modern Methods of Construction
Architecture and Design Scotland, 9 Bakehouse Close, 146 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DD

21st September / 13.45 – 17.45 / Glasgow
Solid Timber Laminate Systems
Gallery 2, The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU

27th September / 13:00 – 14:00 / Edinburgh
Glulam v. Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL)
Architecture and Design Scotland, 9 Bakehouse Close, 146 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DD

28th September / 13:00 – 14:00 / Edinburgh
Hardwood or Modified Wood?
Architecture and Design Scotland, 9 Bakehouse Close, 146 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DD

More details:

6th September – Timber Cladding and Innovation
A Scottish timber cladding manufacturers experiences with an innovative wood protector.
Topic covered include:
Natural Weathering of Timber Cladding
Differential Weathering of Timber Cladding
Silicon Technology and its Effects on Cladding Timbers
The speakers will be:
John Russell, Managing Director, Russwood Ltd
Alan Coultas, Ambassador UK, Sioo Wood Protection AB.
Professor Callum Hill, Technical Advisor, Sioo Wood Protection AB.

7th September – The Vertical Timber City, the architecture and engineering of tall timber residential and commercial buildings
Presented by Peter Wilson of Timber Design Initiatives Ltd.
Ever taller timber buildings are being constructed and proposed in all parts of the globe: the 9 storey Stadthaus in London that began the drive upwards is now dwarfed by projects that aim to reach 80 storeys in height. The structural design of these buildings is pushing the technological boundaries of engineered timber products – and of timber engineering itself – in extraordinary new directions. With multiple large scale timber residential projects emerging in London alone, the next challenge on the horizon is the creation of whole districts, and even towns, comprised of tall timber structures. This seminar highlights the projects, the design approaches being taken as well as the new urban opportunities offered by an architecture primarily formed from renewable materials.

13th September – Engineered wood products for Modern Methods of Construction
This CPD will be presented by Stephen Stewart of James Jones and Sons Limited.
Topics covered will include:
– Engineered Wood Products
– I-Joist composition & manufacturing
– Value added solutions
– Technical benefits
– Environmental approvals
– I-Joist Panelised systems
– Uses – Floors, roof & walls

21st September – Solid Timber Laminate Systems – Seminar
The past 25 years have witnessed extraordinary advances in timber technology, with a range of solid wood systems emerging that have challenged existing approaches to structural design and building construction. . Solid wood systems, in particular, have led to new thinking in building design and to previously unconsidered applications in architecture and engineering.
This afternoon seminar, chaired by Peter Wilson of Timber Design Initiatives and introduced by Robert Hairstans of Edinburgh Napier University, will consider the following Solid Timber Laminate Systems : Cross Laminated Timber; Dowel Laminated Timber; Laminated Veneer Lumber; and Nail Laminated Timber.
Speakers Confirmed to talk about their experience of working with Solid Timber Laminate Systems in Scotland are:
Cross Laminated Timber: Andrew Burridge, SHS Burridge Architects
Dowel Laminated Timber: Sam Foster, Sam Foster Architects
Nail Laminated Timber: Matt Stevenson, Carbon Dynamic
The seminar will:
Demonstrate the value of solid laminate timber systems in terms of sustainability and design flexibility
– Explain the flexibility offered by Solid Laminate Timber Systems using CAD approaches
– Showcase case studies of the use of Solid Laminate Timber systems in Scottish projects.
– Display physical samples of Cross-Lam, Nail-Lam and Dowel-Lam
– Provide an overview of connection systems
– Outline the fire performance attributes of Solid laminate Timber Systems
– Present onsite and offsite management approaches including moisture control and workforce up-skilling.

27th September – Glulam v. Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) – the modern world of large span timber structures
This CPD will be presented by Peter Wilson of Timber Design Initiatives Ltd
Glue laminated beams (glulam) have a long history: laminated veneered lumber (LVL) less so, but in recent years the former has returned to vogue, whilst the latter is fast emerging as a material of choice for large span, free-form structures. Use of these engineered timber products has increased exponentially in buildings traditionally associated with steel or reinforced concrete construction as well as across a range of newer project types that have no real architectural, structural or constructional precedents upon which their design can be based. The manufacture of these products is now a high-tech process, allowing computer generated shapes and forms to be prefabricated into deliverable structural solutions of ever-increasing scale and complexity.

28th September – Hardwood or Modified Wood?
This CPD will be presented by Peter Wilson of Timber Design Initiatives Ltd
Chemical and thermal wood modification processes have been around for a very long time but, until relatively recently, simple economics mitigated against the availability of modified timber products. The manufacturing technologies are expensive and the investment required in plant is immense but a variety of circumstances have combined in recent years to make these products commercially viable. Initially, their promotion focused upon their use in laminated window systems and external cladding and decking, but more creative applications are nowadays emerging that have striking architectural potential. But what of the hardwood alternatives? Illegal sourcing has unquestionably impacted upon their use, but many species are still legally available, have a long history of use in the UK and are competitive with modern modified timbers.

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