News & Events

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2 days 18 hours ago

An OSA Boardwalk Used as a Teaching Aid.

On the 9 & 10 December 2019, the Future Timber Hub at The University of Queensland held a 2-day continuing professional development course on integrated design of timber buildings where an old friend from TRADAC days, Geoff Stringer presented on timber durability.   Other subjects were fire safety (expert Professor José Torero) and building physics (expert Samantha Anderson). The 16 year old Ferry Boardwalk OSA designed at UQ was used as part of the workshop exercise.

 

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1 week 4 days ago

Winner in Timber Research

The ARC Future Timber Hub are proud to advise that Adam Faircloth, a Timber Engineer with the Queensland Government Department of Agriculture & Fisheries (DAF) Forestry Research team at the Salisbury Research Facility, has been announced the winner and Australian representative for his research within the Future Timber Hub at the Institution of Structural Engineers’ 3rd Australian Young Researchers Conference.

Additional Articles

Daily Timber News - published 21 Jan 2020 - "Young Queensland engineer wins with timber panels research"

Timber & Forestry Enews - published 24 Jan 2020, issue 592, pg 15 - "Recognised for CLT evaluation research"

 

Event
11:00am 11 Feb 2020

WEBINAR: Maximising the Efficiency & Effectiveness of Engineered Wood Products

Timber Queensland presents Maximising the Efficiency & Effectiveness of Engineered Wood Products

Developers, designers and builders who are searching for improvements in safety, cost, quality and environmental ratings are increasingly using engineered wood products (EWPs) given they provide one of the best potential means of improving the impact of the construction sector on the natural environment and reducing resource consumption. 

This webinar, which features one of the Future Timber Hub Chief Investigators - Kim Baber, will explain how early interaction between designers and manufacturers deliver the best project outcomes and provide inspirational case studies.

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3 weeks 2 days ago

Tiny House - Big Idea

On the grounds of The University of Queensland (UQ), near the Advanced Engineering Building, there is a Tiny House on display until the end of Feburary 2020.  This house was erected to demonstrate 3E panels which was invented from a collaborative research project on hybrid FRP-timber thin-walled structures between UQ, the Queensland State Government Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), and Hong Kong Polytechnic University.   

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3 weeks 3 days ago

Digital Tools for Innovative Timber Structures Showcase

In November 2019 the Future Timber Hub at The University of Queensland hosted a Digital Tools for Innovative Timber Structures Showcase which had over 50 public attendees which were mainly made up of members of the Brisbane Computational Design Group. 

The presentations for the evening included:

  • Bridget Scanlan: ‘Generative Design of Site-adaptive Affordable Housing’ 
  • Aurimas Bukauskas: ‘Inventory-Constrained Structural Design’
  • Kim Baber: ‘Interactive Funicular Modelling from Utility-Grade Timber’
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1 month 4 weeks ago

Timber Queensland’s 2019 AGM was hosted at the ARC Future Timber Hub at UQ

The main focus of the Timber Queensland Board was responding to regional opportunities and technical innovations ahead for the State’s $3.2 billion forest and timber industry. A broad representation of Directors were elected.

Timber Queensland Chair Mr Paul Bidwell said the incoming Board visited the Future Timber Hub’s structural engineering and fire laboratories where experts from industry, government, and academia are collaborating to develop the skills, knowledge and resources to foster future growth of tall timber buildings.

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2 months 3 weeks ago

Increasing the awareness of engineered timber in fire testing

On the 1 November 2019 fire testing took place at the Queensland Fire & Emergency Services (QFES) Qld Fire & Rescue Academy, located at the Port of Brisbane, for the ARC Future Timber Hub Project “Exploring the self-extinguishment mechanism of engineered timber in full-scale compartment fires”.  

Industry were invited to witness this test for the first time and included engineers from Arup, Core Engineering, EWP, Holmes Fire, Omnii, Red Fire Engineers, Walkerbai and WSP.  A crew from ABC TV's 'Catalyst' science documentary series were also on hand to film the fire test for their 2020 program about engineered timber.

 

 

 

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2 months 3 weeks ago

Low-waste design blows away Barcelona judges

A timber pavilion constructed by researchers from the ARC Future Timber Hub using an innovative minimal-waste design was recognised at an international conference in Barcelona, Spain last month.

The team presented the timber construction to a jury at The International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures conference, beating over 20 other designs for a commendation.

 

 

 

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3 months 1 week ago

Timber, a material with a bundle of challenges, all worth it

One of our Chief Investigators of the Future Timber Hub (Dr Paola Leardini, School of Architecture, University of Queensland) was a panellist at the recent Brisbane Open House Event - Tall Timber Buildings & Taking on Climate Change. This event was open to the public and displayed 25 King Street, which is inspired by the environmental benefits and versatility of timber and showcases timber from roof to floor. The 9-storey plus ground superstructure utilises a combination of revolutionary engineered Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) and glulam (glue laminated timber). It is the tallest timber office building in Australia, if not the world.

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4 months 2 weeks ago

Tall Timber Tales

After watching the Future Timber Hub Film it is worth listening to this podcast again featuring Dr Cristian Maluk, Lecturer in Civil Engineering, Future Timber Hub, University of Queensland. This audio delves further into how cross-laminated timber (CLT) is becoming a construction staple and how the towers of tomorrow may soon be predominantly wood.

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6 months 1 week ago

PTEC 2019 fulfilled all expectations

AS more than 170 international delegates departed the three-day PTEC 2019 conference in Brisbane last week, the organising committee celebrated an event that met all the objectives.  Please go to Timber & Forestry ENews Issue 568, page 10, to read the article.

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9 months 3 weeks ago

Industry Connections - Timber Trader News

Building links between fabricators and researchers is just one of the goals behind the team planning the 5th Pacific Timber Engineering Conference.

This July, some of the biggest names in timber construction will gather in Brisbane for the 5th Pacific Timber Engineering Conference (PTEC 2019). Run by the Australian Research Council Future Timber Hub, together with the University of Queensland (UQ) School of Civil Engineering, PTEC 2019 aims to bring young and experienced academics together with practitioners, researchers and developers to share the latest developments in research and application of timber in construction.