Investigations into the design of innovative and alternative structural timber systems and technologies that adapt ‘low value’ timber products such as sawmill offcuts, centre of log, low structural grade, high structural grade but dimensionally undervalued, and end-of-log (butts less than 1.8m in length).
A key research focus will be the consideration of timber members used at non-standard scales in comparison to conventional stud framing and roof truss construction. This approach seeks to innovate by combining non-standard sizes together in a novel way in order to achieve required overall physical and mechanical properties.
The final research objective will be to investigate the assembly of small member sizes that employ novel configurations to achieve large spans and stiffness through inherently stable geometric configurations.
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 included practicing architects, engineers, BIM consultants, and computational designers working at the forefront of digital design in the built environment.
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 in October 2019.
Harry Mills presented at the PTEC 2019 on "The potential for underutilised timber for the built environment". The conference abstract can be viewed by clicking the image below.
Commendation was given to the Future Timber Hub Pavilion design project which was Finalist in an international competition and exhibition held in October at Form and Force 2019, Barcelona. From over 30 entrants the Future Timber Hub Pavilion was one of only four to receive this award.
Harry Mills, ARC Future Timber Hub funded PhD student at UQ, was awarded a 2019 Gottstein Fellowship - a grant which usually covers an overseas study tour to investigate a specific topic and bring back new ideas, learnings and insights. Harry's Topic: The Potential for Under-utilised Timber in the Built Environment.
- Investigating the design of innovative and alternative structural timber systems and technologies that adapt ‘low value’ timber products
- Under-valued timber investigated includes centre of log, low structural grade, high structural grade but dimensionally undervalued, and end-of-log (butts less than 1.8m in length).