Seminar: ‘Realising Dreams with Timber Structures’

Written by Kevin Plasencia –

On Thursday 03 August 2017, Engineers Australia Structural College in conjunction with The University of Queensland and the Centre of Future Timber Structures (CFTS) hosted a seminar session entitled ‘Realising Dreams with Timber Structures’. Two guest speakers shared their expertise and knowledge on timber engineering.

Mr Jack Norton – Timber Preservation and Durability

Jack is the current Secretary of Timber Preservers’ Association of Australia (TPAA). TPPA represents the nation’s wood preservation industry. TPAA promotes a knowledge of the principles and methods of timber preservation within the industry, helps with establishing and adhering to Standards for the treatment of timber, and promotes best practice in the production of treated wood.

With over 45 years of experience in timber preservation industry, Jack has been involved a variety of projects around all around Australia and overseas. He has also served as President of the International Research Group on Wood Protection which is around 400 members in 53 countries.

Jack gave an outstanding presented about wood preservation and timber durability in the construction and building industry. His presentation included the following topics: wood structure and its impact on timber durability, the national timber durability classification system, the application of preservatives to improve durability and designing for durability.

Chris Ammundsen – Australia’s New Tallest Timber Office Building, 25 King

The second speaker of the night was Mr Chris Ammundsen. Chris is an Associate at the engineering firm Aurecon here in Brisbane and he is the Lead Structural Engineer for their new project “25 King St.”

With over 18 years of experience as a Structural Engineer, and being an Alumni of UQ from the class 1998, Chris presented the challenges and benefits of using timber structural elements in their new project.

At a height of almost 45 metres, 25 King will be the tallest engineered timber office building in Australia. It was designed by architect Bates Smart with engineering services provided by Aurecon and Lendlease. The building will be the future home of global engineering firm Aurecon. 25 King will be built using cross laminated timber (CLT) and glue laminated timber (glulam) which has a structural strength similar to the traditionally used concrete and steel.



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