25 August 2021

Fundamentals of timber – third session: Wood and timber properties

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Learn with TRADA Live: Fundamentals of timber provides a comprehensive overview of the many aspects of timber and is intended as an introductory resource for newcomers to the material and those looking to construct a strong foundational layer of knowledge upon which to build with the support of a trusted authority like TRADA.


The third session is Wood and timber properties with Phil O’Leary, Technical Manager, BM TRADA.


Phil will look at: variability of timber; the appearance of timber, covering grain, texture and figure; density, reaction wood, juvenile wood, heartwood, sapwood, and how they all affect timber properties; timber and wood characteristics; toxicity, chemical reaction and corrosive properties in conjunction with other materials; and timber as a structural product.



Tuesday, 12 October 2021
12:00–13:00 (UK time)



TRADA members: Free

Non-members: £30 +VAT per session

Students at member universities: Free

Students at non-member universities: £15 +VAT per session


Learn with TRADA Live events are always free to TRADA members. Not yet a member but keen to be? Give TRADA’s membership team a call on 01494 569603 or email membership@trada.co.uk.


About the speaker

Phil O’Leary, Technical Manager, BM TRADA

Phil is responsible for leading BM TRADA’s Timber Consultancy – the UK’s pre-eminent team of timber experts – whose specialist areas are structural condition surveys (condition, defects and remedial), in-situ visual grading (justification of enhanced design values), fungal and insect attack, ongoing monitoring, moisture content monitoring, inspection and maintenance programs, and on site failure investigation.


Phil’s particular expertise is in the quality, grading, performance characteristics, deterioration and preservation of different kinds of timber for different uses. He has carried out inspections of many industrial infrastructures, including railway, marine piers, critical cooling towers at nuclear plants and power stations, MOD structures and National Air Traffic Services communication towers.


He has served as an expert witness in establishing the causes of timber failures in, for example, roofs, bridges, decks, boats, temporary stages, walkways, playground equipment, scaffold boards and tool handles.


As well as leading the Timber Consultancy team, Phil is responsible for their highly regarded series of standard and bespoke training courses. Phil sits on the BSI’s Wood Preservation Committee and the Wood Protection Association’s Technical Committee.


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