28 March 2021

Learn with TRADA Live to bring structural timber engineering to the forefront

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TRADA’s first online learning series, which kicked off in January, has been an educational success. More than 600 people signed up to learn more about critical issues within the timber industry, and TRADA is keen to keep the momentum going.


It is now delighted to announce that the next series of online sessions will focus on structural timber engineering and delve into topics including: structural timber products, designing for durability, timber connections, and hybrid construction. It will be of particular interest to lecturers and practising engineers.


The series follows a more intensive schedule, with a new session delivered weekly at 12:00–13:30 BST on Tuesday or Wednesday. Since it is best experienced as a whole, attendees can only register for the series as a bundle.


As you can come to expect from Learn with TRADA Live, these sessions are again free to all TRADA members – including the students of all university members. However, non-members can purchase the remaining 1 session for £30 + VAT. Students of non-member universities can purchase the remaining 1-session for £10 + VAT.


Not sure if you’re a member? Call 01494 569603 or email Kathryn Macneil, our membership administrator, on membership@trada.co.uk.


The structural timber engineering series

Tuesday 18 May ∙ 12:00–13:30


Understanding structural timber products, how they are made and for what purposes they are used with Hugh Mansfield-Williams, Technical Manager, BM TRADA, and Andrew King, Director, Constructional Timber.


Hugh and Andrew will look at the various manufacturing techniques employed to make structural timber products; the effect that these have on the structural performance; how products are tested, assessed and classified; and the manner in which Eurocode 5 refers to or uses the products’ classifications.

Tuesday 25 May ∙ 12:00–13:30


Key differences in approach between structural timber and structural steel with Toby Maclean, Director, Allt Environmental, and Ishan Abeysekera, Senior Engineer, Arup.


Toby and Ishan will use their knowledge and understanding of structural steel to explain how to design in timber. Each key attribute which is handled differently, e.g., vibration, will be looked at to compare and contrast the difference between steel and timber. They will show where to find the calculation methods in more detail in tables and sections of Eurocode 5 and elsewhere.

Tuesday 8 June ∙ 12:00–13:30


Designing with moisture in mind in new and old timber buildings with Andrew Lawrence, Associate Director, Arup, and Kim Collins, Senior Structural Engineer, Historic England.


Andrew and Kim will explore: the principles of moisture in wood and how they affect structural and durability performance; how to work with moisture in wood and not against it; and design issues affecting external structural components. In addition, Kim will take a look at how we can control the conditions inside old buildings to best use and preserve existing structural timber members.

Wednesday 16 June ∙ 12:00–13:30


How timber components are connected with Keerthi Ranasinghe, Senior Lecturer, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, and Andrew Thomson, Designer / Maker, TRUNK Timberwork.


Connections are absolutely critical to timber engineering. Having discussed the material and its major differences with steel, Keerthi and Andrew take a look at the key connection types available; how to undertake calculations; the major practicalities to consider; and conclude by commenting on which types are best in common situations.


Timber connections: a guide for engineers. Part 1 - Theory is now available in our Bookshop.

Tuesday 22 June ∙ 12:00–13:30


Hybrid timber and steel construction with Alan Dowdall, Director, Ramboll, and Kelly Harrison, Associate Director, Whitby Wood.


Timber is often used in conjunction with other structural materials. Alan and Kelly take a look at some of the opportunities that arise when combining timber with these materials; how to solve some of the more common problems; and summarise by looking at situations where a hybrid approach works best, drawing on each other’s positive attributes.


You can download a PDF of the programme here 


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