Master Classes in Timber Engineering have been organised by the Centre for Sustainable Architecture with Wood (CSAW) at the University of Tasmania.

The Master Classes in Timber Engineering will be held in venues around Australia in April and May 2013.

Developed in response to growing interest from architects, clients and developers in timber in commercial buildings and large structures, the AS1720 Timber Engineering Master Classes offer practicing engineers an opportunity to develop design skills targeting timber in commercial buildings and structures beyond the scope of AS1684.

The Master Classes use case studies, tutorials, instruction and interactive sessions to grow knowledge and skills in timber use in buildings among the participants.

By the end of the Master Class, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the properties and behaviour of timber in structures
  • Use AS1720.1 – Design methods and have an awareness of AS1720.4 – Fire resistance for structural adequacy of timber members
  • Design timber members and connections
  • Be confident and inspired to use timber in their designs
  • Be aware of resources available to assist them with timber design such as websites, software, and contacts
The Master Classes in Timber Engineering will be presented by Geoff Boughton and Jon Shanks.

Geoff Boughton is director of TimberEd services, a consulting engineering practice in Perth WA. A member of the Standards Committee that develops AS1720.1 and the relevant ISO committee, he is principal author of The Timber Design Handbook.

Jon Shanks has worked as a consultant engineer designing large timber buildings all over the world, including CLT structures, gridshells and domes. He has a PhD in timber engineering and actively teaches timber at university level.

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