Timber in Construction Materials - event preview

13 December 2017

13 Dec 2017

Venue: SCI, London, UK
Date: Thursday 19 April 2018

The use of timber as a structural material is not new. It has been used for thousands of years and is arguably our oldest building material. Although essentially made of cellulose, the chemical properties of timber are inherently complex. It is this complexity and variety that gives timber its wide ranging ability to be used in a seemingly limitless range of structures and end uses, including houses, bridges, ships and aeroplanes, as well as other uses ranging from simple weapons to components in seismically isolated submarine docking cradles. One of timber’s greatest advantages is that it is a natural resource and, if procured from well managed forests, is also a renewable resource. It is remarkably strong and lightweight and its record of use can be seen in many historic buildings and structures of national importance. Contemporary construction of large buildings using timber shows a growing interest in the potential of building with timber on a scale that was not previously attainable.

This afternoon symposium, Timber in Construction Materials, presents a unique opportunity to learn about timber as a construction material. It will take attendees on a whistle stop tour of the use of timber in construction, plus a look at its use in historic buildings and modern innovations in changing the chemical properties of timber to improve performance in construction. So, if you are a materials scientist working the construction industry book your place here today! Early bird fees apply before Thursday 8 March 2018.

The programme for the afternoon will include:

  • Introducing timber - a root and branch review
    Paul Sharphouse, Principal Technical Consultant (retired), Trada Technology Ltd
  • Timber in historic buildings
    Dr John Williams, Principal Consultant, RSK Environment Ltd
  • Better timber through better chemistry
    Dr Andrew Pitman, Technical Director, Fibre7 UK Ltd

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