New timber engineering online course offered

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Presented by timber engineering experts Jon Shanks and Geoff Boughton, the six modules offer engineers the opportunity to increase their knowledge so they can design and specify timber products with confidence. It is available exclusively through WoodSolutions Campus.

A glance through international and Australian architecture and design publications, both traditional and online, will show the growing use of wood and wood products, in decorative and structural roles. However, independent research has shown that lack of knowledge about designing with timber leads to a perceived increase of risk, so engineers tend to stay with materials they know.

WoodSolutions Campus Timber Engineering Course has been created to address this impediment by providing a comprehensive introduction to engineering with a wide range of timber products.

“With many universities not being able to spend as much time on timber in their engineering and design courses, this is the ideal way to supplement the knowledge of undergraduates and graduates alike,” said Eileen Newbury, Forest and Wood Products Australia Ltd’s (FWPA), National Marketing and Communications Manager and WoodSolutions National Program Manager. “WoodSolutions Campus now has a depth and breadth of online courses targeted at audiences ranging from the industry supply chain to design and build professionals.”

The new Timber Engineering Course has been created and presented by Jon Shanks and Geoff Boughton, both recognised professionals in their field of engineering. Originally this course was given as a series of six online webinars and have now been adapted as a self-paced online learning course.

The content begins with wood basics then progresses through engineering design to AS1720.1 and whole of building performance to various timber building systems. The course has been designed to equip engineers and design professionals with an understanding of the key considerations for timber engineering design and to identify topics they need to research further to continue to grow their skills in timber engineering.

“I urge industry members, especially those dealing with engineers and other design professionals to actively promote WoodSolutions Campus, said Ms Newbury, “It will not only help them grow their own businesses, but will promote the sector as a whole.”

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Source: FWPA

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