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FPInnovations introduces modelling guide for timber structures

By Adam Freill   

Construction Construction Materials Green Construction

New FPInnovations guide aims to facilitate analysis and design of mid- and high-rise and long-span structures.

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FPInnovations recently launched its Modelling Guide for Timber Structures. The document from the non-profit that supports the Canadian forest sector can be used to gather state-of-the-art information for the structural analysis of timber construction, providing practicing engineers with modern and innovative design tools that will facilitate the construction of taller and larger wood buildings.

The guide, developed in collaboration with more than 100 experts from 13 countries, comprises a wide range of practical and advanced modelling topics, including key modelling principles, methods, and techniques specific to timber structures, as well as modelling approaches, and considerations for wood-based components, connections, and assemblies.

It also provides analytical approaches and considerations for timber structures during progressive collapse, wind, and earthquake events. The guide also presents the differences in the modelling approaches to timber, steel and concrete structures.

“Computer modelling is an essential part in the structural analysis and design of mid- and high-rise residential and commercial timber buildings, as well as long-span timber structures, where traditional engineering hand calculations or spreadsheets that are typically adopted by the designers for low-rise timber buildings are no longer adequate,” says Zhiyong Chen, a scientist from FPInnovations’ Building System team and co-editor of publication. “This guide was developed based on efficient modelling methodologies and analysis methods and provides valuable resources for advanced computer modelling of timber systems.”


The publication is available as a free download at web.fpinnovations.ca/modelling. Hard copies can also be ordered via FPInnovations’ Amazon library.




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