Launch of the National Center for Timber Durability and Design Life

Last Wednesday 16th November, some of the members of the University of Queensland Fire group had the pleasure to attend to the launch of the National Center for Timber Durability and Design Life at the University of Sunshine Coast (Australia). This new Center was launched by federal Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Senator Anne Ruston, and included the presence from several members and partners from the timber and construction industry.

This new Center has been created as a partnership between Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA), the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), the University of Sunshine Coast (USC), and the University of Queensland (UQ). The National Center for Timber Durability and Design Life will be based at USC, and as stated by manager director of FWPA Ric Sinclair its main goal is “to ensure Australian design guides and standards remain world-class in light of climate change, new engineered timbers, and changes in building design”.

At the University of Queensland we are delighted to be part of this five-year research hub centered on timber durability and design life, and established on the basis of a high-level of expertise and willingness to collaborate.

More information can be found here.

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From left to right: Steve Dickson (State Member for Buderim), Andrew Wallace (Federal Member for Fisher), Senator Anne Ruston (Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources), Greg Hill (Vice-chancellor, USC), Prof. Roland De Marco (Deputy Vice-chancellor of Research and Innovation, USC), Dr Michael Kennedy (General Manager, Forestry Science, DAF), Prof. José L. Torero (Director of the Centre for Future Timber Structures at UQ), and Ric Sinclair (FWPA managing director). Source: Timber & Forestry E News Issue 441
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From left to right: Gerry Gardiner (chairman, Timber Preservers Association of Australia, Sunshine Coast), Dr Juan P. Hidalgo (Lecturer in Timber Engineering, Centre for Future Timber Structures, UQ), and Robbie McGavin (Project Manager, DAF). Source: Timber & Forestry E News Issue 441
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From left to right: Dr Joe Gattas (Lecturer, Centre for Future Timber Structures, UQ), Kate Humphreys (Research Fellow, Centre for Future Timber Structures, UQ), and Shane Robertson (Commercial and Development Manager, Hyne). Source: Timber & Forestry E News Issue 441
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