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Timber is one of the first building materials used by mankind and still endures today. Timber is currently experiencing a re-evolution with the advent of offsite manufacturing and the quest for more sustainable building solutions. This talk examines the current emerging developments and markets and then considers the possibilities of timber within construction in the future.
This is a joint event with IStructE.
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Tim is currently a post graduate researcher at the University of Surrey investigating the degradation of the timber to resin bond interface of engineered and repaired timbers and the implications of this degradation on structural failure. He sits on the International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) UK Wood Committee and the ICOMOS UK Education and Training Committee. He is a Member of the Society for Education and Training.
He previously worked for the Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA) as their University Engagement Programme Manager. He was responsible for delivering timber related lectures to under graduate and post graduate students at universities throughout the UK studying architecture or engineering related studies. He also delivered Continued Professional Development (CPD) Seminars for the RIBA, CIAT and IStructE.
He has seen the construction industry from all angles, client, consultant, contractor and educator and in the latter role has been responsible for developing several courses in construction and engineering. He has also been a consultant, a millwright and a civil engineer. Tim has worked on many listed buildings grades I, II* and II, carrying out timber conservation work, mainly in traditional English hardwoods. He has given advice on heritage issues, for planning submissions on carrying out listed building work, emergency works and potential stabilising works required on a scheduled ancient monument.
He has written articles for the society of protection of ancient buildings and trade magazines. He has a real passion for wood as a material and traditional wood working and carpentry skills. He has a Masters Degree in Timber Building Conservation and is currently carrying out research towards his PhD in Material Science (Timber).