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Knowledge transfer in timber frame construction.

Hairstans, Robert, Dodyk, R, Kermani, Abdy, Lawson, R and MacKenzie, Robin (2004) Knowledge transfer in timber frame construction. In: Proceedings of the 9th World Conference on Timber Engineering, Oregon, USA, 6th - 10th August 2006, Portland, Oregon, USA.

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Napier University and Oregon Timber Frame Ltd have recently completed an award winning two year project in timber engineering. The project was conducted under the
umbrella of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) which is a UK Government funded research programme. As a result of the project academic based research has been put into industrial practice to the mutual development of all parties involved. Oregon Timber Frame Limited design, manufacture and erect specialised timber frame systems for volume house-builders in the United Kingdom. As a direct result of the KTP, Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) have been adopted, value engineering has been implemented and regulation change and revised codes of practice have been endorsed. Central to the project are the principles of the Egan Report ‘Rethinking Construction’ which promotes house builders to specify sustainable and environmentally friendly construction methods and reduce accident rates by utilising off-site construction methods, whilst increasing overall efficiency and quality. Through laboratory testing and computer modelling a best practice procedure for the crane erection of pre-assembled components was developed which has resulted in improved Health & Safety, productivity and financial gain. Key drivers were applied to the design process as a means to delivering optimisation in regards to robustness, speed of construction, quality of product and sustainability. Structural design and component detailing have been revised and improved to satisfy new European Structural Codes of practice and UK building regulations (Part L&F).

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
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Additional Information: The abstract was found on p.370 in the Final Program and Abstracts accessed from http://oregonstate.edu/conferences/wcte2006/ProgramAbstractsBook0711.pdf on 19/3/2008, but the full text is obtainable IN - Bender, D.A.; Granola, D.S. & Rosowsky, D.V. (eds.). Proceedings of the 9th World Conference on Timber Engineering, 26th-30th August 2006, Portland, Oregon, USA. [CD] Corvallis: Oregon State University, 2006.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Napier University; Oregon Timber Frame Ltd.; Knowledge Transfer Partnership; Modern Methods of Construction; Value engineering; Crane erection; Prefabricated frames; European Codes of practice; Building regulations (UK);
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 600 Technology > 690 Building & construction > 694 Wood construction & carpentry
600 Technology > 620 Engineering > 624 Civil engineering
Library of Congress Subjects: T Technology > TH Building construction
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Item ID: 2020
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2008 09:56
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2011 11:59
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/2020

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