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FWPA sponsors student study to Italy conference IN an important initiative that underscores the importance of timber as a construction material, eight engineering students from around Australia have been selected to attend the 11th World Conference on Timber Engineering in Italy in June. This pilot program has been sponsored by Forest and Wood Products Australia through the Wood. Naturally Better program. The students, all from leading universities and including one PhD candidate, will be exposed to the latest work in timber design and construction from around the world and will carry

Ric Sinclair .. students have solid grasp of the benefits of wood.

their new learnings back to their respective universities, where they will up-date faculty

and fellow students through a series of agreed presentations. The prestigious international conference has attracted more than 400 speakers and submissions, and will be attended by more than 500 engineers, architects, educators and manufacturers. Topics include wood in architecture and civil engineering, wood and multistorey structures, resources and the global environment, wood engineered products, and advances in timber and earthquake and fire resistance. ‘This is a very important initiative for the industry; we are assisting engineers of the future to include the latest key concepts around timber construction and design in their studies and careers’ – Ric Sinclair Participating students were required to submit a 500word essay for independent review and the winning entries all highlighted the inherent structural properties of timber in relation to competing material, its aesthetic qualities, and the importance of better utilising what is a renewable resource to minimise construction impacts. Wood. Naturally Better spokesman Ric Sinclair said with wood increasingly the building material of choice for architects and engineers seeking to achieve key environmentally friendly design objectives, attendance at the conference offered future engineers a unique opportunity to understand how wood was being applied to modern

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Issue 123  

A weekly online magazine to the timber and forestry industry

Issue 123  

A weekly online magazine to the timber and forestry industry

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