Rise of CLT sees demand for new training


Due to the increase in popularity of Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) constructions, expert training provider, Exova BM TRADA has developed a new training course for spring/summer 2017.

CLT has seen a rapid growth as a method of construction in recent years, thanks in part to its visually appealing structure, built in fire resistance and fantastic green credentials. As a relatively new product to the market, this interest has led to a requirement for more training for engineers looking to design with this innovative material.

Having identified this knowledge gap, Exova BM TRADA has teamed up with the experts from the ‘home of CLT’ at Graz University in Austria, to develop a course which explains the basics of CLT design, along with how to make the most of the product’s benefits and how to avoid any potential difficulties.

The one-day course covers everything, from applications and benefits, to member designs, stability, fire, bracing and connections.

Designed with engineers in mind, but also beneficial for architects, developers, contractors, building inspectors and timber frame manufacturers, the course provides practical information and expert advice.

Dr Keerthi Ranasinghe, Principal Structural Engineer at Exova BM TRADA explains:

“Uses of CLT in modern building systems are receiving positive comments from many building critics, and we’re seeing more and more new buildings being built using this method. With these types of buildings hitting the headlines in recent months, we were receiving a number of enquiries about CLT training courses, so we are extremely fortunate to be able to offer this course with our specialist colleagues in Austria to create this course.

“The UK is currently one of the biggest users of CLT in Europe, yet there is incredible potential for the product in the mid-rise residential and commercial sectors where steel would usually be specified. It is one of the most exciting recent products to be used in buildings, and it will become an even more popular choice in the future as the industry realises the full potential of CLT.”

The Cross-Laminated Timber for Engineers course will be delivered by Dr Alexandra Thiel and Prof Reinhard Brandner from Graz University, Austria, and will be held at the following locations:

9 May 2017, The Institution Of Structural Engineers, London
11 May 2017, The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
4 July 2017, The Institution Of Structural Engineers, London
5 July 2017, Chancellors, Manchester
The course costs £399.00 + VAT or £349.00 + VAT for TRADA members.

Exova BM TRADA runs a full training programme throughout the year covering timber, fire, management systems and general business courses. These can be offered in-house or within a client’s premises.

For more information on these and other courses, or to book a place, go to: http://www.exovabmtrada.com/en-gb/training  or contact 01494 569 750 or courses@exova.com


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