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IUFRO Division 5 Conference Presentation

On Friday, June 16th, SMT will be presenting IUFRO Conference at the Pinnacle Hotel in the Harbourfront Ballroom II. The topic being presented is: The Methods and Practices for Monitoring Vertical Movement and Moisture Performance of Wood Structures. More information on the presentation can be found below:



Session Time:

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Harbourfront Ballroom II

Division 5 Research Group:

5.05 Composite and Reconstituted Products

Technical Session:

Structural Assessment and Monitoring of Wood Structures

Abstract Title:

Methods and practices for monitoring vertical movement and moisture performance of wood structures


Wood structures such as the Wood Innovation and Design Center in Prince George and the UBC Tallwood House, a 53 meter tall mass timber built building are examples of new and innovative wood structures that encompass new construction techniques, unique materials and innovative practices. The ability to receive empirical data of critical components as well as access to the real-time state of the building during construction gives Architects, Engineers and Contractors critical information to make informative decisions to either validate, change or improve the construction plan. Data recorded during the life of the building helps validate the design decisions and proves the viability and feasibility of the design. Methods and practices used to perform both vertical movement sensing of the building during and after construction as well as the moisture performance of pre-fabricated cross laminate timber (CLT) are explored in this paper. Moisture of the CLT panels has been recorded from manufacturing and prefabrication to storage, through transport and during installation in order to gather lifetime data of the panels. Despite construction during typical Pacific Northwest rain, informed decisions were made to ensure the panel moisture content was allowed to decrease to acceptable ranges before continuing to secondary construction phases.

Authors: Gamal Mustapha, Khaleed Khondoker

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