FPInnovations has launched its new Modelling Guide for Timber Structure. This a one-of-a-kind document gathers state-of-the-art information on the structural analysis of timber construction, providing practicing engineers with modern and innovative design tools that will facilitate the construction of taller and larger wood buildings.

“The forest offers many great opportunities to store carbon and reduce the environmental footprint of the construction sector. In that respect, FPInnovations is pleased to launch this new tool, which combines the expertise of specialists from numerous fields of activities, and enhances our library of guides to facilitate massive wood construction in Canada and elsewhere,” said Stéphane Renou, President and CEO, FPInnovations.

The guide, developed in collaboration with more than 100 experts from 13 countries, comprises a wide range of practical and advanced modelling topics, including key modelling principles, methods, and techniques specific to timber structures, modelling approaches, and considerations for wood-based components, connections, and assemblies. It also provides analytical approaches and considerations for timber structures during progressive collapse, wind, and earthquake events. The guide also presents the differences in the modelling approaches to timber, steel, and concrete structures.

“Computer modelling is an essential part in the structural analysis and design of mid- and high-rise residential and commercial timber buildings, as well as long-span timber structures, where traditional engineering hand calculations or spreadsheets that are typically adopted by the designers for low-rise timber buildings are no longer adequate,” said Zhiyong Chen, scientist from FPInnovations’ Building System team and co-editor of publication. “This guide was developed based on efficient modelling methodologies and analysis methods and provides valuable resources for advanced computer modelling of timber systems.”

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