Essentials of timber conservation: latest developments, techniques and legislation
07 August 2016
This September, Engineers Ireland is to host a full-day seminar on the essentials of timber conservation. The seminar will feature a host of industry experts who will discuss the latest developments, techniques and legislation around the growing area.
Date(s): Wednesday September 21, 2016
Time(s): 9:30 AM – 4:45 PM
Venue: Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Conservation engineering for timber can be a specialised area but knowledge of the behaviour of timber is an essential requirement for anyone likely to encounter structural timber.
As the Government is once again emphasising re-use and rejuvenation of the older town centres in particular, the role of timber and the assessment of its capacities in-situ will feature more and more in the engineer’s workload.
With protected structures in particular there are legal requirements to conserve but in any refurbishment project involving timber, it is better to assess and re-use wherever possible.
This seminar will be of interest to all engineers involved in structural work, all surveyors, architects, fire engineers and those in the insurance world who have to assess risks associated with timber. The seminar will allow for networking between these groups, sharing of experiences and for the refining of best practices.
Seminar learning objectives:
- To demonstrate the qualities and versatilities of timber as employed by our antecedents and the ways and means of assessing structural strengths and contributions in-situ; and,
- To show how the conservation of timber where possible, along with standard repair techniques, is feasible and reliable and how such conservation can add long projected life expectancies to structures.
Speakers include Nick Clifford, technical consultant for Exova BM TRADA, on essential knowledge regarding timber, Dr John Williams, senior technical consultant for Exova BM TRADA, on timber evaluation and Alison Hardiman, Barrister at Law, on the law relating to protected structures and national monuments in Ireland.
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