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Structural Engineer’s Timber Design Software Review and Recommendations

While structural analysis software is used regularly for timber used in domestic residential applications, there has been a lack of knowledge on suitable software for non-residential or commercial building applications.

The widely used structural analysis software available to engineers is dominated by concrete and steel information and for the timber industry to compete suitable software has to be readily available that includes timber information.

A 2010 survey of 30 structural engineering firms across Australia found that a wide range of timber engineering and design software programs being available, and the number has increased since the survey was conducted, but they have not been taken up by general structural engineers. In general this is because the software is not known amongst structural engineers.

The review recommends that FWPA help to publicise and promote existing timber specific structural design and analysis software to structural engineers through FWPA’s Wood Solutions program. It also recommends that after a period of time, structural engineers should be surveyed on their software preferences to measure any change in usage. If the survey shows structural engineers are not using the existing available software program, FWPA could consider developing a generic timber Standards/Code checking compliance with AS1720 software module that could be incorporated into the most common structural analysis software.

Reference Number: 
PRA215-1011

Findings Report: 
PRA215-1011-Tech-Transfer-Strategy-Software-Review.pdf

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FWPA has launched the inaugural series of its new podcast, WoodChat. Each episode in the six-part pilot series will include an in-depth conversation with experts on a different industry-related news story, discovery or innovation.

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Promoting the Advantages of Wood Products

Promoting the Advantages of Wood Products

Promoting the benefits and use of forest and wood products, in line with community attitudes, environmental awareness and market trends.

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Aligning Products to Market Needs

Aligning Products to Market Needs

Ensuring that the industry’s products and services are fit-for-purpose, appropriately aligned to market needs and their availability better communicated to key influencers.

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Assisting Value Chain Optimisation

Assisting Value Chain Optimisation

Increasing the value and volume recovery from existing resources to ensure that all wood fibre is utilised to its highest and best purpose.

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Increasing Resource Availability and Reducing Risk

Increasing Resource Availability and Reducing Risk

Increasing the availability of wood fibre to support an expanding market and associated manufacturing capacity.

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Impacting Decision Making and Industry Capability

Impacting Decision Making and Industry Capability

Ensuring that the industry has the skills and systems necessary to support improved decision making by all players across the value chain.

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In the spirit of reconciliation, Forest & Wood Products Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia, and we acknowledge their connection to the land and their custodianship of Country and forests. We pay our respect to Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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