University of British Columbia—Centre for Advanced Wood Processing – $416,262
Deliver educational programs to explore and convey advanced wood processing solutions, such as industrial robotics, mixed reality wood fabrication, and prefabrication in wood and mass timber assemblies.
Organize a Scandinavian tour to visit prominent mass-timber and prefabricated building system manufacturers.
Design, engineer, prototype, test and conduct cost-benefit analyses to support value-added manufacturers in the development of new wood products.
Maintain and grow an online platform and organize a series of networking meetings to foster collaboration between manufacturers and industrial designers in various subsectors of the value-added wood industry.
Improve and optimize the manufacturing process and product properties of naturally-bonded bark cladding products from BC species.
Develop design values for glulam products using Hem-fir by full-size beam testing and computer modeling to develop layup combinations.
Investigate the possibility for relaxing the load duration adjustment factor under wind load conditions in the Canadian code CSA O86 to increase the competitiveness of tall wood construction.
Continue the development of fire-retardant and thermal insulating lignocellulosic foam from forest resources.