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Obstacles Preventing the Off-Site Prefabrication of Timber and MEP Services: Qualitative Analyses from Builders and Suppliers in Australia

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue3160
Year of Publication
2022
Topic
General Information
Author
Lopez, Robert
Chong, Heap-Yih
Pereira, Conrad
Organization
Curtin University
Nanjing Audit University
Editor
Santos, Paulo
Publisher
MDPI
Year of Publication
2022
Format
Journal Article
Topic
General Information
Keywords
Construction
Collaboration
Coordination
MEP
Off-site
On-Site
In Situ
Prefabrication
Builder
Supplier
Australia
Research Status
Complete
Series
Buildings
Summary
Limited empirical and qualitative studies focus on the detailed processes and obstacles for coordinating off-site prefabrication between builders and suppliers. This research aims to identify and address the obstacles that currently prevent the further expansion of off-site prefabrication, with a research scope on timber and mechanical/electrical/plumbing (MEP) services in construction projects. The focal point of this research is to highlight their obstacles. A total of forty interviews were conducted and analyzed from four builders’ organizations and four suppliers’ organizations to ascertain their obstacles in coordinating the practice of off-site prefabrication. The results found the builder’s obstacles were sustainability, quality assurance (QA), mass production, CAD/BIM, technological support, commercial arrangements, system building, buffering in supply, schedule monitoring, productivity, flexibility, engagement, risks, and multiple supply arrangements. The supplier’s obstacles were design, financing and subcontracting, coordination, recognized practices, risks, multiple supply arrangements, and constraints. Moreover, the builders and suppliers had identified some ways to harmonize off-site prefabrication of timber. Some examples of timber prefabrication technology include joinery, doors and/or windows, structural floor/wall/roof frames, partitions, trusses, stairs, balustrades, and others. MEP services with in situ construction comprise the use of power sources and working coordination. The most important outcome of this investigation is that these obstacles can be addressed through collaboration and coordination. This is because there is a traditionally a lack of collaboration amongst builders and their suppliers. Furthermore, there is a lack of coordination between them in general. The research contributes to the improved timber and MEP services collaboration and coordination in off-site prefabrication, which can be referred to by other approaches of modular construction.
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Experimental and numerical study on the bending response of a prefabricated composite CLT-steel floor module

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue3047
Year of Publication
2022
Topic
Mechanical Properties
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Steel-Timber Composite
Application
Floors
Author
Owolabi, David
Loss, Cristiano
Organization
University of British Columbia
Publisher
Elsevier
Year of Publication
2022
Format
Journal Article
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Steel-Timber Composite
Application
Floors
Topic
Mechanical Properties
Keywords
Composite Floors
Hybrid Construction
Mass Timber
Cross-laminated Timber
Prefabricated Construction
Low-Carbon Structures
Bending Stiffness
Research Status
Complete
Series
Engineering Structures
Summary
Cross-laminated timber (CLT) is one of the most widely utilized mass timber products for floor construction given its sustainability, widespread availability, ease of fabrication and installation. Composite CLT-based assemblies are emerging alternatives to provide flooring systems with efficient design and optimal structural performance. In this paper, a novel prefabricated CLT-steel composite floor module is investigated. Its structural response to out-of-plane static loads is assessed via 6-point bending tests and 3D finite-element computational analysis. For simply supported conditions, the results of the investigation demonstrate that the floor attains a high level of composite efficiency (98%), and its bending stiffness is about 2.5 times those of its components combined. Within the design load range, the strain diagrams are linear and not affected by the discontinuous arrangement and variable spacing of the shear connectors. The composite floor module can reach large deflection without premature failure in the elements or shear connectors, with plasticity developed in the cold-formed steel beams and a maximum attained load 3.8 times its ultimate limit state design load. The gravity design of the composite module is shown to be governed by its serviceability deflection requirements. However, knowledge gaps still exist on the vibration, fire, and long-term behaviour of this composite CLT-steel floor system.
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Energy performance of a prefabricated timber-based retrofit solution applied to a pilot building in Southern Europe

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue3158
Year of Publication
2022
Topic
Energy Performance
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Walls
Author
Evola, Gianpiero
Costanzo, Vincenzo
Urso, Alessandra
Tardo, Carola
Margani, Giuseppe
Organization
University of Catania
Publisher
Elsevier
Year of Publication
2022
Format
Journal Article
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Walls
Topic
Energy Performance
Keywords
Timber-based Retrofit
Thermal Insulation
Thermal Bridges
Dynamic Simulations
Space Heating
Space Cooling
Research Status
Complete
Series
Building and Environment
Summary
This paper advances the current knowledge on the use of prefabricated timber-based panels in building renovation by analyzing in detail the thermal performance achieved by two different renovation solutions developed in the framework of the ongoing e-SAFE H2020 project. In particular, these solutions apply to the external walls of a pilot building located in Catania (Italy) as a double-skin façade that increases also the seismic performance of the building. The dynamic energy simulations reveal that the proposed solutions allow reducing the energy need for space heating and space cooling by 66% and 25%, respectively. One further finding is that, although the proposed timber-based renovation solutions are not affected by mould growth and surface condensation risk, the impact of thermal bridges cannot be neglected after renovation. Indeed, despite the strong reduction in the magnitude of heat losses due to thermal bridges (from 667 W·K-1 down to 213.1 W·K-1), they still account for about 21% of total heat losses after the renovation. This suggests that more complex and expensive technological solutions should be introduced to further reduce heat losses in some thermal bridges, but a cost-benefit analysis should justify their adoption. Finally, overlooking these thermal bridges in dynamic energy simulations can lead to an average underestimation of the heating and cooling energy demand after the renovation, by about 16% and 5% respectively. In this regard, the paper proposes a simplified yet reliable approach to include heat transfer through thermal bridges in the post-processing stage of dynamic energy simulations under thermostatic control.
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Design Development for a Forestry Experience Center Building Demonstrating New, Scalable, Prefabricated Mass-Timber Components

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue3180
Year of Publication
2022
Organization
World Forestry Center
Year of Publication
2022
Keywords
Prefabricated
Demonstration
Research Status
In Progress
Notes
Forest Service/USDA Wood Innovations Grants Recipient Point of Contact: Sarah Horton Location: Portland, Oregon
Summary
World Forestry Center (WFC) requests USFS funds to support the Design Development, costing, and Construction Document phases for a new Forestry Experience Center. The goal of this project is to create a demonstration site for scalable, factory-made mass timber buildings that will act as a model for building technologies that advance solutions to climate change. WFC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and located in Portland’s Washington Park, which attracts over 3 million visitors each year. Our mission is to create and inspire champions of sustainable forestry. Our programs are designed to shape a society that values and takes action in support of the economic, ecological, and social benefits of forests. The new 27,300 square-foot Forestry Experience Center will include an exhibit hall, event space, a café, office space, and a “gateway” structure that will connect Washington Park visitors to WFC, Washington Park, Forest Park, and beyond. WFC has been working with Sidewalk Labs as a design consultant to incorporate Sidewalk Labs’ prefabricated modular mass timber building elements into early conceptual design. The new building will demonstrate how these products can be adopted at scale across the construction sector for mid-rise buildings, with competitive costs on par with expectations for timber or other conventional materials, and with greater environmental and social benefits. Interactive, emotionally-resonant exhibits on forestry’s most urgent challenges will be the focal point of programming within the new Forestry Experience Center. The building itself will serve as a tool to drive a public narrative about the benefits of prefabricated mass timber construction. The design will be enhanced by interpretive elements that will connect visitors to the products and techniques employed throughout the structure and the role these innovations play in improving the health of our forests and quality of life in our communities.
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Deconstructable Hybrid Connections for the Next Generation of Prefabricated Mass Timber Buildings

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue2809
Year of Publication
2021
Topic
Connections
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Floors
Hybrid Building Systems
Shear Walls
Author
Shulman, Samuel
Loss, Cristiano
Organization
University of British Columbia
Year of Publication
2021
Format
Report
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Floors
Hybrid Building Systems
Shear Walls
Topic
Connections
Keywords
Steel Rods
Epoxy
Push-Out-Shear Tests
Prefabrication
Disassembly
Reuse
Research Status
Complete
Summary
Timber has been used for building construction for centuries, until the industrial revolution, when it was often replaced by steel and concrete or confined to low-rise housings. In the last thirty years however, thanks to the development of mass timber products and new global interest in sustainability, timber has begun to make a resurgence in the building industry. As building codes and public perception continues to change, the demand for taller and higher-performance timber buildings will only grow. Thus, a need exists for new construction technology appropriate for taller mass timber construction, as well as for fabrication and deconstruction practices that respect wood’s inherent sustainable nature. With this in mind, this research program aims to develop a new hybrid shear connection for mass timber buildings that allows for easy construction, deconstruction, and reuse of the structural elements. This report includes results of Phase 1, which focused on connections consisting of partially threaded 20M and 24M steel rods bonded into pockets formed in CLT and surrounded by thick crowns of high-strength three-component epoxy-based grout. A total of 168 specimens were designed and fabricated, and push-out shear tests carried out with a displacement-controlled monotonic loading protocol. Strength and stiffness values were assessed and effective failure modes in specimens identified. These latter, along with the recorded load-deformation curves, indicate that it is possible to develop mechanics-based design models and design formulas akin to those already used for typical dowel-type fastener timber connections. Additionally, the specimens were easily fabricated in the lab and quickly fastened to the test jig by means of nuts and washers, suggested such connections have a strong potential for prefabrication, disassembly, and reuse.
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Experimental Investigation on the Long-Term Behaviour of Prefabricated Timber-Concrete Composite Beams with Steel Plate Connections

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue2741
Year of Publication
2021
Topic
Connections
Serviceability
Material
Timber-Concrete Composite
Application
Beams
Author
Shi, Benkai
Liu, Weiqing
Yang, Huifeng
Publisher
ScienceDirect
Year of Publication
2021
Format
Journal Article
Material
Timber-Concrete Composite
Application
Beams
Topic
Connections
Serviceability
Keywords
TCC
Prefabrication
Steel Plate
Long-term Behaviour
Interface Slip
Loading
Shear Connections
Deflection
Temperature
Humidity
Research Status
Complete
Series
Construction and Building Materials
Summary
This paper presents the results of long-term experiments performed on three timber-concrete composite (TCC) beams. An innovative fabricated steel plate connection system, which consists of screws and steel plates embedded in concrete slabs, was adopted in the TCC beam specimens. The adopted shear connection can provide dry-type connection for TCC beams. Steel plates were embedded in concrete slabs while the concrete slab was constructed in factories. The timber beam and concrete slab can be assembled together using screws at the construction site. In this experimental programme, the beam specimens were subjected to constant loading for 613 days in indoor uncontrolled environments. The influence of long-term loading levels and the number of shear connections on the long-term performance of TCC beams was investigated and discussed. The mid-span deflection, timber strain, and interface relative slip at the positions of both connections and beam-ends were recorded throughout the long-term tests. It was found the long-term deflection of the TCC beam increased by approximately 60% while the long-term loads were doubled. Under the influence of the variable temperature and humidity, the TCC specimens with 8 shear connections showed slighter fluctuations compared with the TCC beam with 6 shear connections. In the 613-day observation period, the maximum deflection increment recorded was 6.56 mm for the specimen with eight shear connections and 20% loading level. A rheological model consisting of two Kelvin bodies was employed to fit the curves of creep coefficients. The final deflections predicted of all specimens at the end of 50-year service life were 2.1~2.7 times the initial deflections caused by the applied loads. All beam specimens showed relative small increments in mid-span deflection, strain and relative slip over time without any degradations, demonstrating the excellent long-term performance of TCC beams using the innovative steel plate connection system, which is also easily fabricated.
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Analysis of the Characteristics of External Walls of Wooden Prefab Cross Laminated Timber

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue2694
Year of Publication
2020
Topic
Energy Performance
Acoustics and Vibration
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Walls
Author
Švajlenka, Jozef
Kozlovská, Mária
Badida, Miroslav
Moravec, Marek
Dzuro, Tibor
Vranay, František
Publisher
MDPI
Year of Publication
2020
Format
Journal Article
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Walls
Topic
Energy Performance
Acoustics and Vibration
Keywords
Acoustic Properties
Thermal Properties
Prefabrication
Research Status
Complete
Series
Energies
Summary
A balanced combination of heat flows creates suitable conditions for thermal comfort—a factor contributing to the quality of the internal environment of buildings. The presented analysis of selected thermal-technical parameters is up-to-date and suitable for verifying the parameters of building constructions. The research also applied a methodology for examining the acoustic parameters of structural parts of buildings in laboratory conditions. In this research, selected variant solutions of perimeter walls based on prefab cross laminated timber were investigated in terms of acoustic and thermal-technical properties. The variants structures were investigated in laboratory but also in model conditions. The results of the analyses show significant differences between the theoretical or declared parameters and the values measured in laboratory conditions. The deviations of experimental measurements from the calculated or declared parameters were not as significant for variant B as they were for variant A. These findings show that for these analyzed sandwich structures based on wood, it is not always possible to reliably declare calculated values of thermal-technical and acoustic parameters. It is necessary to thoroughly examine such design variants, which would contribute to the knowledge in this field of research of construction systems based on wood.
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Harmonization of Structural and Functional Lifespans of Prefabricated Residential Buildings

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue2744
Year of Publication
2020
Topic
Serviceability
Design and Systems
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Timber-Concrete Composite
Application
Wood Building Systems
Hybrid Building Systems
Author
Kokas, Balázs
Balogh, Jeno
Borsos, Ágnes
Gabriella, Medvegy
Bachmann, Bálint
Publisher
IIETA
Year of Publication
2020
Format
Journal Article
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Timber-Concrete Composite
Application
Wood Building Systems
Hybrid Building Systems
Topic
Serviceability
Design and Systems
Keywords
Prefabrication
Modular
Sustainability
Structural Lifespan
Functional Lifespan
Research Status
Complete
Series
International Journal of Design & Nature and Ecodynamics
Summary
Technological developments and social trends can create demand for new building functionalities, necessitating the adaptation of existing buildings. This paper presents the development of a modular building structural system that provides for the harmonization between the structural and functional lifespans of a building in order to achieve greater sustainability. The limitations of the existing prefabricated urban buildings with respect to their adaptability are contrasted with the proposed solution. The use of prefabricated engineered materials, such as cross laminated timber (CLT) and CLT-concrete composites, in conjunction with a modular system, reduces any climatic effects. The inherent advantages of incorporating detachable connections allows for the necessary structural adaptability, subsequently harmonizing and elongating the structural and functional lifespans. The resulting sustainable concept, when applied to residential buildings, could serve as a solution to address projections of future urban growth.
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Technical Guide for the Design and Construction of Tall Wood Buildings in Canada

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue3034
Edition
Second Edition
Year of Publication
2022
Topic
Design and Systems
Application
Wood Building Systems
Organization
FPInnovations
Editor
Karacabeyli, Erol
Lum, Conroy
Edition
Second Edition
Year of Publication
2022
Format
Book/Guide
Application
Wood Building Systems
Topic
Design and Systems
Keywords
Engineered Wood Products
Mass Timber Construction
Tall Wood Buildings
Hybrid Tall Wood Buildings
Cost
Sustainability
Serviceability
Seismic
Fire Safety
Building Enclosure
Prefabrication
Monitoring
Maintenance
Research Status
Complete
Summary
Since the publication of the first edition of this guide, substantial regulatory changes have been implemented in the 2020 edition of the National Building Code of Canada: the addition of encapsulated mass timber construction up to 12 storeys, and the early adoption of the related provisions by several provinces are the most notable ones. The 2022 edition of this guide brings together, under one cover, the experience gained from recently built tall wood projects, highlights from the most recent building codes and standards, and research findings to help achieve the best environmental, structural, fire, and durability performance of mass timber products and systems, including their health benefits. The approaches to maximizing the benefits of prefabrication and building information modelling, which collectively result in fast, clean, and quiet project delivery, are discussed. Methods for addressing limitations controlled by fire requirements (through an Alternative Solution) or seismic requirements (through a hybrid solution using an Acceptable Solution in steel or concrete) are included. How best to build with mass timber to meet the higher performance requirements of the Energy Step Codes is also discussed. What makes building in wood a positive contribution toward tackling climate change is discussed so that design teams, in collaboration with building owners, can take the steps necessary to meet either regulatory or market requirements.
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Towards digital automation flexibility in large-scale timber construction: integrative robotic prefabrication and co-design of the BUGA Wood Pavilion

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue2862
Year of Publication
2020
Topic
Design and Systems
Site Construction Management
Material
LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber)
Application
Shell Structures
Author
Wagner, Hans Jakob
Alvarez, Martin
Groenewolt, Abel
Menges, Achim
Organization
University of Stuttgart
Publisher
Springer
Year of Publication
2020
Format
Journal Article
Material
LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber)
Application
Shell Structures
Topic
Design and Systems
Site Construction Management
Keywords
Robotic Timber Construction
Computational Design
Construction Automation
Robotic Construction Management
Research Status
Complete
Series
Construction Robotics
Summary
This paper discusses the digital automation workflows and co-design methods that made possible the comprehensive robotic prefabrication of the BUGA Wood Pavilion—a large-scale production case study of robotic timber construction. Latest research in architectural robotics often focuses on the advancement of singular aspects of integrated digital fabrication and computational design techniques. Few researchers discuss how a multitude of different robotic processes can come together into seamless, collaborative robotic fabrication workflows and how a high level of interaction within larger teams of computational design and robotic fabrication experts can be achieved. It will be increasingly important to discuss suitable methods for the management of robotics and computational design in construction for the successful implementation of robotic fabrication systems in the context of the industry. We present here how a co-design approach enabled the organization of computational design decisions in reciprocal feedback with the fabrication planning, simulation and robotic code generation. We demonstrate how this approach can implement direct and curated reciprocal feedback between all planning domains—paving the way for fast-paced integrative project development. Furthermore, we discuss how the modularization of computational routines simplify the management and computational control of complex robotic construction efforts on a per-project basis and open the door for the flexible reutilization of developed digital technologies across projects and building systems.
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Energy, Seismic, and Architectural Renovation of RC Framed Buildings with Prefabricated Timber Panels

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue2503
Year of Publication
2020
Topic
Seismic
Design and Systems
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Wood Building Systems

Hybrid simulation of a post-tensioned timber frame and validation of numerical models for seismic design

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue3107
Year of Publication
2022
Topic
Seismic
Application
Frames
Author
Ogrizovic, J.
Abbiati, G.
Stojadinovic, B.
Frangi, A.
Organization
MWV Bauingenieure
University of Aarhus
ETH Zurich
Publisher
Elsevier
Year of Publication
2022
Format
Journal Article
Application
Frames
Topic
Seismic
Keywords
Post-tensioned Timber Frame
Seismic Analysis
Hybrid Simulation
Finite Element Modeling
Research Status
Complete
Series
Engineering Structures
Summary
The post-tensioned frame is one of the recently emerged structural systems for multi-story timber buildings. It is characterized by a high level of prefabrication and quick erection on the construction site. The post-tensioned frame developed at ETH Zurich is based on post-tensioned beam–column connections with hardwood reinforcement of the column in the connection region and column base connections with glued-in steel rods. Such a construction system is suitable for low- and mid-rise buildings that are located in regions characterized by low to moderate seismicity. This paper presents a series of hybrid simulations of the response of a two-story two-bay post-tensioned timber frame subjected to ground motion excitation. Nonlinear numerical models of both beam–column and column base connections to be used for design purposes are validated based on the experiments.
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Timber-concrete composite structural flooring system

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue3065
Year of Publication
2022
Topic
Mechanical Properties
Design and Systems
Material
Timber-Concrete Composite
Application
Floors
Author
Estévez-Cimadevila, J.
Martín-Gutiérrez, E.
Suárez-Riestra, F.
Otero-Chans, D.
Vázquez-Rodríguez, J. A.
Organization
Universidade da Coruña
Publisher
Elsevier
Year of Publication
2022
Format
Journal Article
Material
Timber-Concrete Composite
Application
Floors
Topic
Mechanical Properties
Design and Systems
Keywords
Timber Flooring System
Mixed Beams
Shear Connector
Research Status
Complete
Series
Journal of Building Engineering
Summary
An integrated solution is presented for the execution of building structures using timber-concrete composite (TCC) sections that make efficient use of the mechanical properties of both materials. The system integrates flooring and shaped prefabricated beams composed of a lower flange of glued laminated timber (GLT) glued to one or more plywood or laminated veneer lumber (LVL) ribs and linked to an upper concrete slab poured in situ. The parts may be prefabricated in T shape (only one rib), in p shape (two ribs), or with multiple ribs to create wider pieces, thereby reducing installation operations. The basis of the system is the timber-concrete shear connection in the form of holes through the ribs, which are filled by the in situ-poured concrete. The connection is complemented with the arrangement of reinforcement bars through the holes. Three test campaigns were undertaken. Shear tests of the timber-concrete connection in 12 test pieces. Shear test along the wood-wood glue line (72 planes tested) and wood -plywood (24 planes tested). Delamination test of the glued planes (24 wood-wood planes and 8 wood-plywood planes). The results indicate a high strength joint, with ductile failure and high composite effect. Likewise, the shear test results along the glue line and the delamination tests show section integrity under demanding hygrothermal conditions. Preliminary sizing curves were developed considering the Gamma Method to evaluate the performance of the system. The results show the possibilities of the system, as pouring the upper slab concrete in situ makes it possible to create continuous semi-rigid joints between the elements. This gives rise to slender flooring structures, light and with high stiffness plane against horizontal forces.
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An Empirical Analysis of Barriers to Building Information Modelling (BIM) Implementation in Wood Construction Projects: Evidence from the Swedish Context

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue3155
Year of Publication
2022
Topic
General Information
Author
Gharaibeh, Lina
Matarneh, Sandra T.
Eriksson, Kristina
Lantz, Björn
Organization
University West
Al-Ahliyya Amman University
Editor
Ullah, Fahim
Publisher
MDPI
Year of Publication
2022
Format
Journal Article
Topic
General Information
Keywords
Building Information Modelling
Wood Construction
Grounded Theory
Research Status
Complete
Series
Buildings
Summary
Building information modelling is gradually being recognised by the architecture, engineering, construction, and operation industry as a valuable opportunity to increase the efficiency of the built environment. Focusing on the wood construction industry, BIM is becoming a necessity; this is due to its high level of prefabrication and complex digital procedures using wood sawing machines and sophisticated cuttings. However, the full implementation of BIM is still far from reality. The main objective of this paper is to explore the barriers affecting BIM implementation in the Swedish construction industry. An extensive literature review was conducted to extract barriers hindering the implementation of BIM in the construction industry. Secondly, barriers to the implementation of BIM in the wood construction industry in Sweden were extracted using the grounded theory methodology to analyse expert input on the phenomenon of low BIM implementation in the wood construction industry in Sweden. Thirty-four barriers were identified. The analysis of this study also led to the development of a conceptual model that recommended solutions to overcome the barriers identified to help maximise BIM implementation within the wood construction industry. Identifying the main barriers affecting BIM implementation is essential to guide organisational decisions and drive policy, particularly for governments that are considering articulating regulations to expand BIM implementation.
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Life Cycle Assessment of an Innovative Hybrid Highway Bridge Made of an Aluminum Deck and Glulam Timber Beams

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue3205
Year of Publication
2022
Topic
Environmental Impact
Material
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Application
Bridges and Spans
Author
Beudon, Camille
Oudjene, Marc
Djedid, Amar
Annan, Charles-Darwin
Fafard, Mario
Organization
Laval University
Editor
Brunesi, Emanuele
Publisher
MDPI
Year of Publication
2022
Format
Journal Article
Material
Glulam (Glue-Laminated Timber)
Application
Bridges and Spans
Topic
Environmental Impact
Keywords
Bridges
Life Cycle Assessment
Aluminum Deck
Quebec Climate
Research Status
Complete
Series
Buildings
Summary
Reinforced concrete and steel are the most commonly used materials in bridge applications in Quebec (Canada). The production of these materials has a significant environmental impact and contributes to the scarcity of non-renewable resources due to the numerous maintenance requirements during the life of the structure. Consequently, there are governmental initiatives and efforts in the province of Quebec to promote the use of aluminum and engineered wood in the construction and rehabilitation of roadway bridges. Those two materials are not widely used due to the short-term vision of decision makers and the lack of technical knowledge for structural uses in highway bridge structures. However, they can be competitive materials due to their local production, durability and recyclability. The life cycle assessment method allows for an analysis of the use of complementary materials, considering all the stages of the life cycle of a structure. The comparison of a roadway bridge made of an aluminum deck on glulam timber beams against a bridge made of an aluminum deck on steel girders shows that, due to the local production and low environmental impact of glulam timber, the aluminum-to-timber bridge is economically and environmentally more advantageous than the aluminum-to-steel bridge. Similarly, a comparison of this alternative aluminum/wood solution to the conventional concrete slab-on-steel girder bridge solution shows a decrease in overall cost by 86% and a decrease in environmental impacts by 88% due to the ease of prefabrication and the relatively low number of interventions over its lifetime.
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Structural Analysis and Design of Sustainable Cross-Laminated Timber Foundation Walls

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue3151
Year of Publication
2022
Topic
Mechanical Properties
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Walls
Author
Daneshvar, Hossein
Fakhrzarei, Mahboobeh
Imamura, Fernanda
Chen, Yuxiang
Deng, Lijun
Chui, Ying Hei
Organization
University of Alberta
Publisher
MDPI
Year of Publication
2022
Format
Journal Article
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Walls
Topic
Mechanical Properties
Keywords
Foundation Walls
Basement
Crawl Space
Sustainability
Research Status
Complete
Series
Buildings
Summary
There is widespread enthusiasm toward utilizing mass timber panels (MTP), mainly cross-laminated timber (CLT), in construction, including for the basements of low-rise buildings. CLT is deemed a sustainable alternative to the widely used concrete foundation walls due to significant advantages such as less vulnerability to cracking due to uneven load distribution and presence of concentrated loads, higher thermal resistance, less construction time due to whole-wall prefabrication and installation, and less detrimental environmental effects. This study is part of an extensive research program aimed at developing the structural analysis and design concepts and methodology for constructing house foundation walls using MTPs, focusing on the usage of CLT. After comparison of CLT basements with their equivalent concrete ones from the sustainability point of view, and a brief discussion on geotechnical and hygrothermal considerations, the main theme of the article includes the structural analysis and design methodology, requirements, and the procedure to achieve a reliable and efficient design of a CLT basement. A simplified analysis procedure to design the laminate thicknesses and the number of layers in CLT foundation walls for different scenarios considering various variables such as soil type and backfill height is discussed, and results in the form of pre-engineered design tables are provided. The findings of this study demonstrate that, depending on the soil type and backfill height, 3–7-ply CLT panels would be needed for net wall heights of up to 3 m. Additionally, advanced finite element analyses are performed on sample architypes to validate the simplified analysis procedure used for design. It is shown that the proposed analysis procedure and the pre-engineered tables produce conservative and efficient results.
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A unified design proposal for shear stress prediction in crossing areas for cross laminated timber at in-plane shear and beam loading conditions

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue3186
Year of Publication
2022
Topic
Design and Systems
Mechanical Properties
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Beams
Walls
Author
Danielsson, Henrik
Jelec, Mario
Organization
Lund University
Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek
Publisher
Elsevier
Year of Publication
2022
Format
Journal Article
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Application
Beams
Walls
Topic
Design and Systems
Mechanical Properties
Keywords
Unified Design Proposal
Crossing Area
In-Plane Shear
Research Status
Complete
Series
Construction and Building Materials
Summary
Environmental and urbanization challenges during the last few decades encouraged steady growth of mass timber construction where attention is drawn to cross laminated timber (CLT) as one of the most interesting products in terms of mechanical properties, versatility, efficient prefabrication and sustainability. Standardisation and codification regarding testing and design of CLT elements are hence pointed out as one of the main issues within the ongoing revision procedure of Eurocode 5. A consistent and unified design approach for CLT at pure in-plane shear loading conditions (shear walls) and at in-plane beam loading conditions is however still missing. This paper deals with analytical models for the determination of stress components related to predictions of load bearing capacity of CLT with respect to shear failure mode III – shear failure in the crossing areas constituted by the flatwise bonded areas between laminations of adjacent layers. This failure mode is relevant for both pure in-plane shear loading and in-plane beam loading conditions. The paper presents a review of previously proposed models for the prediction of shear stresses in crossing areas of CLT, for both loading conditions. Comparisons between FE-results and model predictions are reviewed indicating significant differences between them concerning the predicted influence of the CLT element lay-up and values of maximum shear stresses. Based on simplifications of models previously presented, a unified design proposal that is based on a rational and consistent mechanical background for both loading situations and that shows overall good agreement with FE-results is presented.
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A numerical and experimental investigation of non-linear deformation behaviours in light-frame timber walls

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue3022
Year of Publication
2022
Topic
Mechanical Properties
Application
Walls
Shear Walls
Author
Kuai, Le
Ormarsson, Sigurdur
Vessby, Johan
Maharjan, Rajan
Organization
Linnaeus University
Karlstad University
Publisher
Elsevier
Year of Publication
2022
Format
Journal Article
Application
Walls
Shear Walls
Topic
Mechanical Properties
Keywords
Timber Structures
Internal Force Distribution
Light-frame Shear Walls
Parametric Study
Openings
Research Status
Complete
Series
Engineering Structures
Summary
In recent decades, there is a trend in Scandinavian countries to build multi-storey residential houses using prefabricated timber modules. It is a highly efficient construction process with less environmental impact and less material waste. A significant building element in the timber modules is the light-frame timber wall, which has to be carefully analysed and optimized in this process. This paper presents a new parametric Finite Element (FE) model that can simulate both in-plane and out-of-plane deformations in the light-frame walls. A new and flexible (Eurocode based) approach to define the properties of the mechanical connections is introduced. A numerical model is presented through simulations of several walls that were verified with full-scale experiments. The results indicate that the numerical model could achieve fairly reasonable accuracy with the new approach. Furthermore, several parametric studies are presented and discussed from global and local points of view, to investigate the effects of certain parameters that are not considered in the design method according to Eurocode 5.
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Computational design and on-site mobile robotic construction of an adaptive reinforcement beam network for cross-laminated timber slab panels

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue3192
Year of Publication
2022
Topic
Site Construction Management
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Author
Chai, Hua
Wagner, Hans Jakob
Guo, Zhixian
Qi, Yue
Menges, Achim
Yuan, Philip F.
Organization
Tongji University
University of Stuttgart
Publisher
Elsevier
Year of Publication
2022
Format
Journal Article
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Topic
Site Construction Management
Keywords
Mobile Robot
Timber Slab
On-site Construction
Robotic Timber Construction
Computational Design
Research Status
Complete
Series
Automation in Construction
Summary
Timber slabs design is currently limited to grid layouts derived from prefabricated rectangular panels. The lack of adaptability of timber slabs to accommodate multiple span directions makes it difficult to compete with reinforced concrete slabs constructed on site. This paper describes an adaptive slab system composed of thin Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) panels and robot-fabricated beam networks for reinforcement. The beam network was developed through intricate negotiation of structural optimization and fabrication constraints, which can adapt to changes in slab span and directions. A mobile robot platform that allows for on-site assembly of timber sticks into continuous beam networks was developed. The robot platform and slab system were tested with a case study pavilion. The co-design of the robot platform and the slab system fills the gap in on-site robotic timber construction and expands the design freedom of timber buildings.
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Structural Performance of Mass Timber Panel-Concrete Composite Floors with Notched Connections

https://research.thinkwood.com/en/permalink/catalogue3122
Year of Publication
2022
Topic
Mechanical Properties
Material
Timber-Concrete Composite
Application
Floors
Author
Zhang, Lei
Organization
University of Alberta
Year of Publication
2022
Format
Thesis
Material
Timber-Concrete Composite
Application
Floors
Topic
Mechanical Properties
Keywords
Notched Connection
Discrete Bond Composite Beam Model
Mass Timber Panel
Connection Stiffness
Effective Bending Stiffness
Load-Carrying Capacity
Research Status
Complete
Summary
This thesis focuses on the structural performance of mass timber panel-concrete composite floors with notches. Mass timber panels (MTPs) such as cross-laminated timber, glue-laminated timber, and nail-laminated timber, are emerging construction materials in the building industry due to their high strength, great dimensional stability, and prefabrication. The combination of MTPs and concrete in the floor system offers many structural, economic, and ecological benefits. The structural performance of MTP-concrete composite floors is governed by the shear connection system between timber and concrete. The notched connections made by cutting grooves on timber and filling them with concrete are considered as a structurally efficient and cost-saving connecting solution for resisting shear forces and restricting relative slips between timber and concrete. However, the notched connection design in the composite floors is not standardized and the existing design guidelines are inadequate for MTP-concrete composite floors. To study the structural performance of notched connections and notch-connected composite floors, this thesis presented experimental, numerical, and analytical investigations. Push-out tests were conducted on the notched connections first, and then bending tests and vibration tests were conducted on full-scale composite floors. Finite element models were built for the notched connections to derive the connection shear stiffness. Finally, analytical solutions were developed to predict the internal actions of the composite floors under external loads. This study shows that the structural performance of notched connections is affected by the geometry of the connections and material properties of timber and concrete. The notch-connected MTP-concrete composite floors showed high bending stiffness but were not fully composite. The floors with shallow notches tended to fail in a ductile manner but had lower bending stiffness than floors with deep notches. The composite floors with deep notches, however, often fail abruptly in the concrete notches. By reinforcing the notched connections with steel fasteners, the composite floor can achieve high bending stiffness, high load-carrying capacity, and controlled failure pattern. The proper number and locations of notched connections in the composite floors can be determined from the proposed composite beam model. This thesis presented promising results in terms of the static and dynamic structural performance of notch-connected MTP-concrete composite floors. The test investigations added additional data to the current research body and prompted further evolvement of timber-concrete composite floors. The proposed empirical equations for estimating the connection stiffness and strength and composite beam model for predicting the serviceability and ultimate structural performance of composite floors provide useful tools to analyze the notch-connected MTP-concrete composite floors. The design recommendations for MTP-concrete composite floors with notches are provided in the thesis.
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