January 31, 2014
VIDEO: Leander A. Bathon at the 2014 International Wood Symposium
Leander A. Bathon is a Professor in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at Hochschule RheinMain University, in Wiesbaden, Germany, and co-director of the Institute of Building Materials and Structures at HS-RM University.
Bathon spoke to attendees at the recent 2014 International Wood Symposium in Vancouver with a talk entitled "Modern Timber Structures Have To Meet Time, Cost and Performance Expectations." Bathon was also able to speak to the Journal of Commerce about the many ways timber products are integrating with other materials to create more efficient and resilient wood structures.
Bathon also explained that fear of heightened fire damage with wood buildings is actually misplaced, as new and composite materials drastically reduce the chances of fire causing serious damage to a structure.
He also pointed to combinations of wood and steel, wood and concrete and differing wood materials used together as a way to increase efficiency and drive costs to the point where wood is competitive with other materials for construction.
The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of British Columbia celebrated its best and brightest at its Awards of Excellence gala, held on April 12 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
In this week's preview, we look at some of the stories we'll be covering in the Journal of Commerce for the week of April 21st, 2014.
RDH Building Engineering Limited is running extensive tests on the viability of using insulated concrete forms (ICF) as walls in building structures. While ICF has traditionally been used below grade, it is becoming possible to also use forms for above-grade work.
In this week's preview, we look at some of the stories we'll be covering in the Journal of Commerce for the week of April 14th, 2014.
The British Columbia Common Ground Alliance held a contractor's breakfast on April 1 to highlight the importance of excavation awareness and to ring in "National Safe Digging Month."