School of Civil Engineering

The Centre for Future Timber Structures aims to contribute to many parts of the process leading to the successful construction of timber and timber hybrid structures.

We facilitate a number of engagement activities to facilitate knowledge sharing, professional engagement programs, and public showcasing of timber as a building material.

3E Panels

Introducing 3E Panels

3E PANELS was founded by a group of passionate and dedicated partners to make changes to the construction market through our innovative panel system – 3E Panels (patent pending).

3E Panels is a hybrid fibre reinforced polymer (FRP)-timber thin-walled wall panel system developed by world leading scientists/engineers from University of Queensland and University of London, with exclusive know-how of the technology. It integrates traditional building developments with the environmental demands of modern clients resulting in much flexible, economical and environmentally responsible outcomes. 3E Panels are high performing, high efficient, light weight, easy to install, economical, and CO2 negative and can be prefabricated with easy-to-access materials worldwide, thus significantly reducing on-site time and labour cost.

To find out more please view the 3E Panels website

 

PTEC2019

Timber Structure AEB - Photo by Chris Meimaris

PTEC2019

Timber Structure AEB - Photo by Chris Meimaris

5th Pacific Timber Engineering Conference (PTEC 2019)

The PTEC 2019 was held on 10-12 July 2019 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition centre. It was organised by the University of Queensland’s School of Civil Engineering and the ARC Future Timber Hub and was designed to showcase the research and application that has gone into promoting engineered timber as a safe and sustainable alternative to steel and concrete.  

The overall goal of the organisers was to increase the number of timber buildings in Australia – from tall and mid-rise to domestic structures. To do this, presentations were given by global experts from multiple fields and concerns regarding timber construction, from fire safety to logistics. They showcased the buildability benefits of engineered timber, fire safety of timber buildings, and sustainability benefits of using timber.

The intention was to bring a more practitioner focus that will complement the World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE) to be held in 2020.

To find out more please view the PTEC 2019 website or the Future Timber Hub website.

 

Fish Lane

Timber Structures at Fish Lane Follies

Fish Lane

Timber Structures at Fish Lane Follies

Fish Lane Follies

University of Queensland architecture and engineering students joined forces with Queensland Emerging Architect of the year Kim Baber to learn about, prototype and fabricate experimental plywood structures.

Taking their name from the 17th Century architectural term folly; a decorative building or structure located in parkland, the follies are actually high-tech creations built in the UQ Architecture digital fabrication lab. Using digital 3D modelling and manufacturing, students designed ‘skin and scale’ shapes that were laser cut from flat sheets of plywood and then bent and woven to make instillations people could sit on and climb into. Click here for more information.