Adam Strong is the Managing Director of Strongbuild, a Sydney based company which specialises in using timber as a sustainable and versatile resource in delivering high quality building systems across a diverse range of projects. Source: Timberbiz Strongbuild was established in 2000 with an initial focus on high end housing projects around the Northern beaches of NSW. As demand grew, the business began taking on larger jobs, beginning with the development of a retirement village in Berry. As they realised the challenge of maintaining high quality and efficiency across its various projects, the business began investing in design and BIM modelling to allow for greater client engagement and the ability to eliminate many negative variables. Looking to the future, Mr Strong and the team made a trip to Europe in 2012 to see how the Germans specifically, were using panelisation as a flexible and high quality solution in different sectors. Back in Australia, Strongbuild began developing its production of lightweight panels with mass timber, leading to the establishment in 2012 of their own facility which now produces panels and structural components. Mr Strong explains the move into prefabrication was based on the ability to maintain sustainability and produce a high-quality product. Manufacturing was initially focused on low rise projects however, CLT allowed Strongbuild to take structural systems taller, often using a combination of mass timber and lightweight panels. Strongbuild’s design process has a huge benefit for the builder and the client, as a focus on manufacturing and assembly means the builder is involved from day one of a project, and allows for greater client input and a better cost outcome. Adam Strong talks to Adam Jones in an episode of WoodSolutions Timber Talks (/podcasts/timber-talks).
One-third of the Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers properties are native vegetation, and half of that is considered High Conservation Value. As part of its responsible environmental management plan, KIPT is working with Birdlife Australia to conduct surveys in its plantation properties. Source: Timberbiz KIPT needs volunteers to work in pairs or trios to survey transects in each property. The company said that it was particularly keen on having volunteers who can identify the birds they see, although a “cheat sheet” will be provided. Volunteers will be given fuel vouchers to assist with the costs of participating and will receive instructions from Birdlife Australia on how to do the work. An information meeting will be held on Saturday, 6 October at 10am at the Kangaroo Island Yacht Club. The surveys will be conducted on the weekend of November 3 and 4. To find out more or to register your interest contact Ms Black on email@example.com or phone 0409 096 846.
Certified timber held the floor as Timber Queensland and Responsible Wood met with SCS Global Services to kick-start project certification of their new office space at Timber House in the northern Brisbane suburb of Kedron. Source: Timberbiz The project is undergoing an audit and stands to be the second registered under the ‘Responsible Wood Project Certification Scheme’ with the space under heavy construction to allow for a full relocation later this year. According to Timber Queensland’s Mick Stephens, the project showcases Queensland’s finest timbers with all hardwoods and softwoods generously donated by Timber Queensland members and valued industry partners. “As it stands, we have commitments from several Timber Queensland members and other partners to supply hardwood and softwood species which will be used for flooring, cladding, paneling, doors, mouldings and timber beams,” Mr Stephens said. To date Timber Queensland has received donations on-site from Parkside and Hurfords Wholesale with additional timber materials committed from Hyne Timber, Finlaysons, Boral Timber, Kennedy’s Timbers, Carter Holt Harvey, Austral Plywoods and PNG Forest Products. Other partners on the project include flooring installation services from Scribed Flooring and Timberoo Timber Flooring Specialists, as well as timber prefabrication with Kennedy’s Timbers. Underpinning its commitment to certification, the project is seeking up to 90% of all species to be sourced from the Responsible Wood Certification Scheme. Detailing the certification process Responsible Wood’s Simon Dorries identified the importance of developing project procedures to monitor compliance with Chain of Custody standards. “The project certification team has developed a Project Certification Manual that is used as a reference point,” Mr Dorries said. “On project completion we hope to make this very helpful document readily available, free and online to assist with future project certifications.” The Responsible Wood Project Certification Scheme represents the commitment by Timber Queensland and Responsible Wood to procure timber based materials in accordance with AS 4707 Chain of Custody for Forest Products or PEFC ST 2002:2013 Chain of Custody of Forest Based Products. In order to claim using the Responsible Wood logo SCS Global Services Nick Capobianco explained that a minimum requirement of 70% of all timber used on the project must be claimed in accordance with AS 4707 or PEFC ST 2002:2013 and validated by an approved certification body. SCS Global Services is one of 11 certification bodies approved by Responsible Wood to certify Chain of Custody and is the only certification body that has participated in a Responsible Wood Project Certification Scheme. SCS Global Services generously donated their time pro-bono to assist with the project.
Every month, IndustryEdge publishes Wood Market Edge, Australia’s only forestry and wood products market and trade analysis, and supplies its customers with hundreds of unique data products, advisory and consulting services. Find out more at www.industryedge.com.au DOWN 26.5% – global hardwood chip deliveries to Japan plummeted in July 2018, recording their lowest monthly volume in eight years 19 vessels – Australia’s estimated 509,077 bdmt of woodchip exports in August were shipped on 19 vessels, departing from six ports 42.3% – Softwood log exports from Victoria in July totalled 118,333 m3, accounting for 42.3% of the national total exports for the month 132,322 m3 – imports of particleboard for the year-ended July 2018 were 29.8% higher than for the prior year USD72.08/barrel – WTI Crude oil price on 25th September 2018 was up more than USD30/barrel on a year earlier
Virtual, augmented and mixed reality are no longer just for gamers and tech demos. Even now, they’re becoming an important tool for big business. Most sectors see real benefits in utilising virtual, augmented and mixed reality technologies. Source: Timberbiz, ForestTECH The forestry industry is one sector that sees huge benefits. At last year’s ForestTECH series, resource managers, remote sensing and GIS specialists and inventory foresters were all strapping on VR headsets. Adoption is being driven by reduced headset pricing, an almost continual new technology rollout, the arrival of major smartphone providers into the sector and the prototyping and subsequent deployment of enterprise solutions into workplaces. Ground breaking work is being led by the Human Interface Technology Lab out of Tasmania, as part of an FWPA project, demonstrating how VR technologies could be employed using remotely acquired 3D point cloud data collected from ground based and aerial LiDAR. The research has been aimed at testing whether foresters can visually characterize and measure individual trees away from the forest. Twelve months on and, like the technology, advances in this space have been rapid. LiDAR data from a variety of in-forest trials have since been tested to see whether the features required in timber cruising can be picked up and quantified using VR. Winyu Chinthammit from the HiT Lab, along with Bruce Hill from Interpine Group, will be presenting and demonstrating as part of the ForestTECH 2018 series. They will also be taking a pre-conference workshop in both Australia and New Zealand running through the workflow of the VR application for tree assessment. Mixed reality is another technology already showing promise. Mixed reality is a form of augmented reality, somewhere between VR and AR. In short, it brings people, places, and objects from the physical and digital worlds together. Harvest planning still relies on working with a topographic map, discussing specific hazards and land characteristics, making decisions about skid site placement, environment impacts, health and safety, harvest crew placement, and more. Although this is a common practice, some features can be lost in translation across the harvest planning chain of communication. Rayonier in New Zealand realised that there was a good case for using mixed reality technology, such as Microsoft’s HoloLens, to enhance their harvest planning and communication. Scion was approached to investigate the HoloLens technology further and provide a proof of concept for its use. The proof of concept using the Tactile developed application called HoloMaps has been delivered. As one of top six Microsoft endorsed app developers for the HoloLens, the HoloMaps application was modified to bring in Rayonier GIS data such as a digital terrain model (DTM) and associated attribute data belonging to compartments and skid sites. As part of the upcoming ForestTECH 2018 series, in addition to recent forestry trials with Hololens, App developers Taqtile Inc from Seattle and Microsoft will for the first time in this region be outlining through presentations and hands on workshops, technology developments and the very real opportunities that exist with this type of technology for local forestry companies. The co-founder of CTRL Reality from Finland, will also be outlining the Virtual Forest that’s recently been developed by Finland’s Metsa Group, Tieto and CTRL Reality. The virtual forest is a true VR experience. It runs on all VR headsets, mobile devices and in web browsers. In this new service, tested already by 2000 forest owners, users can move from one site to another, see what harvesting and forest management activities should be carried out each time, and run estimates on the income and costs of each activity. The virtual forest also shows what the forest would look like after different activities, and it offers 360- degree images of the forest. This year’s ForestTECH 2018 series is designed to get local forestry companies to really think outside the square. It runs in Rotorua, New Zealand on 14-15 November and in Melbourne, Australia on 20-21 November. A series of pre-conference workshops that proved successful at previous events have been set up for delegates the day before each conference runs. Full details can be found on both programs on the event website, www.foresttech.events
Innovative and outstanding were words to describe the not only the winners of this year’s New Zealand Wood-Resene Timber Design awards but all the entries received. However, there is only one winner and this year the Resene Supreme Award went to the He Tohu Document Centre in the National Library which was designed by Studio Pacific Architecture. Source: Timberbiz Runner up overall was the Cymon Allfrey Artchitect’s Family Bach in Hanmer Springs which is a group of buildings with shared common spaces, this also took out the CHH Woodproducts Futurebuild Residential Architectural Excellence Award. The award recognised the innovative use of timber, resulting in a distinctive visual impact on a residential building, either stand-alone or multi-unit/multi-storey project. Te Wharehou Waikaremoana by Tennent Brown Architects took out the Commercial Architectural Excellence award sponsored by TimberLab Solutions for the innovative use of timber resulting in a distinctive visual impact on a commercial, industrial, or public building environment. The Engineering Innovation Award was won by Chris Moller Architecture + Urbanism in collaboration with MOTM, dunning Thornton and eCubed for their Mt Pleasant Community Centre. The award was sponsored by the NZ Timber Design Society. It recognized the innovative use of timber, resulting in a distinctive technical/structural solution in a residential, commercial, industrial or public building. Nelson Pine industries’ Excellence in Engineered Wood Products category was won by Jerram Tocker Barron Architects for the Plant and Food Research’s Seafood Research Centre with Wellington International Airport commended for its curved structural forms. This was for the innovative use of EWPs, resulting in a distinctive impact of the EWP properties and aesthetics on a residential, commercial, industrial or public building environment. The Exterior Innovation & Infrastructure award sponsored by Niagara was won by Kumutoto Site. This award recognized any wood or wood panel product that forms the exterior of a structure be it residential or non-residential which highlights the versatility and flexibility of wood while enhancing the buildings aesthetic. The NZ Specialty Timber category was sponsored by NZ Farm Forestry and taken out by Pukapuka Road House. The XLam NZ Multi-Storey Timber Building Award was a new category for these awards and required projects to be a minimum of three stories high. It was won by the Te Pa Tauira-Otago Polytechnic Student Village designed by Logic Group Ltd, Mason & Wales, Naylor Love, Kirk Roberts, Tricia Consultants. This was a five storey all timber building. SCION’s sponsored Wood & Fibre Creativity Award was for original and innovative uses of wood fibre (solid wood, manufactured products) in unusual or unexpected applications which make great use of the fibre propertie eg tiny house design gems, chemical or process innovations. It was won by the Te Wharehou Te Wharehou Waikaremoana.
The NSW Government will fund new innovative forestry projects aimed at improving profitability, opening up new local and international markets, and preparing for future opportunities. Source: Timberbiz Minister for Lands and Forestry Paul Toole said applications would soon open for the first round of the $34 million Forest Industries Innovation Fund. “As part of the 2018-19 Budget, I announced a $71.8 million forestry package across four years, aimed at supporting the industry and keeping jobs in our regions,” Mr Toole said. “The Innovation Fund will provide loans of up to $3 million for a range of projects such as timber mill infrastructure upgrades, development of new products, or initiatives that open new markets. “We want to see industry take control of their future and develop new programs that support their local businesses. “The $2.4 billion NSW forest and wood product industry is an economic driver for the regions and I am pleased to be delivering this support for jobs.” Applications will be open for six weeks from 1 October, with successful projects able to access concessional loans of 2.5 per cent for up to 20 years. The Forest Industries Innovation Fund supports the objectives of the NSW Forestry Industry Roadmap and will be administered by the Rural Assistance Authority. Eligibility guidelines, application form and other information will be available on the RAA website (www.raa.nsw.gov.au) from 1 October.
Auditors from around Southeast Asia are invited to join our Chain of Custody auditor training session, with a special focus on the Due Diligence System for sourcing from smallholders. The training takes place in Hue, Vietnam, 30-31 October 2018, with an optional field day focusing on smallholder...
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Once a leader in protecting the region’s vast forests, Brazil is now moving in the opposite direction.
New research finds that 500 years of over-exploitation has halved mammal populations in South America's once majestic Atlantic Forest. A new analysis of mammal populations reveals the devastating effects of human disturbance since the area was first colonized in the 1500s. They found that apex predators and large carnivores, such as jaguars and pumas, as well as large-bodied herbivores, such as tapirs, were among the groups whose numbers had suffered the most.
As autumn arrives in Geneva, Marco Bertolini’s appropriately named ‘Autumn in the forest’ is this month’s photo in the spotlight. A runner up in our 2017 ‘Experience Forests, Experience PEFC’ photo contest, Marco shares the story behind his photo and explains why for him autumn is the most...
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The latest season of Thomas and Friends will represent themes from: Goal 4 (quality education), Goal 5 (gender equality), Goal 11 (sustainable cities and communities); Goal 12 (responsible consumption and production); and Goal 15 (life on land). UN experts in each topic worked with the Thomas and Friends team to develop the SDG-inspired content. An accompanying website provides educational videos, parent tips and conversation starters about sustainability at the household level.
Building on the success of its high-speed equipment, Gilbert has added to its product line a planer for mass timber lumber. Built to the same high-quality standards which established its reputation for its planing equipment, the Mass Timber Planer was designed to meet the high expectations of the engineered wood industry for the production of glulam timber, CLT timber and all types of beams.
The equipment has a heavy-duty frame and is designed to plane mass timber up to a thickness of 16 inches and a width of 36 inches. Furthermore, the Gilbert Automatic Positioning System which controls the cutterheads and axes ensures optimal operating precision allowing for the production of high-quality lumber.
“Our clients are breaking new ground in engineered wood products and we are pleased to offer Gilbert expertise to support them in their projects with our high-quality equipment which will, without a doubt, respond to their expectations”, states Heidi Danbrook, sales director at Gilbert.
Gilbert is proud to have its first planer running in a high class glulam operation in Arkansas USA. For more information regarding the Gilbert Mass Timber Planer, sawmills are invited to visit our website at: www.gilbert-tech.com/en/sawmilling/ or to contact the Sales Department at 1-418-275-5041 ext. 2234.
For the past 30 years, Gilbert has been a recognized leader in the design and manufacture of forestry, sawmill, construction and surfacing equipment. The company is located in Roberval and employs almost 100 people who devote themselves to offering the best planer expertise and technology on the market.
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Precision Husky Corporation has added Industrial Cutting Tools to its dealer network. ICT will be promoting the Precision, Husky and Progrind complete line of equipment. Source: Timberbiz Industrial Cutting Tools, a division of The Langdale Company specializes in the design, manufacture and maintenance of cutting tools for primary and secondary markets, including sawmills, chip mills and pellet mills.
On Friday 28 September 2018, FSC-certified businesses, FSC members, schools and organizations all around the world will host a series of events to support, celebrate and raise awareness of responsible forest management and the role that FSC plays in it. Source: Timberbiz People are invited to look for the FSC logo and consider the sourcing of the products they buy in a creative and entertaining way. “Every year the threat to our forests increases, in the form of environmental change and illegal logging,” explains FSC. “For over 20 years, FSC has worked to take care of forests and the people, plants, and animal species that depend on them. “FSC Friday is about sharing that message, so that more people recognize the role we play and can help us turn the tide against global deforestation.” Last year, businesses, schools and environmental groups in more than 30 countries took part.
European non-governmental organization (NGO) Fern says the EU’s new free trade deal with Japan threatens global efforts to tackle illegal logging, including its own action plan. Source: FLEGT Fern is a Dutch foundation created in 1995. It is an international NGO set up to keep track of the European Union’s involvement in forests and to coordinate NGO activities at the European level. Fern works to protect forests and the rights of people who depend on them. The deal, which was agreed in July 2018 and is in the processing of being ratified, is the Fern believes it is a missed opportunity to promote the trade in legal and sustainable timber and improve forest governance and that it contradicts EU’s commitments to use trade to pursue sustainable development. They point out that a study of the deal’s potential impacts — published by the European Commission in 2016 — concluded that the agreement would boost economic activity which would increase incentives for illegal or unsustainable practices in countries from which Japan sources its timber and wood products. In an article published on Euractiv.com, Fern’s trade and forests campaigner Perrine Fournier says the deal “could also sabotage the EU’s own fight against illegal timber”. “The increased pressure on the world’s forests the pact is likely to herald, is down to three things,” Ms Fournier said. “First, Japan’s long history of importing illegal wood products. Second, its toothless laws to prevent this happening. Third, the weak text of the EU-Japan agreement.” While Japan has introduced a law promoting legal timber trade, it is voluntary. The EU-Japan trade deal, meanwhile, has no enforceable measures preventing the trade in illegal timber. Ms Fournier says the deal would be unfair to companies in the EU, which are prohibited from trading in illegally sourced wood, as it would allow their Japanese competitors to do so. She adds that the deal would discourage Japan’s supplier countries from taking strong action against illegal logging. Fern is calling on the European Parliament to partially suspend the ratification of the agreement so that “significant changes” can be made to avoid undermining the global fight against illegal timber.
Karri planting has finished in the Manjimup area, with little time or seedlings to spare. Assistant Operations Officer Callum Raper said that the FPC has planted just over 268 hectares of karri seedlings this season, battling poor weather to do so in time. Source: Timberbiz “Our target was to plant 238.8 hectares of karri, so we exceeded that this season despite the storms,” Mr Raper said. A tool that assisted in achieving this target was the use of new technology. “Things like Samsung tablets have changed some of our approach in the field, letting us complete surveys on the go, and it also keeps live hygiene and planting maps in one easy to access location, rather than as bundles of paper in the back of a vehicle,” he said. The planting was carried out by contractors from Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and R & S Bamess. “The contractors fought through the terrible weather of the last few weeks to finish all planting on schedule,” Mr Raper said. The areas planted include harvested forest that is being regenerated and areas that were damaged in the 2015 Northcliffe fire.
The New Zealand forest industry is another step closer to a more sustainable flow of trained workers with the imminent start of the Eastland Wood Council driven Generation Program. Source: Timberbiz Siobhain Fyall has been appointed program manager and the first course is set to start on October 15, 2018 with another following in late April 2019. Participants will spend six weeks at a forestry base camp industry introduction program followed by ‘learn while you earn’ work out with contractors complemented with part time courses through EIT Tairawhiti, Turanga Ararau and Competenz. All the while students would receive pastoral care from First Choice Employment. The new program is set to produce 12 graduates in the first year, 30 in the second and 60 in the third. Eastland Wood Council chief executive Kim Holland says the program is a real collaboration between the region’s key stakeholders that ensures trainees are qualified through a real world introduction to the different sectors within the industry. “It’s a multi-stakeholder approach with industry and training providers working together to ensure that the training meets industry’s skills needs,” Ms Holland said. “We all want to make sure the program succeeds and I believe by doing this it will better prepare the young people and increase the uptake by contractors as they will have more confidence in the abilities of the young people to do the work. Newly-appointed Eastland Wood Council Generation Program manager Siobhain Fyall has been employed to run the programs. Ms Fyall was appointed in August 2018. “I hear a lot about the issues they face trying to find workers,” Ms Fyall said. “It comes down to having basic common sense, a good attitude and an understanding of what it is to have a decent work ethic. Finding workers with these basic skills seems to be increasingly hard to find.” S he has 25 years tertiary teaching experience predominantly with youth, and focused on employment skills and work-based training. “I am excited to be part of his new innovative approach to forestry training. It offers a contextualized learning and a training environment that will allow our trainees an opportunity to experience working in a real work environment” she said. Trainees will get a mapped career pathway which will offer choices across different strands of interest in the industry. “We aim to match the trainee with a suitable employer for their placement,” Ms Fyall said. “The initial six weeks will build their self esteem and confidence by providing robust pastoral care and identify any issues or barriers that may impede on their training.”
WoodSolutions Young Professionals Network offers free networking events to provide opportunities for early career practitioners to develop useful contacts and enhance their knowledge of industry issues. Source: Timberbiz The network will hold regular meetings focusing on hot topics concerning timber construction. The first event was held on 20 September 2018. Laurence Ritchie, FWPA Cost and Program Estimator, Mid-rise Advisory Program, said the aim of these monthly meet-ups is to provide early career graduates with an informal, convenient opportunity to up-skill and network. “Attendees will have the chance to learn more about building, sustainability, design and so on,” Mr Ritchie said. “But just as importantly they will meet people at the same stage of their careers, albeit in different areas of the industry, and this will provide them with the opportunity to develop lasting, broad networks for the future.” The WoodSolutions Young Professionals Network is open to all young professionals under 35 years-old who are currently employed in the property design or construction industries. The first event included presentations that provided an introduction to engineered wood products and an update on some of the most exciting engineered timber projects currently planned or under construction around the world. Anyone who can’t attend events but would like to stay updated on future happenings of the network can join the WSYPN Facebook group, which functions as a forum and news source for new developments in timber construction. For more information contact Laurence at Laurence.firstname.lastname@example.org to join the mailing list. Registration for an event is free through Eventbrite but compulsory.
South Korea, one of the world’s largest importers of timber and woodbased products, has announced changes to its ‘Act on the Sustainable Use of Wood’ as it continues to enforce rigorous compliance against illegal logging. Source: Timberbiz About 84% of the country’s demand for wood is currently met by importers with New Zealand and Australia two of the country’s largest suppliers of log timber and sawn wood. The changes represent a significant shift towards establishing a distribution order for timber, with importers now liable under South Korean law to document all relevant information as it relates to legal logging over the last five years. From October 1, the industry will be required to lodge an ‘import declaration form’ to the ministry responsible for the Korea Forest Service when importing timber or timber based products, with confirmation of documents to be issued to the customs officer for clearance. The requirements apply to wood pellets (4401.31), logs (4403), sawn timber (4407) and plywood (4412). In return, importers will be issued with a ‘certificate of import declaration’ confirming the timbers legality, with suspension of sale, return or revocation of order if legality of the timber cannot be substantiated. Under a new enforcement, importers must now present the Minister of the Korea Forest Service with a document that is internationally recognised to certify timber legality. To demonstrate legality, importers can provide the Minister with a PEFC Forest Management and Forest Product Certificate or a certificate from Responsible Wood, the governing body for PEFC in Australia. Responsible Wood CEO Simon Dorries said the latest enforcement represented a ‘game change’ for the global timber import market. “These new penalties for noncompliance underpin a greater global commitment to procure certified timber in accordance with internationally recognised standards,” Mr Dorries said. In 2017, New Zealand was the largest exporter of log timber to South Korea, supplying more than 40% of the country’s total importation of log timber. Who is affected? • All exporters of the specified wood products to the Korea. • All forest owners/managers who are harvesting and have logs exported to Korea. • All forest owners/managers who are harvesting and send logs to mills which export sawn timber, wood pellets or plywood to Korea.