Timber Engineering

pine forest looking up at canopy

What is Timber Engineering?

Timber Engineering is one aspect of structural engineering. Wood is a uniquely renewable and sustainable building material. It is used world wide in many areas of building. Timber buildings can be six storeys or more, making it suitable not only for houses but for large buildings such as offices and hotels. Being lightweight in relation to its strength makes timber suitable for leisure centres, supermarkets, warehouses, etc. and bridges.

There are several research themes being actively persued and several areas of funding available for research projects. These are:

  • Multi-storey timber buildings,
  • 2 to 20+ storeys
  • Seismic design
  • Fire safety

All projects can be seen in more detail in Timber Engineering Research.

Academic Staff

All academic staff can be found in the Civil and Natural Resource Engineering contact us

  • Minghao Li (Lecturer in Timber Engineering)
  • Andy Buchanan
  • Stefano Pampanin
  • Alessandro Palermo
  • Peter Moss

Industry Associates

  • Cameron Rodgers, CHH Wood Products
  • Steve Coll, MiTek
  • Andy van Houtte, Nelson Pine
  • Support Staff
  • Tobias Smith, Research Engineer

Academic Associates

  • Prof Pierre Quenneville, University of Auckland
  • Hugh Morris, University of Auckland
  • Prof Keith Crews, University of Technology, Sydney

Postgraduate Students

  • Nor Hayati Abd Ghafar (PhD)
  • Tobias Smith (PhD)
  • Francesco Sarti (PhD)
  • Daniel Moroder (PhD)
  • Chris Watson (PhD)
  • Tom Armstrong (ME)
  • Andrew Dumbar (ME)
  • Reuben Costello (MEFE)

For advice

Minghao Li

Senior Lecturer
1st Pro Coordinator
Civil & Natural Resources Engineering E409
Internal Phone: 92048

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