On 9 December 2013, the Université de Mons in Belgium hosted a five day Training School on the assessment and reinforcement of timber elements, in collaboration with the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST). On the final day of the Training School, Dr. Milan Vatovec, a Senior Principal at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH) and Head of Structural Engineering Practice at the firm’s office in New York, gave a keynote presentation on “Diagnosing and Addressing Performance Issues of Wood Structures in Service – An Engineer’s Perspective.” For more information about the Training School, please visit the COST FP1101 Action Web site and click Training School in Belgium, December 2013.
COST funds pan-European, bottom-up networks of scientists and researchers across all science and technology fields. These networks, called 'COST Actions,' promote international coordination of nationally-funded research in nine key scientific Domains. There are currently around 300 Actions running in the nine scientific Domains. This FP1101 Training School is part of one such Action under the scientific Domain called Forests, Their Products and Services (FPS). The FP1101 Action focuses on increasing the confidence of designers, authorities, and end-users in the safe, durable, and efficient use of timber and consequently increase its acceptance and use in the design of new and in the repair of old buildings.