Lab Live: Wood – Applied Science in Action to Examine Structural Materials
About the Lab Live Series: To understand material performance in the field or determine the causes of underlying building conditions, engineers and material scientists often look to applied science and research methods to improve design and construction processes and probe known issues or problems. By combining technical knowledge with expertise in testing and materials science, these teams can help solve their clients’ most challenging problems by understanding why they occurred in the first place. In Simpson Gumpertz & Heger’s (SGH) virtual “Lab Live” series, we will demonstrate these testing and discovery methods in real time in our Applied Science & Research Center to focus on common and challenging material problems. In these dynamic sessions, we hope to spark discussions that lead to creative ideas and improved collaboration.
IN THIS SESSION
In the next session of this series, our technical experts and laboratory specialists will focus on wood as a structural material, discuss wood’s performance in both ancient and innovative applications, and share testing demonstrations to show how SGH’s Applied Science & Research Center helps evaluate wood-related questions. Through a series of discussions, we will explore wood’s varied applications in the construction industry and demonstrate several testing approaches, including using microscopy to identify wood species and characteristics from field specimens and applying cyclic load testing methods to compare the strength and stiffness of various assemblies. We will also discuss several case examples highlighting recent innovative uses of wood as a structural material.
After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Discuss how wood is generally used as a building material from historical and current perspectives.
- Review various applications of wood microscopy to identify key characteristics of wood and observe potential causes of decay.
- Understand cyclic load testing methods to review strength and stiffness requirements for wood assembles.
- Recognize how new and innovative applications of wood as a structural material can be used in current construction practice.
Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for attending the live webinar. Registration is free. Please note that space is limited – email firstname.lastname@example.org to join our waitlist if the session is closed when you register.