Upcoming Events

Advancements in research for Engineering Applications in Mass Timber Buildings

Presented by UBC Faculty of Forestry

This four-session online seminar introduces the latest developments and innovations in mass timber technology. Global research leaders in the field will discuss recent scientific findings in connections, seismic design, hybrid solution, and fire resistance of mass timber addressing design applications in modern timber structures.  Attendees will learn about current advancements in material and technologies, and further integrate them to design-engineering applications. This seminar series is geared towards professional engineers and architects in BC.


    • May 25th 2022 – Andreas Ringhofer | 2pm – 3pm PST (From Research to Design 15 Years Focused on Self-Tapping Screws at The Graz University of Technology)
    • June 1st 2022 –  Cristiano Loss | 11am – 12pm PST (The role of timber frame buildings on BC Energy Step Code and carbon neutrality)
    • June 8th 2022 – Felix Wiesner | 2pm – 3pm PST (The role of adhesives for the fire safety for laminated timber structures braces)
    • June 15th 2022 – Minghao Li | 2pm – 3pm PST (Enhancing seismic performance of glulam frame structures with buckling restrained braces)

Format: Online via Zoom (links will be sent to registrants closer to the event)
Session Length: 1 hour including a Q&A session
Cost: Free, registration required
Contacts: brandon.chan(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)ubc.ca, jason.chiu(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)ubc.ca


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Innovation in Infill - A Spotlight on a High Performance Office Building

Presented by Wood WORKS! BC

Named for its location near the intersection of Ontario Street and East Fifth Avenue in Vancouver, oN5 is a four-storey office building built on a narrow, difficult-to-access, mid-block site with only a 7.54m (24.7ft) wide street frontage. The commercial project overcomes many challenges using prefabricated cross laminated timber (CLT) components that form the floors, walls, and roof and elevator shafts. In this workshop, the project team will share detailed technical information about the design and construction of this project.

The topics and lessons learned will include the design strategies, building code requirements and solutions, high-performance building envelope details and the integrated project delivery process used. The permitting process including plan reviews and ultimate approval, and other interactions with the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) will also be discussed.

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From Performance-Based Engineering To Urban Resilience

Presented by UBC Green Construction Research & Training Center (GCRTC)

Advancements in the performance-based earthquake engineering framework provide rigorous probabilistic descriptions of seismic performance, using metrics such as economic losses, fatality estimates and downtime. More recently, the concept of seismic resilience has been emphasized, focusing on the role that buildings play in ensuring that communities, particularly urban centers, can minimize the effect of, adapt to and recover from earthquakes. A key aspect of assessing resilience is establishing a link between building performance and the post-event functionality and recovery of a community. Limit states such as functional loss, damage that renders a building unsafe to occupy or irreparable, which (by comparison) have received much less attention in past research, play a central role in evaluating resilience. The ability to quantify factors that affect downtime, business interruption, and restoration of functionality is also relevant. This presentation will explore challenges to utilizing performance-based engineering as a tool to address specific aspects of resilience and evaluate policies that are intended to enhance community resilience. On the research side, we will discuss methods that have been developed to explicitly link building performance limit states to resilience-based metrics such as post-event recovery. The role of remote sensing and data-analytics in enhancing post-event situational awareness and recovery planning will also be addressed. We will also examine the increase in data availability and the evolving role of automation and artificial intelligence in resilience-based design and assessments. The presentation will conclude with a review of ongoing efforts within the United States to advance functional recovery as a central seismic design criteria for buildings and infrastructure systems. Specific activities that will be highlighted include Assembly Bill 1329, the FEMA P2090 Recommendations and the ATC 138 methodology for quantifying functional recovery.

Date: Wed. June 8, 2022,
Time: 3:00-4:30 PM
Location: EME 4218, School of Engineering, UBC, Okanagan, Kelowna BC
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Speaker: Dr. Henry Burton, Ph.D.

Dr. Henry V. Burton is an Associate Professor and the Englekirk Presidential Chair in Structural Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research is directed towards understanding and modeling the relationship between the performance of infrastructure systems within the built environment, and the ability of communities to minimize the extent of socioeconomic disruption following extreme events. Dr. Burton is a registered structural engineer in the state of California. Prior to obtaining his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, he spent six years in practice at Degenkolb Engineers, where he worked on numerous projects involving design of new buildings and seismic evaluation and retrofit of existing buildings. He is a  recipient of the National Science Foundation Next Generation of Disaster Researchers Fellowship (2014) and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2016).

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9th International Operational Modal Analysis Conference

Presented by International Operational Modal Analysis (IOMAC) Association

The 9th IOMAC will be held in Vancouver, one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities of the “New Continent.” The conference will be held from the 3rd to the 6th of July 2022.  In, addition to the conference, several pre-conference courses will be offered to people interested in gaining a deeper understanding of various aspects of OMA. As it has been a tradition with past conferences, the conference will include the “Lecture of Honor” and two keynote lectures.  The sessions during the conference will cover all major aspects of OMA, with focus on the following topics: Identification Techniques, Measurement Techniques, Applications in Civil Structures, Applications in Mechanical Structures, Comparison with Traditional Modal Analysis, Model Validation and Model Updating, Structural Modification, Structural Health Monitoring and Wind Turbines.

The theme of the conference is “Reaching Beyond Borders” and reflects the fact that OMA is not limited by any type of borders, physical or intellectual, and that there is a tremendous opportunity to explore new applications of the technology, so it is natural to join together to explore these new challenges. This includes researchers, practicing engineers and technicians, students, equipment vendors, and software developers.  All will have the opportunity to share their knowledge in this rather fascinating field and to improve their specific skills.

Conference website: https://venuewest.eventsair.com/iomac-2022/

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