In this episode, we talk with Mark Robertson, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., Struct.Eng., S.E., a project manager at WHM Structural Engineers, about the use of cross-laminated timber in construction, their sustainability and environmental benefits, their innovative applications in architectural projects, and the potential for the rise of taller mass timber buildings.
***The video version of this episode can be viewed here.***
Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Mark:
- How does the use of mass timber contribute to the goal of reducing carbon footprints, considering the increasing commitment to sustainability in the structural engineering industry?
- Can you share some insights and challenges you encountered while working on significant projects like the Olympic Oval in Richmond, BC, and the Virtuoso?
- How did the unique curvy design in the project’s architecture contribute to the use of CLT, particularly when compared to conventional light frame construction, and how did this contribute to the overall success of the project?
- What are some significant differences or common mistakes that first-time engineers should be aware of when working on their initial mass timber projects?
- Can you discuss the importance of accounting for shrinkage and the proper placement of bolted connections in mass timber projects?
- What do you predict for the future of mass timber and construction in the next 20-25 years, and what key trends or developments should engineers and contractors anticipate?
- Are there accessible resources like sample buildings, drawing plans, or 3D models that students can use to improve their understanding of 3D visualization in structural engineering?