Upcoming Programs at the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing

Posted by Rumin Mann
February 18th, 2011

Designing with Wood Using Advanced Technologies
March 25, 2011 – CAWP

CAWP will be offering a full-day seminar for furniture designers, manufacturers, and industrial designers to explore new product opportunities using industrial design and CAD/CAM and CNC technologies. In the morning a design session for manufacturers will introduce industrial design principles, common arrangements for working with freelance designers, and designing for ease of manufacture, while a technical session for designers will provide an introduction to wood materials, their properties and processing techniques, including finishing and machining. The two groups will then come together to listen to several case studies presented by industrial designers who primarily work with wood:

  1. Vancouver 2010 Olympic Victory Ceremony Podium and Medal Trays (James Lee, former designer for VANOC)
  2. 3D Scanning and CNC Machining (Vincent Leung, Technical Specialist, CAWP)
  3. Prototyping Custom Modular Furniture for Manufacturability (Tony Millaires, Urthwurks)
  4. Designing Contemporary Furniture (Richard Trory, Bensen)

Demonstrations will be given on integrating CAD/CAM software with CNC machinery to construct a wide range of wood products, from large timber frame buildings to wooden artwork. An interactive discussion session will also be held to discuss new market opportunities that can arise from industrial designers in the value-added wood products sector.

Date & Time: Friday 25th March 2011, 10:15am – 4:15pm
Location: Centre for Advanced Wood Processing at UBC
To register, please contact:
Email: cawp@cawp.ubc.ca
Telephone (toll free): 1-866-822-2297; Fax: 604-822-9159

Clad + Solid Wood Glazing Systems in the Building Envelope
March 29, 2011 – CAWP (Point Grey Campus)

Weathershield and Unison Windows and Doors will be presenting a special seminar for architects and builders to discuss recent wood product development work in low maintenance wood exteriors, as well as new high performance glazing technologies and AAMA recommended installation methods. Both morning and afternoon presentations are AIA/CES learning accredited, and will provide insight into new approaches in high performance clad + solid wood glazing products tying into the building envelope.

Topics to be covered:

  • Introduction to Wood as a Low Maintenance Glazing System
  • Introduction to Solid Wood Window Wall Systems
  • New High Performance Glazing Technologies (AIA/CES Accredited)
  • AAMA Recommended Installation Methods for Clad Wood Units (AIA/CES Accredited)
  • Clad Wood Potential in Light Commercial Building
  • New developments in Sliding Door Design
  • Local Resources for custom glazing options

Date & Time: March 29th, 2011 9am -3pm
Location: UBC Centre for Advanced Wood Processing, 2424 Main Mall, Vancouver (Point Grey Campus)
To register, please contact:
Email: andrew@unisonwindows.com
Telephone: 604.980.6000 (ext. 104); Fax: 1.800.787.5747

Job Costing and Cost/Benefit Analysis of CNC Technologies for Timber Framing
March 18, 2011 – 108 Resort & Conference Centre, 108 Mile Ranch

This one day workshop will provide an overview of innovative ways to utilize new building materials and methods for the construction of wood buildings. In addition, it will focus on strategies for timber framers to improve cost efficiencies within operations, and will demonstrate how to evaluate the costs versus benefits of implementing advanced automated production technologies such as CNC equipment. The workshop will also look at trends such as building information systems and how these may impact the timber framing sector in coming years.

Topics to be covered:

  • Product innovation creating niche markets and business opportunities in Europe and North America
  • Quick and effective cost estimating to ensure each job is profitable
  • Pre-calculations and follow-up calculations
  • Calculating hourly rate on an absorbed cost basis
  • Cost estimating samples for timber frame structures
  • Comparing cost estimates for hand-cut work, precut (outsourced) timber frames and in-house machine-cut frames
  • Simple ways to perform follow-up calculations
  • Advantages and limitations of precut-timber connections
  • Trends in software and integrated design-fabrication systems and their potential impact on the timber framing sector

Date & Time: March 18th 2011, 9am to 4pm
108 Resort & Conference Centre, 108 Mile Ranch, BC
$95 plus HST, including lunch and coffee

To register, please contact:
Email: cawp@cawp.ubc.ca
Telephone (toll free): 1-866-822-2297; Fax: 604-822-9159

A few places are still available in the Cadwork software evening course, starting March 1st and running 6-9pm on Tuesdays for 12 weeks. The course will be held in the CAWP computer lab. The course is intended for designers, architects, construction managers and builders who wish to use Cadwork software to create 3D models, 2D construction drawings, material takeoffs, optimization of takeoffs and schedules, and/or renderings for sales and marketing purposes. Skills covered will be at the basic and intermediate levels and will cover all common construction methods and materials. For information and to register, contact cawp@cawp.ubc.ca or call 604-822-6448. To view the detailed course outline go to:

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