TDI is in the process of creating a new certificate program for workplace learners aiming to teach the skills needed for the emerging mass timber industry. The program will feature a number of course modules that can be taken by industry learners in the wood products manufacturing and construction sectors. Topics will include: drafting and detailing of mass timber components using 3D computer-aided-design (CAD) software; interfacing between CAD and computer-aided-manufacturing equipment; automated manufacturing using computer numerical control (CNC) production machinery; in-house quality assurance and testing methods, and; jobsite installation and erection of mass timber components. Delivery of the program will be through a combination of online instruction, classroom sessions in partnership with various community colleges, and hands-on design-build experiences in the Institute’s new A.A. “Red” Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory. Modules will be available beginning in 2018.

The first online course module we are working on is on Mass Timber Construction. It specifically aims to provide detailed guidance for contractors installing mass timber on the jobsite. We are excited to be working with some highly-experienced industry specialists to create the content, which will be heavily case-study based, with an emphasis on visual learning and real world experience. Meet our subject matter experts:

Nathan Bergen is a project manager at Seagate Structures, a company that specializes in concrete forming, placing and finishing as well as fabricating, supplying and installing light wood framing, heavy timber framing, glulam, CLT and NLT. His work at Seagate is principally focused on overseeing heavy timber and mass timber projects. Nate manages budgets and schedules and, where needed, leads onsite as a job superintendent. Most recently these duties have included leading the site team on the University of British Columbia’s 18-story Brock Commons student dormitory project, which upon completion in 2017 became the world’s tallest contemporary wood structure. Prior to joining Seagate Nate served as shop supervisor at StructureCraft, a British Columbia-based construction and fabrication firm specializing in mass timber and hybrid timber structures.

John Boys is the president of Nicola LogWorks - a producer of log and timber structures in Merritt, British Columbia. The company has been operating from this location since 1989. John discovered a passion for log construction while attending the Allan Mackie School of Log Building in the mid '80s. His interest in traditional log construction techniques rapidly grew to encompass massive timber joinery and timber frame structures. As his expertise in heavy log and timber construction developed, so did associated interests, such as work methods and procedures, jigs and tool development, and custom machine fabrication. John’s skill sets, as well as those of the crew (mastery of timber joinery, crane and rigging) have more recently coincided with the introduction of CLT (Cross Laminated Timbers) to the North American market, positioning John Boys and Company in an arena for which their specialized expertise is highly applicable and well-suited. His crew have installed mass timber at the UBC Earth Sciences Building, Vancouver; UBC Okanagan Health & Wellness Centre, Kelowna; Fort McMurray Airport; Wood Innovation Design Centre, Prince George, and on many other projects. John was an early adopter of 3D modeling and is a tireless advocate for the design/build approach in the construction of massive wood structures. His expertise in pre-planning, sequencing and focus on inter-trade communications well before a project is underway in addition to his experience in the field have led to various speaking engagements including the Seattle CLT Symposium, several Canada Wood Council and BC Wood workshops as well as for The Canada BIM Council.

Philipp Zumbrunnen was born in Switzerland and trained first as a carpenter and foreman before working as a project manager for an architectural office in Wald, near Zurich, which specialized in timber buildings. He went on to study Wood and Civil Engineering and Bern University of Applied Sciences in Biel, qualifying as a timber engineer in 2007. During that time he completed an internship at Blumer-Lehmann AG in Gossau, Switzerland. Upon graduation Philipp moved to London to join Eurban Ltd. Over the last 15 years he has worked on and managed a range of innovative timber construction projects, from private residential homes to schools, an 8-storey residential tower and a development of holiday homes in the Swiss Alps which required installation by helicopter. He is currently a Director at Eurban and manages a team of 15 engineers, designers and project managers.