Building Types Masterclass | Timber Dome Building Design



Timber dome is one of the simplest forms of structure which has a very unique spherical or partial-spherical shape. The frame of the structure consists of a number of unequal and straight structural members to form its many stable triangular elements in order to provide resistance to the gravitational, wind and seismic loads. The dome has the capacity to achieve large span without any form of internal posts, load-bearing walls or deep beams.

Timber being a structural material which has excellent strength and stiffness properties are one major reason why timber is particularly suitable for large-span dome structures. The webinar is to discuss the elements that make up a cost-effective timber dome. This discussion includes both traditional and innovative structural shapes which can be used for large buildings with timber as a main load-bearing material.

The presenter is Sérgio Lucas, Head of Engineering & International Sales at Häring AG. Häring AG is a specialises in planning and producing timber supporting structures for both conventional carpentry and complex timber engineering, in Switzerland and Asia. Supporting Sérgio in the panel session is Robert Mansell from XLAM Solutions.


Sergio Lucas

Sérgio Lucas, Head of Engineering & International Sales at Häring AG

Sérgio is a civil/structural engineer from the University of do Porto. He has over 20 years of experience in general carpentry and engineered timber structures, including dome solutions with a clear span up to 200 m.

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