WoodSolutions InFocus

WoodSolutions InFocus is a video series that brings you new insights into Australia's forest and wood products industry.

Forestry is often criticised by people who are unaware of how the industry actually functions. The videos will feature industry representatives to connect with the audience on a more personal level. They will also aim to present and introduce more complex information related to all stages of the forestry supply chain, in plain language.

Topics such as hardwood and softwood plantations and forests, prefabrication, future wood tech, wood science, how timber is helping rural economies and others will be delved into in the videos ranging between 8 – 13 minutes.

The Art and Science of Growing Wood

In The Art and Science of Growing Wood  you’ll discover that growing trees and producing timber is a complex, finely tuned process, involving everything from genetics to the latest sensor technology.

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Making laminated veneer lumber (LVL)

In this episode of WoodSolutions InFocus we visit a factory which produces laminated veneer lumber to see how it is made. Laminated veneer lumber, or LVL, is an engineered wood product commonly used in the Australian construction industry. With a very high strength to weight ratio, LVL can handle significant loads and is often used instead of steel.

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Producing structural softwood

In this episode of WoodSolutions InFocus we visit a softwood plantation and sawmill to learn more about how structural softwood is produced. Structural softwood is a commodity building material used in the construction of everything from detached houses to mid-rise buildings. For more information about wood, wood products, and how to design and build with wood systems make sure to visit our website at www.woodsolutions.com.au or get in touch today. Special thanks to: Michael Swanson, AKD, Jo Foster, AKD, Mark Howe, AKD

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Making cross laminated timber (CLT)

In this episode of WoodSolutions InFocus we visit a factory which produces cross laminated timber, or CLT. CLT is an engineered timber product that is quickly growing in popularity in the construction industry. With two-way action and high tolerance of shear forces, CLT panels can generally be used instead of concrete, saving huge amounts of greenhouse gas emissions. Here, we see how CLT is produced and learns more about the quality checks involved in the manufacturing process.

Special thanks to: Tyson Infanti, XLam, Colin Stone, XLam, Aaron McKenna, XLam, Craig Slade, XLam

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Exploring hardwood plantations

InFocus travels to Tasmania and visits a hardwood plantation operation and discovers the impact of new technology (in one case transferred from the confectionary industry!) on the way eucalypt seedlings are raised and planted.

Forest Safety

Technology, innovation and training are changing the face of forestry. In this video you'll see how the harvesting industry has changed to a safer, more efficient workplace.

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Foundations of Acoustic Design

With the majority of the population currently working from home the acoustic performance of your residence has never been more important. Join Laurence as he unpacks some of the basics of acoustic design and meets with Amanda Robinson form Marshall Day Acoustics to get a professional's take on the topic.

Make sure to keep these fundamentals in mind for future videos where we will look at effective designs for acoustic separation in timber buildings.

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