Challenges and Solutions in the Design of a 10 Storey CLT Building

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Social 5.30 – 6.00 pm
Presentation 6.00 – 7.00 pm

Aurecon offices – Level 2, Iwikau Building, 93 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch

Australia has joined the world in pushing the boundaries of timber construction. In recent years
several tall timber buildings have demonstrated the significant advantages of mass timber
construction, especially in multi-unit, multi-level residential buildings. Recent modifications to the
National Construction Code of Australia have provided a deemed-to-satisfy pathway for timber
structures of up to 25 meters (or 8 stories), further accelerating the adoption of tall timber buildings.
One such structure is a ten storey aged care facility currently under construction in Sydney,
Australia. The entire structural system is composed of engineered wood, predominantly of Cross
Laminated Timber (CLT). The architectural design required large open spaces and expansive glazed

Design and construction challenges meant that innovative solutions and approaches were required,
supported by learnings from past projects, both in Australia and around the world. This presentation
will provide an overview of the design challenges and discusses a range of solutions to issues.

Presenter Bio
Daniel Moroder is a structural engineer at PTL Structural Consultants and is specialized in the design
of multi-storey timber and timber buildings in general. Originally from Northern Italy, Daniel
obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Bologna, he also got specific
seismic engineering training at the Universidad de Chile and UC San Diego. Following several years in
industry, he obtained his PhD at the University of Canterbury working on multi-storey timber

In 2015 Daniel returned to structural engineering consultancy with PTL where he is continuing to
push the boundaries of timber design. He is also the vice-president of the NZ Timber Design Society
and co-editor of the Timber Design Society Journal. Daniel is also involved in NZ and European
Timber Design Standards.

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