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2021 TDS Webinar Series – Fire Engineering for Timber Structures

Join Dr Andy Buchanan – PTL Structural & Fire in our second webinar of the 2021 series, Fire Engineering for Timber Structures

When: Thursday 6th May, 12pm – 1pm
Where: Online
Cost: Free
This webinar is an introduction to fire safety in timber buildings, concentrating on structural design of timber structures for fire safety and will be presented by Dr Andy Buchanan – PTL Structural & Fire
The topic of most interest to architects is the group number system for exposed wood surfaces, as influenced by the effect of automatic fire sprinkler systems. The main part of the webinar will cover structural design for fire safety in timber buildings, with reference to the new standard AS/NZS 1720.4. This will include an introduction to fire resistance testing as the basis for structural fire design of light timber framing and mass timber structural members.
The webinar will also include charring rates of protected and unprotected wood products, wood properties at elevated temperatures, and fire design of connections. The seminar will be based on the NZ Wood Design Guide for Fire Safety https://www.wpma.org.nz/uploads/1/3/2/8/132870817/design-for-fire-safety-final.pdf
Dr Andy Buchanan is a structural engineer with special interests in timber engineering, fire safety and earthquake engineering. He is a Principal in PTL Structural & Fire, Christchurch. He retired from the University of Canterbury in 2014.
Andy has a B.E.(Honours) degree from the University of Canterbury (1970), a Masters degree from the University of California at Berkeley (1972), and a Ph.D from the University of British Columbia, Canada (1984). He is a Distinguished Fellow of Engineering New Zealand.
Before and after joining the University of Canterbury in 1987, he has been a consulting engineer in private practice, involved in structural design and structural fire design of a wide range of timber buildings, around New Zealand and overseas.
He is the author of Structural Design for Fire Safety (John Wiley & Sons, 2017) and the New Zealand Timber Design Guide (2007). He is a past President of the New Zealand Timber Design Society.

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