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The Wood Innovation Group

Hi, TWIG community! This is a brief reminder about a few events in the last two weeks of May. We can't wait to see you in person and online!

Timber Tech Connect

Timber Innovation Series - Vol 3.

May 21th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Concept Lab - #300. 397 W 7th Ave
$20 | Register+

Timber Tech Connect offers an up-close look at the latest innovations in timber design and the individuals driving progress in wood-based design, engineering, architecture, and construction. Through these events, we aim to provide a platform for networking, learning, and exploring the possibilities of Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA), sustainability and low-carbon construction, building systems and the methodologies of mass timber construction and pre-fabrication.

Jason Chiu - TWIG Organizer and Managing Director at the UBC Centre for Advanced Wood Processing will present findings from a recent tour to Sweden, where he visited leading manufacturers of prefabricated panelized and modular building systems as well as manufacturers of mass-timber building components.

Brandon Sullivan from Concept Lab will be sharing details of the recently announced Timber-Concrete node, launched at the International Mass Timber Conference. Timber-Concrete Node (TCN) leverages a simple kit of parts to make easy and economical connections in post & beam timber structures.

Chris Hill from bCollective will explore the innovative approach of offsite construction through BOSS (Building Offsite Sustainable Structures), highlighting the advantages of both open and closed wall systems. Key details include the production process at the 279 Central St. shop, focusing on advanced insulation techniques and the scalable "one to many" production strategy that promises to revolutionize the industry.

Food and Drinks will be provided as part of your ticket.
More about Timber Tech Connect+

TWIG Monthly - Online

Revaluing Wood Waste

May 28th, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Free | Register+

How companies and innovators are bringing technologies and process workflows to add new value to waste wood and create new products for the market.

Urban Jacks is a wood-based startup in Vancouver, that harvests and diverts secondary wood material giving it a new purpose. Their primary product is finger-joined lumber, which after processing is straighter and stronger than standard SPF and dimensional lumber. We met the Urban Jacks crew in their early days when they were doing some testing at UBC CAWP, and became regulars at our Wood-First-Wednesday. They recently worked with the Emily Carr Industrial Design program, supplying 3rd-year students with material for their projects.

We met Urban Machine through Urban Jacks, and we figured it would be fun to collaborate on an event and share the latest innovations in the re-claimed lumber world and host a conversation around the future of the Industry.

Urban Machine is a robotics company specializing in construction wood waste management. Using AI, camera vision, and robotics, The Machine efficiently removes metal fasteners from wood waste, reclaiming it as premium lumber for reuse in new projects. Recently Urban Machine signed an LOI with VEMA Deconstruction in Vancouver, who will receive a wood-reclaiming robot for their operations in BC.

During this online presentation, co-founder and CEO Eric Law will explain how the process reduces environmental impact and maximizes reclaimed material value. Automation keeps reclaimed lumber prices accessible, promoting sustainability and circularity. Eric will discuss opportunities for new products and project development with reclaimed lumber.

Got an idea?

Do you have a concept, product, or prototype that you want to realize? TWIG can work with you to make this happen with financial support through The Wood First Program. Carried out through the Center for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP) and its team of technical staff, we are able to provide an array of support on various wood-based projects.