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Exova BM TRADA offers final timber frame construction and VSG hard wood training courses for 2016

Expert training provider, Exova BM TRADA, will be holding its final Visual Strength Grading for hardwood and Timber Frame Construction training courses on 9-11 November and 29 November respectively. 

The practical three-day VSG Hardwood course is aimed at those who are involved in the selection and supply of hardwood for structural use and will be held at Exova BM TRADA’s High Wycombe site.

The course will be delivered through a combination of both practical days spent in the timber yard and interactive learning in the classroom. The course will provide participants with a knowledge of the uses of strength graded timber and the meaning of strength classes and an understanding of the responsibilities of the grader and the grading company. Participants will also be taught the natural growth characteristics of wood using hand-held samples, and will undertake practical exercises for grading hardwood timber.

Phil O’Leary, Exova BM TRADA’s timber technology investigations team lead, will deliver the course. He has extensive knowledge in timber failure, inspection and strength, while also being responsible for all of Exova BM TRADA’s timber strength, scaffold boards and roofing battens training.

The Timber Frame Construction course is aimed at architects, building contractors, developers, building inspectors, timber frame manufacturers, quantity surveyors and clerks of works and will provide attendees with a better understanding of timber frame design, construction and use.  Delegates will also be introduced to relevant design standards and building regulations.

With its increasingly well-known benefits of speed of build, environmental performance and flexibility, timber frame is now widely used in both commercial and residential developments.  Gaining an understanding of its use and applications is essential within our industry today.

The training is provided by the co-authors of TRADA’s Timber Frame Construction 5th edition, Lewis Taylor and Robin Lancashire. Lewis is a timber frame consultant who provides independent third party checks on timber frame buildings and also draws on his experience of thermal performance and low energy building design. Senior timber frame consultant, Robin Lancashire, has extensive on-site experience and provides best practice construction advice to all areas of the timber frame industry. 

Both courses will be held at Exova BM TRADA, High Wycombe. The full timber training course brochure can be viewed here:


The timber strength grading brochure can be viewed here:


Exova BM TRADA runs training courses throughout the year which can also be offered in-house or within a client’s premises. Exova BM TRADA also provides management systems, fire and general business courses. 

For more information on these and other courses, or to book a place, go to:  http://www.exovabmtrada.com/en-gb/training or contact tel: 01494 569750.


About Fiona Russell-Horne

Fiona Russell-Horne
Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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