FTMA Tech Talk – Ed.28

OFFSITE OPPORTUNITIES IN NEW ENGINEERING LEGISLATION For this month’s Tech Talk I’m zooming out from the details and looking at changes in the laws that govern who can provide technical advice and how it is communicated. Fundamentally this is great news for...

FTMA Tech Talk – Ed.27

SHALLOW TRUSS CAMBERS DISAPPEARING INTO THE NIGHT Deflection issues, on site, from very shallow trusses raise their head on a regular basis despite many past precautionary articles on the subject. This is partly because some architects persist with producing extremely...

FTMA Tech Talk – Ed.26

Lateral Restraints in Pre-Fab Timber Roof Trusses Design vs Installation!    A truss is a very efficient structural member which consists of a group of ties and struts connected to form a structure that acts as a large span beam. The design of the truss is based on a...

FTMA Tech Talk – Ed.25

THE BENEFITS OF SCREWS FOR TIE-DOWNS In my last Tech Talk I hinted at changes in the product landscape for tie down connections. The industry is evolving even in this period of unprecedented change and disruption, and fabricators, builders and certifies are seeing the...

FTMA Tech Talk – Ed.24

THE MATRIX OF TRAINING Training isn’t just important to a company, it is vital. In our industry, if a detailer leaves or if business ramps up, hiring a new or replacement designer becomes a necessity. But training in general is not something that should be limited to...

FTMA Tech Talk – Ed.23

DRIED vs. GREEN TIMBER From day to day, most people have some contact with dried or green timber in specifying and designing timber structures. When designing with dried timber, we must use dry timber during manufacturing timber structural components. The consequence...