FTMA Tech Talk – Ed.31

UNDERSTANDING THE CERTIFIER PERSPECTIVE I have a friend of 15 years who had a long career in carpentry, building inspection and building education. He always enjoyed trying to shock me with stories from site, taking special pride in all the names he had been called....

FTMA Tech Talk – Ed.30

Path to Compliance for Structural Design Software In 2012, the ABCB Software Protocol for Structural Software was introduced and sets the minimum requirements for structural design software to meet that enables non-engineers to produce designs for building approvals,...

FTMA Tech Talk – Ed.29

Considerations for the use of Nails vs Screws in your Timber Connections Nails and screws are the two most common fasteners specified by engineers and used by builders. When considering the suitable fasteners to use, sometimes we have options and sometimes we don’t....

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...