Livingstone, A., Patlakas, P., Milne, M., Smith, S. & Hairstans, R. (2016). Multi-dimensional data fitting for the structural design of a simple timber connection. In Pöll, M., Fadai, A., Winter, W. & Eberhardsteiner, J. (Eds.). WCTE 2016 e-book : containing all full papers submitted to the World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE 2016), 2037-2044. ISBN 978-3-903024-35-9
This paper presents a novel method of automating the structural design of timber connections and ensuring
code compliance within a Building Information Modelling (BIM) context...
Plowas, W., Hairstans, R., Bell, T. & Bros Williamson, J. (2015). Understanding the compatibility of UK resource for dowel laminated timber construction.
Dowel Laminated Timber (DLT also know as Brettstapel) is a technique of constructing large-scale solid timber panels for use as structural or non-structural elements. The tech...
Hairstans, R. (2015). Retrofit Scotland: Howden Hall Road, Edinburgh
This 1930s Bungalow which has been completely upgraded, enhanced and extended employing offsite and modern methods of construction (MMC), renewable technologies, and innovativ...
Construction Scotland Innovation Centre
Buildings , energy and acoustics project through CSIC
The project innovation is the development of a modular roofing system that can be mass customised without significantly limiting the design scope, is cost completive and reduces the likelihood of acci...
Novel offsite construction process for manufacture of housing
Patlakas, P., Livingstone, A. & Hairstans, R. (2015). A BIM platform for offsite timber construction
This paper discusses the potential of a BIM platform for offsite timber construction within the context of the UK construction industry. It examines the benefits, limitations,...
Livingstone, A., Menendez, J., Leitch, K. & Hairstans, R. (2014). The Case for Mass Customisation of Structural Timber Design. doi:10.1061/9780784479117.243
This paper reports on the potential of timber for structural applications in the
international construction market, particularly in the light of its environmental
Menendez, J., Leitch, K. & Hairstans, R. (2014). Structural behaviour of timber frame closed panels for specification in the United Kingdom. ISBN 1 85790 183 5
A series of closed timber frame wall panels were tested for racking capacity in
accordance with the standard BS EN594:2011 . The test program was designed to
Menendez, J., Hairstans, R. & Leitch, K. (2013). Timber frame racking calculation software.
CSC has been working successfully with the University’s Centre for Offsite Construction & Innovative Structures (COCIS) to deliver a new Tedds timber racking calculation to Eu...
Crawford, D., Hairstans, R. & Smith, R. E. (2013). Feasibility of cross-laminated timber production from UK Sitka Spruce. ISBN 1 85790 181 9
Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) is an innovative wood product, which can be used for almost all superstructure elements. It is generally produced from kiln dried, fast growing ti...
Sanna, F., Hairstans, R., Leitch, K., Crawford, D., Menendez, J. & Turnbull, D. (2011). Structural optimisation of timber off-site modern methods of construction.
Efficient and sustainable building systems are required
in order to achieve the UK government’s target of
building three million new homes by 2016. Given the
current lack of a...
Crawford, D., Hairstans, R., Alexander, J. & Bongers, F. (2011). Assessment of the structural performance of Accoya wood for GluLam fabrication.
Accoya® GluLam beams were specified for use as an external foundation support detail for an innovative low carbon affordable home in the Scottish Highlands. This detail was id...
Menendez, J., Hairstans, R., Leitch, K. & Turnbull, D. (2011). A structural engineering platform for timber modern methods of construction.
The UK has a housing deficit, requiring 3 million new homes by 2020 that will have to conform to national environmental policy and the corresponding regional building regulati...
Crawford, D., Hairstans, R. & Davies, I. (2009). Structural performance of external timber cladding. In 11th World Conference on Timber Engineering 2010 (WCTE 2010), 2354-2358. ISBN 9781622761753
Although timber cladding has been used for centuries, the current design guidance for timber cladding has received very little research attention with regards to structural pe...
Crawford, D., Hairstans, R. & David, I. (2009). Structural performance of timber external cladding. ISBN 978-1-62276-175-3
Hairstans, R. (2009). Timber offsite modern methods of construction. ISBN 978-1-62276-175-3
Leitch, K. & Hairstans, R. (2009). The development of a hybrid racking panel - appraisal of methods for strength and stiffness calculation. In 11th World Conference on Timber Engineering 2010. ISBN 978-1-62276-175-3
Throughout the U.K, Timber Platform Frame is increasingly being utilized in the high volume, low cost housing market. Here, the client’s desire for fully detached housing ofte...
Given the knowledge, infrastructure and resource that resides within Scotland, there is a real opportunity here to be a key player in the global offsite construction market. The emphasis now is to sca...
UK Commission for Employment and Skills
To develop and pilot learning material with lead industry partners with the view to setting up a skills HUB for Offsite Construction.
Forestry Commission Scotland
Following on from the work carried out by the centre into potential value added uses of Phytophthora ramorum infected larch, three technologies have been identified for further investigation. The tech...
Scottish Funding Council
The project will result in the use and application of an innovative low carbon timber construction technology. The project will demonstrate the products carbon benefits, overcome the technical barrie...
To oversea the structural test programme of CLT panels in a test environment and the corresponding influence the available UK fibre and current manufacturing practices have on the key mechanical prope...
Determine the feasibility of solid timber fabrication in the UK.
To produce Life Cycle Analysis data for the manufacture of solid timber products from home grown timber, with a specific emphasis of a potential CLT product.
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Efficient and sustainable building systems are required in order to achieve the UK government's target of building three million new homes by 2016. Given, the current lack of activity in the housing c...
Feasibility of producing low carbon affordable homes from low grade home grown timber.
Structural Assessment of accetylated timber product Accoya
Benchmark acoustic grading of Accoya GluLam samples and provide quality assurance that meet the BS requirements
Feasibility study to develop a new closed panel system to allow the client determine the optimum way forward for their business objectives and tap in to knowledge and expertise they currently do not ...
Timber platform frame has evolved as an efficient method of construction for domestic dwellings and
is experiencing continual growth in the UK due to it lending its...