Led by Professor Abdy Kermani, the Centre for Timber Engineering (CTE) supports the increasing use of timber for high value engineering and construction applications through:
- knowledge transfer
- product development
- applied and Fundamental research
The ongoing drive towards more sustainable development, increasing use of timber in construction and the introduction of Eurocode 5, have all highlighted the UK's shortage of specialist education and technical expertise in timber engineering.
One of CTE's prime objectives has been to help meet this need, which we address through our role in the development and delivery of our unique courses BSc (Hons) in Civil & Timber Engineering and MSc in Timber Engineering.
Knowledge transfer into industry is a crucial part of our remit and we undertake research & development work with industry in several ways, including through commercial contracts and Government grants; notably via Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP). We have worked with a range of key companies via KTP, including:
- James Callander & Son
- Oregon Timber Frame
- James Jones & Sons
- Simpson Strong-Tie
- Diageo Global Plc
Over the last decade, the research team at CTE has been awarded a string of prestigious national and international awards for innovative civil engineering designs and R&D work including ICE’s Bill Curtin Medal, Howard Medal, British Construction Industry Award, IStructE’s Structural Award, the Wood Award, etc.
CTE has many publications to its name, producing peer reviewed high quality publications each year; including Europe’s definitive book on timber engineering, ‘Structural Timber Design to Eurocode 5’. This publication provides in depth guidance on the design of timber structures and is widely adopted across Europe and indeed worldwide.
Building on our success, CTE continues to strengthen its collaboration with industry through innovative research, product development and knowledge exchange.
Professor Abdy Kermani BSc, MSc, PhD, CEng, FIStructE, FIWSc
Head of Centre and Professor of Timber Engineering
He is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers and Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. He has served on the organising committees and editorial technical advisory boards of international journals and conferences on structural and timber engineering and the innovative use of construction materials. He is the appointed principal consultant to several UK and European structural and timber engineering firms and manufacturing companies. He has led numerous research and development programmes on the structural use of timber and its reconstituted products.
His research work in structural timber engineering is internationally recognised and published widely. Abdy is co-author, with Dr Jack Porteous, of Europe’s definitive book in timber engineering ‘Structural Timber Design to Eurocode 5’.
Dr Hexin (Johnson) Zhang
He holds a PhD in structural engineering from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, following a three year practice as a structural engineer when he obtained Chartered Civil Engineer status in China. He has been involved in more than 30 projects in the analysis and design of substantial structures including a stadium, theatre and a number of cinemas and industrial buildings. Johnson joined Edinburgh Napier University as Lecturer in Structural Engineering in 2004, and since he has developed a large portfolio of research in analytical and experimental techniques including finite element analysis and optimisation methods; examples include development of dedicated software for tubular truss systems, plate structures in tall buildings, temporary works (scaffolding) structures, close range photogrammetry method for structural monitoring for laboratory and site investigations. He has been involved in and led a number of Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programmes with timber engineering and construction companies, some having been nominated for the KTP Awards.
He joined the School of Engineering and the Built Environment at Edinburgh Napier University (UK) in October 2012. As a PhD candidate, he is conducting research and development on computer methods to aid the design of free form grid-shell structural timber systems. He holds a master's degree in Architecture, from University of Naples `Federico II' (Italy), followed by a few years of professional practice at CMMKM Associated Architects, and research experience on lightweight cold-formed steel beams, undertaken at the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Chieti-Pescara `G. D'Annunzio', in Italy.