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China Monthly Manager’s SPF Report, May 2012

By canadawood_admin

President, Canada Wood Group

May 30, 2012

MARKET ACCESS

Codes & Standards Development (Helen Guo & Haiyan Zhang)

1.     Adoption of Canadian timber products into GB5 system

As the follow-up work of the Hangzhou meeting, Chun and Helen drafted a technical document to compare the visual grading rules for timber in GB50005 and NLGA as well as a proposal for introducing new visual grading rules in GB50005 to cover Canadian visually graded timber under the category of ‘Beam and Stringers’ and ‘Post and Column’ made and submitted to GB50005 code committee for consideration.

In the current edition of Chinese national Code for design of timber structures GB50005, the Chinese traditional timber products are under TC/TB grading system. The purpose of this document is to help the GB50005 code committee develop a consistent procedure for handling Canadian manufactured timber products submissions and those traditional domestic timber products.

Meanwhile, Conroy of FPInnovations is working on the task to prepare a document on the sampling of visually graded dimension lumber. The sampling plan used in the NA in-grade test program can be used as an example. BJ of APA is preparing a package for engineered wood products, including test method, sampling, and the determination of characteristics values.

According to the schedule, the final draft of the GB50005 code is to be completed by the end of 2012.

2.     Development of the joint research work proposal under NRCan-SFA MOU

The meeting with SFA was a follow-up meeting to discuss the detailed work plan for standardization system for wood products was held in SFA on 26th April. Conroy, Chun, Helen attended the meeting, as well as SFA, CAF and Canadian Embassy representatives.

Chun provided an overview of the meeting in Mar 2012 and presented Canadian standard system for wood products. During the discussion, it was agreed that under the “standardization system for wood products” work area, the collaboration in next fiscal year will be in the following areas on specific topics of mutual interest: 1) development of a framework for wood products under the Chinese standard system, 2) development of Chinese wood product standards, 3) A mission to Canada to visit the wood companies and factories, 4) workshops on wood products conformity assessment, and 5) ISO TC165 activities. A new work area on developing EPD (Environmental Product Declarations) for wood products was also discussed.

A proposal based on the agreement of both sides is to be developed and submitted to NRCan and SFA respectively.

3.   Development of Guide Book to GB50016

Final expert panel review was held in Tianjing in February. According to Tiinajin Fire Research Institute, the final draft for approval will be submitted to Ministry of Public Security and MOHURD in May. In the mean while, a Guide Book to GB50016 will be developed in accompany with the code itself. CW is assigned to work with TFRI to develop this Guide Book particularly on drafting illustrations based on code stipulations. The work is under process and the first draft of illustrations will be finished by the end of May.

4.    University Initiatives (Jennifer Yu)

After discussions within Architectural Department of SEU (among professors for grade 2 and grade 4), as well as between Architectural department and the school, South East University has come up with a proposal for what they’d like to cover for the timber course.

The proposal is being reviewed by UBC. Details regarding the development of the teaching materials for architectural students of SEU will be developed.

5.   Shanghai EW code  (Jennifer Yu)

The 1st draft is being developed. CW China is working closely with the Chinese drafters on key technical materials from North America (English to Chinese)

6.  Mohurd Joint Working Committee – China Modern Wood Frame Construction Technology Training Round-Table – Vocational School Initiative  (Steve Ross)

This meeting took place in DHC, Shanghai on Mau 20th with more than 30 representatives from MOHURD, 12 construction vocational schools, as well as the wood frame industry were in attendance of the meeting. The morning portion of the meeting consisted of a presentation done by the JWC on the status of its training work development and ideas for moving forward, a presentation by Crown Homes talking about the need for wood frame professionals and its current work market from an industry point of view, as well as a site visit to a significant wood frame construction project.

The afternoon portion took place at the SUMC where meeting attendees first looked at the SUMC wood frame training centre and relevant training facilities, and listened to a presentation done by he SUMC about its experiences developing WFC training, the meeting came to a conclusion after a two-hour discussion where the schools, industry and MOHURD sat together and voiced their thoughts, ideas and suggestions for next steps, and have come to the following points of consensus.

1. For a prolonged period of time, the proportion of wood frame construction in China in the country’s construction industry has been continuously increasing, bringing about a bottleneck for fostering relevant professional talents for this technology. As such, there is an urgent need to strengthen the development of wood frame education for China’s construction industry.

2. Need to initiate wood frame construction technology training courses in construction type vocational schools targeting full-time construction students. Combining theory and practice to foster wood frame construction high-level wood frame construction technical, inspection, and management talents. Include relevant elective or compulsory courses into the schools’ credit system.

3. Wood frame training development in Chinese vocational schools needs to reference best practices and experiences from foreign countries. The Joint Working Committee will work as a cooperation mechanism between Chinese and Canadian Governments and provide an effective international cooperation platform for developing wood frame construction training in China.

4. Next steps of work for developing wood frame construction technology training in vocational schools include:

–        June 2012,Canada Wood will organize a one-week centralized training for designated instructors from each vocational school.

–        August 2012, organize a mission to Canada for vocational school representatives that will include opportunities for scholarly exchange with Canadian construction technical schools.

–        September 2012, Canada Wood will conduct one-on-one instructor training at each school.

–        October 2012, vocational schools will start their first independent wood frame construction elective training courses.

Vocational schools should strengthen cooperation with the industry by establishing an education by industry reservation system, advancing the combination of theoretical content and field work, and properly positioning the level of such training to include content not only for technical personnel but also for first hand workers. All of the aforementioned will work towards fulfilling the industry’s need for professional talent.

7.  Quality Support & Training (Dave Daly & Rob Burrows)

The CW  technical team (Dave D, Ben, JP and Lance) visited the Dingtai Lake project in Qingpu, Shanghai earlier this month.  We met with the General Contractor C, T-Deco, and the builder, Paragon.  The site was very neat and organized and construction has begun on approximately 20 units.  Generally the framing was well done, and the only major issue identified was that the truss engineering has not been coordinated with the structural drawings and consequently some structural elements have been under-built.  We have sent the GC and the builder a site report outlining the issues and how they should be corrected.  We will plan to visit this site at least once every two weeks.

In other news:

Work on the S8 (townhouses) project in Pudong continues.  Framing is almost complete and interior and exterior decoration has begun.  For the most part workmanship is satisfactory, but there are some small issues still to be addressed.  The builder has agreed to our solutions for most of the fire control issues we previously identified, but no action has yet been taken.  The frantic pace of the project means it is often some time before deficiencies get addressed.

The Canada Wood College May session – Introduction to Wood Frame Building Systems concluded on May 25th.  This session was led by construction specialist Rob Burrows.  Rob was supported by several of our tech department staff including JP, Johnny, Chen JG, and construction specialist Jason Hardy.  We had a very active and enthusiastic group this time with almost all students meeting the passing requirements.  Certificates were issued to the passing students jointly by CW and our partner school, Shanghai Urban Management College.

UPCOMING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES

May 28th – June 15th in Beijing – Canada Wood College Builders Training

May 28th – June 15th in Shanghai – Canada Wood College Designer Training

June 24th – 30th – Developers Mission to BC

July 9th – 13th – China TV Media Mission To B.C. and Alberta

July 18th – Canadian Wood Products Forum in Qingdao

Organized by CW China will have a major focus on SPF distributors as well as on distributors of other species like D-Fir, Hemlock and Western Red Cedar.

July 21st – 23rd – Low Carbon Trade Show in Chengdu

August 8th  – China Wood Frame Construction Industry Association Inauguration Meeting in Yantai

August 13th – 17th – China Vocation Schools Mission to B.C.

August 15th – 17th – Wood Structure trade Show in Shanghai

September 5th – 13th – Developers & Print Media Mission to B.C.