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The 3th International Symposium on Timber Construction in Korea seeks wood stadium for 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic

Sunny Kim

By Sunny Kim

Program Manager / Market Development & Market Access, Canada Wood Korea

October 31, 2013

Group photo of invited speakers and organizers

Group photo of invited speakers and organizers

The International Symposium on Timber Construction was held, October 1, 2013, in order to seek the right direction to spread the use of massive timber structures in Korea.  This Symposium was held due to increasing demand of wooden building and conducting a study about timber structure in Korea.  The roof structure of the figure skating and short track arena for the 2018 Winter Olympics being held in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province was decided to be constructed as a landmark building using wood.

Large wood structure project cases in Korea with overseas experts on September 30

Large wood structure project cases in Korea with overseas experts on September 30

The main purpose of this symposium was to share the experience and knowledge about fire and seismic resistance design through the experts in North America, Europe and Oceania. In addition, it was an opportunity to share an in-depth opinion to develop the timber construction and revitalize the wooden building in Korea. Dr. Ying Hei Chui (Canada, University of New Brunswick) delivered “Canadian research to develop seismic and fire resistance design of massive timber construction” as well as introduced the Richmond Olympic Oval, Vancouver .

Symposium panel discussion

Symposium panel discussion

Dr. Moon-Jae Park (Korea Forest Research Institute) and Mr. Kyong-Koo Lee (Architectural Institute of Korea, Head of Building Research Center) presented “Status and development direction of fire and seismic resistance design for timber construction in Korea”

Next, Mr. David Barber (Australia, Arup Fire) and Dr. Laurent Daudeville (France, University Joseph Fourier) continued lectures on the trends and prospects of fire and seismic resistance design method on large scale timber construction. Finally, the international and domestic experts in seismic and fire resistance field discussed the approach to technically design and construct the figure skating and short track arena for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Korea as a timber structure.

Symposium in progress on October 1

Symposium in progress on October 1