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Timber in Construction: Skills Action Plan (2023)
Report
Duncheva, M., Vokes, C., Connell-Skinner, K., & Hairstans, R. (2023). Timber in Construction: Skills Action Plan. Hereford: New Model Institute for Technology & Engineering (NMITE)

The UK needs to increase the use of timber in construction to achieve its Net Zero targets. But strengthening timber supply chains and boosting use of homegrown timber needs a workforce able to make best use of this renewable resource. The Timber... Read More about Timber in Construction: Skills Action Plan.

Developing Strategic Partnerships through a Sustainability Enrichment Week (2022)
Conference Proceeding
Hitt, S. J., Hairstans, R., Leitch, K., & Connell-Skinner, K. (2022). Developing Strategic Partnerships through a Sustainability Enrichment Week. In H. Järvinen, S. Silvestre, A. Llorens, & B. Nagy (Eds.), SEFI 2022: 50th Annual Conference of The European Society for Engineering Education (1967-1974)

This paper describes the development of a mini-module focused on sustainability and timber engineering as a component of a strategic partnership designed to broaden Transnational Education, increase staff/student mobility, and further develop industr... Read More about Developing Strategic Partnerships through a Sustainability Enrichment Week.

Offsite Ready Booklets (2020)
Report
Duncheva, M., Calcagno, C., Henquel, V., Leitch, K., Stinson, J., Plant O'Toole, E., …Ferriz-Papi, J. A. (2020). Offsite Ready Booklets. Edinburgh: Construction Industry Training Board

Refocusing modern methods of construction on the climate emergency: a 'five capitals' model for action (2020)
Journal Article
Campbell, A., Hairstans, R., & Jones, G. (2020). Refocusing modern methods of construction on the climate emergency: a 'five capitals' model for action. The structural engineer : journal of the Institution of Structural Engineers, 98(9), 22-28

Adrian Campbell, Robert Hairstans and Giulia Jones explain how natural, human, social, manufactured and economic capital can all benefit from a sustainability-focused approach to off -site manufacturing.

Increasing offsite housing construction in Scotland: An evidence base to support new policy and systems (2020)
Report
Mora, L., Deakin, M., Reid, A., Hairstans, R., Duncheva, M., Calcagno, C., …Lang, V. (2020). Increasing offsite housing construction in Scotland: An evidence base to support new policy and systems. Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, Scottish Enterprise. and the Scottish Government

The purpose of this project is to provide evidence of the potential contribution offsite construction offers to address the challenges faced by the affordable housing sector in Scotland. Funding for the project is drawn from the Construction Scotland... Read More about Increasing offsite housing construction in Scotland: An evidence base to support new policy and systems.

The Quality Assurance of Tulipwood Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) for "Multi-Ply" (2019)
Journal Article
Hairstans, R., Plowas, W., Calcagno, C., & Milne, M. (2019). The Quality Assurance of Tulipwood Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) for "Multi-Ply". Wood Design Focus, 29(2), 20-26

This paper presents the findings from the supply chain integration, pilot manufacture and quality assurance assessment of CLT made out of hardwood species, Tulipwood. The research was carried out as part of the American Hardwood Export Council indust... Read More about The Quality Assurance of Tulipwood Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) for "Multi-Ply".

Core off-site manufacture industry drivers. (2019)
Book Chapter
Hairstans, R., & Duncheva, T. (2019). Core off-site manufacture industry drivers. In J. S. Goulding, & F. P. Rahimian (Eds.), Offsite Production and Manufacturing for Innovative Construction: People, Process and Technology. Abingdon: Taylor and Francis

The manufacture and pre-assembly of components, elements or modules offsite before installation into their final location are evident throughout construction history. Medieval carpenters’ pre-manufacturing the frames of buildings in their yards to en... Read More about Core off-site manufacture industry drivers..

Decision Support Tool for Enhancing the Economic Impact of Construction using Offsite Systems (2019)
Conference Proceeding
Duncheva, T., & Hairstans, R. (2019). Decision Support Tool for Enhancing the Economic Impact of Construction using Offsite Systems. In Proceedings of the 2019 Modular and Offsite Construction (MOC) Summit (116-123). https://doi.org/10.29173/mocs84

The construction industry is facing productivity stagnation across the globe, and several hypotheses to explain this phenomenon exist, most often associated with low use of digitisation, skills shortages and unpredictable market trends. Yet the econo... Read More about Decision Support Tool for Enhancing the Economic Impact of Construction using Offsite Systems.

Bim-enabled health & safety analysis of cross laminated timber onsite assembly process. (2018)
Conference Proceeding
Duncheva, T., BuHamdan, S., Hairstans, R., & Al-Hussein, M. (2018). Bim-enabled health & safety analysis of cross laminated timber onsite assembly process. In A. G. BRUZZONE, F. DE FELICE, C. FRYDMAN, F. LONGO, M. MASSEI, & A. SOLIS (Eds.), MAS 2018

There is a global need for sustainable urban housing and offsite timber systems such as Cross Laminated Timber construction can be part of the solution to this need. However, the health and safety (H&S) impacts of CLT installation technologies have n... Read More about Bim-enabled health & safety analysis of cross laminated timber onsite assembly process..

Automatic code compliance with multi-dimensional data fitting in a BIM context (2018)
Journal Article
Patlakas, P., Livingstone, A., Hairstans, R., & Neighbour, G. (2018). Automatic code compliance with multi-dimensional data fitting in a BIM context. Advanced engineering informatics, 38, 216-231. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aei.2018.07.002

BIM-based tools can contribute to addressing some of the challenges faced by structural engineering practitioners. A BIM-based framework for the development of components that deliver Automatic Code Compliance (ACC) is presented. The structural desig... Read More about Automatic code compliance with multi-dimensional data fitting in a BIM context.

Sustainable Communities Premanufactured from Wood (2018)
Presentation / Conference
Duncheva, M., Calcagno, C., & Hairstans, R. (2018, June). Sustainable Communities Premanufactured from Wood. Poster presented at Timber 2018

The UK produces high quantities of softwood timber through forestry plantations concentrated in Scotland, however this resource is currently under-used and its full potential for application in construction is still to be realized. However, the focus... Read More about Sustainable Communities Premanufactured from Wood.

The merits of varying forms of mass timber products for offsite and modular construction (2018)
Conference Proceeding
Hairstans, R., Smith, R., & Wilson, P. (2018). The merits of varying forms of mass timber products for offsite and modular construction.

Mass timber is a family of Solid Laminate Timber Systems (SLTS) formed from smaller sections of timber connected by glue, mechanical fixings, moisture movement or a combination of methods. These products, which include Structural Composite Lumber, G... Read More about The merits of varying forms of mass timber products for offsite and modular construction.

Mass Customisable Roofing Solutions for the New Build and Retrofit Markets in the UK (2018)
Conference Proceeding
Plowas, W., Hairstans, R., & Felingham, J. (2018). Mass Customisable Roofing Solutions for the New Build and Retrofit Markets in the UK. In MOC Summit Proceedings

Major house builders and contractors in the UK are seeking alternative solutions to form the structural frame of pitched roofs for various reasons; speed, health and safety, quality ease of use. They are exploring the use of offsite systems, which ar... Read More about Mass Customisable Roofing Solutions for the New Build and Retrofit Markets in the UK.

Mass Timber - an introduction to solid laminate timber systems (2018)
Book
Hairstans, R. (2018). Mass Timber - an introduction to solid laminate timber systems. https://www.arcamedia.co.uk/product-page/mass-timber-an-introduction-to-solid-timber-laminate-systems: Arcamedia Ltd

The past two decades have witnessed an extraordinary upsurge in the use of mass timber products and systems in construction - a global phenomenon driven by greater emphasis on the sustainable use of renewable resources and by significant technologica... Read More about Mass Timber - an introduction to solid laminate timber systems.

Built Environmnet Episteology: Knowledge exchange through university-industry communities of practice (2017)
Conference Proceeding
Hairstans, R., & Smith, R. (2017). Built Environmnet Episteology: Knowledge exchange through university-industry communities of practice. In R. E. Smith, K. D. Moore, & W. Zhao (Eds.), Architecture of Complexitiy - Design, Systems, Society and Environment (112-119)

This paper explores the nature of knowledge through a history of knowledge production in society. It emphasizes the modes of knowledge including explicit and tacit and argues for knowledge management and knowledge transfer as strategies to both codif... Read More about Built Environmnet Episteology: Knowledge exchange through university-industry communities of practice.

Offsite HUB (Scotland): establishing a collaborative regional framework for knowledge exchange in the UK (2017)
Journal Article
Hairstans, R., & Smith, R. E. (2017). Offsite HUB (Scotland): establishing a collaborative regional framework for knowledge exchange in the UK. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 13, 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1080/17452007.2017.1314858

The UK is set to become Europe’s largest construction market by 2030. However, UK construction productivity performance is regarded as weak, with low skills levels considered to be a key contributory factor. Consequently, off-site construction has be... Read More about Offsite HUB (Scotland): establishing a collaborative regional framework for knowledge exchange in the UK.