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Smart Thumper app to test wood strength

Determining the stiffest piece of lumber is now easier with a new smartphone app created by scientists in Mississippi State University’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center. Called “Smart Thumper,” the app uses soundwaves or vibrations to determine stiffness, a quality that relates to
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Logset’s new test track for forest machinery

At the end of 2018, Logset built a 500-meter test drive track next to the company’s forest machine factory in Koivulahti, Finland. The conditions on the track simulate the forest conditions. Every forest machine leaving the factory is evaluated on the new track. Source: Timberbiz The
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Forest of Fabrication demonstrates modern timber construction

The UK Timber Trade Federation is sponsoring a new exhibition ‘Forest of Fabrication – dRMM: pioneers of timber architecture’ hosted by the Building Centre in London from 8 February until 17 May 2019. Source: Timberbiz Forest of Fabrication demonstrates the possibilities of modern tim
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Metsä Group to showcase sustainable forest management

Metsä Group is establishing a new demonstration site, called Nemus Futurum, to showcase sustainable forest and nature management in Finland in a way that provides visitors with a unique experience. The guided experience, taking place in the forests surrounding Kirkniemi Manor, combine
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Hurricane Michael a boon for loggers and sawmillers

When Hurricane Michael’s winds pushed up the Florida Panhandle in late 2018, it took miles of the state’s timber industry with it. Landowner John Alter lost 50% of his trees in Jackson County. In all, 2.8 million acres of timber was damaged by the storm. Source: Fox13 “We had just pla
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Ontario building pushes limits in tall timber buildings

An age-old building material is making a 21st-century comeback in Ontario but under provincial rules, you can’t construct a wood-frame building more than six storeys tall — but new technologies and initiatives could change that. One of the University of Toronto’s latest building proje
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Sodra allocates 100M to research

The Board of Södra in Sweden has decided to allocate SEK 100 million (roughly A$15,211,67) to research, of which half will be earmarked for the development of forest management methods and technologies. Södra is Sweden’s largest forest-owner association, with 52,000 forest owners as i
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Big 5 Trade Data Points for 2018

Every month, IndustryEdge publishes Wood Market Edge, Australia’s only forestry and wood products market and trade analysis, and supplies its customers with hundreds of unique data products, advisory and consulting services. Find out more at www.industryedge.com.au Softwood log export
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International accolades for International House

International House in Sydney, the first commercial office building in Australia made from timber, has won a major award at the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam. The seven-floor structure, which is also the world’s tallest commercial building made from engineered wood, was awa
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The Buy America Executive Order includes timber

The Forest Landowners Association praised President Trump for signing his second executive order requiring federal agencies to prioritize the purchase of USA-made goods, including lumber, in federally-financed infrastructure projects. Source: Timberbiz This new executive order directs
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