The World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE) is the most prestigious international event in timber engineering, engineered wood products and design of timber structures, which attracts researchers, engineers and architects, code consultants and building officials, contractors and project managers, fabricators and suppliers from all continents. As part of the event, the organization rewards young scientists and engineers who show high quality research in their field of study.
FPInnovations is proud to announce that Matiyas Bezabeh, a Ph.D. student from UBC, Okanagan campus who has been supported by FPInnovations for the last three years under the MITACS program, has received one of the three young scientist awards of excellence from the Secretariat of the World Conference on Timber Engineering that was held in Seoul, South Korea, August 20-23. The reward was related to the paper entitled: “Probabilistic Serviceability-Performance Assessment of Tall Mass-Timber Buildings Subjected to Stochastic Wind Loads”, co-written by Matiyas Bezabeh, Girma T. Bitsuamlak (Western University), Marjan Popovski (FPInnovations), and Solomon Tesfamariam (UBC, Okanagan campus).
The paper explained the habitability limit state of tall mass-timber building is evaluated by adopting and extending the Alan G. Davenport Wind Loading Chain as a probabilistic Performance Based Wind Engineering Framework. The paper, for first time for a tall wood building, addressed the uncertainties related to the nature of the wind hazard, the conducted wind tunnel tests, the structural properties, and the human perception of motion, explicitly as random variables using probability distributions.