Cross Laminated Timber Building Systems Project

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Case for change

The “ability to apply knowledge and operate machines used in different stages of the cross-laminated timber (CLT) and Glulam production processes” was identified as a priority skill area in the 2017 Forest and Wood Products IRC Skills Forecast (see page 38). Skills Impact and the Timber and Wood Processing Industry Reference Committee (IRC) will take this project through a process that adheres to the 2012 Standards for Training Package Development.

Download the IRC Skills Forecast (see page 38)

Project Plan

Project Scope

This project will review and update units of competency relating to cross-laminated timber (CLT) and Glulam production, to incorporate the skills and knowledge that is required to operate machinery, so all job functions are accurately described.

Scroll down to view the list of units that will be reviewed in this project, and the various skilled activities they cover. New units will also be developed as identified through industry consultation.

Growing building construction activity and use of timber as the dominant structural material has been a notable driver for timber products demand, particularly the new generation of engineered wood products – cross-laminated timber (CLT) and Glulam.

Capital investments in new processing and manufacturing plants for CLT and Glulam have also increased, requiring specific skills to operate machines and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) equipment and to manage different stages of the production processes.

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Relevant Occupations

Managers, supervisors and operators in engineered timber products manufacturing.

 

Key Deliverables

The project has two components:

  1. The review and improvement of twenty one (21) units of competency from wood panel products, timber processing and forest industry sustainability qualifications to update specific skills and guided by industry consultation.
  2. Development of up to eleven (11) new units of competency in the FWP Forest and Wood Products Training Package to incorporate skills for the full range of process and machine operations and management of production for CLT and Glulam.

 

Timeline

November 2017
Initial scoping

December 2017 – January 2018
Development of draft materials

March 2018
Industry consultation of draft materials

April 2018
Industry validation of final drafts

April 2018
Finalisation of training package components

April – May 2018
Independent quality assurance, and edit and equity review of training package components

June 2018
IRC consideration for sign-off and submission for endorsement

 

Project Team
Tim Cleary Project Manager, ForestWorks tcleary@forestworks.com.au
Michelle Clayton Training Package Specialist, ForestWorks mclayton@forestworks.com.au
Appointed as required Skills Development Specialist

 

Units that will be will be reviewed

Below is a list of the current units that will be reviewed as part of this project. Click on the unit name to view the existing unit on training.gov.au.

New units will also be developed for cross-laminated timber (CLT) and Glulam production, as identified through industry consultation.

 

Technical Experts

A Technical Advisory Committee will be established to provide technical input to the review and development of units, skill sets and qualifications.

If you are interested in applying to be a technical expert and are able to volunteer your time to this project, please email details of your expertise to tcleary@forestworks.com.au

Development

Development work to update units of competency relating to cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glulam production has begun with a review of units of competency from the FWP Forest and Wood Products Training Package.

Advice was provided from the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) members on job roles and skill requirements related to manufacturing of solid engineered wood products (CLT & Glulam).

The following development activities have taken place for this project:

  • Industry feedback was sought on 21 units of competency, for how they could be improved without impacting timber and wood panel manufacturers with similar processes and job functions. Design, production planning, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining and lamination operations are processes involved not only in the traditional manufacturing of some timber products but also in the CLT/Glulam manufacture.
  • New units were developed, in conjunction with the Prefabricated Building Systems Project, for high-level design of timber building systems, off-site manufacturing and on-site installation. Feedback from stakeholders indicated that the highest skill priorities for businesses lie at the interface between CLT manufacturers and the designers who are unfamiliar with working with CLT panels.
  • Facilitating consultation for a related project, initiated by the Furnishing Industry Reference Committee (IRC), for reviewing units of competency regarding CNC operations in highly automated manufacture processes such as those similar to timber manufacturing. Feedback from stakeholders suggested that the current units of competency in the FWP Training Package for CNC operations are very basic. A close analysis also indicated that these units were based on the MSF – Furnishing Training Package.

Stakeholders noted that the manufacture of non-linear or curved Glulam could emerge in Australia over the next years and the FWP Training Package does not cover this job function. There is no company currently producing curved Glulam in Australia and as such the job roles are not fully understood. Therefore, the project team proposed that the issue be added to the feedback register for follow up with the possibility it maybe a potential new project in the future.

Technical Experts

A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has been established and includes the following members.

  • Nick Hewson, XLAM
  • Robert Mansell, Hyne
  • John Toole DTM Timber
  • Hans Porada, TAFE NSW
  • Judy Barnett, Cadet Timber Design
  • Mihai Daian, Margules Groome Consulting
  • Alastair Woodard, Wood Products Victoria

Additional subject matter experts are welcome and invited. If you would like to contribute technical expertise to the project, please email tcleary@forestworks.com.au

 

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Drafts Available

Four new units of competency (common to this project and the Prefabricated Building Systems Project) and 21 revised units of competency are available for your review and feedback.

We are seeking your feedback on whether these documents reflect current industry skills standards, knowledge and practices and whether all job functions are accurately described.

The new units have been developed in conjunction with the Prefabricated Building Systems Project in the area of design, manufacture and installation of timber building systems, involving Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and Glulam among other components. The existing units of competency have been revised to meet the skill needs for CLT/Glulam operations while maintaining their suitability for all other users and timber manufacturing sectors.

The draft units will be available on this webpage for feedback until 24 August 2018.

Your Feedback will inform the work on the final drafts which will be available for industry validation in September 2018.

New feedback hub!

We have launched a new feedback hub to make it easier for you to provide feedback and to facilitate greater transparency around stakeholder feedback.

Any comments you make will remain anonymous. Only Skills Impact internal staff can identify users, to ensure the authenticity of comments and to follow-up where required.

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Summary of consultation to date

The draft units have been developed in consultation with a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), made up of workplace experts and industry, with input from their networks also. Advice was provided from the TAC on job roles and skill requirements in the manufacturing of solid engineered wood products (CLT & Glulam). Due to cross over of many of the skills being reviewed, consultation activities for this project have taken place concurrently with the Prefabricated Building Systems Project.

 

To provide feedback using the new feedback hub, please follow these steps:

  1. Find and view the draft document(s) you would like to review by clicking on the expandable document menus below.
  2. Click the ‘view and provide feedback’ link next to the relevant qualification, skill set or unit you would like to view and comment on.
  3. You will be asked to register or login (this is a free account), please follow the prompts
  4. Once logged in, you will be able to post feedback directly on the document.
  5. Download user instructions

Please contact us if you require assistance.

 

Provide your feedback via email

Of course, there is always the option to email us your feedback if you prefer. You can attach the qualification, skill set or unit with your track changes as feedback, or to provide general comments about the drafts. There is a link at the bottom of each document group where you can download the Microsoft Word versions of the documents. Please email your feedback to Georgiana Daian gdaian@forestworks.com.au

 

New Units

Four new units have been developed in conjunction with the Prefabricated Timber Building Systems Project, in the area of design, manufacture and installation of prefabricated timber building systems, involving Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and Glulam among other components.

Design

FWPTMM5XXX Design timber building systems for compliance, off-site manufacture and on-site installation Job roles targeted:

  • architects, design engineers, draftspersons, structural engineers, building services engineers, architectural technicians, 3D visualisers, Building Information Modelling (BIM) technicians or computer-aided design (CAD) modellers.

Skills and knowledge covered:

  • facilitate collaborative design of prefabricated timber building systems through information exchange across multiple supply chain tiers
  • achieve detailed and integrated design solutions and specifications for multiple stages of the system’s life cycle (off-site prefabrication, transportation and on-site installation) to meet:
    • structural compliance
    • safety compliance
    • services assembly
    • safe and efficient transportation and on-site installation
View unit and provide feedback

 

Off-site manufacture

FWPTMM3XXX Apply critical workplace processes in the off-site manufacture of timber building systems Job roles targeted:

  • operators who conduct production tasks on an assembly line for prefabricated timber building systems

Skills and knowledge covered:

  • apply critical workplace processes including:
    • workplace health and safety practices
    • efficient storage and handling of building materials for major timber building subassemblies
    • quality check requirements at the workstations before and after assembly work
    • control of waste material for disposal.
View unit and provide feedback
FWPTMM5XXX Verify compliance and conformance of prefabricated timber building systems during off-site manufacture Job roles targeted:

  • compliance officers, supervisors or managers who work in a prefabricated timber building systems manufacturing plant

Skills and knowledge covered:

  • verify physical performance and compliance liability of timber building systems and components during off-site manufacturing to ensure that the delivered product matches the design specifications and regulatory obligations.
View unit and provide feedback

 

On-site installation

FWPTMM3XXX Install prefabricated timber building systems on-site Job roles targeted:

  • construction operators, carpenters or joiners and site supervisors who install prefabricated timber building structures

Skills and knowledge covered:

    • apply on-site safety practices
    • plan and prepare for installation
    • protect prefabricated timber building systems while stored on site
    • install prefabricated timber building systems
    • verify compliance of construction position and connect panelised and/or modular prefabricated timber building systems correctly during installation on the construction site, including the following activities:
    • perform project completion operations
View unit and provide feedback

 

Alternatively, you can provide validation by emailing your feedback to gdaian@forestworks.com.au

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

Revised Units

Twenty-one existing units of competency have been revised to meet the skill needs for CLT/Glulam operations while maintaining their suitability for all other users and timber manufacturing sectors.

Workplace health and safety requirements in the performance criteria have been updated, the intent of the units and assessment requirements have been clarified and the range of products in some units have been expanded to include cross laminated timber.

FWPTMM4201 Construct prototypes and samples View unit and provide feedback
FWPTMM5201 Assess product feasibility of designs View unit and provide feedback
FWPTMM5204 Manage product design View unit and provide feedback
FWPCOT6203 Develop engineered timber products to meet energy efficient building design needs View unit and provide feedback

 

Alternatively, you can provide validation by emailing your feedback to gdaian@forestworks.com.au

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

FWPTMM5205 Optimise CNC operations View unit and provide feedback
FWPCOT3234 Cut material using CNC sizing machines View unit and provide feedback
FWPCOT3235 Machine material using CNC machining and processing centres View unit and provide feedback

 

Alternatively, you can provide validation by emailing your feedback to gdaian@forestworks.com.au

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

FWPTMM5206 Plan production View unit and provide feedback
FWPWPP4201 Plan and coordinate panel production View unit and provide feedback

 

Alternatively, you can provide validation by emailing your feedback to gdaian@forestworks.com.au

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

FWPCOT3205 Dress boards using multi-headed machines View unit and provide feedback
FWPCOT3228 Plane/sand panels  View unit and provide feedback
FWPCOT3244 Cut material to profile  View unit and provide feedback
FWPCOT3230 Operate automated stacking equipment  View unit and provide feedback
FWPWPP3209 Prepare resin and additives  View unit and provide feedback

 

Alternatively, you can provide validation by emailing your feedback to gdaian@forestworks.com.au

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

FWPSAW4204 Plan and monitor board conversion View unit and provide feedback
FWPWPP3206 Laminate and veneer board surfaces View unit and provide feedback
FWPWPP3210 Laminate board View unit and provide feedback
FWPWPP3219 Blend and test binding mixes  View unit and provide feedback
FWPWPP3226 Operate a continuous press  View unit and provide feedback
FWPCOT3229 Mechanically stress grade panels  View unit and provide feedback
FWPWPP3221 Trim new panels to size  View unit and provide feedback

 

Alternatively, you can provide validation by emailing your feedback to gdaian@forestworks.com.au

The draft documents can be downloaded in Microsoft Word format by clicking here.

 

 

 

Register your interest in the project

Subscribe to the Skills Impact newsletter to keep informed about project updates and opportunities to provide input and feedback. Make sure to select ‘Forestry & Timber’ as your industry of interest on the subscription form.

 

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Finalisation

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