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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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.

 

 

Drafts Available

Thank you to all those who provided feedback on the revised units of competency. The drafts were made available on the Skills Impact website for broad stakeholder review from 6 – 27 August 2018.

Feedback was sought on whether the draft documents reflect current industry skills standards, knowledge and practices and whether all job functions are accurately described. Feedback will inform the work on the final drafts which will be available for industry validation in September 2018.

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.

Summary of consultation

Feedback on the draft documents was collected via the online feedback hub. To view the draft documents, including comments that were made on them from people using the feedback hub, please click on the expandable document menus below.

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.

 

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

 

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
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

 

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

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
FWPTMM5201 Assess product feasibility of designs View unit
FWPTMM5204 Manage product design View unit
FWPCOT6203 Develop engineered timber products to meet energy efficient building design needs View unit

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

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

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

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

 

 

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.

 

Validation

Thank you to those who participated in the validation process for the final draft units of competency. The final drafts were made available for broad stakeholder validation and comment on this webpage, from 3 – 16 September 2018. The final drafts will shortly progress through to the Finalisation stage of the project, which includes quality assurance of the documents and review and feedback from the State/Territory Training Authorities, before the final drafts are forwarded to the Timber and Wood Processing Industry Reference Committee (IRC) for consideration and sign off. They will then be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) to consider and approve for publication on training.gov.au.

Validation means checking and confirming that the documents are logical and factually accurate.

Summary of consultation

Prior to the Validation period, the draft units of competency were made available on this webpage for broad stakeholder review, from 6 – 27 August 2018, under the ‘Drafts Available’ menu above. Under this menu, you can still view the drafts, including any comments that were made on them from people using the feedback hub. Feedback was also received via other engagement methods. A description of how this feedback was considered and applied in the final drafts can be downloaded via the ‘Download Summary of Feedback, Responses and Actions’ button. 

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. 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.

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.

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group

Views were also sought on the placement of the new units within qualifications from the FWP Forest and Wood Products Training Package. It is proposed that the new units are listed as electives on relevant frame and truss qualifications (see table below).

 

FWPTMM5XXX Design prefabricated timber building systems for compliance, off-site manufacture and on-site installation FWPTMM3XXX Apply critical workplace processes in the off-site manufacture of timber building systems FWPTMM5XXX Verify compliance and conformance of prefabricated timber building systems during off-site manufacture FWPTMM3XXX Install prefabricated timber building systems on-site
FWP50316 Diploma of Timber Truss and Frame Design x
FWP30916 Certificate III in Timber Truss and Frame Design and Manufacture x x
FWP50216 Diploma of Timber Truss and Frame Manufacture x

 

Design

FWPTMM5XXX Design prefabricated 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
Download final draft unit

 

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.
Download final draft unit
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.
Download final draft unit

 

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
Download final draft unit

 

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.

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group

FWPTMM4XXX Construct prototypes and samples for timber structures Download final draft unit
FWPTMM5XXX Assess timber product designs for feasibility Download final draft unit
FWPTMM5XXX Manage timber product design Download final draft unit
FWPCOT6XXX Develop engineered wood products to meet energy efficient building design needs Download final draft unit

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

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group

FWPTMM5205 Optimise CNC operations Download final draft unit
FWPCOT3234 Cut material using CNC sizing machines Download final draft unit
FWPCOT3235 Machine material using CNC machining and processing centres Download final draft unit

 

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group

FWPTMM5206 Plan production Download final draft unit
FWPWPP4XXX Plan and coordinate engineered wood panel production Download final draft unit

 

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group

FWPCOT3XXX Dress timber using multi-headed machines Download final draft unit
FWPCOT3XXX Plane or sand timber and engineered wood products Download final draft unit
FWPCOT3XXX Cut timber and engineered wood product to profile Download final draft unit
FWPCOT3230 Operate automated stacking equipment Download final draft unit
FWPWPP3209 Prepare resin and additives Download final draft unit

 

Click here to download a zipped folder of all units in this group

FWPSAW4XXX Plan and monitor timber conversion Download final draft unit
FWPWPP3XXX Laminate and veneer engineered wood panel surfaces Download final draft unit
FWPWPP3XXX Laminate engineered wood panels Download final draft unit
FWPWPP3219 Blend and test binding mixes Download final draft unit
FWPWPP3XXX Operate a continuous press for the production of engineered wood panels Download final draft unit
FWPCOT3XXX Mechanically stress grade engineered wood panels Download final draft unit
FWPWPP3XXX Trim new engineered wood panels to size Download final draft unit

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Next stage of the project

Once industry has validated all final drafts they will be submitted to the Timber and Wood Processing Industry Reference Committee (IRC) for consideration and sign off. After final quality assurance of the drafts, they will be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) to consider and approve for publication on training.gov.au.

Finalisation

This stage has not yet commenced