WCTE 2016 – World Conference on Timber Engineering, August 22-25, 2016 | Vienna, AustriaWCTE 2016 – World Conference on Timber Engineering, August 22-25, 2016 | Vienna, AustriaWCTE 2016 – World Conference on Timber Engineering, August 22-25, 2016 | Vienna, Austria
WCTE 2016 – World Conference on Timber Engineering, August 22-25, 2016 | Vienna, Austria
WCTE 2016 – World Conference on Timber Engineering, August 22-25, 2016 | Vienna, Austria
WCTE 2016 – World Conference on Timber Engineering, August 22-25, 2016 | Vienna, Austria

Technical Excursions

Timber in Vienna (Thursday, August 25, 2016)

Along the Danube (Friday, August 26, 2016)

Graz (Friday, August 26, 2016)

Graz and Carinthia (Friday, August 26, 2016 & Saturday, August 27, 2016)

 

 

Timber in Vienna

The two technical tours in Vienna run in parallel, with a common meeting point in Seestadt Aspern at the end of the tour.

 

Group 1

“Technical Tour Timber in Vienna – Group 1” gives an overview of Vienna`s wide spectrum of wood and wood-based constructions, from engineering-based timber structures like the “Erdberger Steg” - a pedestrian bridge, via innovative examples of sustainable and social residential buildings in the north of the city, up to the visit of  Seestadt Aspern, Vienna’s Urban Lakeside and one of Europe’s largest urban development projects.

The trip will partially be accompanied by the architects and civil engineers responsible for the design of the visited buildings. It closes with a presentation of Seestadt Aspern in “Flederhaus” - a modern and temporary architectural art object, including an exhibition and presentation of the development area of Seestadt Aspern and its high-rise building “HoHo”, the first 24-story timber structure world-wide. The last part of the tour will hereby offer a good opportunity to meet, talk, and have a snack, thankfully provided by “Flederhaus”, at an inspirational environment.

A visit of Rinterzelt, one of the largest tent-shaped timber roof constructions worldwide, built in 1980, is planned – its final realization depends on the access permission because of the possible ongoing renovation works.

Includes the visit of the following timber buildings:

  • Erdberger bridge
  • Rinterzelt – waste treatment plant 
  • Residential buildings Wagramerstraße
  • Residential buildings Seefeld
  • Student residence and residential buildings “Aspern Seestadt”

Date: Thursday, August 25, 2016 

Time: 14:00 – 21:00 hrs 

Start: University of Vienna End: Seestadt Aspern (Metro connection: U2)

Duration: 7 hours 

Number of participants: min. 15 persons / max. 45 persons

Price: € 70 per person (incl. guide, bus, lunch packages in the bus and snack provided by Flederhaus, metro ticket)

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Selection of visited objects: ©Berger und Perkkinen, ©Christine Czernin Morzin, ©Bruno Klomfar, ©lainer.at+oln.at, ©proHolz Austria

 

Group 2

"Technical Tour Timber in Vienna – Group 2" provides an overview of Vienna`s wide spectrum of wood and wood-based constructions with an emphasis on innovative examples of sustainable and social residential buildings in the northern districts of the city, a part of Vienna, which is increasingly taking center stage in urban and architectural developments and has become an important possibility to face prospective scarcer living space.

The trip will partially be accompanied by the architects and civil engineers responsible for the design of the visited buildings. It closes with a presentation of Seestadt Aspern in “Flederhaus” - a modern and temporary architectural art object, including an exhibition and presentation of the development area of Seestadt Aspern and its high-rise building “HoHo”, the first 24-story timber structure world-wide. The last part of the tour will hereby offer a good opportunity to meet, talk, and have a snack, thankfully provided by “Flederhaus”, at an inspirational environment.

A visit of Rinterzelt, one of the largest tent-shaped timber roof constructions worldwide, built in 1980, is planned – its final realization depends on the access permission because of the possible ongoing renovation works.

Includes the visit of the following timber buildings:

  • Residential buildings Mühlweg
  • Residential buildings Spöttlgasse
  • Rinterzelt – waste treatment plant
  • Residential buildings Seefeld
  • Student residence and residential buildings “Aspern Seestadt”

Date: Thursday, August 25, 2016 

Time: 14:00 – 21:00 hrs 

Start: University of Vienna End: Seestadt Aspern (Metro connection: U2)

Duration: 7 hours 

Number of participants: min. 15 persons / max. 45 persons

Price: € 70 per person (incl. guide, bus, lunch packages in the bus and snack provided by Flederhaus, metro ticket)

PDFDetailed tour description

Selection of visited objects: ©Berger und Perkkinen, ©lainer.at+oln.at, ©Christine Czernin Morzin, ©Pez Hejduk, ©Bruno Klomfar

Along the Danube

The two technical tours along the Danube run parallel, with a common meeting point in Gerasdorf at the end of the tour.

 

Group 1

The trip provides the opportunity to explore some of Austria’s and Europe’s most important wood construction companies, such as the Rubner Holzbau (production site for timber products, structural roof, and wall elements) and Stora Enso (sawmill and CLT production center). Guided tours will give insights into the company’s manufacturing and working processes and will be complemented by a joint lunch, thankfully provided by Stora Enso.

Traveling to regions westward of Vienna will enable you to visit timber construction companies, timber buildings, and a historical city center. It will give you an interesting glimpse at the beautiful and varied landscape of the state of Niederösterreich – Lower Austria, characterized by pastures, wine areas, forests, and river valleys.

During the afternoon, the group will be able to explore the historical city of Dürnstein, which is followed by a visit of Austria’s most important timber research unit the “Akustik Center Austria” –, established by Holzforschung Austria. It provides a wide spectrum of acoustic examinations of wood and wood-based constructions. The tour will end by stopping at an outstanding timber construction, the sprawling curved roof structure of the G3 Shopping Resort Gerasdorf.

The tour includes the visit of timber construction companies, research unit, timber buildings, and a historical city.

  • Stora Enso Timber
  • Rubner Holzbau
  • Dürnstein Medieval Town
  • Acoustic Centre - Holzforschung Austria
  • G3 Shopping Resort Gerasdorf

Date: Friday, August 26, 2016 

Time: 08:00 – 20:30 hrs 

Start & End: University of Vienna

Duration: 12.5 hours 

Number of participants: min. 15 persons / max. 45 persons

Price: € 130 per person (incl. guides, bus, lunch provided by Stora Enso, snack packages in the bus)

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Selection of visited objects: ©Markus Haslinger, ©Rubner Holzbau GmbH, ©HFA/Johannes Brunnbauer, ©Graf-Holztechnik

 

Group 2

The trip provides the opportunity to explore some of Austria’s and Europe’s most important wood construction companies, such as the Rubner Holzbau (production site for timber products, structural roof, and wall elements) and Stora Enso (sawmill and CLT production center). Guided tours will give a insights into the company’s manufacturing and working processes and will be complemented by a joint lunch, thankfully provided by Stora Enso.

Traveling to regions westward of Vienna will enable you to visit timber construction companies, timber buildings, and a historical city center. It will give you an interesting glimpse at the beautiful and varied landscape of the state of Niederösterreich – Lower Austria, characterized by pastures, wine areas, forests, and river valleys.

During the afternoon, the group will be able to explore the historical city of Dürnstein, which is followed by a visit of the research center “Institute of Wood Technology and Renewable Materials”, a part of BOKU Vienna, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences and guided by Prof. Teischinger – Head of Department of Material Sciences and Process Engineering. The tour will end by stopping at an outstanding timber construction, the sprawling curved roof structure of the G3 Shopping Resort Gerasdorf.

Includes the visit of timber construction companies, research unit, timber buildings, and a historical city.

  • Rubner Holzbau
  • Stora Enso Timber
  • Dürnstein Medieval Town
  • Institute of Wood Technology and Renewable Materials
  • G3 Shopping Resort Gerasdorf

Date: Friday, August 26, 2016 

Time: 08:00 – 20:30 hrs 

Start & End: University of Vienna

Duration: 12.5 hours 

Number of participants: min. 15 persons / max. 45 persons

Price: € 130 per person (incl. guides, bus, lunch provided by Stora Enso, snack packages in the bus)

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Selection of visited objects: ©Markus Haslinger, ©Rubner Holzbau GmbH, ©2014 Moser Architects, ©Graf-Holztechnik

Graz

The one-day tour to the south of Austria not only leads into the scenically and especially culturally attractive state of the Steiermark – Styria and its state capital Graz, but above all to some interesting examples of distinguished modern timber architecture, research centers, and production sites for wood-based building systems.

We will visit multi-story residential buildings in solid timber and timber-hybrid constructions, partially under construction, a STRABAG office block built of preassembled timber frame elements, but also the production site of Kulmer Bau, a company specialized in prefabricated houses, Kielsteg (one of the most recent and innovative building elements in timber and plywood) and wall and structural glulam timber elements. Thankfully, lunch will be provided by Kulmer Bau.

Furthermore the “Bautechnikzentrum” in Graz, part of Graz University of Technology, provides an inside view into the Lignum Test Centre and their research projects in the field of physical, mechanical, and dynamic behavior of wood and wood-based materials. The visit will be guided by Prof. Schickhofer – head of Institute of Timber Engineering and Wood Technology.

A visit of the Headquarters of Mayr-Meinhof Holz, famous for its prominent architectural timber structure, is planned – depending on available time and possible visit of prefabricated building modules, developed at the Bautechnikzentrum Graz instead.

Includes the visit of timber construction companies, research unit, and timber buildings.

  • Office building of STRABAG
  • Kulmer Bau
  • Construction technology centre TU Graz Timber Research
  • Centre of Reininghaus South
  • Communal flats Hummelkaserne
  • Nursing home Peter Rosegger
  • Headquarters - Mayr-Melnhof Holz Holding  

Date: Friday, August 26, 2016 

Time: 08:00 – 21:00 hrs

Start & End: University of Vienna

Duration: 13 hours 

Number of participants: min. 15 persons / max. 45 persons

Price: € 130 per person (incl. guides, bus, lunch provided by Kulmer Bau, snack package in the bus)

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Selection of visited objects: ©Lukas Lang Building Technologies GmbH, ©sciencepark.at, ©Holzbaupreis Steiermark 2015, ©Alexander Eugen Koller

Graz and Carinthia

In case you want to explore the further-off parts of Austria’s south, then the two-day tour will be just right, similar to the one-day tour, but taking you not only to the Steiermark (Styria) but also Kärnten (Carinthia), characterized by high mountains and the Klagenfurter Basin, extended lake sceneries, and wide valleys. The trip focuses on production sites for wood-based building systems, just as on structurally and architecturally interesting examples of modern timber constructions.

On the first day, the tour will lead to the production site of Kulmer Bau, a company specialized in prefabricated houses, Kielsteg (one of the most recent and innovative building elements in timber and plywood) and wall and structural glulam timber elements, as well as to Stora Ensos sawmill and CLT production center and Velox production site for wood-based building and insulation boards. Thankfully, lunch will be provided by Stora Enso.

After spending a night in the bustling and welcoming city of Villach, it is planned to visit the Pyramidenkogel, an outstanding accomplishment of timber engineering and the world’s tallest observation tower built of wood, providing also the best lookout available. Lunch will be taken at the Pyramidenkogel, followed by the visit of the “Bautechnikzentrum” in Graz, part of the Technical University of Graz - guided by Prof. Schickhofer – head of Institute of Timber Engineering and Wood Technology, and later to a residential neighborhood of Graz, visiting multi-story residential buildings in solid timber and timber-hybrid constructions, partially under construction.

A visit of the Headquarters of Mayr-Meinhof Holz, famous for its prominent architectural timber structure, is planned – depending on available time and possible visit of prefabricated building modules, developed at the Bautechnikzentrum Graz instead.

                         Day 1

  • Kulmer Bau
  • Stora Enso Timber
  • Velox Werk

 

                         Day 2

  • Observation tower Pyramidenkogel
  • Construction technology centre TU Graz Timber Research
  • Centre of Reininghaus South
  • Communal flats Hummelkaserne
  • Nursing home Peter Rosegger
  • Headquarters - Mayr-Melnhof Holz Holding

 

Date: Friday, August 26, 2016 – Saturday, August 27, 2016

Time: Friday 7:30 – Saturday 21:00 hrs

Start & End: University of Vienna

Duration: 2 days 

Number of participants: min. 20 persons / max. 25 persons

Price: € 290 per person (incl. guides, bus, hotel with breakfast, lunch provided by Stora Enso, lunch at Pyramidenkogel, snack packages in the bus, dinner in Villach)

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Selection of visited objects: © Rubner Holzbau GmbH, © sciencepark.at, ©Holzbaupreis Steiermark 2015, ©2016 RUBNER Ingenieurholzbau AG