WCTE 2016 is organized by Vienna University of Technology, which was founded in 1815 and is one of the leading technical universities in Europe. The different scientific backgrounds of the involved Faculties of Architecture & Planning and Civil Engineering will generate great synergies in combining engineering and architecture.
This will also be reflected in the conference programme, in which besides maintaining the traditional focus on timber engineering, great efforts will be placed in bridging the links between timber engineering, wood-based industries, architecture, and the building sector in general.
Austria is a densely wooded country with nearly 50 % of its surface covered by productive forests and is one of Europe‘s most important supplier of wood products. As an Alpine country, Austria has a long tradition of using wood for building structures. The woodworking industry is highly developed and is one of Austria‘s most important exporting branches. Austria together with Germany is the world‘s biggest Glulam producer and is leading the world production in Cross-Laminated Timber panels. The modern Austrian wood architecture, timber engineering, and the Austrian carpentry companies are among Europe‘s forefront of designing and manufacturing contemporary wood-based buildings of high technical as well as aesthetic quality. The well-developed wood-related research sector provides the necessary background for innovation and helps to optimize sustainability and resource effiency.
During WCTE 2016 the traditional focus on timber engineering and material science will be complemented by architecture related topics such as evaluation methods for green buildings and by an own platform for computer-based methods for modelling, parametric design, production, etc.