Heavy Timber Structures and Bridges

by R. M. Gutkowski, Colorado State Univ, Fort Collins, CO, USA,
T. G. Williamson, Colorado State Univ, Fort Collins, CO, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Wood Research: State-of-the-Art and Research Needs


Development and application of treated glued-laminated timber is a landmark event in structural engineering history. The inertia of this event has produced continued, rapid and dramatic results in practice. This paper presents an overview of the current state-of-the-art of heavy timber structures and bridges. Pertinent literature related to product development, application and research is presented. Significant research findings are underscored. Deficiencies in the field and shortcomings of current research are identified. A draft of this paper served as source material for a workshop session on structural research needs related to heavy timber construction.

Subject Headings: Wood bridges | Wood and wood products | Wood structures | Wood construction | Laminated materials | Wood preservatives | Infrastructure construction

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