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Workshop with Industry

last modified Dec 07, 2015 04:48 PM

On June 12 2015, the group hosted a workshop with the representatives from industry such as forestry, wood product and engineering areas. Our main focuses of the day were reviewing our latest paper and discussing on the direction of the Group and research target.

The workshop was very successful. We have received an excellent feedback from industry on paper we have drafted convening all aspects of timber in the build environment and the research discussion was also very useful. We have also build closer connection with professionals in this area, some of whom we did not know before.Workshop with Industry

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