DFMA in Mass Timber Workshop

 February 9-11, 2023

Hosted by:

Jason Chiu, Centre of Advanced Wood Processing UBC

AnnaLisa Meyboom, SALA UBC

Joern Dettmer, UBC Wood Science


AnnaLisa Meyboom, SALA UBC

Ilana Danzig, Aspect Engineering

Laurent Decosterd, Cadwork

Joern Dettmer, UBC Wood Science

Lucas Epp, StructureCraft

John Boys, Nicola Logworks

Adrian Mitchell, Rothoblaas

Pietro Vinco Da Sesso, StructureCraft

Kai Yang, Cadmakers



Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA) is a design approach that focuses on ease of manufacturing and efficiency of assembly. In North America, due to the fragmented nature of construction whereby the designers, engineers, manufacturer, and contractors all work independently, bridging this knowledge gap will help improve the success rate of projects.  DFMA will improve projects by reducing time, waste, cost and labour, while increasing quality and efficiency.

Drawing by Cadwork.


3–Day Workshop

This 3-day hands-on workshop was held in a lecture-design-build format and led by faculty and staff at the UBC Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP) and the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA).

The expertise from industry leaders in design, engineering, fabrication, and installation was also called upon to discuss lessons learned in mass timber construction. Participants were guided through the process of designing mass-timber projects with the consideration of manufacturing technologies.  

The use of digital technology in design and manufacturing are aiding the realization of mass-timber projects. The participants were supported through a design-build exercise utilizing Computer Aided Design (CAD) software for design and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software for manufacturing of components.  The project culminated with the fabrication of components and the assembly of a mass-timber structure.

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Cameron Ehrentraud, MTC Solutions Inc.

Chris Chan, Soukup America

Fernanda Rodriguez, Panabode International

Garry Gill, TLSE Engineering Inc.

George Gabara, Evergreen Building Systems

Hendrik Guliker, FaulknerBrowns Architects

Homayoun Rad, AplinMartin

Joe Nae-jer Hwang, WG Architecture Inc.

John Boys, Nicola Logworks

Mark Anderson, University of California, Berkeley

Peter Anderson, California College of the Arts

Peter Buchanan, North Architecture Studio

Rick Dasilva, Panabode International

Rojini Kathiravel, UBC Wood Science

Sol Rodriguez, UBC Wood Science

Sumandeep Singh, DCI Engineers

Tim Nickle, Naikoon Contracting

Vasko Pavlov, AplinMartin

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