research has highlighted opportunities to replace existing standard
building elements with roundpole equivalents.
The research undertaken on the COCE (Composite Construction Elements)
project was to design an element which could compete with a Bison type
precast concrete slab. See image, right, showing the completed prototype
under test loading conditions.
The research undertaken under the INFRA (Industrial Frame) project
investigated opportunities to compete with a standard steel portal frame
with Z purlins and steel sheeting.
During the course of the research it became clear that almost every
element in construction has, at one time or another, been constructed
In addition to straightforward elements such as rafters and purlins,
portal frames and trusses, the illustrations show some of the less well
known examples of the application of roundpole in construction.
The illustration shows the designed concrete and
roundpole slab which was built and tested at Northwoods Construction,
Ullapool as part of the COCE project.
/ purlins bolted together in a lattice, slightly arched form a large span
structural roof over the central space of Westminster Lodge at Hooke Park.
shows an example of the use of roundpole for roof cladding, solid walls,
flooring and supporting beams and columns, albeit on a tiny rural shed.
The illustration shows an example of the use of
non-machined roundpole for a range of elements including columns, inclined
wall and roof panels, as developed by Prof. Natterer.
system has been refined and developed into an industrial process using pse
timber in what are known as Brettstapel panels which are dowel joined and
can be used for walls, floors and roofs.