NAWLA Wood Basics Course

Schedule of Events

NAWLA Summer 2017 Wood Basics Course: Virginia Tech

July 17-20, 2017

Please note that schedule is subject to change.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Arrivals

Monday, July 17, 2017

DAILY FOCUS - Introduction to the Forest & Wood Products

7:00 - 7:30 am Complimentary Breakfast and Registration at Hotel
7:30 am - 8:00 am Shuttle Van to VTU Campus
8:00 am - 8:30 am Opening Speech 
8:30 am - 9:30 am

LECTURE: The Forest (Forestry & Harvesting)
Instructors: Jennifer Gagnon, Virginia Tech. University, Chris Knowles, Ph.D., Oregon State University and David Jones, Ph.D., Benchmark International

9:45 am - 10:15 am

Shuttle Vans Depart for Off-Site Tour

10:15 am - 12:15 pm

Off-site Tour: VTU Forestlands and Harvesting Operation

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Welcome Lunch

1:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Discussions and Wrap-Up from Tour
Instructors: Chris Knowles, Ph.D., Oregon State University and David Jones, Ph.D., Benchmark International

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Shuttle Vans to VTU Campus
2:15 pm - 3:45 pm LECTURE: Wood Basics and Anatomy
Instructors: Chris Knowles, Ph.D., Oregon State University and David Jones, Ph.D., Benchmark International
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Break
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm LECTURE: Lumber Manufacturing (preparation for mill tours)
Instructor: Chris Knowles, Ph.D., Oregon State University
5:15 pm - 6:30 pm LECTURE: Composites and Engineered Wood Products (EWP)
Instructor: David Jones, Ph.D., Benchmark International
6:30 pm  Shuttle Van to Hotel
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm  Opening Night Dinner


Tuesday, July 19, 2017

DAILY FOCUS - Industry Issues & The University

7:00 am  Complimentary Breakfast at Hotel
7:45 am  Shuttle Van to VTU Campus
8:00 am - 9:00 am Mill Tour Debriefing and Q & A
Instructors: Chris Knowles, Ph.D., Oregon State University and David Jones, Ph.D., Benchmark International
9:00 am - 9:15 am Break
9:15 am - 10:15 am LECTURE: Current Industry Issues Green Building and Chain of Custody
Instructor: Chris Knowles, Ph.D., Oregon State University 
10:15 am - 10:30 am Break
10:30 am - 12:30 pm

LECTURE: Logistics and Transportation
Instructor: Phil Lower, Universal Forest Products

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm 

LECTURE: Global and Domestic Market Trends, Tracking Prices & Forecasting
Instructor: TBD

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm LECTURE: Universities as a Resource
Instructors: Chris Knowles, Ph.D., Oregon State University and David Jones, Ph.D., Benchmark International
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Tour of VTU Department of Wood Science and Engineering
Laboratory Demonstrations (stress tests, big structures lab)
5:30 pm  Shuttle Van to Hotel
6:30 pm Optional Dinner 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

DAILY FOCUS - Mill Visit

7:00 am Complimentary Breakfast at Hotel
7:45 am Charter Bus Departs for Off-site Mill Tour
8:30 am - 3:00 pm Mill Tours: Boise Cascade, Roxboro, NC & Morgan Lumber, Red Oak, VA
3:00 pm Shuttle Van Departs for Blacksburg
5:00 pm Arrive at Hotel
6:30 pm  Optional Dinner at TBD


Thursday, July 20, 2017

DAILY FOCUS - Workshop

7:00 am - 7:45 am Complimentary Breakfast at Hotel
7:45 am - 8:00 am Shuttle Van to MSU Campus
8:00 am - 10:00 am Negotiations
Facilitator: Scott Olsen, The Olsen Group
10:00 am - 10:30 am Break
10:30 am - 11:30 am LECTURE: Negotiations Cont.
Instructor: Scott Olsen, The Olsen Group
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Negotiations Cont.
Facilitator: Scott Olsen, The Olsen Group
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm Break
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Discussion and Wrap-Up for Week
Facilitators: Chris Knowles, Ph.D., Oregon State University, David Jones, Ph.D., Benchmark International

Presentation of Certificates and Pins

3:45 pm

Shuttle Van to Hotel

3:45 pm - 5:30 pm

Free Time

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

NAWLA Wood Basics Reception and Dinner

Friday, July 21, 2017

Departures