Schedule of Events

NAWLA Spring 2018 Wood Basics Course: 

May 21 - 24, 2018

Virginia Tech. University, Blacksburg, VA 

Please note that this is a tentative schedule and is subject to change.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Arrivals

Monday, Monday, May 21, 2018

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 Icebreaker 
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 - 10:00 am

Shuttle Van Departs for Off-Site Tour

10:15 am - 12:15 pm    

Off-site Tour: VTU Forestlands and Harvesting Operation
Instructor: Jennifer Gagnon, Virginia Tech. University

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm

Shuttle Van Departs for Classroom

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 - 2:15 pm

Break

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 Internation
6:30 pm  Shuttle Van to Hotel
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm  Opening Night Dinner

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

DAILY FOCUS - Mill Visit

6:00 am  Complimentary Breakfast at Hotel
6:45 am Shuttle Van Departs for Off-site Mill Tour
9:30 am - 10:00 am Arrive at Mill 1
1:15 pm Leave Mill 1
2:00 pm Arrive at Mill 2 - Huber
4:00 pm Shuttle Van Departs for Blacksburg
6:00 pm Arrive at Hotel
6:30 pm Optional Dinner

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

DAILY FOCUS - Industry Issues, Green Building & Chain of Custody

8:00 am Complimentary Breakfast at Hotel
9:00 am Shuttle Van to VTU Campus
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 & Transportation
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm LECTURE: Global and Domestic Market Trends, Tracking Prices & Forecasting
Instructor: Chris Knowles, Ph.D., Oregon State University
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Break
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm  LECTURE: Universities as a Resource
Instructors: Chris Knowles, Ph.D., Oregon State University and David Jones, Ph.D., Benchmark Internation
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Tour of VTU Department of Wood Science & Engineering
Laboratory Demonstrations (stress tests, big structures lab)
5:30 pm Shuttle Van to Hotel
6:30 pm Optional Dinner

Thursday, May 24, 2018

DAILY FOCUS - Workshop

7:00 am - 7:45 am Complimentary Breakfast at Hotel
7:45 am - 8:00 am Shuttle Van to VTU Campus
8:00 am - 10:00 am Train Your Brain for Success
Facilitators: Robb Zbierski, Freedom Personal Development
10:00 am - 10:30 am Break
10:30 am - 11:30 am

Train Your Brain for Success (continued)
Facilitators: Robb Zbierski, Freedom Personal Development

11:30 am -12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Train Your Brain for Success (continued)
Facilitators: Robb Zbierski, Freedom Personal Development
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm Break
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm      

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

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

Presentation of Certificates and Pins

Friday, May 25, 2018

Departures