Jason Teetart

SMT Research
Co-founder, VP of Business Development

Development: has over 25 years of project management and electrical engineering construction design experience, with current experience and projects in the application of structure monitoring systems. He holds patents in the areas of moisture detection, and patents pending in roof monitoring and low powered hybrid wireless/wired networks. Jason brings construction-related electrical engineering experience to the building science community. He leads the design of moisture detection systems in residential, educational, and institutional projects related to sustainable buildings and investigations. Jason graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering.

He actively volunteers in the building industry as the past President of the Board of Directors on British Columbia’s Building Envelope Council and National Building Envelope Council.

Breakout Presentation Topic:
Standardization & Mass Customization: Innovative Structure Monitoring Technologies to Foster Efficiency in Mass Timber Building Construction and Validate Design
Wood structures such as the Wood Innovation and Design Center (WIDC) in Prince George and UBC Brock Commons Tallwood House (18 storey, 53-meter-tall mass timber built) in Vancouver are examples of new and innovative wood structures that encompass new construction techniques, unique materials and innovative practices.

The ability to receive empirical data of critical components as well as access to the real-time state of the building during construction gives Architects, Engineers and Contractors critical information to make informative decisions to either validate, change or improve the construction plan. Data recorded during transportation, construction and the life of the building helps validate the design decisions and proves the viability and feasibility of the design.

The speaker will use case studies of UBC Tallwood House and WIDC to illustrate mass timber monitoring technologies fit in to help improve efficiency in manufacturing and construction in mass timber building, at the same time validating building designs and methods to sustain design freedom. By installing monitoring kits, which include sensors, data acquisition and analytics tools, in prefabricated wood panels on the factory floor, structural health parameters such as interior moisture content, temperature, and relative humidity can be monitored throughout all stages in bringing up a wood building – during manufacturing, construction, and post construction. Vertical movement (floor to floor settling) and product shrinkage within each wood panel can also be monitored, and the project team will be notified at real-time if any structural risk is detected.

As every wood panel being monitored and connected, the entire building is fully covered for preventative quality assurance, also providing valuable insights for researchers, designers, building science specialists, building managers and owners.