OREGON Timber Frame Ltd is sponsoring a French student on the UK’s only MSc Timber Engineering course, based at Edinburgh Napier University’s School of Engineering and the Built Environment.
Apolline Oswald, a 26-year-old graduate engineer from the Vosges region of France will be studying Project Management, Sustainable Construction, Timber Engineering, Timber Materials Applications and Timber Form and Construction, during her year in Edinburgh.
She will also be working at Oregon’s Selkirk factory under the mentorship of Technical Director (and Edinburgh Napier Alumnus) Robin Dodyk.
Robin said, “Oregon is a research-based company with long links with Edinburgh Napier and our products and safety-conscious on site practices reflect that engineering-based approach.
“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to support this excellent, industry-focused MSc and to be working with Apolline, who has a strong track record already in engineering and timber.”
Since joining the course, Apolline has embraced the opportunities it and her time in Scotland is offering. She said, “Since I studied my first technical degree I wanted to know how the timber frame market works in other countries. I had knowledge of engineered products like Glulam, having worked with them for two years, but now it’s good to learn about timber frame structures with Oregon.”
Apolline will be focusing on two key projects for Oregon, as part of her degree course.
She is currently focusing on a Math-CAD based project which supports the calculation of roof weights, and in April will move on to her main project and dissertation subject, looking at optimising the design of specific beam supports within roofing systems.