2018 World Conference
on Timber Engineering

Aug. 20-23, 2018 Seoul, Rep. of Korea

Introductory Remarks

The conference steering committee welcomes you to the 2018 World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE 2018) to be held on August 20-23 in Seoul, Korea.

Korea, also known as 'the Land of Morning Calm', has enjoyed splendid wooden culture based on rich forest land in its 5,000 year old history. The traditional timber utilization culture and timber structures have been well preserved and practiced until this day. But, the rapid economic growth in Korea brought about the demand in large number of houses and apartments to accommodate concentrated population in a metropolitan city, like Seoul. Therefore, timber construction rarely have been used in Korean cities during the past decades with rapid change. But, recently, the more interest of timber/wood construction has raised because of eco-friendly living conditions and the advantage of green house gas reduction from wood utilization. In this regard, Korean timber engineering industry needs to focus on sustainable utilization of timber as long term use, such as construction for school buildings, public construction, non-residental facilities, and high rise timber construction.


The city of Seoul, Republic of Korea will host the 15th World Conference on Timber Engineering. The conference is a part of the continuing series of conferences previously held in Seattle(1988), Tokyo(1990), London(1991), New Orleans(1996), Montreux(1998), Whistler(2000), Shah Alam(2002), Lahti(2004), Portland(2006), Miyazaki(2008), Riva del Garda(2010), Auckland(2012), Quebec(2014) and Vienna(2016).

The objective of the WCTE 2018 is to provide a forum for the exchange of the latest technological advances, research results and design innovations. As such, this conference should be of interest to practicing engineers, architects, researchers, educators and manufactures in the field of timber engineering.


Combination of the colors of Taegeuk and traditional roofs from such Korean wooden architecture as Sungnyemun and Hanok (Korean-style house)

Represent the Republic of Korea by turning the number "0" into the shape of Taegeuk and symbolize wooden architecture with traditional roofs