Lucas Epp, engineering manager of StructureCraft Builders Inc. says if Canadian construction will prosper in the 21st century, it needs to learn from such industries as automotive assembly and aerospace and make more use of advanced technology. “Compared to automotive and aerospace, which are dominated by a few big manufacturers, construction is fragmented and decentralized, with many players of different sizes,” said Epp. “And, unlike automotive and aerospace, there is great variability in the sizes, shapes and details of the buildings they make.” Borrowing from modern automation and assembly line techniques, StructureCraft (located in Abbotsford, B.C.) engineer and build mass timber and free-form timber structures. The company calls itself “an industry leader in the mass timber revolution, answering the pressing need for increased quality and construction efficiency, at the same time reducing site erection time and risk.” From its 18-month-old, 50,000-square-foot factory in the Fraser Valley, StructureCraft manufactures and sources a range of such mass timber products as dowel-laminated timber (DLT), cross-laminated timber (CLT), nail-laminated timber (NLT) and glulam, as wel...