Douglas Gaunt

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Doug Gaunt specialises in all aspects of timber engineering and leads research into new timber products and systems. He played a key role in developing and commercialising timber grading systems widely used in New Zealand sawmills.

Qualifications

  • NZCE (Civil) - 1984
  • BE (Hons), University of Canterbury - 1988

Research capabilities

  • Timber fixings
  • Timber design aids
  • Timber strength assessment
  • Timber consultancy, design and advice
  • Evaluation and development of timber products and systems
  • Development of new timber products.

Career highlights

  • Testing and design enhancement of new and existing building products/systems for industry clients.
  • Development of the A- Grader and E-grader grading technologies including development, design commercialisation. 
  • Management of a timber-testing laboratory providing services to New Zealand and international clients.

Selected papers

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Gaunt, D.J; 2006: Log segregation and strategies for production of structural wood, Silvotechna Chile 2006

Gaunt, D.J; 2006: New grading standards for NZ radiata pine structural lumber.  Silvotechna Chile 2006

Emms, G; Gaunt, D.J; 2005: A-Grader acoustic grading of structural lumber. FIEA Wood manufacturing 2005

Davy, B; Gaunt, D.J; 2004:How do Common Finger-joint Defecting Operations Affect Product Stiffness? The A-Grader a New Grading Tool. FIEA Wood manufacturing 2004

Gaunt, D J; McIntosh, K; Cavanagh, G; Reid, D; de la Roche, I; Dangerfield, J A; Karacabeyli, E; 2004. New Zealand Timber Design Journal, Vol 12, Issue 1. ed. N. Z. Timber Design Journal 12 (1) August 2003.

Gaunt, D J; 2002. New Zealand Timber Design Journal, Vol 11, Issue 1. ed. N.Z. Timber Design Journal 11(1), April 2002.

Gaunt, D J; 2001. New Zealand Timber Design Journal, Vol 10, Issue 1. ed. N.Z. Timber Design Journal 10(1), March 2001

Gaunt, D J; 2001. New Zealand Timber Design Journal, Vol 10, Issue 2. ed. N.Z. Timber Design Journal 10(2), May 2001

Gaunt, D J; Penellum, B S; McKenzie, H M; 2002. Eucalyptus nitens Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) structural properties. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science 33(1): 114-125 (2002)

Gaunt, D J; Walford, G B; 2001. New Zealand Timber Design Journal, Vol 10, Issue 3. ed. NZ Timber Design Journal 10(3), August 2001

Gaunt, D J; Walford, G B; 2001. New Zealand Timber Design Journal, Vol 10, Issue 4. ed. N.Z. Timber Design Journal 10(4), November 2001


Refereed conference proceedings

Walford, G B; Gaunt, D J. Proceedings of the Pacific Timber Engineering Conference, 14-18 March 1999, Rotorua, New Zealand. Forest Research Bulletin No. 212 (1999) (Volumes 1-4). ISSN 1174-5096

Knowles, R L; Wichmann Hansen, L K; Downes, G; Lee, J R; Barr, A B; Roper, J G; Gaunt, D J; 2002. Modelling within-tree and between-tree variation in Douglas-fir wood and lumber properties. Abstract P 94 in Proceedings, IUFRO All Division 5 Conference, "Forest Products Research - Providing for Sustainable Choices", Rotorua, NZ, 11-15 March 2003

Gaunt, D J; Djorovic, N; 2001. The key to producing glulam with known and reliable performance. Silvotecna XVI Conference Proceedings, Concepcion, Chile, 15 November 2001

Gaunt, D J; Davy, B J P; Roper, J G; 2001. Performance grading of New Zealand pine and the development of the 'E-grader'. Silvotecna XVI Conference Proceedings, Concepcion, Chile, 15 November 2001

Collins, M J; Gaunt, D J; 2003. Timber grades for timber frame construction. IWAPS2003 International Conference on Forest Products, Daejeon, Korea, April 21-24 2003: Pp 158-165

Hedley, M E; Nasheri, K; Gaunt, D J; Turner, J C P; 2003. Timber in line treatment (TILT) using waterborne preservatives. FIEA Conference "Timber preservation 2002 - Technologies and Product Opportunities to Improve Performance", Rotorua, 25-26 November 2002

Collins, M J; Gaunt, D J; 2003. Timber grades for timber frame construction. Proceedings of the IAWPS International Conference on Forest Products, Daejeon, Korea, 21-24 April 2003, Paper OE4-1, pp 158-165, Vol 1. The Korean Society of Wood Science and Technology 2003

Emms, G W; Gaunt, D J; 2004. Grading green timber using compression waves. In: Proceedings of the New Zealand Acoustical Society Biennial Conference, Wellington, 8-9 November 2004

Gaunt, D J; Davy, B J P; Penellum, B S; 2005. Grading fingerjoint blocks. FIEA Wood Manufacturing 2005 - The Profitable Wood Manufacturing Plant - Tooling, Technology & Design, 17-18 March 2005

Gaunt, D J; Emms, G W; Davy, B J P; Penellum, B S; 2005. Fingerjointing defecting and impacts on flulam and product stiffness. FIEA Wood Manufacturing 2005 - The Profitable Wood Manufacturing Plant - Tooling, Technology & Design, 17-18 March 2005
Walford, G B; Gaunt, D J; 2006. Experience with performance-based visual grading of dimension lumber. In: Proceedings of 9th World Conference on Timber Engineering, Portland, Oregon, 6-10 August 2006.