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Michael Lee

Senior Technical Officer

Launceston CBD Campuses

+61 (03) 6324 4081 (phone)

M.W.Lee@utas.edu.au

General Responsibilities

Michael plays an integral role in the technical aspects of CSAW. He has various certificates in business, training, sawmill processing and management and has accumulated years of experience in the timber industry, predominantly in senior testing, technical and project management positions. Bringing such a rich source of knowledge and experience to the CSAW team, he has again found himself in the position of Senior Technical Officer. Michael coordinates the daily running of technical aspects of CSAW's Tasmanian Timber Promotion Board and provides a vital link to the timber industry, general public, designers and architects. He also coordinates training both to industry and academic, project management and is involved in much of the hands on work at CSAW.

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Fields of Research

  • Timber, Pulp and Paper (091210)
  • Wood Processing (070510)
  • Construction Materials (090503)
  • Design Practice and Management (120399)
  • Industrial Design (120305)
  • Architectural Science and Technology (incl. Acoustics, Lighting, Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design) (120104)
  • Structural Engineering (090506)
  • Interior Design (120106)
  • Building Science and Techniques (120202)
  • Architectural Design (120101)
  • Decision Support and Group Support Systems (080605)

Research Objectives

  • Wood Sawing and Veneer (860505)
  • Timber Materials (870305)
  • Wood, Wood Products and Paper (860599)
  • Hardwood Plantations (820101)
  • Reconstituted Timber Products (e.g. Chipboard, Particleboard) (860504)
  • Conserving the Historic Environment (950307)
  • Construction (879999)
  • Paper Products (incl. Coated Paper) (860501)
  • Commercial Construction Processes (870402)
  • Application Tools and System Utilities (890202)

Publications

Total publications

18

Journal Article

(9 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Derikvand M, Jiao H, Kotlarewski N, Lee M, Chan A, et al., 'Bending performance of nail‑laminated timber constructed of fast‑grown plantation eucalypt', European Journal of Wood and Wood Products, 77, (3) pp. 421-437. ISSN 0018-3768 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00107-019-01408-9 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Derikvand M; Jiao H; Kotlarewski N; Chan A; Nolan G

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2019Derikvand M, Kotlarewski N, Lee M, Jiao H, Chan A, et al., 'Short-term and long-term bending properties of nail-laminated timber constructed of fast-grown plantation eucalypt', Construction and Building Materials, 211 pp. 952-964. ISSN 0950-0618 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2019.03.305 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Derikvand M; Kotlarewski N; Jiao H; Chan A; Nolan G

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2019Derikvand M, Kotlarewski N, Lee M, Jiao H, Nolan G, 'Characterisation of physical and mechanical properties of unthinned and unpruned plantation-grown Eucalyptus nitens H.Deane and Maiden lumber', Forests, 10, (2) Article 194. ISSN 1999-4907 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/f10020194 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Derikvand M; Kotlarewski N; Jiao H; Nolan G

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2019Kotlarewski N, Derikvand M, Lee M, Whiteroad I, 'Machinability study of Australia's dominate plantation timber resources', Forests, 10, (9) Article 805. ISSN 1999-4907 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/f10090805 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Kotlarewski N; Derikvand M

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2019Kotlarewski NJ, Derikvand M, Lee M, Nolan G, Hague JRB, 'Bifenthrin treatment for balsa: Susceptibility of Papua New Guinea-grown 2 Ochroma pyramidale to attack by Coptotermes acinaciformis (Blattodea: 3 Rhinotermitidae) in an Australian context', International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation, 137 pp. 153-157. ISSN 0964-8305 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ibiod.2019.01.003 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Kotlarewski NJ; Derikvand M; Nolan G

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2019Zareah H, Lee M, Nolan G, Moradpour P, Kotlarewski N, et al., 'Flexural performance of cross-laminated timber constructed from fibre-managed plantation eucalyptus', Construction and Building Materials, 208 pp. 535-542. ISSN 0950-0618 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2019.03.010 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Nolan G; Kotlarewski N

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2018Derikvand M, Kotlarewski N, Lee M, Jiao H, Chan A, et al., 'Visual stress grading of fibre-managed plantation Eucalypt timber for structural building applications', Construction and Building Materials, 167 pp. 688-699. ISSN 0950-0618 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2018.02.090 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Derikvand M; Kotlarewski N; Jiao H; Chan A; Nolan G

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2018Derikvand M, Kotlarewski N, Lee M, Jiao H, Nolan G, 'Flexural and visual characteristics of fibre-managed plantation Eucalyptus globulus timber', Wood Material Science and Engineering pp. 1-10. ISSN 1748-0272 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/17480272.2018.1542618 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Derikvand M; Kotlarewski N; Jiao H; Nolan G

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2017Kotlarewski N, Lee M, Nolan G, 'Grade-reducing features in timber products', New Zealand Journal of Forestry, 62, (3) pp. 33-35. ISSN 1174-7986 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Kotlarewski N; Nolan G

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Conference Publication

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2018Derikvand M, Bignell M, Balasso M, Kotlarewski N, Jiao H, et al., 'Multi-disciplinary optimisation of nail-laminated timber-concrete composite panels constructed of fibre-managed plantation eucalypt', Proceedings of the 61st International Convention of Society of Wood Science and Technology and Japan Wood Research Society, 5-9 November 2018, Nagoya, Japan, pp. 1-6. (2018) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Derikvand M; Bignell M; Balasso M; Kotlarewski N; Jiao H; Nolan G

2017Kotlarewski N, Wallis L, Lee M, Nolan G, Last M, 'Collaborative design education with industry: student perspective by reflection', Proceedings of Re: Research - the 2017 International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR) Conference, 31 October-03 November, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, pp. 644-654. (2017) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Kotlarewski N; Wallis L; Nolan G

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Jiao H, Nolan G, Lee M, Kotlarewski N, Derikvand M, 'Developing high-mass laminated flooring products from fibre-managed plantation hardwood', Forest & Wood Products Australia, Melbourne, Australia, PNB387-1516 (2019) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Jiao H; Nolan G; Kotlarewski N; Derikvand M

2015Blackburn D, Lee M, 'Testing of Imported Plantation Eucalypt Timber Phase 2: Report for Porta Mouldings, Project 1: The physical properties of imported eucalypt hardwoods', Porta Mouldings Pty Ltd., Hobart, Tasmania, 20 January (2015) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Blackburn D

Major Creative Work

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Kotlarewski N, Power J, Mate K, Clayton I, Lee M, 'Neville Smith Forest Products', Neville Smith Forest Products (2019) [Published Creative Work]

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Co-authors: Kotlarewski N; Power J; Mate K; Clayton I

Other Public Output

(4 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Kotlarewski N, Power J, Lee M, Nolan G, Ozarska B, et al., 'Developing a New Generation of Tasmanian Appearance Hardwood Products for In-State Design and Manufacturing: Opportunity Analysis', Forest & Wood Products Australia Limited, Melbourne, July, pp. 1-84. (2019) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Kotlarewski N; Power J; Nolan G

2018Lee M, Blackburn D, 'Developments in hardwood drying', Centre for Sustainable Architecture with Wood School of Architecture and Design, Hobart, Tasmania (2018) [Report Other]

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Co-authors: Blackburn D

2015Blackburn D, Lee M, 'Researchers in Business Project: Timber Drying at Porta Mouldings Bridgewater Site, Project: Optimisation of drying process and improvements in the dried quality of Tasmanian oak', Porta Mouldings Pty Ltd., Hobart, Tasmania, Interim report - 15 March (2015) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Blackburn D

2015Blackburn D, Lee M, 'Testing of Imported Plantation Eucalypt Timber: Report for Porta Mouldings, Project 2: The staining and finishing of imported eucalypt hardwoods', Porta Mouldings Pty Ltd., Hobart, Tasmania, 07 May (2015) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Blackburn D

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

18

Total funding

$2,407,406

Projects

Drying protocols for Tasmanian hardwood (2020)$44,630
Description
NSFP has asked the University of Tasmanias Centre for Sustainable Architecture with Wood to assist with commissioning and optimisation of the predryers for processing plantation E.nitens and establishing procedures and training for its inclusion in day-to-day production
Funding
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science ($22,315); Neville Smith Forest Products ($22,315)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Nolan G; Lee MW
Year
2020
Sensing technology and digital tools to support decision-making in hardwood timber drying (2019 - 2021)$358,750
Description
A Tasmanian based project aiming to develop and validate a timber drying technology suite with an accompanying decision support tool app, for higher value product recovery across the wider timber industry in Australia and overseas.
Funding
FWPA - National Institute for Forest Products Innovation ($315,000)
Collaborators
Britton Timbers ($20,000); McKay Investments Pty Ltd ($3,750); Porta Mouldings Pty Ltd ($5,000); Sustainable Timber Tasmania ($15,000)
Scheme
Grant-Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Nolan G; Kefayati G; Tolooiyan AS; Lee MW; Vega Rivero MH; Williams DR; Wood K
Period
2019 - 2021
Managing timbers moisture content in the supply chain, construction and in service (2019 - 2021)$276,500
Description
The project aims to understand the moisture content (MC) of wood products and timber in the Australian timber supply chain and develop guidance that allows industry to limit unacceptable MC variation and improve customer confidence.
Funding
FWPA - National Institute for Forest Products Innovation ($276,500)
Scheme
Grant-Research
Administered By
FWPA - National Institute for Forest Products Innovation
Research Team
Nolan G; Dewsbury M; Kefayati G; Lee MW
Period
2019 - 2021
Minimising market-limiting discolouration in appearance Tasmanian hardwood (2019 - 2021)$160,000
Description
This project will investigate the cause of market-limiting, process-induced discoloration of appearance Tasmanian hardwood boards, particularly tyre track recently found in thin section appearance plantation Shining gum and sticker mark in Tasmanian blackwood.
Funding
FWPA - National Institute for Forest Products Innovation ($160,000)
Scheme
Grant-Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Nolan G; Paull B; Ghiasvand A; Lee MW
Period
2019 - 2021
Drying protocols for Tasmanian hardwood (2018 - 2019)$80,000
Description
NSFP has asked the University of Tasmanias Centre for Sustainable Architecture with Wood to assist with commissioning and optimisation of the predryers and establishing their use in day-to-day production and to assist in preparation and embed of DQA and training in its business.
Funding
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science ($40,000); Neville Smith Forest Products ($40,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Kotlarewski NJ; Lee MW
Period
2018 - 2019
Increasing the durability and other material characteristics of Tasmanian hardwoods (2018 - 2021)$330,000
Description
This project focuses on increasing the desirable material characteristics of Tasmanian hardwood species: Tasmanian oak and plantation hardwoods, for use in several product groups: sawn appearance board, cladding, veneer-based products and glue assembled products: glulam and cross laminated timber (CLT).
Funding
FWPA - National Institute for Forest Products Innovation ($320,000)
Collaborators
Neville Smith Forest Products ($5,000); Sustainable Timber Tasmania ($5,000)
Scheme
Grant-Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Nolan G; Kotlarewski NJ; Lee MW; Vega Rivero MH; Ozarska B; Belleville B; Wood K
Period
2018 - 2021
Developing a New Generation of Tasmanian Appearance Hardwood Products for In-State Design and Manufacturing (2018 - 2021)$336,500
Description
This project will develop a new generation of hardwood appearance products for manufacture in-state using current and new technologies from the available native, reclaimed, and plantation resources.
Funding
FWPA - National Institute for Forest Products Innovation ($270,000)
Collaborators
Britton Timbers ($10,000); Forico Pty Ltd ($10,000); McKay Investments Pty Ltd ($10,000); SFM Environmental Solutions Pty Ltd ($10,000); Ta Ann Tasmania ($6,500); Tasmanian Timber Promotion Board ($20,000)
Scheme
Grant-Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Wallis LH; Sawyer M; Nolan G; Wood K; Lee MW; Ozarska B; Belleville B; Power J
Period
2018 - 2021
Neville Smith Forest Products Colour Project (2017 - 2018)$6,000
Description
Neville-Smith Forest Products (NSFP) have requested a project that aligns their Tasmanian Oak resource with current trending colour palettes for the built environment. The aim of this project is to develop contemporary interior colour themes for NSFP Tasmanian Oak from research evidence based themes. Post project iterations may consider future colour trends.
Funding
Neville Smith Forest Products ($6,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Kotlarewski NJ; Power J; Mate KJH; Lee MW
Period
2017 - 2018
SFM Hydrowood processing and quality assurance program (2016 - 2017)$62,980
Description
This project aims to establish the procedures and QA processes necessary for SFM forest products to maximise value recovery from HydroWood logs.
Funding
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science ($31,490); Sustainable Forest Management Pty Ltd ($31,490)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Nolan G; Lee MW
Period
2016 - 2017
The potential to recover veneer based product from low grade native forest logs (2016 - 2017)$118,200
Description
Australias first large-scale trial to provide information on the quality of veneer that can be processed from lower grade logs extracted from the native forests of southern Australia
Funding
Forest & Wood Products Australia Limited ($105,700)
Collaborators
Forestry Tasmania ($5,000); Ta Ann Tasmania ($5,000); VicForests ($2,500)
Scheme
Grant-Research and Development
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Blackburn DP; Nolan G; Lee MW; Jiao H
Period
2016 - 2017
Sense-T Stage 2: Forest and Wood Products (2015 - 2016)$408,079
Description
The proposed project aligns with initiatives led by the National Centre for Future Forestry Industries (NCFFI -‐UTas) in the optimisation of extended forestry value chains. Specifically this project aims to improve the recovery, quality and value of sawn hardwoods by deploying advanced information sensing and modeling technology to air-‐dry sawn boards to Fibre Saturation Point (FSP). This is the critical stage in successful hardwood drying, and a vital segment of the broader forestry value chain. This is a three-‐stage project support by four activity streams. The three stages are 1). Intensive research into sensing, 2). Pilot industry scale sensing and operational trials, and 3). Industry operational trials. The four activity streams are a). Sensor system development that will determine the number and efficacy of sensors operating at a yard, stack and board scales, b).Drying condition model development that will align the information collected with the observed drying behaviour and the potential for whole-‐of-‐site timber management, c). Industry process integration that will ensure technical outcomes can be implemented given industrys current operational capacity, and d). Project 4 management.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($408,079)
Scheme
Grant - Institutional
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Blackburn DP; Mirowski LT; Nolan G; Turner P; Lee MW; Henderson AD
Period
2015 - 2016
Porta Mouldings Innovation Voucher Project (2014)$33,000
Description
This project will assess the physical properties of imported eucalypt hardwoods and investigate the staining problem with imported E regnans.
Funding
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources ($25,000); Porta Mouldings Pty Ltd ($8,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Nolan G; Shanks JD; Lee MW
Year
2014
Researcher in Business: Improving Drying Systems at Porta Mouldings (2014)$19,667
Funding
Department of Industry and Science ($9,833); Porta Mouldings Pty Ltd ($9,834)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Nolan G; Lee MW; Blackburn DP
Year
2014
Researcher in Business - Brittons Queensland (2013)$31,600
Funding
Department of Industry and Science ($15,800); Hasell Britton Pty Ltd ($15,800)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Leggate W; Nolan G; Lee MW
Year
2013
Researcher in Business - Brittons Tasmania (2013 - 2014)$39,500
Funding
Britton Brothers Pty Ltd ($19,750); Department of Industry and Science ($19,750)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Leggate W; Nolan G; Lee MW
Period
2013 - 2014
Timber Inspection Gore Street Heritage Building (2013)$4,000
Funding
Heritage Building Solutions ($4,000)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Leggate W; Shanks JD; Lee MW
Year
2013
Market and material characteristics of recovered eucalypt and myrtle timber (2013)$18,000
Description
This project involves the recovery and use of log and other wood resources from land inundated by Hydro Tasmanian dams. The intention is to sell the logs to mainstream timber producers. Information will demonstrate that recovered myrtle and eucalypt logs can be economically converted into suitable appearance and other sawn products. This information is essential to determining the project economics. There are considerable unknowns in this. Timber submerged for long periods may have acquired characteristics both beneficial and detrimental to milling with the processes and major equipment suite currently used in the Tasmanian industry. Preliminary results from a partial literature review note factors such as: bacterial degradation and discolouration of the wood; the removal of water-soluble extractives and its impact on drying & wood colour; relief of internal stress; potential mineralization of the wood. Work has been conducted, mainly on softwood logs in North America that have sunk as they were rafted or transported over water to sawmills. These is also work on forests flooded as part of hydroelectricity schemes and also logs are often stored under water (pond storage) as standard practice before processing. Wood degrading organisms such as insects and fungi cannot survive if the temperature is too low and/or there is insufficient oxygen. However bacteria can survive in very cold (but not sub-freezing) and zero oxygen conditions. Therefore anaerobic bacterial degradation is a potential concern. Changes in wood quality/properties are related to bacterial activity. There are varying results as to whether the wood quality is enhanced or deteriorated after being submerged. It varies depending on time under water, depth and temperature, water quality, etc. and on tree species. Some report changes in wood colour or discoloration or staining. Other report changes in drying rate and wood permeability. Some findings describe increased collapse, honeycombing and ring failure. There is some information that resin leaches out of the wood whilst under water. Apparently acoustic properties can be enhanced and this is advantageous for instrument manufacture. In some cases, a certain amount of mineralization of the wood has occurred. There is some information about densification of wood during long term water storage probably related to mineralization. In some cases in North America some mills dont like to process logs that were submerged because of concerns of damage to equipment caused by the mineralization, densification or other factors.
Funding
Sustainable Forest Management Pty Ltd ($18,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Leggate W; Ancher SJC; Lee MW
Year
2013
Educational Resources for the Advanced Diploma of Forest Industry Sustainability (2012)$80,000
Funding
ForestWorks ISC ($80,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Nolan G; Shanks JD; Lee MW
Year
2012