FWPA Building Innovations

Research Methods

Many of the emerging technologies reported on this website were identified in an original report undertaken by the CSIRO for FWPA and completed in 2007. More recent technologies have been identified using an international network of experts assembled by the research team for this project.

A Delphi approach was used as the primary research methodology to evaluate the identified technologies. The Delphi approach aims to obtain consensus amongst a group of experts on issues where subjective opinion must be resolved. In such instances, group opinion is considered more valid than individual opinion. Specifically, a variant called the “Real Time Delphi Technique” was used. This was undertaken in the form of day-long intensive workshops to evaluate the collected technologies – each technology was presented, debated and then scored using a standardised scoring card. Those determined to be of sufficient merit have been included in this website.

A more complete account of the research methodology and detailed findings are contained in the final report from this research.

Principle Researcher – Dr. Perry Forsythe

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Forest and Wood Products Australia Limited (FWPA), a not for profit company, is the Australian forestry and wood  products industry’s service provider, investing in research and development, and providing research results and generic promotions to the Australoian industry. FWPA aims to improve the competitiveness and sustainability of the Australian forest and wood products industry through innovation, investment in effective and relevant R&D and communication of the results to stakeholders. Read more about FWPA at www.fwpa.com.au

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