What are Live Webinar and & Lunch and Learn Seminars?

BC Wood Specialties Group is a trade association representing British Columbia’s value-added wood products manufacturing industry. The industry is very diverse with many of its products being innovative and world class with much of it being sold into global markets. Our experience is that much of the industry is not as well-known as it might be with BC’s architectural and designer community. The purpose of the Live Webinar / Lunch & Learn seminars is to provide an overview of this industry and create a greater awareness of it. This includes environmental and technical issues, unique products and how to access them. This is done so those who specify products can have a working understanding of what is produced here in BC.

As part of its ongoing educational seminars for Architects, Designers, Engineers, Developers, Builders, and Contractors, BC Wood is pleased to offer the following LIVE WEBINAR SEMINARS. Each topic is interactive and will be presented by industry professionals from BC’s value-added wood manufacturing industry.

Detailed summaries of each session are available by request.

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List of Seminars

Lunch & Learn topics available FOR January, February & March

1 Hour LIVE WEBINAR Session | AIBC 1 Non-Core LU| BC HOUSING 1 CPD, INFORMAL | AIA 1 LU| AAA 1 STRUCTURED LU | Certificate of  Completion 1 Learning Hour

With the amount of time that people are spending at home due to COVID-19, as well as the proven health benefits of exposure to nature, there has been an increased purchase of furniture, accessories and building products for their Outdoor Living Spaces. When the right features are added to the home and landscaping, such as a Pergola or Gazebo, this could increase home value. When the feature incorporates the go-to timber Western Red Cedar, this value is further enhanced with the aesthetics and living experience transformed.

People are spending more time at home, spending more money on their outdoor spaces to make it their destination oasis, and enjoying building their own projects (DIY). This trend could also be the perfect addition to consider in the outdoor design of new build residential projects.

Presented by a leading Canadian manufacturer, this session explores the practical applications of Outdoor Living DIY Kit products, the project costs and benefits, the material performance properties, and today’s product trends – including pergolas, gazebos, playhouses, garden sheds, and accessory structures. Also, discover a new process for custom manufactured pergola kits for Architectural designs.

This session will be presented by an industry professional from Outdoor Living Today

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how an Outdoor DIY Kit can be the perfect addition to the outdoor design and add value to residential renovations and to new build projects
  2. Understand the performance properties and the environmental impacts of Western Red Cedar outdoor products in comparison to composite materials
  3. Learn about the wood appearance properties, the DIY workability, and the finishing and maintenance tips for your outdoor projects

Discover today’s product trends in outdoor DIY projects and a practical guide to their costs and assembly logistics

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1 Hour LIVE WEBINAR Session | AIBC 1 Core LU | AIA 1 LU/HSW | AAA 1 STRUCTURED LU | Certificate of  Completion 1 Learning Hour | BC Housing – Not Applicable

Description:

Forests play an important role in our lives. On the negative, they can be a significant source of global greenhouse emissions and a contributor to climate change through deforestation and poor forest management.  On the positive, certifying forests and managing them sustainably is one of the best strategies to help in the fight against Climate Change. This course will explain the environmental importance of sustainable forest management, forest certifications, chain-of-custody certifications, forestry carbon cycles, certified sustainable wood products, and how to spot greenwashing claims by some manufacturers.

People are trying to align their lifestyles with the concept of reducing their carbon footprint and wonder what they can do to make a difference in the age of Climate Change. The good news is that specifiers and influencers are in a position to make a positive impact by aligning their values with those of sustainability – putting pressure on manufacturers, who in turn put pressure on lumber suppliers, who in turn put pressure on loggers and landowners to value sustainability and sustainable forests.  And by educating customers on the environmental benefits of specifying certified sustainable wood products, they are doing their part to align their customers’ values to make the world a better place for us and for our children.

This session will be presented by an industry professional from CRAFT Artisan Wood Floors.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the role that forests play in our lives, and the important role they play in combating Climate Change.
  2. Learn about the different third-party forest certification organizations and Forest Management Standards.
  3. Learn about Chain of Custody certification and specifying for products made from sustainable wood sources.
  4. Learn how to spot greenwashing claims made by some wood product manufacturers, and how to identify the manufacturers who are fully committed to sustainable sourcing.    

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1 Hour LIVE WEBINAR Session | AIBC 1 Core LU | AIA 1 LU | BC Housing 1 CPD, Informal| AAA 1 STRUCTURED | Certificate of  Completion 1 Learning Hour

Description:

Discover how water borne coatings can perform as well, if not better, than their solvent borne counterparts without their negative environmental impact. The seminar will discuss a wide range of water based products and how architects can enjoy a net gain by specifying them. 

It will also address the role water borne coatings can play in enhancing the natural look and performance of wood products and how LEED and VOC mandates are leading our industry down the green road. The session will also address the advantages of factory coatings.

This session will be presented by an industry professional from CBR Products.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the history and difference between water versus solvent borne coatings.
  2. Understand the applications, maintenance and implications of factory coatings versus site coatings.
  3. Learn about new coatings that are available for concrete, masonry and the anti-graffiti applications.
  4. Learn how to specify coatings, choose color selection and brush outs.

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1 Hour LIVE WEBINAR Session | AIBC 1 Core LU | BC Housing 1 CPD, Informal| AAA 1 STRUCTURED LU | Certificate of  Completion 1 Learning Hour | AIA – Not Applicable

Description:

As buildings are increasingly designed for environmental, occupant health, and well-being in mind, there is a growing requirement for ventilation openings between enclosed spaces.  Ventilation pathways are notorious for transmitting sound, and there is also the challenge of creating airflow pathways without the complexity of modifying ceilings and walls to accept ducting, vents and grilles. This presentation reviews ventilation and acoustical challenges associated with creating comfortable interior environments. It also discusses the latest in ventilated door solutions that addresses these challenges.

This session will be presented by an industry professional from VANAIR DESIGN.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore industry, environmental and health influences motivating the increased use of ventilation openings between spaces.
  • Compare common ventilation openings, analyze their requirements, and the implications they have on acoustics.
  • Learn about an integrally ventilated door and explain how acoustic design elements were incorporated to contribute to its acoustical attenuation.
  • Identify factors to be considered when specifying ventilation openings.

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1 Hour LIVE WEBINAR Session | AIBC 1 Core LU |  AAA 1 STRUCTURED LU| AIA 1 LU | Certificate of  Completion 1 Learning Hour | BC Housing – Not Applicable

Description:

We are all lovers of nature and the endless palate of textures that nature gives to us. The warmth that texture introduces to a room or structure cannot be matched. It lends a sense of elegance and richness wherever it is applied, charming all who experience it. From subtle knife lines to large adze-styled gouging, gorgeous textures tempt viewers to touch the surfaces and allow our senses to interpret the organic compositions of the materials. Blending the randomness of handcrafted technique with the uniformity of modern production processes allows us to provide a uniform product that has great appeal.

This session will explore the manufacturing process in creating these textured surfaces in wood.   such as Adze Millwork, Burnt Wood, Sand blasting and custom textures to suit specific project needs. From doors to wall panels, columns, or any other millwork, we will see how these helped create luxurious textured finishes for high-end developments and renovation projects across North America.

This session will be presented by an industry professional from Barker Manufacturing.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the visual and tactile attributes of using textures.
  2. See how different effects can be created by using the same texture.
  3. Understand the workability and aesthetic characteristics of specific wood species for texturing applications, using wood primarily from the forests of British Columbia but can use any wood you specify.
  4. Learn about the installation process in applying the textured wood products into the job site.

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1 Hour LIVE WEBINAR Session | AIBC 1 Core LU | BC HOUSING 1 CPD, INFORMAL  | AIA 1 LU| AAA 1 STRUCTURED LU | Certificate of  Completion 1 Learning Hour

Description:

Cladding products start with the most natural, healthy, and sustainable resource available to the building trades – wood. That wood is then engineered, machined, and coated to create a full line of siding and trim products that deliver performance, stability, and beauty.

This session identifies causes for on-site exterior paint failure issues and how these factors can be eliminated through factory pre-finishing.  Then examines the factory coating process for pre-finished exterior woodworks and substrate materials from an industry leader that supplies exterior cladding solutions across North America. Case studies of exterior building materials in multi-family, education, custom homes, resort/hospitality, production homes, and commercial developments will also be studied.

This session will be presented by an industry professional from Woodtone.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about factory coating process for pre-finished exterior building materials
  2. Identify causes for on-site exterior paint failures and how to eliminate them through factory pre-finishing
  3. Discover the durable wood and substrate exterior building material profiles available in North America and their applications
  4. Learn about the sustainable resources and environmental practices applied in the factory pre-finishing process

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1 Hour LIVE WEBINAR Session | AIBC 1 Core LU | AIA 1 LU | BC Housing 1 CPD, InformaL | AAA 1 STRUCTURED LU | Certificate of  Completion 1 Learning Hour

Description: With the global imperative to move to a low carbon economy, the way buildings are designed, manufactured and built is a key component. In this session, we will look at the considerations for low embodied carbon and high carbon sequestering buildings, at pre-fabricated interlocking wood building systems and with a specific focus on lodges (e.g. cultural, golf, fishing, yoga), cabins, and off-grid retreat projects.

In particular, we will learn about the structurally durable and aesthetically beautiful material of choice: Western Red Cedar, which is sustainably sourced and processed in British Columbia. Further discussion will be around the architectural design guidelines of pre-fabricated interlocking building systems – perfect for building on islands, water-access lots or other remote locations, while leaving a low ecological impact.

This session will be presented by an industry professional from Panabode International Ltd.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about the designing and building advantages of using Pre-fabricated Interlocking Building Systems for Lodges, Cabin and Off-Grid Retreat projects. Particular attention will be made for off-grid and remote building considerations.
  2. Learn about common log wood species, the particular benefits of using Western Red Cedar– including how the wood is sustainably sourced, the machine milling process, the air- drying method, and care and maintenance.
  3. Learn why we need to consider more than operating emissions for designing low embodied carbon and high carbon sequestering buildings, and why wood is the material of choice.
  4. Discuss the architectural design guidelines of interlocking building system packages – including design trends and styles, thermal properties, natural settling of logs, care and maintenance, and other building materials required to complete the enclosure.

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1 Hour LIVE WEBINAR Session | AIBC 1 Core LU | BC HOUSING 1 CPD, INFORMAL  | AIA 1 LU| AAA 1 STRUCTURED LU | Certificate of  Completion 1 Learning Hour

Description:

Fire Retardant Coatings and Building Code compliance is the hot topic of late in specification writing. Fire retardant coating technology has made great advancements in both safety and environmental issues. With building codes allowing for taller wood structures and as wood is gaining more popularity again for its occupant health, beauty and sustainability benefits- the role of fire retardant protection grows in importance and increasingly becomes a standard construction material.

This seminar will give an overview of the latest in technology for fire retardant coatings, their viabilities and limitations for residential and commercial applications. Also discussed will be environmentally friendly coating and LEED compliant factory finishing options, and its advantages over on-site finishing.

This session will be presented by an industry professional from Fire Retardant Canada, A Division of Door Painters.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about the different types of fire retardants and how they work.
  2. Understand the limitations of various fire retardants and how to specify alternative products.
  3. Learn about the Architectural Woodworkers Institute Coatings Compliance; Properties and Applications.
  4. Learn about how to earn LEED points with factory pre finishing versus on-site finishing.

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1 Hour LIVE WEBINAR Session | AIA 1 LU | BC HOUSING 1 CPD INFORMAL | AIBC 1 Core LU | AAA (TBA) | Certificate of  Completion 1 Learning Hour

Summary: Concepts and designs are very important in today’s condo market. Kitchens are smaller than ever and they still need to be workable.  Computer generated drawings have changed over the years, there is awareness of the building codes in the area being built, and there is the environment awareness – using materials safe for the environment. Likewise, kitchens for the multi-family market have changed and have specific differences with single-family kitchens, including options, styles, colors, and price.  Furthermore, the latest advancements in Architectural veneers and laminates can bring a different look to your design.

For Specifiers and Architects there are many positive processes working directly with the cabinet manufacturers. The right usage of standard cabinets in projects keeps prices down. Some cabinet manufacturers have a design and engineering team on staff that will re-design a cabinet; help determine products that meet scope of work; and manage to reduce costs by suggesting comparable materials – such case studies will also be discussed in this session.

This session will be presented by an industry professional from Sunrise Kitchens

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore today’s condo market where kitchens are smaller than ever and still need to be workable, meet building codes, and use materials that are environmentally safe
  2. Understand the specific concept and design differences between Multi-family and Single-family kitchens, including options, colors, and pricing
  3. Learn the advances and history in Architectural Veneers and Laminates
  4. Learn about the positive processes in working directly with the design and engineering teams at Cabinet Manufacturers

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1 Hour LIVE WEBINAR Session | AIBC 1 Core LU | AIA 1 LU | BC HOUSING 1 CPD INFORMAL | AAA (TBA) | Certificate of  Completion 1 Learning Hour

Description:

Today, Developers and Owners have high expectations when considering Mass Timber. They like that it is environmentally friendly, that it provides similar strength to steel and/or concrete within a smaller footprint and a lighter weight-bearing load, that it builds at faster completion times than conventional builds, that it is fire resistant and rated to North American code requirements. This session explores managing these expectations and the hurdles when integrating mass timber products into their new building projects.

Methods and solutions to develop a strategy are discussed which include a workflow process that is based on maintaining accuracy, good communication, and professional approach that inspire personal commitment from all team members including the owners/developers.  Furthermore, we will cover applying design-assist, pre-construction and fabrication services during concept development, material procurement, sequencing and scheduling, risk management, project budgeting to being cost competitive, avoiding cost delays and additional costs, smooth installation processes, and a look at the mass timber product options. This session will be presented by an industry professional from Mass Timber Services.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss managing developer and owner expectations and overcoming hurdles when integrating mass timber products into hybrid building systems
  2. Highlight applying design assist and pre-construction service during the concept development phase, including material procurement and scheduling of code compliant mass timber options
  3. Explore developing a risk management plan and designing for cost neutrality on Mass Timber projects

Learn about the benefits of initiating a strategy which includes a mass timber specialist on your project stakeholders team from design thru to installation phase of your Mass timber building

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LUNCH & LEARN TOPICS with limited availability

1 Hour LIVE WEBINAR Session | AIBC 1 Core LU | AIA 1 LU| BC HOUSING 1 CPD, INFORMAL |Certificate of  Completion 1 Learning Hour

 

Description:

How can an integrated approach to architecture and manufacturing capitalize on convergent technologies and position Advanced Timber at the forefront of the construction industry in North America?

Fraught with labor inefficiency, material waste, and environmental impacts, the construction industry is on the cusp of significant change which will forever alter the way buildings are constructed. Stemming from Europe, Advanced Timber Manufacturing applies a forward-thinking approach to the built environment which disrupts the status quo, increases the cost-effectiveness of construction, and responds to environmental targets of the 21st century. Uniquely positioned to facilitate the growth of Advanced Timber construction in North America, this seminar looks at a B.C. manufacturers’ threefold approach: practicing fabrication-centric integrated project delivery strategies, forming strategic industry alliances, and increasing capacity and complexity in the material supply chain.

As off-site digital fabrication is integral to the Advanced Timber industry, early manufacturer engagement is crucial to project success as it enables an informed design process and efficient project execution. Responding to the inefficiency and duplication of work associated with conventional project delivery practices, strategic industry connections can facilitate the integration of traditionally isolated scopes of work. Ground-breaking developments within the material supply chain—including a large-scale investment in free-form fabrication and North America’s most sophisticated CLT and Glulam fabrication plant located in B.C.—are enabling the growth of Advanced Timber through a sustainable approach to inspired architecture.

This session will be presented by industry professionals from Spearhead.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how a fabrication-centric integrated project delivery strategy can enable informed design decisions and efficient project execution.
  2. Establish how strategic industry connections can facilitate the integration of traditionally isolated scopes of work.
  3. Recognize the benefits of a vertically integrated material supply chain and the significance of North America’s most sophisticated CLT and Glulam Fabrication plant.
  4. Discover the architectural opportunities associated with the emergence of free-form fabrication capabilities in North America.

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1 Hour LIVE WEBINAR Session | AIBC 1 Core LU | AIA 1 LU/HSW | BC Housing 1 CPD, Informal| AAA 1 STRUCTURED LU| Certificate of  Completion 1 Learning Hour

Description:

More Architects, Designers, and Homeowners are gravitating towards wood and other natural materials. Sustainability and reducing the carbon footprint continues to be a growing influence in consumers’ product choices, and innovative wood products are now at front and center. This presentation tells the story from the tree, specifically the Western Red Cedar, through sustainably managed processing into beautiful engineered wooden panels for exterior and interior walls, garage doors, and cabinet doors.

Wood is warm and aesthetically pleasing, but as a natural product there are concerns about its durability against the elements, finishing, and maintenance. This presentation also looks at how engineered edge-glued and cross-laminated Western Red Cedar panels can address these concerns, and how it compares with other cladding materials.

This session will be presented by an industry professional from Silva Timber Products.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how engineered wood panels are edge-glued and cross-laminated processed for performance and durability in extreme environments – against humidity, dryness, delamination, splitting, and termites.
  2. Learn about the sustainable processing cycle of the Western Red Cedar Tree from its salvage from CSA/PEFC Certified Forests, through milling, its zero-waste application, to its value-added production into engineered wooden panels for exterior and interior walls, garage doors, and cabinet doors.
  3. Understand the Architectural applications of engineered wood panels and its aesthetic and health benefits in comparison with other cladding materials.
  4. Gain knowledge of the natural weathering aspects of engineered wood panels, and options available for finishing and fire proof coatings.

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1 Hour LIVE WEBINAR Session | AIBC 1 Core LU | AIA 1 LU | BC HOUSING 1 CPD INFORMAL| AAA 1 STRUCTURED LU | Certificate of  Completion 1 Learning Hour

Summary:

Taller wood construction and the use of Mass Timber in Multi-Family Residential is becoming mainstream in North America, with an ever growing number of projects being developed. Advancements in technology, advancements in engineered wood product manufacturing and on-site installation, and advancements in Building Codes offer new design benefits to architects and developers.

With a focus on Multi-Family Residential, this session will be presented by a world-renowned fabricator of complex structural timber components from British Columbia; a certified FSC manufacturer of Cross-Laminated Timber and Glulam beams and columns, who is setting the standard for Mass Timber manufacturers across North America. Learn more about Mass Timber building systems from a renewable and sustainable building material, to optimized structural performance, to coordinated on-site rapid assembly and superior aesthetic appeal.

This session will be presented by an industry professional from Structurlam Mass Timber Corporation.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain knowledge on Mass Timber standards for performance-rated Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) and Glue-lam, and its applied Digital Design and Manufacturing Technology.
  2. Learn about Mass Timber building systems for Multi-Family Residential, including framing options and panel layouts.
  3. Learn about Mass Timber design considerations for Multi-Family Residential, including Cross-laminated Timber floor assemblies, acoustical performance, fire performance, and built-in sustainability features.
  4. Learn about Mass Timber as a Material History, its construction considerations and case studies, and its future in code and technical development.

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1 Hour LIVE WEBINAR Session | BC HOUSING 1 CPD, INFORMAL  | AIA 1 LU| AAA 1 STRUCTURED LU |Certificate of  Completion 1 Learning Hour

 

Description:

Heavy timber, whether solid or laminated, is one of the most versatile structural building components available. Aside from the obvious attraction to the material as a visual feature in a project, it is more than sufficient in a primary structural system and shines in hybridized structures. We are lucky that building technologies have progressed to a point where we have many options available to us, which allows us to select a combination of systems and materials to achieve the best of all options. This formula will vary from project to project, but timber remains as a structural and visual feature in many progressive contemporary west coast projects.

In this session we will look at how timbers have been employed with a range of other building systems choosing the best hybridized building system to suit a particular project.

This session will be presented by an Industry Professional from Island Timber Frame.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review of timber frame materials, wood species, laminated vs solid and joinery methods (traditional joinery and modern connectors).
  2. Discuss various framing systems to be used with timber framing – including prefabricated panels, ICF, steel systems, conventional framing, glazing, and mass timber panels – in both residential and commercial applications. Discuss pre-fabrication vs. built on site.
  3. Discuss how timber integration with other systems is handled from a planning perspective.
  4. Look at different projects and how building systems were chosen.

1 Hour LIVE WEBINAR Session | AIBC 1 Core LU | BC HOUSING 1 CPD, INFORMAL  | AIA 1 LU| AAA 1 STRUCTURED LU | Certificate of  Completion 1 Learning Hour

Description:

Architects, engineers and builders are realising the potential of 100% Wood Dowel Laminated Timber (DLT) as a healthy, sustainable and energy efficient building product.

This session explores the truly sustainable nature of Dowel Laminated Timber (DLT) and the health benefits gained when building with natural solid wood, and the exclusion of glue and nails. With the focus on mass timber applications for single family homes and smaller work and living spaces, we share the different types of Dowel Laminated Timber (DLT), show case studies of how the types of DLT can be used, show how it’s produced and present learnings on health, sustainability, energy efficiency and structural integrity of DLT.

This session will be presented by an industry professional from International Timberframes.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding Dowel Laminated Timber (DLT) as a mass timber option, the different types of DLT and how they are Produced
  2. Understand the optimal applications and limitations of each type of DLT and the structural considerations
  3. Be in a position to integrate the appropriate type of DLT application into a single family home or small work setting design, and be in a position to work with a DLT manufacturer at a more informed and knowledgeable level
  4. Gain a deeper knowledge of the specific health and sustainability benefits of DLT

1 Hour LIVE WEBINAR Session | AIBC 1 Core LU | AIA 1 LU | BC Housing 1 CPD, Informal  | AAA 1 STRUCTURED LU | Certificate of  Completion 1 Learning Hour

Description:

Wood is becoming an attractive and viable option again for use in residential, commercial and high rise applications, and additionally as exterior use under recent fire code and WUI (Wildland Urban Interface) regulation updates.  We will look specifically at wood products that increase fire protection for home and commercial property owners without sacrificing the beauty and durability of natural wood.  This enables architects and builders to craft exceptional natural wood structures, while ensuring their customers’ peace of mind.

This session primarily covers code legal “Class A” Fire Retardant Treated Wood (FRTW) products mandated its use in the construction today under ASTM E84 or NFPA 255, and CAN/UCL S102 or ULC 723.  This includes extended tests under ASTM D2898(12week Accelerated Weathering with Rain and UV), required in many exterior applications.

This session will be presented by an industry professional from Channel-Ex Corporation.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain knowledge of the types of fire retardant treatments available and their strengths/weaknesses to assess project suitability.
  2. Discuss potential widened project design options while increasing fire safety and use of sustainable wood products.
  3. Learn about blind spots: potential risks and opportunities related to using fire rated wood use, versus building code, versus actual flame spread.
  4. Learn why the latest fire retardant and fire resistant wood products are becoming a viable option and attraction again for application in residential, commercial and high rise applications.

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