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BDS host Guests from Japanese Government Ministry


The Bureau of Development Services hosted Japanese Government Ministry's Dr. Tshuchimoto, Senior Researcher for Wood-based materials, Kevin Cheung, Director of Technical Services at Wetern Wood Products Association in Portland and Masatoshi Tomoi, Consultant and Translator from Japan to discuss our experience with wood building structures.

Jed Sampson, BDS Engineering SupervisorBDS Engineering Supervisor, Jed Sampson, Commercial Inspection Manager Hank McDonald and Structural Engineer Lisa Buellesbach teamed up to educate and answer many questions on building using wood materials.

The questions from our guest ranged from:

  • What type of products that are used the most
  • Appropriate engineering calculations used
  • Product standards for materials and screws
  • Length of time it takes from the building permit application to obtain the permit
  • How do we manage quality control
  • How inspections are performed

In addition to the information shared by staff, Commercial Inspections Manager Phil Burkart and inspector Jeff Donnolly took our guest on a ride along inspection to show projects that met the criteria of the information and questions they presented to us.

"It is our pleasure to share our bureau's information on effective materials, permitting process and inspections with other countries. It is an honor to be recognized by others for the work the city of Portland does to ensure the safety and sustainability of our projects", says Jed Sampson.

For more information, contact Outreach Program Coordinator Tiffani Penson at (503) 823-1109 or email


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