Design Fundamentals of Heavy Timber and Sawn Wood Construction (WEBINAR)

Course Number: BD-3006WN
Credit: 3 PDH
Subject Matter Expert: Mary McElroy, P.E.
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Type: Live Interactive Webinar
Price: $179.90
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In Design Fundamentals of Heavy Timber and Sawn Wood Construction , you'll learn ...

  • Why wood is an important building material and how it compares to steel
  • The National Design Specification for Wood Construction (NDS)
  • Basic theory of structural design (bending, compression, and combined members)
  • The design of mechanical connections used in heavy timber or sawn wood


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The 2005 National Design Specification for Wood Construction (NDS) has been adopted by all model building codes in the United States. It is currently in compliance with the 2006 International Building Code (IBC) and the 2006 International Residential Code (IRC) and is used for the design of wood structures worldwide.

Design Fundamentals of Heavy Timber and Sawn Wood Construction will explain the use of the NDS and will explain the various components of the guidelines.

In this interactive webinar, we will apply NDS guidelines to specific examples and sample problems of wood construction in order to determine the adjustment factors for specified design values as they relate to conditions of use (temperature, load duration, moisture), member geometry, and member stability.

The instructor, a licensed professional engineer and building inspector, provides the kind of insight that comes from many years working with the NDS guidelines with the ultimate goal of providing civil or structural engineers with general design knowledge of the wood elements typically employed in residential and mixed-use construction.

Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • How wood structural elements differ from steel or concrete under standard loading conditions
  • Advantages of using wood structural elements as opposed to steel or reinforced concrete
  • Types of wood typically used in construction and the member properties of those wood types (e.g., allowable stress, modulus of elasticity, orientation of the grain, direction of loading)
  • How to interpret and understand grade markings and the grading process
  • Design of bending members subject to flexural loads (i.e. solid, simple wood beam) using allowable stress design (ASD) and load and resistance factor design (LRFD) methods
  • Design of compression members subject to axial loads (i.e. solid, simple wood column) using allowable stress design (ASD) and load and resistance factor design (LRFD) methods
  • Design of beam or column subjected to combined flexural and axial loading (end loads, side loads, and eccentric loads)
  • Design of nail or spike connections, screw connections, lag bolt connections, and through bolt connections utilizing steel side or gusset plates
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