Mass Timber Connections: Building Structural Design Skills

March 26 2019
Maggiano's Little Italy at the Rim
Register Now

Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Register today to secure your seat.

Lunch is included in the cost.

On-site Check-in: 8:00 am
Program Begins: 8:30 am
Program Concludes: 1:00 pm

Mass Timber Connections: Building Structural Design Skills

For engineers new to mass timber design, connections can pose a particular challenge. This course focuses on connection design principles and analysis techniques unique to mass timber products such as cross-laminated timber, glued-laminated timber and nail-laminated timber. The session will focus on design options for connection solutions ranging from commodity fasteners, pre-engineered wood products and custom-designed connections. Discussion will also include a review of timber mechanics and load transfer, as well as considerations such as tolerances, fabrication, durability, fire and shrinkage that are relevant to structural design.



Bernhard Gafner, P.Eng, MIStructE, CEng, Dipl. Ing., ASPECT Structural Engineers

Bernhard has a decade of international building design and construction experience, having worked in Canada, Germany and Switzerland. He has a degree in Timber Engineering from Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland, is a Member of the Association of Professional Engineers in BC, and is a Chartered Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers UK. He offers a unique skill set in the field of structural engineering due to his hands-on experience as a licensed carpenter. While possessing expertise in timber engineering, Bernhard is proficient in all major building materials. He believes in using the right material for the right project. He has an excellent track record in developing concepts for structural systems and connection details – creating innovative and cost-efficient solutions.

Adam Gerber, MASc, ASPECT Structural Engineers

Adam comes with a breadth of hands-on and technical experience which is largely unique in the field of structural engineering. Prior to and throughout his formal engineering training, he gained experience in the design and construction of timber structures as a carpenter, estimator, and designer. This comprehensive experience allows him to view projects from different perspectives, leading to cost-effective, constructible, and efficient solutions.  Adam’s technical interests revolve around structures that push the limits of design, while finding new and efficient ways to combine traditional materials and technologies. Extending his master’s research, Adam has focused on the development of timber-concrete composite technology and vibration performance of floors, and has translated this research into several realized projects as he continues to explore ways to expand and enhance the technology.

Maggiano’s Little Italy at the Rim
17603 IH 10W
San Antonio, TX 78257

Click here for map and directions.

Parking: Free parking available

Attendees will qualify for 3 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 3 PDH credits or 0.3 ICC credits.

For questions or additional information, please contact:

LeeAnn Charpentier, CMP, Event Manager
Email: Ph: (301) 633-0330