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Mass Timber Connections: Building Structural Design Skills

March 27, 2019 – 8:30 am - 1:00 pm


Austin, TXAustin, TX


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.



Allison DenToom, P.Eng., P.E., LEED Green Associate, ASPECT Structural Engineers

Allison’s expertise is with the design of multi-family residential buildings high-end single-family residences. From cozy cabins to 30,000-sf (and larger) estates, she is well-versed in projects of all shapes, sizes, and materials. Allison is passionate about architecturally expressive structures and prides herself on providing the high level of attention that is required to create a successful finished project.

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.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Downtown Austin
320 E 2nd St
Austin, TX 78701

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Parking: $12 valet parking

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


27 March 2019
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Event Category:


Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Downtown Austin
Austin, TX United States

WoodWorks offers a wide range of in-person and online training opportunities, from Wood Design Symposiums that include concurrent seminars and a trade show, to half-day workshops, lunchtime seminars and webinars.