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An Engineers Guide to Mass Timber Structures: Simplifying Design Steps and Connection Details

March 3, 2020 – 8:30 am - 1:15 pm


Nashville, TNNashville, TN


This workshop will provide a detailed look at structural design processes associated with mass timber products such as cross-laminated timber (CLT), nail-laminated timber (NLT), and glued-laminated timber (glulam). Using built project examples, discussion will start with an overview of common systems and their applications and code context. While construction types and fire-resistance ratings aren’t commonly the domain of structural engineers, they are increasingly so with mass timber projects, as an understanding of these topics can help engineers provide more effective solutions. Discussion will then shift to gravity and lateral load-resisting system design. Topics will include out-of-plane design of floor and roof panels, emphasizing limit states that typically control design: vibration and deflection. Structural fire engineering will be addressed, as will connection design and detailing, and the importance of considering a number of criteria when selecting a connection detail (aesthetics, shrinkage, fire, constructability, cost). Use of mass timber in lateral force-resisting systems will then be reviewed, with primary focus on mass timber diaphragms, chords, connection details and diaphragm deflection calculations considering flexibility vs. rigidity. Finally, options for vertical lateral force-resisting systems in mass timber buildings will be discussed in the context of hybrid options, mass timber options, and upcoming code changes that further recognize mass timber as a code-compliant lateral force-resisting system.

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Bruce Lindsey, WoodWorks

Based in Charlotte, NC, Bruce is a 20-year veteran of the wood products industry. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a major in construction technology, concentrating in architectural design, and a minor in physics. His multi-faceted career experience has included architectural design, structural design and roles within the engineered wood products industry related to marketing, product management, distribution, consulting and sales.

Scott Breneman, PhD, PE, SE, WoodWorks

Dr. Breneman is a licensed Structural Engineer and Professional Engineer in the State of California, a PE in the State of Washington, and Senior Technical Director – Mass Timber in the Project Resources & Solutions Division of WoodWorks. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Florida and a doctorate from Stanford University. Scott has experience with structural design, seismic rehabilitation, and peer review of projects varying from single-family homes to high-rise hospitals. He is a Past-President of the Structural Engineers Association of Central California, and active in many timber and structural engineering design and standards committees. At WoodWorks, he provides project support and education to individuals designing wood buildings and oversees the development of technical educational content.


On-site Check-in: 8:00 am
Program Begins: 8:30 am
Program Concludes: 1:15 pm


Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
2525 West End Ave
Nashville, TN 37203

Click here for map and directions.

Parking: Paid parking on site; up to 4 hours free with validation


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
Ph: (301) 633-0330

Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

Eventbrite’s fee, which varies by state, is nonrefundable.


3 March 2020
8:30 am - 1:15 pm
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Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar – Nashville
Nashville, TN 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.