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Advanced Design Topics in Wood Construction Engineering

March 12, 2013 – -


Dallas, TXDallas, TX


WoodWorks and Virginia Tech present this intensive two-day course which covers a buffet of topics faced by wood design professionals, with an emphasis on areas where background data and references are not readily accessible.

Topic units include (but are not limited to):

  • Design for Timber Durability and Fastener and Connector Protection – Focuses on industry design recommendations for protection against the decay of wood products and corrosion of fasteners and connectors based on various applications
  • Wood Shrinkage Issues in Construction – Includes discussion of published data on the relationship between shrinkage and moisture content (MC), how environmental humidity and temperature dictate the equilibrium moisture content of lumber, and how changes in MC can impact dimensional stability in wood framing and connections
  • Wind and Seismic Design Load Calculations for Exterior Decks – Illustrates how to apply provisions of the ASCE 7 load standard to calculate wind and seismic loads on decks
  • Experimental Investigation of Lateral Deck Loads Caused by Occupants and Load Path – Features data and videos of laboratory tests at Washington State University in which full-size decks were loaded with people under a variety of dynamic loading cases
  • Creep of Solid-sawn Joists, I-joists, and MPC Floor Trusses – Addresses the literature and recognized standards on methods to evaluate long-term deflection of the three member types caused by long-term loads
  • Design Considerations for Preventing Flat Roof Failures from Creep-induced Ponding Loads and Rain Load Events – Focuses on the collapse of “flat-roofs” due to ponding and snow/ice accumulation and demonstrates a rational design method for accounting for long-term deflection of MPC parallel-chord roof trusses
  • Multiple-bolt Wood Connection Design Topics – Focuses on a model code requirement in the National Design Specification® for Wood Construction (NDS®) to check “local stresses” in multiple-bolt connections, and demonstrates design methods offered in the NDS for calculating the additional failure modes for multiple-bolt connections due to “local stresses”
  • Design of Floor Joists and Girders to Mitigate Floor Vibration Problems – Includes theory, experimental results, and rules-of-thumb for preventing floor vibrations
  • Shear Wall and Diaphragm Design: Load Path and Design using the Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic and International Building Code (IBC) – Examines sources of design values for diaphragms/shear walls, and illustrates how to apply appropriate adjustment factors for Allowable Stress Design (ASD) and Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD)
  • Wood-Frame Metal-clad Diaphragm and Shear Wall Tests and Lateral Design of Post-frame Buildings – Features shear wall test results for typical constructions and a streamlined design method that follows the procedures used in light-frame wood diaphragms and shear walls
  • Evaluating Structural Capacity of Fire-exposed Timber Beams and Columns – Presents a general procedure and rational calculation methodology for determining the residual structural capacity of fire-exposed timber beams and columns
  • Truss Responsibilities when Registered Design Professional Mandated per ANSI/TPI 1-2007 and the 2009 IBC – Focuses on the responsibilities of the Owner, Registered Design Professional or Building Designer, Contractor, Truss Design Engineer or Truss Designer, and Truss Manufacturer when metal-plate-connected wood trusses are utilized in a project
  • Permanent Truss Bracing Design Basics – Presents procedures for calculating requi

    red lateral bracing forces in webs and chords without sheathing (as for piggyback trusses and valley sets)

  • Rational Design Method for Increased Buckling Capacity of Built-up Beams and Columns – Features a design methodology to account for the reduction in variability of E when multiple plies of dimension lumber are constrained to deflect equally by proper design, detail, and installation
  • Glulam Beam Design Basics and Examples – Focuses on how to size and specify glulam beams and presents design examples for laterally supported and unsupported glulam beams with checks for bending, shear and deflection (short- and long-term)
  • Understanding VSR, MEL, and MSR Lumber Design Values – Examines the philosophy and methods used in establishing and maintaining published design values as well as the safety factors included in the set of design values for a specific grade and species group

Click here to register.

Registration fee:

Click here to view the course schedule.

For more specific information on course content, please contact Dr. Frank Woeste at 540-951-0469, or e-mail:


The course will be held at the Omni Dallas Hotel Park West in Dallas, Texas. A block of lodging rooms is being held at the Omni Dallas Hotel Park West at a special course rate of $139/single or double (plus taxes, currently 13%).

These rates are effective until Monday, February 18, 2013 at 5:00 PM (CST).

Please make your reservations by this date by calling 1-800-THE OMNI (1-800-843-6664). Be sure to mention the “Virginia Poly Tech” room block when making your reservations.

Complimentary shuttle transportation within 5 miles of hotel (does not include airport transportation)


Valet Parking ($12 overnight with in/out privileges)

Complimentary self-parking in hotel garage

Travel by Air

Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport is approximately 8 miles from the hotel.

Ground transportation options from the airport

Taxi Service: approximately $30 each way

Shuttle Service: approximately $17-19 per person

Driving Directions


Get on I-45 (US-75) and head north towards Dallas. At exit 284a, road name changes to US-75. At exit 286a, take ramp (right) onto SRr-366 (Woodall Rodgers Fwy) towards I-35E/Denton. At exit 440C, take ramp (left) onto I-635 (LBJ Fwy) towards Luna Rd. Road. Turn left (south) onto Luna Road. Turn right (south-west) onto LBJ Fwy. Arrive at 1590 LBJ Fwy.


Start out going east on East 5th Street toward Brazos Street. Turn left onto Red River Street. Turn right onto East 7th Street. Turn left onto I-35n. Merge onto I-35E/US-81 N via the ramp on the left. Take the I-35e North exit toward Dallas. Merge onto I-35E. Merge onto I-635W via exit 440C on the left toward DFW Airport. Take exit 28 toward Luna Road. Stay straight to go onto LBJ Fwy/I-635W. Turn left on Luna Rd. Hotel is on the left.


Take I-20 into Texas. At exit 499A, take ramp (right) onto SR-557 spur towards US-80 W/Dalla

s. Road name changes to US-80. Take ramp (right) onto I-635W (LBJ Fwy) towards Luna Road. Turn left (south) onto Luna Road. Turn right (south-west) onto LBJ Fwy. Arrive at 1590 LBJ Fwy.

A notebook containing course materials, lunch on both days, continuous refreshment service and a certificate for 1.5 CEUs (15 contact hours) are included in the registration fee.

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Omni Dallas Hotel at Park West
1590 LBJ Freeway
Dallas, TX 75234 United States
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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.