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Timber Bridge Series Webinar – Use of Laser Scanning Technology to Obtain As-Built Records for Historic Covered Bridges

October 7, 2014 – 10:00 am - 11:00 am




Welcome to Timber Bridge Tuesdays Sept 9th – Oct 14th!  We will be covering various topics related to timber bridge technology in a series of 6 weekly Webinars.

Join at 8 am Pacific, 9 am Mountain, 10 am Central, 11 am Eastern

This webinar will provide an overview of the use of three-dimensional, (3D) high definition laser scanning technology to scan existing historic covered bridges for purpose of obtaining as-built records for historic documentation. It will provide key digital documentation on six covered bridges in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa that were scanned using portable scanning equipment. Information will be presented on the scanning technology, data processing and cost saving implications of this technology, along with its potential as part of a comprehensive inspection protocol for historic covered bridges.

Speaker Bio

Brian K. Brashaw is a Director of the Wood Materials and Engineering Program with the University of Minnesota Duluth, Natural Resources Research Institute. He is a Project Leader of the Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) research efforts at the Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) and is a coordinator of the NRRI Physical and Mechanical Testing Laboratory. He has developed and conducted projects with wood materials emphasizing applied product development and technology transfer.  His current NDE research focus areas include, among others, NDE development and implementation for timber bridges.  Brian holds a BS degree (Forestry) from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, a MS (Materials Science and Engineering) from Washington State University and is a PhD candidate in Forest Products at Mississippi State University.

Robert J. Ross is the Project Leader for the Engineering Properties of Wood, Wood based Materials and Structures research work unit at the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL).  His current research focus is the development and use of nondestructive evaluation technologies for various wood products and structures, from standing trees to historic buildings and ships. He has written or co-authored more than 200 technical reports/articles about nondestructive evaluation and jointly holds two dozen U.S. and foreign patents. He has been senior author or co-author of widely referenced books published by the Forest Products Society, including “Nondestructive Evaluation of Wood,” and the “Wood and Timber Condition Assessment Manual.” Bob holds BS (Wood and Fiber Utilization) and MS (Engineering Mechanics) degrees from Michigan Technological University and a PhD in Engineering Science from Washington State University.

Click here to download a copy of the presentation.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Eligible attendees will qualify for 1 credit (HSW).

Engineers and non-member architects will receive a certificate of completion for 1 PDH credit.

Certificates will be emailed to participants within two weeks of the webinar.


If you are attending the webinar as a group, each person in your group requiring a certificate of attendance must sign the Group Sign-in form.

  • Download and print ONE sign-in sheet for your group.
  • Return the completed sign-in form by email within 72 hours to .
  • WoodWorks will send each attendee a certificate of completion within 2 weeks.

PC-based attendees

Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees

Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

Mobile attendees

Required: iPhone®/iPad®/Android™ smartphone or tablet


7 October 2014
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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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.