Introduction to Structural Design of Wood Buildings per the 2018 NDS  - May 21-22, 2019 - The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center  - Blacksburg, Va
Introduction to Structural Design of Wood Buildings per the 2018 NDS  - May 21-22, 2019 - The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center  - Blacksburg, Va



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Who Should Attend

This course is designed for individuals who never had the opportunity to learn wood design basics in a university-level course, but are involved in the design, construction, and inspection of wood buildings. The primary focus and objective of this course are a mastery of wood design basics and understanding of the many factors routinely used and required by the 2018 National Design Specification® (NDS®) for Wood Construction.

What You Will Learn

This course will focus on practical code-conforming design of wood structures based on provisions of the 2018 NDS and NDS Supplement. At the beginning of the course, we will review lumber grading methods and stamps, moisture content, sizes, and allowable stresses of different species of lumber and timber involved in the structural design process. We will walk the participants through the structural design of simple framing elements showing what adjustment factors apply to the tabulated allowable design properties of lumber and timbers and explain why the various factors apply to a design case.

The NDS adjustments for connection design will be reviewed including the impact of moisture content at the time fabrication and in-service. Common nail connection and bolted connection designs will be demonstrated step-by-step and contained in the course notebook.

We will review and discuss the updated DCA6-2015 on Residential Deck Design based on the 2015 IRC, summarize fire design tools for code-conforming wood construction, and present the latest developments on “Tall Wood” structures. In addition, two hours will be devoted to structural testing demonstrations and related discussion at the Brooks Forest Products Research Center.

Course Objective

The objectives of this course are a mastery of wood design basics and understanding of the many factors routinely used and required by the 2018 National Design Specification for Wood Construction (ANSI/AWC NDS-2018). In addition to presenting designs that are consistent with model code provisions, the instructors will discuss “good practice” when it may apply to the worked examples.

For More Information

For more specific information on course content, please contact Dr. Frank Woeste at (540) 951-0469, or e-mail: fwoeste@vt.edu.

Sponsored by:

American Wood Council

Virginia Tech Continuing and Professional Education

Floor trusses
Floor Trusses by Homewood Truss, Northern California (Courtesy of Tim Saville)

Registration Information

The registration fee includes the course notebook, lunch on both days, refreshment breaks, and the following publications:

  • 2018 National Design Specification (NDS) for Wood Construction with Commentary
  • 2018 National Design Specification (NDS) Supplement: Design Values for Wood Construction
  • 2015 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic with Commentary

Continuing Education Credit

Participants will receive a certificate from Virginia Tech for 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) equivalent to 15 hours of instruction. In addition, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Provider #1632) is approved for participation in the ICC Program for education to ICC Members, customer and certification holders. The ICC Preferred Provider Course No. is 17126 and the course has been assigned 1.5 CEUs (or 15 hours).

Photo of building in progress showing wood truss options.
Wood truss options for lateral design (Courtesy of Cates Engineering, Ltd.)


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