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Virginia Tech Wood Construction Short Courses

Welcome to an overview of Virginia Tech’s short course offerings in wood construction engineering. Please see below for descriptions and dates of upcoming courses.


Structural Design Topics in Wood Construction
April 16-18, 2018
Hyatt Place University, Blacksburg, Virginia
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This course offers a buffet of topics often faced by wood design professionals, yet background information and references on the topics are not readily accessible.

The primary audiences for this course are registered design professionals, structural engineers, wood truss engineers, wood truss designers, truss manufacturers, post-frame designers, EWP designers, building code plan reviewers and inspectors, and general contractors that want to expand their general knowledge of wood as a building material and their knowledge of building design beyond the introductory level. Manufacturers and suppliers of building products used in the construction of wood-frame buildings may also benefit by the discussion of lumber design values, impact of in-service moisture content changes, and wood building structural design issues that impact the performance of wood buildings in-service.

Introduction to Structural Design of Wood Buildings per the 2015 NDS

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This course is designed primarily for individuals who never had the opportunity to learn structural-wood-design basics in a university-level course, but are involved in design, plan review, construction, and inspection of wood buildings. The objectives of this course are a mastery of wood design basics and understanding of the many factors routinely used and required by the 2015 National Design Specification (NDS) for Wood Construction. In addition to presenting designs that are consistent with model code provisions, the instructors will discuss "good practice" when it may apply to worked examples. Two hours will be devoted to structural testing demonstrations at the Brooks Forest Products Research Center.

Issued by Virginia Tech, participants will receive a certificate for 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) equivalent to 15 hours of instruction.


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

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Frank E. Woeste, P. E., Ph. D., is a wood construction and engineering consultant. Frank conducted wood engineering research and taught wood design courses throughout his 26-year tenure at Virginia Tech. He is currently Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech, Adjunct Professor, Department of Sustainable Biomaterials, Virginia Tech, and Adjunct Professor, Composite Materials & Engineering Center, Washington State University. Frank has been involved in MPC wood truss research or continuing education since 1972. Since 2002, he and Dr. Joe Loferski have focused on residential deck research in an effort to improve deck safety nationwide. A list of his publications can be viewed at:

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