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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.


Introduction to Structural Design of Wood Buildings per the 2018 NDS DATES/LOCATION: TBD

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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.

Participants will receive a certificate from Virginia Tech 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: fwoeste@vt.edu

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Frank E. Woeste, P.E., Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus and Adjunct Professor of Sustainable Biomaterials, Virginia Tech (VT). Frank conducted wood engineering research and taught wood design courses throughout his 26-year tenure at VT. Frank, along with his colleagues at VT and Washington State University, have developed and presented continuing education programs for more than 30-years. He currently serves on the AF&PA/AWC Wood Design Standards Committee responsible for revisions to the national design standards such as NDS and WFCM. On a routine basis, Frank consults with the public, design professionals, contractors, building code officials on various aspects of engineered wood construction and residential construction, including decks and balconies. (e-mail: fwoeste@vt.edu)

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