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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.


Advanced Design Topics in Wood Construction Engineering
August 18-19, 2020.
The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, Blacksburg, Virginia

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Advanced Design Topics in Wood Construction Conference scheduled for August 18-19, 2020 has been canceled. Hopefully we will be able to resume offering similar in-person short courses next year.

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The primary audiences for this course are engineers involved in structural design of IRC and IBC wood construction projects, residential designers, EWP designers and manufacturers, wood truss designers and manufacturers, industry suppliers, contractors, and building code officials, plan reviewers and inspectors. The selection of the twelve topics to be presented was based on the significance of the topics during the various stages of a wood construction project.

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.

Structural Design Topics in Wood Construction

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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.


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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