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Understanding Wood Design – TT16

306B RCC February 8, 2020 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

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David Hodges

Wood design can be confusing for the layman who is not well-versed in how engineers approach timber structures. Learn about how engineers approach loading, member sizing, connection specification, and failure prediction. To many, it may seem that engineers overdesign wood structures, adding unnecessary cost for the builders. Learn why and what you can do about it.

Attendees will learn:

* A brief history of timber design
* What makes wood unique compared to other building materials
* What standards govern the loading, design, and analysis of wood structures
* The strengths and weaknesses of wood structures
* How wood behaves under load and how it fails
* What really drives wood connection design
* Why engineers specify large connections
* What the industry can do to reduce costs on connections without compromising safety