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Structural Design Topics in Wood Construction
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Structural Design Topics in Wood Construction

Buddy Showalter will be presenting several sessions in this 3 day event

4/16/2018 to 4/18/2018
When: April 16-18, 2018
Monday Noon - Wednesday Noon
Where: Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia 
United States
Presenter: John “Buddy” Showalter, PE, Vice President Technology Transfer
Contact: Dr. Frank Woeste

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Buddy Showalter, PE, AWC Vice President of Technology Transfer, will be presenting several sessions in this 3-day event.  

Calculating Wind Loads on Low-Rise Structures per WFCM Engineering Provisions
The engineering provisions of the 2015 WFCM will be used to calculate shear, uplift, and overturning loads due to wind for various building components. This presentation will provide background and examples for calculation of these forces which will enable designers and code officials to quickly determine wind design loads for projects. 

Design of Bolted Connections per the 2015
The NDS requires “local stresses” to be checked in multiple-bolt connections. In addition to determining adjusted bolt design values, a method offered by the NDS for calculating the additional failure modes for multiple-bolt connections due to “local stresses” will be demonstrated by calculations. 

Fire: Design Tools for Code-Conforming Wood Construction
Chapter 16 of the NDS on Fire Design of Wood Members and Technical Report 10 (TR10) Calculating the Fire Resistance of Exposed Wood Members will be reviewed.  Additional resources for flame-spread performance, fire-rated wood floor and wall assemblies, and component additive method will be discussed.

Design of Loadbearing Tall Wood Studs for Wind and Gravity Loads
Elements and subassemblies which receive loads both directly and as part of the main wind force resisting system (MWFRS), such as wall studs, must be checked independently for MWFRS loads and component and cladding (C&C) loads. A load bearing stud wall design example based on the allowable stress design methods contained in the 2015 NDS and WFCM will be used to demonstrate standard design checks for strength and deflection.

Wind Shear Wall Design Examples per 2015 WFCM and 2015 SDPWS
Design tools and standards to assist engineers, architects, and building officials with the design of shear walls will be summarized. Engineering-based prescriptive approaches such as those outlined in AWC's 2015 Wood Frame Construction Manual (WFCM) for One- and Two-Family Dwellings and 2015 WFCM High Wind Guides tend to provide conservative results. Engineered approaches such as those outlined in AWC's 2015 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS) typically result in more efficient designs. Using examples, this unit will demonstrate differences in design results for shear walls using different design methods.

Tall Wood Structures: Current Trends and Related Code and Standard Changes
The recent introduction of cross-laminated timber (CLT) in the 2015 NDS and the 2015 IBC has facilitated a promising new chapter in wood construction. The use of CLT alone or in combination with other mass timber elements, such as glued laminated timber (GLT), nail laminated timber (NLT), or structural composite lumber (SCL), is leading to an effort to recognize the use of mass timber elements in taller, combustible construction through the work of the ICC Tall Wood Ad Hoc Committee.

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Education Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 Hours of Instruction

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