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Introduction to Structural Design of Wood Buildings per the 2018 NDS
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Introduction to Structural Design of Wood Buildings per the 2018 NDS

5/21/2019 to 5/22/2019
When: Tuesday-Wednesday, May 21-22, 2019
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Where: Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia 
United States
Presenter: Buddy Showalter, PE, and Paul Coats, PE, CBO, American Wood Council
Contact: Frank Woeste, P. E.
(540) 951-0469

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Introduction to Structural Design of Wood Buildings per the 2018 NDS

May 21-22, 2019

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia


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.

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John “Buddy” Showalter, P.E.
Mr. Showalter is Vice President, Technology Transfer at the American Wood Council (AWC). He joined the AWC staff in 1992. Responsibilities at AWC include oversight of publications, website, helpdesk, education, and other technical media. He is also a member of the Editorial Boards for Wood Design Focus, published by the Forest Products Society, and STRUCTURE magazine, published jointly by NCSEA, ASCE/SEI, and CASE. Prior to joining AWC, Showalter was Technical Director of the Truss Plate Institute. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech.

Paul Coats, P.E., C.B.O. 
Mr. Coats is the Southeast Regional Manager for the American Wood Council (AWC), which produces internationally recognized design standards for wood construction. His work experience includes building inspection (City of Indianapolis), plan review (State of Indiana), project engineering, and code consulting. Prior to joining AWC, he was on the code development staff of BOCA International (the International Code Council).

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