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Back to Basics Engineered Wood Training

Get the Basics on Engineered Wood Products

Help your team get up to speed on EWP

Manufacturers, distributors, and builders are all reporting a critical need for training as they rebuild from the recession and hire new employees. New hires often lack knowledge and understanding of engineered wood products, design considerations, and installation recommendations. Even experienced sales personnel can benefit from a refresher. APA’s new, comprehensive training series includes six “back to basics” modules that cover key topics related to I-joists, Rim Board®, laminated veneer lumber, and glulam. This training targets distribution sales staffs who can, in turn, share the knowledge and training with their retail and builder customers.

Who should attend?
  • Distributor sales personnel, especially new hires and technical sales staff, will benefit from all modules.
  • Distribution and retail yard personnel, forklift operators, loaders, material handlers, and those responsible for storage and handling of EWP on building sites will also benefit from Modules A and E.
Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites, but to get the most benefit from the program, trainees should be familiar with basic concepts and terminology of residential and light commercial wood frame construction. An elementary understanding of the mechanical concepts like shear and bending moments in beams is also useful for modules B, C, D, and F.

PLEASE NOTE: YOU WILL NEED TO REGISTER SEPARATELY​ FOR EACH WEBINAR YOU WISH TO ATTEND.


Module D—I-Joist Roof Framing and Construction Details

April 29, 8:00 am PDT
This module introduces trainees to best practices in the design of engineered roof systems. It includes recommendations for the proper use of joist hangers, squash blocks and web stiffeners for transferring roof loads for a variety of common roof types. It also includes a review of framing details and recommended notching and drilling practices to maintain structural integrity. Approximate length: 45 minutes.
Training objectives: Upon completing this course, students will be able to identify and describe
• Best practices in designing and detailing residential engineered wood roof systems
• Proper techniques for connecting, notching and drilling I-joists in roof systems
• Correct use of web stiffeners and blocking in I-joist roof systems.
Register For I-Joist Roof Framing and Construction Details
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Module E—Best Practices for I-Joist, LVL and LSL Handling and Storage

May 6, 8:00 am PDT
This presentation covers best practices in the storage and handling of I-joists, laminated veneer lumber (LVL) and laminated strand lumber (LSL) in distribution yards and on the jobsite. The module includes both good storage and handling examples as well as examples of practices to avoid. Approximate length: 30 minutes.
Training objectives: Upon completing this course, students will be able to identify and describe
• Best practices in the handling and storage of I-joists, LVL and LSL on the jobsite and in distribution yards.
Register For Best Practices for I-Joist, LVL and LSL Handling and Storage
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Module F—Glulam Beam and Header Applications

May 13, 8:00 am PDT
This presentation is a detailed introduction to the uses and specification of glulam for beams, headers and columns. Topics include glulam construction and anatomy, typical applications, appearance classifications, preservative treatments and finishing, notching, drilling and connection details, specifying beams and headers, and understanding the glulam trademark (grade stamp). AIA LU available. Approximate length: 90 minutes.
Training objectives: Upon completing this course, students will be able to identify and describe
• Basic glulam characteristics
• Balanced and unbalanced beams, when to specify each
• Appearance classifications
• Selecting and sizing stock beams
• Reading the grade stamp
• Checking
• Recommended connection, notching and drilling practices
• Treated glulam and typical applications
• Factory and field applied stains/finishes.
Register For Glulam Beam and Header Applications
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Conferences and Tradeshows

2016 Northwest Wood Solutions Fair

April 26—Portland, Oregon
Wood Solutions Fairs are FREE multi-faceted, day-long educational events on the use of wood in non-residential and multi-family buildings. Attendees can earn up to 6 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits (one per attended seminar). AIA/CES forms and professional development certificates will be available on site.


NWFA Wood Flooring Expo

April 27–30, 2016—Charlotte, North Carolina
The NWFA Wood Flooring Expo is the only show dedicated exclusively to wood flooring. Professionals from across the world showcase the industry's latest products and services under one roof, and engage in meaningful educational and networking events to grow their businesses. Visit APA's booth at the show for in-person recommendations on floor systems!


Global Forest Products Leadership Summit

May 1–6—Vancouver, British Columbia
This five-day series of conferences will include PwC’s 29th annual Global Forest & Paper Industry Conference, the International Wood Markets Group’s 6th annual Global Softwood Log & Lumber Conference and the Pulp and Paper Products Council’s 13th annual International Pulp Week.


2016 Bay Area Wood Solutions Fair

May 17—Oakland, California
Wood Solutions Fairs are FREE multi-faceted, day-long educational events on the use of wood in non-residential and multi-family buildings. Attendees can earn up to 6 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits (one per attended seminar). AIA/CES forms and professional development certificates will be available on site.


AIA Convention 2016

May 19–21, 2016—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
AIA's yearly convention features a wide range of educational opportunites, seminars, keynote address from Neri Oxman, over 800 exhibitors, and more.


70th Forest Products Society International Convention (FPS IC)

June 27–29—Portland, Oregon

As the premier event for professionals in the forest products industry, FPS IC brings together hundreds of scientists, design professionals, managers, decision makers, and others from academia, government, nonprofit, and private industry sectors to discuss the state of forest products research and learn about innovations in the field.


2016 World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE)

August 22–26, 2016—Vienna, Austria
WCTE is the world's premier forum for presenting and discussing the latest technical and architectural developments and innovations in wood or timber construction. WCTE is the most prestigious international event in timber engineering, engineered wood products and design of timber structures, which is held biannually in different parts of the world and attracts researchers, engineers and architects, code consultants and building officials, contractors and project managers, fabricators and suppliers from all continents.


2016 Texas Wood Solutions Fair

September 14—Houston, Texas
Wood Solutions Fairs are FREE multi-faceted, day-long educational events on the use of wood in non-residential and multi-family buildings. Attendees can earn up to 6 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits (one per attended seminar). AIA/CES forms and professional development certificates will be available on site.


Timber Processing and Energy Expo

September 28–30—Portland, Oregon
An event for those in the lumber, plywood, engineered wood products and wood-to-energy industries.


2016 Mid-Atlantic Wood Solutions Fair

October 13—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Wood Solutions Fairs are FREE multi-faceted, day-long educational events on the use of wood in non-residential and multi-family buildings. Attendees can earn up to 6 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits (one per attended seminar). AIA/CES forms and professional development certificates will be available on site.


International Conference on Process Technologies for the Forest & Biobased Products Industries

October 24–26—St. Simons, Georgia

A forum dedicated to the exchange of knowledge and research on process technologies, quality control and process improvement for forest and bio-based products manufacturing. Contemporary topics on real-time predictive modeling of processes, continuous improvement, lean manufacturing, lean six-sigma, and advanced data mining will be presented. It provides excellent networking between scientists and industry including researchers, operations managers, technical and business managers. Jointly organized by the Timber Construction Department—Salzburg University of Applied Sciences and the Forest Products Society.


2016 Central Florida Wood Solutions Fair

November 2—Orlando, Florida
Wood Solutions Fairs are FREE multi-faceted, day-long educational events on the use of wood in non-residential and multi-family buildings. Attendees can earn up to 6 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits (one per attended seminar). AIA/CES forms and professional development certificates will be available on site.

Meetings

APA Annual Meeting

November 5–7, 2016—Bonita Springs, Florida

Seminars

Big Buzz on Tall Wood in New York City (WoodWorks)

May 3—New York, New York
As examples of successful tall wood buildings proliferate worldwide, many architects are considering how to leverage wood’s sustainability and other advantages through their own tall wood designs. Intended as a practical overview for those interested in pursuing wood’s potential, this presentation will cover the “who, what, when and where” of tall mass timber buildings. Following a brief discussion of history and motivators, existing tall wood projects will be used to illustrate mass timber and hybrid components, high-rise structural design concepts, and lessons learned regarding cost and schedule. Topics will also include building code avenues for alternate designs, and available resources and support. Finally, the project architect of 475 West 18th, a proposed 10-story mass timber building in New York City currently in design—and east coast winner of the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition—will share insights regarding the design process. Discussion will include economic and sustainability impacts, approval and testing, design considerations, and challenges associated with high-rise residential typology.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Eligible attendees will qualify for 3 HSW credits. Engineers and non-member architects will receive a certificate of completion for their participation. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


Big Buzz on Tall Wood in Massachusetts (WoodWorks)

May 10—Waltham, Massachusetts
As examples of successful tall wood buildings proliferate worldwide, many architects in the Northeast are considering how to leverage wood’s sustainability and other advantages through their own tall wood designs. Intended as a practical overview for those interested in pursuing wood’s potential, this presentation will cover the “who, what, when and where” of tall mass timber buildings. Following a brief discussion of history and motivators, existing tall wood projects will be used to illustrate mass timber and hybrid components, high-rise structural design concepts, and lessons learned regarding cost and schedule. Topics will also include building code avenues for alternate designs, and available resources and support. Finally, members of the design team for the Design Building at the University of Massachusetts, an 87,500-sf mass timber project currently under construction on the Amherst campus, will share insights regarding the design process and lessons learned to date for one of the first mass timber projects in Massachusetts.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Eligible attendees will qualify for 3 HSW credits. Engineers and non-member architects will receive a certificate of completion for their participation. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


Opportunities for Wood Use in Low-Rise Commercial Buildings (WoodWorks)

May 10—Charlotte, North Carolina
May 24—Jacksonville, Florida
May 25—Orlando, Florida
May 26—Tampa, Florida
June 14—Columbus, Ohio
June 15—Cleveland, Ohio
June 16—Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
This course is intended for designers who want to learn more about the use of wood-frame construction for low-rise retail, office and restaurant occupancies designed under the International Building Code. Topics covered include common framing systems and details, paths to code compliance and tall wall design.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Eligible attendees will qualify for two HSW credits. Engineers and non-member architects will receive a certificate of completion for their participation. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


Mid-Rise Design: Opportunity and Implementation (WoodWorks)

May 24—Manchester, New Hampshire
As increases in urban density become necessary to address growing populations, many building designers and developers are leveraging wood’s ability to achieve multiple, simultaneous objectives. Wood is a code-compliant solution to the challenge of how to cost-effectively increase density while creating vibrant and sustainable communities. Yet many familiar with the design of two- to four-story wood structures are not aware that the International Building Code allows five stories and more of wood-frame construction for residential uses such as student, senior and affordable housing, and for business, mercantile and military occupancies. Through an overview of design, detailing, and construction considerations, this presentation is intended to give architects and engineers the confidence to break into this growing market segment. Heights and areas will be discussed, including allowable increases, as will fire-resistive design, detailing for performance, shrinkage, structural framing, acoustics, and fire-rated assemblies.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Eligible attendees will qualify for two HSW credits. Engineers and non-member architects will receive a certificate of completion for their participation. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


The Case for CLT: Opportunities and Challenges (WoodWorks)

May 26—Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Cross-laminated timber (CLT) is an engineered wood building system designed to complement light- and heavy-timber framing options. Now available to North American building designers, it offers the structural simplicity needed for cost-effective projects, as well as benefits such as fast installation, reduced waste, improved thermal performance and design versatility. This presentation will introduce CLT through a series of project examples while considering some of the more challenging aspects of CLT building design—such as fire and life safety, lateral and seismic design, acoustic performance and building envelope. Topics will also include the manufacturing and specification of CLT, building code considerations and available resources such as the US CLT Handbook.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Eligible attendees will qualify for 2 HSW credits. Engineers and non-member architects will receive a certificate of completion for their participation. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


Modern School Construction: Achieving Performance and Cost Objectives with Wood (WoodWorks)

June 14—Dallas, Texas
June 15—Austin, Texas
June 16—San Antonio, Texas
June 17—Houston, Texas
This course is intended for structural engineers and architects seeking a full system understanding of the unique design considerations associated with wood-frame school construction, as well as a demonstration of the benefits realized through the use of wood in school facilities. Architectural design and detailing topics relevant to school construction will be discussed, including durability, fire and life safety, and allowable school sizes, configurations and construction types. Structural design steps, considerations, and detailing best practices related to both gravity and lateral analysis of common school configurations such as classroom floor design and corridor wall framing will be covered, as will options for wood-frame tall walls and long-span roofs in open areas such as gyms. Following this discussion, a former school district Director of Construction and Planning will provide real-world examples of cost and schedule savings. High-energy performance and associated cost benefits will be reviewed in the context of wood’s thermal performance and use in optimal building envelope systems. Developed in response to the frequent need for budget reduction measures in school construction, this course will present designers with the information necessary to confidently utilize wood framing as a cost-saving measure in school projects.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Eligible attendees will qualify for 3 HSW credits. Engineers and non-member architects will receive a certificate of completion for their participation. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


Mid-Rise Shear Walls and Diaphragms (WoodWorks)

June 28—Sacramento, California
June 29—Berkeley, California
June 30—Long Beach, California
Intended for structural engineers or architects who would like a deeper understanding of advanced shear wall and diaphragm principles, this presentation will provide an in-depth look at wood-frame shear wall designs commonly used for non-residential and multi-family low-rise and mid-rise buildings, including those with rectangular, offset and open-front plans. Topics will also include: a brief discussion on diaphragm irregularities and the detailing required to maintain continuous load paths across areas of discontinuity; a review of the new 2015 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS) requirements for wood frame shear walls; a new method of analysis for a shear wall with Force Transfer Around an Opening; and available methods to analyze tall shear walls in mid-rise structures and determine their effect on the horizontal distribution of shears through the diaphragm and shear walls.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Eligible attendees will qualify for 4 HSW credits. Engineers and non-member architects will receive a certificate of completion for their participation. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


Practical and Inspirational: Exposing the Potential of Heavy Timber Construction (WoodWorks)

June 30—Austin, Texas
Offering a mix of both the practical and inspirational, this presentation focuses on the use of heavy timber in applications such as offices and schools, as well as civic, industrial, mid-rise/multi-residential and other building types. Included will be a review of non-structural provisions in the International Building Code and a discussion of structural component and connection methods available. Example projects ranging from typical to unique will be used to illustrate the range of modern timber design solutions available and their ability to provide unlimited aesthetic opportunities for almost any building type.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Eligible attendees will qualify for 2 HSW credits. Engineers and non-member architects will receive a certificate of completion for their participation. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.

Symposiums and Courses

Structural Design Topics in Wood Construction (Virginia Tech)

May 16–18, 2016—Roanoke, Virginia

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.


Introduction to Wood Science & Forest Products (FPS)

September 26–28—Starksville, Mississippi

An informative three-day course with empowering knowledge on the basics of wood and wood-based products. Understand environmental advantages of wood, product properties and more. New employees in wood products manufacturing, suppliers and consultants who support wood products companies encouraged to attend.

Webinars

Mass Timber Building Systems: Understanding the Options (WoodWorks)

May 11—1 pm Eastern

Mass timber represents a rapidly advancing technology that can be utilized as an alternative to steel and concrete to frame a variety of mid- and high-rise building types. This presentation provides an overview of available mass timber systems, with an emphasis on their advantages and unique design considerations. Topics will include connections and fasteners, which differ from those used in light-frame wood construction, including available options and code requirements. Practical design considerations with regard to project location, climate, material sourcing, weather and fire protection, as well as detailing for dimensional variability, will also be reviewed. Cost estimating will be discussed, as successful mass timber projects require a complete understanding of both the system itself and impact on trades.

Education Credit: 1 AIA/CES LU (HSW) or PDH credit. FBPE-approved provider.


EPDs and HPDs Opportunities within LEED v4 and Green Globes (WoodWorks)

June 8—1 pm Eastern

User-friendly product transparency and life cycle assessment tools facilitate exploration of design alternatives and lead to environmentally better buildings, while freeing design and engineering teams from adherence to long lists of prescriptive provisions. Two of these tools, Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and Health Product Declarations (HPDs), are being used to improve environmental impacts and occupant environment. This presentation will provide an overview of these tools, including what goes into their development, what they reveal, and how to use them effectively. Opportunities for applying EPDs, HPDs and LCA provisions within LEED v. 4, Green Globes and other green building standards will also be explored.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Education Credit: 1 AIA/CES LU (HSW) or PDH credit. FBPE-approved provider.Certificates will be emailed to participants.