Upcoming Events

Conferences and Tradeshows

PwC's 28th Annual Global Forest & Paper Industry Conference

May 6, 2015—Vancouver, British Columbia
PwC’s conference is part of the Global Forest Products Leadership Summit 2015, a five day series of conferences focused on global pulp, paper, wood products and fibre-based packaging industries.


NAWLA Traders Market 2015

November 4–6, 2015—Dallas, Texas
Traders Market is a materials tradeshow focused almost exclusively on the supply chain. Unlike other shows, the exhibitors are mainly manufacturers of lumber and lumber-related products rather than machinery and equipment.


Wood Solutions Fair

Wood Solutions Fairs are multi-faceted, day-long educational events on the use of wood in non-residential and multi-family buildings.


2016 World Conference on Timber Engineering

August 22–26, 2016
Vienna, Austria

Meetings

APA Annual Meeting and EWTA Info Fair

October 17–20, 2015—Coeur d'Alene Golf & Spa Resort
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho


NAWLA Regional Meetings

NAWLA, the North American Wholesale Lumber Association, invites you to join your fellow industry colleagues for an excellent chance to network and see what's new. Members and Non-members alike are welcome to attend.


2016 World Conference on Timber Engineering

August 22–26, 2016
Vienna, Austria

Seminars

The Long and Short of Wood Roof Systems

May 5, San Jose, CA
May 12, Costa Mesa, CA

The seminar will provide an overview of the many framing systems commonly used in buildings in the United States for a variety of span lengths. The presentation will review the possible wood structural framing systems including rafters, metal plated wood trusses, engineered wood products, and hybrid roof systems. Also covered will be how these components can be combined to create efficient and versatile roof framing systems. Eligible attendees will qualify for two AIA HSW credits.


Multi-Story Wood-Frame Structures: How to Build Bigger and Taller (WoodWorks)

May 6, 2015—Savannah, GA
May 7, 2015—Charleston, SC
Check in: 9:00 am, Workshop: 9:30-12:45 (includes lunch)
This seminar offers a detailed analysis of Type III and V building types and how they are utilized to create structures with five plus stories of wood-frame construction under the International Building Code. Provided by an expert in wood design and engineering, it will cover height and area provisions in depth, including podiums and mezzanines.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Attendees will qualify for 2 HSW credits. Engineers and non-member architects will receive a certificate of completion for their participation.


Mid-Atlantic Lunch Seminar Series: May/June (WoodWorks)

May 12, 2015—Del Frisco's, Washington, DC
May 13, 2015—Ruth's Chris, Baltimore, MD
May 14, 2015—Del Frisco's, Philadelphia, PA
May 20, 2015—Aberdeen Barn, Charlottesville, VA
June 24, 2015—The Hard Shell, Richmond, VA
Check in: 9:00 am, Workshop: 9:30-12:45 (includes lunch)

The Wood Revolution: Inspiring Architecture with Innovative Structural Systems

Architects in Europe commonly use “massive timber” design principles and techniques to take advantage of wood’s carbon benefits, driving positive change through the power of wood design. However, these techniques are not yet widely used in the U.S. Featuring case study examples of projects in Canada, New Zealand and Europe, this presentation will connect structure with architecture by introducing innovative structural wood products and systems and demonstrating their use in a range of applications.

Design Trends: Exceeding Cost and Performance Objectives with Wood-Frame Schools

The choice of building materials can have a considerable impact on a school’s construction costs, energy efficiency, acoustic performance, aesthetic appeal and occupant environment, which can in turn dramatically influence the success of students. This highly pictorial presentation will showcase the range of design possibilities and benefits associated with wood-frame schools.

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.


Advanced Wood Engineering: Diaphragm Analysis and Seismic Design (WoodWorks)

May 12, 2015—Seattle, WA

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Attendees will qualify for 4 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits. Engineers and non-member architects will receive a certificate of completion for their participation.

Offset Diaphragms and Shear Walls

Several decades ago, residential and commercial buildings were fairly straightforward, redundant structures with reasonable layouts of the lateral force resisting system. Present-day structures are much more complex, incorporating multiple horizontal and vertical offsets in the diaphragms, multiple irregularities, and fewer lateral resisting elements. This two-part presentation will provide a brief review of a method used to analyze these complex structures.

Part I: Topics will include code requirements, how to recognize diaphragm irregularities and discontinuities, how shears are distributed through complex diaphragms, the method of analysis used to solve the transfer of forces across areas of discontinuity, and the analysis of flexible wood sheathed or untopped steel decking diaphragms with horizontal offsets.

Part II: This session will cover how to conduct a preliminary breakdown of a complex diaphragm to better understand the distribution of forces and assure that complete load paths are being established. Examples will be provided illustrating how to analyze in-plane and out-of-plane offset shear walls that are typically created by these diaphragms.

Seismic Design of Wood Structures in the Context of Building Codes and Standards

This presentation highlights 2012 International Building Code (IBC), 2010 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures (ASCE 7-10) and 2008 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS) requirements applicable to the seismic design of wood structures. Code considerations related to wood-frame shear walls and diaphragms are discussed, including failure modes of wood shear walls and the detailing required to provide ductile behavior. Topics will also include limitations on the use of wood in seismic design, changes to the 2015 SDPWS from previous codes and standards, and additional resources.

Discussion will also include common detailing choices at exterior walls to accommodate fire, structural and aesthetic requirements. As well, methods for calculating and accommodating for shrinkage in wood buildings will be reviewed. Examples of various building configurations and site layouts will be used to illustrate common methods for increasing unit density.


Seminar: Understanding Moisture Performance of Wood: Introduction to Durable Design and Construction (WoodWorks)

May 19, 2015—Tampa, FL
May 20, 2015—Orlando, FL
May 21, 2015—Jacksonville, FL
7:45 check-in, 8:15 program begins, 1:00 program concludes

Wood buildings that offer decades or more of service life are common in many parts of the country that face challenges of high humidity, termites, and decay conditions similar to those in Florida. Expand your design options by improving your understanding of wood’s relationship to moisture. Led by a wood expert, this seminar discusses wood’s response to relative humidity and liquid water, providing means to address decay and insect concerns, and reduce the potential for in-service shrinkage and swelling. Learn how to apply appropriate design considerations and develop your specifications to achieve high-performing, long-lasting wood buildings.

Attendees will qualify for 3 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits. CEUs are FBPE board-approved. 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.


Seminar: Understanding Moisture Performance of Wood: Insights on Design and Construction (WoodWorks)

June 9, 2015—Boston, MA
June 10, 2015—Waltham, MA
June 11, 2015—Baltimore, MD
7:45 check-in, 8:15 program begins, 1:00 program concludes

Understanding the effects of moisture on construction materials is important when designing high-performing, long-lasting buildings. This seminar reviews the response of both structural and finish wood products to various forms of water, and explains how relative humidity and liquid water can impact dimensional stability and durability. The discussion will include means of controlling wood shrinkage and swelling by considering pre- and post-installation environmental conditions and how to reduce the risk of decay. Learn appropriate design considerations for your projects and how to refine your specifications accordingly.

Attendees will qualify for 3 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits. CEUs are FBPE board-approved. 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.


Seminar: Advanced Diaphragm Analysis—A Technical Presentation of Complex Diaphragms (WoodWorks)

July 15, 2015—Long Beach, CA
July 16, 2015—Oakland, CA
August 4, 2015—Oak Brook, IL
August 5, 2015—Pewaukee, WI
August 6, 2015—Appleton, WI

The structural configurations of many modern buildings require complex lateral load paths that incorporate diaphragms at different elevations, multiple re-entrant corners, multiple irregularities and fewer vertical lateral force-resisting elements. It is important to address these design issues and irregularities to ensure complete load paths throughout the structure. This workshop provides discussions on how to analyze offset diaphragms, in-plane and out-of-plane offset shear walls, and diaphragms with large openings. Code sections and irregularities associated with these types of lateral-resisting elements will be discussed.

Attendees will qualify for 3 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits. Engineers and non-member architects will receive a certificate of completion for their participation.

Symposiums and Courses

Course: Introduction to Structural Design Of Wood Buildings per the 2015 NDS (AWC)

September 30 through October 2, 2015
Blacksburg, Virginia (Virginia Tech)

Course objectives include mastery of wood design basics and understanding of the many factors routinely used and required by the 2015 National Design Specification for Wood Construction (ANSI/AWC NDS-2015). All design calculations will be based on a strict interpretation of the ANSI/AWC NDS-2015. In addition to presenting designs that are consistent with model code provisions, the instructors will discuss “good practice” when it may apply to worked examples. Three hours will be devoted to structural testing demonstrations and related discussion at the Brooks Forest Products Research Center.

Issued by Virginia Tech, participants will receive a certificate for 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) equivalent to 15 hours of instruction.

Webinars

Webinar: Preservative-Treated Wood, Use and Specification (WoodWorks)

May 13, 2015—10 am PDT

In applications where wood may be exposed to moisture, insects or fungal organisms, preservative-treated wood can help ensure a building’s durability. In this presentation, participants will learn about the manufacturing process for pressure-treated wood, available products and their differences, and how preserved wood is used in construction. Topics will include types of preservative treatments and the required levels of retention, as dictated by the end-use application, desired service life and exposure conditions. AWPA Use Category standards and ICC-ES Report Evaluations will be reviewed, and current issues concerning treated wood in residential and commercial construction be discussed. Participants will also receive free access to the Treated Lumber smartphone app. Attendees may earn 1 AIA/CES LU (HSW) or PDH credit. WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider.


Webinar: Seismic Design of Large Wood Panelized Roof Diaphragms in Heavy-Wall Building (AWC)

June 18, 2015
1:55–4pm Eastern

This webinar is intended for practicing engineers and undergraduate and graduate engineering students. After attending, the participant should be able to:

  • Identify the characteristics of a panelized wood roof diaphragm.
  • Apply requirements for wall anchorage forces including proper detailing for distribution of these forces into the diaphragm.
  • Utilize subdiaphragms as a tool to create an efficient load path for wall anchorage forces.
  • Design wood diaphragms and their chords and collectors for seismic forces.

Pending approval, eligible attendees will qualify for NCSEA 2.0 Professional Development Hours (PDH) or ICC 0.2 Continuing Education Units (CEU). Certificates of completion will be available for participants within two weeks of the webinar.