Webinars

APA offers both live webinars and recorded webinars for on-demand viewing. Topics include engineered wood basics, fire protection of I-joist floors, wall bracing, disaster-resilient design, design of all-wood podiums, and others. Some, but not all, webinars offer CEU credit; if credit is available, it is noted in the webinar description. 


Upcoming Webinar
Connection Design Solutions for Wood-Frame Structures
July 26—1 p.m. EDT, 10 a.m. PDT

Connections Webinar

Proper connection design and specification is important to the structural performance and serviceability of any wood-frame structure. Join APA Engineered Wood Specialist Robert Kuserk, PE, for the upcoming webinar, Connection Design Solutions for Wood-Frame Structures. The one-hour presentation will feature wood connection design, including common fastener types and their design values. The presentation will also include the orthotropic nature of wood and its role in connection design, commodity and specialty connectors, and the use of steel connectors in wood-frame construction. Techniques for designing efficient, durable and code-compliant connections will also be discussed. This course has been approved for AIA continuing education credits. ICC accreditation is in progress.

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On-Demand Webinar
Shear Wall Analysis Made Easy: Force Transfer Around Openings Calculator

FTAO Webinar

Force Transfer Around Openings (FTAO) is a popular method of shear wall analysis for wood-framed buildings. APA Engineered Wood Specialist Alese Ashuckian, PE, presents Shear Wall Analysis Made Easy: Force Transfer Around Openings Calculator. The presentation includes an overview of APA’s free design tool, the FTAO Calculator, and explains how it can help engineers and code officials in the design and implementation of FTAO shear walls, with a focus on asymmetric piers and multiple openings. This course is approved for ICC and AIA continuing education credits.

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On-Demand Webinar
After the Storm: Building for High Wind ResistanceT110

APA Engineered Wood Specialist Mary Uher presents After the Storm, a webinar focusing on common structural failures observed during storm damage assessments. The presentation includes an overview of high wind forces, the importance of a continuous load path, and how good design and construction practices can improve the storm resistance of buildings.

Mary also discusses code requirements and APA’s above-code recommendations for wind-resistant building, as well as how attention to connection details, understanding lateral load concepts, and recognizing common failure modes seen in storm damage assessments can help builders cost effectively build a safer home and reduce future storm damage. This course is approved by AIA (1 HSW/LU) and ICC (0.10 CEU).

Mary Uher is part of a team of APA engineers who have conducted recent storm damage assessments and provided design recommendations for wind resistance.

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Resolving Wood Shear Wall Design Puzzles with Force Transfer Around Openings 

Provides an overview of the force transfer around openings (FTAO) shear wall design approach, recent research in this area, and a side-by-side comparison of design results between segmented, perforated, and FTAO design methods. (AIA, ICC, and NCSEA credits available. Presented by Jared Hensley, PE, APA Engineered Wood Specialist. Webinar #DES415, American Wood Council.)

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will investigate past and current methods for determining force transfer around openings for wood shear walls through discussion of the joint research project of APA – The Engineered Wood Association, the University of British Columbia (UBC), and the USDA Forest Products Laboratory (FPL)
  2. Participants will compare the effects of different opening sizes, full-height pier sizes, and their relationships to the three industry shear wall approaches by illustrating use of the segmented, perforated, and FTAO methods.
  3. Participants will observe how the study examined internal forces generated during loading by reviewing full-scale wall test data as well as analytical modeling performed in determining statistical accuracy.
  4. Participants will conclude that research results obtained from this study can be used to support different design methodologies in estimating forces around openings accurately.

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Gypsum board installed on bottom flange of I-joistsFire-Protective Assemblies for Residential Floors

This APA webinar focuses on newly developed assemblies for meeting the fire protective membrane requirements of the International Residential Code, specifically as they relate to I-joist floor systems.

The webinar reviews the options in the IRC, including drop-in gypsum board (supported on top of bottom flanges), partial sprinkler systems, and fire protective coatings. This webinar does not offer continuing education credits at this time.

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APA's family of engineered wood productsBack to Basics Engineered Wood Training Series

Manufacturers, distributors, and builders are all reporting a critical need for training as they rebuild from the recession and hire new employees. 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. The training modules run between 30 and 90 minutes each and are presented by an APA Engineered Wood Specialist. Modules that last an hour or more offer continuing education credits for participants.

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Galt PlaceOn-Demand Webinar: All-Wood Podiums in Mid-Rise Construction

All-Wood Podiums in Mid-Rise Construction is an architectural case study on the use of an all-wood podium in mixed-use design. Mid-rise podium construction, up to four stories of wood framing on top of a concrete first story, has been widely used throughout North America for many years in order to build an economically superior superstructure atop a more traditional commercial construction type below. With the introduction of substituting a wood podium for concrete into this construction type, the overall construction cost has further decreased as well as the construction time, while creating a more sustainable, less massive, and more uniform building. This presentation provides a solution to building a green and cost effective structure using a wood podium as well as addresses design challenges such as durability, fire protection, sound transmission and designing for high seismic loads. Several recently construction buildings in California will be analyzed with lessons learned shared by the project teams. Approved for credit by AIA.

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AIBD/APA Wall Bracing Webinar Series

The Wall Bracing Webinar series is presented by APA and AIBD (American Institute of Building Design), a non-profit association dedicated to the enhancement, development, and recognition of the residential and building design professions. The five-part series begins with a one-hour introductory session covering wall bracing history, theory and strategy. Additional sessions address related topics, including meeting code requirements with wall bracing, the simplified wall bracing method, and bracing for higher seismic and wind zones.

Series presenters include Bob Clark, Roger Roatch and Bryan Readling, APA Engineered Wood Specialists with a combined 63 years’ experience providing engineered wood product building and design support and recommendations. APA has collaborated with code bodies since the 1950’s to improve wall performance and reduce the risk of catastrophic home failure through the development of prescriptive wall bracing techniques that specify plywood and OSB wood structural panel sheathing. Note that, at this time, CEUs are not available for the Wall Bracing I–V series of prerecorded webinars.

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