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Have you seen the price???? Neil, I remember the thread but only remember the issue of lateral bracing was it relates to shear transfer through interior walls. In fact, I have a paper written by Frank Woeste, Ph.D. of Virginia Tech. It is my understanding that if the truss company does not provide lateral bracing calculations you need to bring it to their attention but it is also my understanding that this is the responsiblity of the truss manufacture to supply.
Wood Truss Permanent Web Bracing Design
F. E. Woeste, P. E. C. R. Underwood J. D. Dolan, P. E.

The number of required continuous lateral braces (CLB's) required for stabilizing roof truss webs can be minimized at the truss design stage. Several ideas are presented to minimize the number of webs needed to be braced by CLB's and companion diagonal braces. Options to the CLB web bracing approach are presented. A design procedure for a web braced with one CLB and a diagonal brace at some interval is demonstrated. For the case of one web braced by two CLB's at the 3rd points, the required bracing force to stabilize the web is reported and a design procedure is summarized.

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Dennis S. Wish, PE

-----Original Message-----
From: Neil Moore [mailto:nmoore(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Sunday, May 27, 2001 5:39 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: EOR review of truss calcs


Besides reviewing the trusses for conformance to the project requirements, you also have to complete any bracing of the web members.  These web members will be indicated on the truss company's computer output.  The UBC refers you to TPI code and in that code it prescribes what you responsible for.  This topic has been discussed in the past and you should review the archieves.  A basic question to many on the list who are involved in manufactured wood trusses:  how many of you own the TPI code and have read it?

Neil Moore, S.E
neil moore and assodciates
shingle springs, california

SCHFUN(--nospam--at) wrote:


What is the standard of practice for the design engineer's review and
stamping of pre-fab trusses?  Building departments in Southern California
often require this, and some engineers are uncomfortable with the practice of
stamping the work of another engineer (the truss designs are typically
prepared using a proprietary computer progaram and reviewed and stamped by
the truss engineer).

Is the engineer-of-record expected to check the truss calculations? Or just
verify that the proper loading criteria was used in the truss design?

Steve Helfrich. P.E.