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Our next "wood design " course is October 14-15, 2002.  (Dates were picked
for the VA Fall foliage.  Blacksburg is near the Blue Ridge Parkway; 469
miles of mountain-top scenic driving is available.

                                   New Wood Design Standards Seminar

        Four new national design standards for wood buildings will be
explored in depth:

        ANSI/AF&PA NDS-2002, "National Design Specifications for Wood
Construction," will be reviewed with a focus on practical design

        ANSI/TPI 1-2002, "National Design Standard for Design of
Metal-Plate-Connected Wood Truss Construction," will be reviewed in depth
with a focus on quality measures used for manufacturing and third-party
inspection, significant changes to the truss design provisions that may
impact design professionals, and truss design responsibilities for all
parties involved when wood trusses are used.

        ANSI/TPI/WTCA 4-2002, "Standard Responsibilities in the Design
Process involving Metal Plate Connected Wood Trusses" will be reviewed and
discussed by the participants.

        Finally, the prescriptive provisions of ANSI/AP&PA WFCM-2001, "Wood
Frame Construction Manual for One-and-Two Family Dwellings," will be used to
design all structural framing of an example house.  The "engineering design
provisions" for connections, floors, walls and roof systems will also be

        The course will also cover other new design information and research
related to wood construction such as joist design supporting ceramic tile,
T-bracing design for truss webs, general truss bracing design and diaphragm
design for traditional timber frame.

        Registration details are available online at
Participants will receive a certificate for 1.5 Continuing Education Units
(CEUs), equivalent to 15 hours of instruction.

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