WEI401 – Basic Timber Design – WEI@Calpoly

The 12-week course WEI401 offered through WEI@CalPoly is a learn at your own pace hybrid course in Timber Engineering targeting working professionals. This course consists of six, 2-week session topics culminating in a 2-day hands on workshop in the “Learn by Doing” Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Laboratories. Each two week session consists of background reading, online streaming educational modules, problem solving exercises, and assessment. An example of a module can be viewed from this link. The The course covers topics ranging from basic properties of wood and sawn lumber all the what through design and detailing of lateral systems. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will receive a certificate in Wood Engineering from the Wood Education Institute. To enroll in the course, you must have taken basic college level courses in structural engineering including statics, mechanics of materials, and either design of reinforced concrete or basic steel design.

pdf WEI401 - Course Outline Sep 14-Dec 16, 2012

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Enrollment Opens: June 8th, 2012

Course Starts: September 14th, 2012

Course Ends: Dec 15th, 2012

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CE433/433L – Timber Design – California Polytechnic State University, Pomona, CA

This course focuses design of low-rise wood structures. It is divided into three parts: demand, capacity of structural elements of vertical load carrying system and capacity of structural elements of the lateral load resisting system. The DEMAND portion of the course discusses gravity, wind and seismic loading as applied to low rise wood structures. The CAPACITY of the structural elements of the vertical load carrying system discusses design of axially loaded members (tension and compression), bending members (flexure, shear, bearing and deflections) and combined loading on structural members (tension and bending, compression and bending). The CAPACITY of the structural elements of the lateral load resisting sytems discusses construction, behavior and analysis of wood diaphragms (shear and flexure) and of wood shear walls (shear and flexure).  This includes analysis and design of chords, boundary members and collectors. Accompanying the lecture material is on-line rich-media modules and a design lab component. The design lab consists of hands on design of a vertical load carrying and lateral load resisting system of a a wood structure.

CE455 – Timber Design – California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA

This course in design of timber structures will primarily focus on timber design techniques and methodologies. This class will outline the basic methods for design with timber components including design of beams, columns, diaphragms, connections, and overall vertical and lateral load resisting systems. Upon completion of this course, the student will attain a basic understanding of the properties of wood, timber design, and elementary construction sequence of timber structures. Accompanying the lecture material will be on-line learning through package modules and a strong lab component. The lab will consist of testing wood components and connections to failure, computer analysis, a site visit, and a design project.