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Design of Wood Structures

Number: BCT 540
Credits: 3
Format: In person, Amherst

Semester: Spring
Meeting Times: Tue/Thu 1:00 - 2:15
Room: Olver Design Building 162

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Peggi Clouston,
Ph.D., M.A.Sc., B.A.Sc., P.Eng.

Professor & Graduate Concentration Coordinator, Building Systems concentration

Office: 316 Olver Design Building
Phone: +1 (413) 545-1884

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Course Description

Not offered Spring 2025. The next time will be Spring 2026. Provides students with fundamental skills in structural engineering wood design. Focus is placed on the underlying principles behind design procedures for wood members in residential, commercial and industrial applications. Through class examples and assignments, students learn techniques for designing individual wood components including: beams, columns, trusses, wood/steel connections, and diaphragms using lumber and timber as well as engineered wood products.

Pre-requisites: ARCH 650, BCT 330, CE-ENGIN 241, or M&I-ENG 211. 

Learning Goals

  • be able to design wood structural members
  • know state-of-the-art wood technologies
  • have experience designing, making and breaking wood components
  • use wood design tables & software proficiently
  • have an appreciation for all disciplines involved in building
  • Introduction to WoodWorks® Design Office and IES VisualAnalysis


Aghayere, Abi & Vigil, Jason, Structural Wood Design-ASD/LRFD, CRC Press: Taylor & Francis Group, 2nd Edition, 2019

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