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2016 SEAoAL 6th Annual Conference & XPO

  • August 18, 2016
  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Southern Museum of Flight


  • Only for individual exhibitors who need PDHs
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SEAoAL 6th Annual State Conference & Expo

It's All About WOOD

Thursday, August 18, 2016 Total of 6.5 PDHs (Approved in AL and FL)


Southern Museum of Flight
4343 73rd Street North
Birmingham, AL 35206


Fire Protection Design with Examples 1.5 pdh

Determining proper code applications for designing for fire-resistance in wood-frame construction can be challenging. This presentation will include code requirements, compliance options, and nuances related to fire-resistance rated assemblies, fire design of exposed wood members, and flame-spread performance of wood products. Included will be design examples for calculating fire-resistance for exposed wood members and the component additive method for assemblies.

AWC Standards update (2015 NDS, 2015 SDPWS, 2015 WFCM) 1.5 pdh

AWC's 2015 National Design Specification® (NDS®) for Wood Construction, 2015 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS), and 2015 Wood Frame Construction Manual (WFCM) standards are referenced in US model building codes and used to design wood structures worldwide. This presentation will provide an overview of changes in the 2015 NDS, SDPWS, and WFCM relative to previous editions. Significant changes relate to the incorporation of cross laminated timber in the NDS, open front diaphragms and cantilever diaphragms in SDPWS, and new spans for lumber framing members in the WFCM. 


Engineered Wood Products 1.0 PDH

This course is an introduction to the ever-growing family of traditional and engineered wood products (EWP). Products covered are lumber, glued-laminated timber (glulam), structural composite lumber, wood I-joists, and wood structural panels. The standards that form the basis for the manufacture and development of design stresses for each product are discussed as well as design provisions included in AWC's National Design Specification (NDS) for Wood Construction. Unique characteristics for each product are highlighted and extensive examples of the use of these products in a wide range of building applications are presented.

Cross Laminated Timber  1.0 PDH

Cross laminated timber (CLT) is an engineered wood building system designed to complement light- and heavy-timber framing options. Because of its high strength and dimensional stability, it can be used as an alternative to concrete, masonry and steel in many building types. This presentation will introduce CLT with a series of project examples that demonstrate its use and associated benefits in a range of applications. Information on manufacturing, specification and code-related considerations will also be discussed. 

Shear Wall Design Example using 2015 SDWPS and 2015 WFCM 1PDH

There are several design tools and standards to assist engineers, architects, and building officials with the design of shear walls. Prescriptive approaches such as those outlined in AWC's 2015 Wood Frame Construction Manual (WFCM) for One- and Two-Family Dwellings and 2015 WFCM High Wind Guides tend to provide conservative results. Engineered approaches such as those outlined in AWC's 2015 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS) typically result in more efficient designs. This course will outline several resources available for shear wall design and compare design results.

Special Inspection .5 PDH

International Code Council’s (ICC) International Building Code (IBC) Chapter 17 is titled Structural Tests and Special Inspections. This presentation provides background on special inspections for wood construction in addition to discussion on related topics such as fabricated wood components, special inspections for lateral resistance and structural observation as it pertains to the 2012 IBC and the 2015 IBC.



John "Buddy" Showalter, P.E. — Vice President, Technology Transfer

Buddy Showalter joined the American Wood Council (AWC) staff in 1992 and currently serves as Vice President of Technology Transfer. His responsibilities at AWC include oversight of publications, website, helpdesk, education, and other technical media. He is also a member of the Editorial Boards for Wood Design Focus, published by the Forest Products Society, and STRUCTURE magazine, published jointly by NCSEA, ASCE/SEI, and CASE. Prior to joining AWC, Showalter was Technical Director of the Truss Plate Institute. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech.

Jeff Peters, P.E. — Technical Advisor in Design & Construction Services for Woodworks

Jeff received his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering with a structural emphasis from the University of Florida in 2007; he also holds a Certified General Contractor’s license and was previously the owner of a small business. Jeff has a diverse background that includes structural design, inspection and quality control of structures ranging from mid-rise buildings to sporting venues, developed during his time working in the commercial side of the building industry. Prior to joining WoodWorks, Jeff designed high-end custom homes in multiple markets throughout the state of Florida.


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