Registration:                        8:00 – 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:00 – 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:00 – 4:00 pm

Wood as a Unique Engineering Material

    Physical properties
   Improved properties of engineered wood products 
      • Wood panels: plywood, oriented strand board (OSB) and 
        cross-laminated timber 
      • Structural composite lumber: laminated veneer lumber (LVL);
        parallel strand lumber (PSL); laminated strand lumber (LSL);
        and oriented strand lumber (OSL) 
      • I joist 
      • Glued-laminated timber
   Reasonable standard of care – labels
   Calculating wood’s response to moisture changes

Design Values and Design Equations

   Design values 
      • Traditional 
      • Machine rated
      • Engineered wood products
   Adjustment factors
   Structural design equations and examples
   Floor vibrations and creep

Glued-Laminated Timber

   Balanced vs. unbalanced
   Recommended vs. poor details
   Radial tension

Metal Plate-Connected Trusses

   Design responsibility
   Truss design drawings


      • Lateral failure modes 
      • Five percent offset value 
      • Yield limit equations
   Power driven nails
   Design examples


     6.0 CPE Hours/PDHs

     6.0 HSW CPE Hours/CE Hours
     6.0 AIA Learning Units

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.0 continuing professional education hours/PDHS to engineers and 6.0 HSW CPE/CE hours for architects in Kentucky and all other states, except Florida architects. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Kentucky.

This event is approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System for 6.0 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES.

HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved architect continuing education sponsor in New York. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota.

This seminar offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. It is not approved by any state licensing entity for contractor continuing education credit.

Attendance will be monitored and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Patrick McGuire

Patrick M. McGuire, P.E., S.E., has served the public as a structural engineer since his graduation from the University of Louisville in 1974 with a Master of Civil Engineering degree. He has worked in the wood products and related industries since 1979 and is currently practicing as an independent consultant. He is very lucky to have worked for generous employers who encouraged him to grow his expertise and to share it with others through participation in professional and trade associations such as the Wood Truss Council of America, the Truss Plate Institute, the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the National Frame Builders Association. Mr. McGuire has published several technical articles on wood-related design.