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Advanced Timber Bridge Maintenance, Restoration and Inspection Practices by Dr. Dan Tingley
Intermediate Certification Course

Hosted by: Timber Restoration Services Canada in conjunction with Wood WORKS! Alberta

Instructor: Dr. Dan Tingley Ph.D., P.Eng. (Canada, MIEAust CPEng, RPEQ (Australia)
When: September 27th thru September 28th, 2017
Location: Sportsman Centre, 276 Home St, E., Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan S6H 4X6

Who should attend: bridge maintenance workers, inspectors, engineers and bridge asset managers technologists and technicians.

What attendees will learn:
The understanding of advanced timber bridge non-destructive testing techniques. Knowledge of timber bridge maintenance to extend longevity and reduce maintenance costs. Upon successful completion of the final exam you will receive certification as a Timber Bridge Intermediate Maintenance Restoration and Inspection Technician.

For registration and further information contact Wood Research and Development Canada at

Cost $1000 + $150 HST = $1150
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March 31st, 2017
8:30am – 5pm

MATRIX Hotel: 10640 100 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 3N8

Workshop approved for structured professional development hours with the Alberta Association of Architects.


Fire Safety During the Course of Construction
Steve Craft, Ph. D., P. Eng., CHM Fire Consultants Ltd.

This presentation will include an overview of construction site fire statistics, current regulatory overview with a discussion of recent developments and the importance and major aspects of a construction site fire safety plan. The presentation will conclude with examples of what some companies have incorporated into their projects to help mitigate construction site fire risks.

Common Mid-Rise Structural Design Challenges – and Solutions
Steve McManus, P. Eng., Weyerhaeuser

Examining recent 6-storey projects, this presentation will highlight specific challenges, important details and procedures, and illustrate how various engineered wood products were applied strategically to ensure success.

Building Enclosures for 5 & 6 Storey Mid-Rise Wood Buildings – Lessons Learned & Best Practices
Graham Finch, MASC, P. Eng., Principal, Building Science Research Specialist, RDH Building Engineering Ltd. 

Mid-rise buildings face a number of challenges including increased environmental loads from wind and rain, stricter energy code requirements, and unique maintenance and operating considerations. This 2 hour seminar will cover lessons learned and many of the recent trends in materials, details and enclosure assemblies for creating durable and energy-efficient mid-rise wood frame buildings. The integration of mass timber elements and use of pre-fabrication for mid-rise and taller wood-buildings will also be covered.

Acoustic Considerations for Wood Frame Construction
Russ Lewis, M.Eng., P.Eng, Senior Consultant / Principal,  Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Inc.

The goal of good acoustic design is to meet the sound isolation and impact noise control targets required by code and expected by occupants of modern residential and commercial designs. This session will provide background for understanding the transfer of sound through walls and floors from both air-borne (e.g., talking) and structure-borne (e.g., walking) sound. The principles behind sound control will be discussed and examples of construction details that are designed to meet code and comfort requirements will be presented. Case studies and examples will be used to illustrate many of the topics covered.

Mid-rise Wood Frame Handbook
Steven Kuan, PhD, P.Eng, Research Manager Advanced Building Systems; FPInnovations

To facilitate the design and construction of mid-rise wood-frame buildings in Canada, FPInnovations, in collaboration with CWC and NRC, has developed the Mid-Rise Wood-Frame Construction Handbook. The Handbook has been prepared to assist architects, engineers, code consultants, developers, building owners, and Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) in understanding the design and construction of mid-rise wood-frame buildings in Canada. The presentation will provide overview of the topics related to the structural analysis and design of midrise wood-frame buildings and their main components.

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