Archived Workshops


2-day Workshop for Engineers: Lateral Design of Wood Structures, Load & Design Considerations

An exciting two-day workshop in Calgary.
Designed by engineers, for engineers!

Tuesday, February 17 and Wednesday, February 18, 2015 (2 day workshop)
7:00–8:00am registration & continental breakfast
8:00am–5:00pm workshop In session

Coast Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre Calgary
1316 33 Street Northeast 

Garden Courts

Registration and Cost
Thanks to additional funding we are able to offer a new discounted price!
$425 had been reduced to:
$325 + GST per person including continental breakfast and lunch

Click here to register

A workshop designed by engineers, for engineers!

Engineers interested in learning or refreshing skills in designing with timber should not miss this workshop.  Dr. Ghasan Doudak, professor of structural engineering in the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Ottawa, lends us his expertise on structural timber design in this two-day workshop.  Topics covered include load path and distribution, general design concepts, mid-rise provisions and connections. Dr. Doudak will be joined by a Canadian Wood Council engineering representative, they will touch on lateral design provisions in the NBCC Code and O86, shearlines and the Wood Works Software.

Full program information will be released soon.  Please contact us if you have any questions.


Communications Coordinator
Barbara Murray,

Workshop Archives:

Introduction to Timber Engineering 

This introductory level workshop is designed for practitioners who are interested in establishing a solid fundamental knowledge or enhancing their design capability through a more in-depth understanding on timber design.  

Topics covered:

  • Design Properties of Structural Wood Products
  • Factors affecting timber design
  • Design of Bending Members Compression and Tension Members
  • Combined Axial and Bending Members design
  • An introduction to Connection design

The content of the workshop is suitable for engineers with limited experience in wood design.

Ghasan Doudak, Ph.D., P.Eng., Civil Engineering, University of Ottawa

Schedule:  TBA. This is a one day event from 8am-5pm.

2 Locations

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 
Matrix Hotel – Amber A room
10640 100 Ave, Edmonton, AB

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 
Coast Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre – Plaza 3 room
1316 33rd Street NE, Calgary, AB

Workshop Fee
The $250 workshop fee includes the book Introduction to Wood Design (delivered to you at the workshop), lunch, coffee breaks and continental breakfast. 
Registration is now closed. Please check back soon for our upcoming events.

Presenter Bio:
Ghasan Doudak, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Génie Civil | Civil Engineering
Université d’Ottawa | University of Ottawa

Dr. Ghasan Doudak, Ph.D, P.Eng. is an Assistant Professor of structural engineering at the University of Ottawa. His area of expertise includes multi-scale understanding of how complete structural systems function, encompassing issues like how complete buildings respond to effects of wind storms, ground shaking during earthquakes, or other actions like impacts and blasts. He is a member of the CSA O86 Technical Committee on Engineering Design in Wood, and CSA s850 Technical Committee on Blast Resistant Buildings.

Dr. Doudak is also an active member of the NSERC Strategic Network on Innovative Wood Products and Building Systems (NEWBuildS). His research contribution, through collaboration with Canadian as well as international researchers, is in establishing solutions to meet specific performance requirements for mid-rise wood and hybrid buildings. Dr. Doudak has established strong affiliations to complementary research groups at national and international levels.

Prior to joining the Engineering Faculty, Dr. Doudak held the position of Manager, Wood and Structural Standards at the Canadian Wood Council, where he was actively involved in work related to the development of building Codes and standards, developing tools for designers, and communicating to key audiences including government agencies, building designers and researchers.

Dr. Doudak received his Master of Science degree from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Following his graduation, he worked as a structural engineer where he designed commercial and residential buildings. In 2001, Dr. Doudak was awarded a fellowship from the Danish Research Agency for a 3-year research program in Civil Engineering at McGill University. His PhD research was aimed at determining the load paths in wood light frame buildings under various stages of construction using a holistic design approach. Based on his valuable contribution to the field of wood engineering, Dr. Doudak was awarded the Forest Products Laboratory Young Engineer Award, 2008. This award is intended to encourage young (40 years of age or younger) engineers, researchers, or scientists with “promising potential for significant contribution to the field”.

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