Engineering Workshops

Thursday, February 15, 2018 (8:30-5:00)
Paramount EventSpace, Taylor Room
222 Rowntree Dairy Road, Woodbridge, ON L4L 9T2

Friday, February 16, 2018 (8:30-5:00)
Ivey Tangerine Leadership Centre, Ground Floor
130 King Street West, Toronto, ON M5X 1A9

Registration: $250 + HST (includes breakfast & lunch) | Early Bird: $225 + HST (before February 2, 2018)

Workshop Abstract:
This 1-day workshop covers basic engineering topics while delving deeper within each design area. It is a multi-level program suitable for beginners as well as experienced timber designers and specifiers. Topics covered in this “essential” workshop include:
• Designing wood members for bending, tension, compression, and combined bending and axial tension
• Background on published design values and adjustment factors
• Design limitations and when a designer should venture outside current code provisions
• Estimating and managing building shrinkage
• Avoiding frequent mistakes/misunderstanding of certain design provisions when using Wood Design Manual tables
• General design concepts for Timber Connections
• An introduction to Seismic/Wind Loads design
• Simple design with cross-laminated timber (CLT)

Instructor: Ghasan Doudak, Ph. D., P. Eng., Professor of Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering Department, University of Ottawa

Dr. Doudak’s expertise includes multi-scale understanding of how complete structural systems function, encompassing issues such as how complete buildings respond to effects of wind storms, ground shaking during earthquakes, or other actions like impacts and blasts. Prior to joining the Engineering Faculty, Dr. Ghasan Doudak held the position of Manager, Wood and Structural Standards at the Canadian Wood Council. Dr. Doudak grew up in Denmark where he 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. His Ph.D. research was aimed at determining the load paths in wood light-frame buildings under various stages of construction using a holistic design approach. He has worked closely with researchers from North America and Europe.

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations must be made a minimum of seven business days prior to the event. A $30 administration fee will apply to all cancellations. Cancellations made less than seven business days prior to the event will not be refunded; however, a paid registration is transferable to another individual at any time.


TimBEER Engineering Workshops

Ottawa Feb. 7th Toronto Feb. 8th

Check out this unique new after hours event!

Interested in learning more about mass timber design and modern timber connection systems?

We’ve organized an educational event specifically for timber engineers interested in structural design of mass timber components and timber connection systems. This is an opportunity to learn about new research completed with local universities and explore interesting timber projects through interactive design sessions and live testing demonstrations. Enjoy delicious food and refreshing beer from local breweries while you network with other like-minded engineers.

This particular event will focus on mass timber connection systems and their performance in modern structures.

Jean-Philippe Letarte EIT, Technical Support Engineer, MyTiCon Timber Connectors, Vancouver, BC

5:30pm – 6:00pm: Meet, Greet, Eat and Taste
6:00pm – 6:30pm: Presentation – Modern Mass Timber Connection Systems
6:30pm – 6:45pm: Beer Break
6:45pm – 7:45pm: Tasting and Testing – Hands-On Destructive Testing – Notched Beam & Pre-engineered Connectors

Lowertown Brewery, 73 York St., Ottawa, ON
Register for OTTAWA Feb. 7th

Mill St. Brewpub, 21 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON
Register for TORONTO Feb. 8th

Ottawa Wood Conference

Ottawa’s premiere wood education event is back for 2018!  Join us at the Shaw Centre on Wednesday, February 21st for a full day of wood design seminars and an industry trade show.

CLICK HERE to view the complete schedule of presentations!  View available Bios and Abstracts!  CLICK HERE

Sponsorship Opportunities are available!  Sponsorship Opportunities.

Make sure to visit our 2018 Exhibitors.

Eventbrite online registration is now open!

Cancellation Policy: If you register for the event and are unable to attend, cancellations must be made a minimum of five business days before event. A $30 administration fee will be deducted from your refunded registration fee. With less than five business days notice, a refund is not possible. Registration is transferable to another individual. Please advise Tim Buhler for registration cancellations or updates at

New Ontario Case Study: Templar Flats

Templar Flats in Hamilton, Ontario, has the distinction of being the first occupied, modern wood-frame mid-rise building completed in Ontario. It was constructed under provisions (O. Reg. 191.14) added to the province’s Building Code (2012 OBC) that permit wood-frame construction up to 6 storeys, an increase of two storeys over the previous iteration of the code. The 6-storey, mixed-use project offers 25 modern residential units above three street-level restaurants in the city’s downtown core. Templar Flats brings together the best of the old and new in an innovative, hybrid solution that puts a modern 6-storey building between two restored heritage buildings adapted into a single, unified development.

Click the image below to download a PDF of the case study.







The winners of the 2016 Ontario Wood WORKS! Wood Design Awards have been announced!

A select group of Ontario’s leading architects, engineers, and project teams received Wood Design Awards tonight at the 16th annual Wood WORKS! celebration in Toronto.  The awards honour people and organizations that, through design excellence, advocacy, and innovation, are advancing the use of wood in all types of construction.

“We are pleased to recognize excellence in modern architecture, and to honour leadership in wood design and construction through the Wood Design Award program,” said Marianne Berube, executive director of the Ontario Wood WORKS! program. “The winning projects of this year’s program showcase the many benefits of wood construction such as sustainability, versatility, and cost-effectiveness.”

Ontario Wood WORKS! presented 13 awards at the event. Ten awards went to specific wood projects and three were given to professionals for contributions to the building industry that advance the case for wood design and construction.



OAA Members: You Can Earn Structured Learning Units at

Our free online courses – found at – are self-paced and available 24/7. We have assembled a prestigious international faculty of Architects, Engineers, Researchers and Educators to present online modules that provide you with the most current information on wood materials, design and applications.  Click HERE to browse the course catalogue.


Welcome to Ontario Wood WORKS!

“Our goal is to promote the use of wood and wood products in construction projects, and to acknowledge the contribution of wood-use advocates and industry leaders.”


“Notre objectif est de promouvoir l’utilisation du bois et des produits du bois dans les projets de construction, et de reconnaître la contribution de nos champions et des leaders de l’industrie.”


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