BC local governments recognized for leadership in wood design and building at 2021 Union of BC Municipalities Convention

VANCOUVER, Sept. 17, 2021 – Leadership in structural and architectural wood use by local governments was recognized at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Convention in Vancouver this week. Five local governments were presented with 2021 Community Recognition Awards for use of wood in their community projects by Wood WORKS! BC. The province-wide awards are presented annually to communities that have been exemplary advocates for wood. This may be demonstrated through the specification of wood in a community project and/or through developing policies that strongly encourage wood use.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE…

WoodWorks® Software Design Interactive Workshop

WoodWorks® Software Design Interactive Workshop

Virtual ZOOM Workshop – limited to 60 participants!

Tuesday, July 20th, 2021  – 9am-1pm PST

Registration: $199.00 + GST

Workshop Abstract:

The WoodWorks® 2020 Software is a structural engineering software package developed to simplify and enhance the wood design process. It allows designers to experiment and explore the feasibility of using wood in structural applications following the NBC 2015 and the CSA O86-19/14. This ½ day workshop includes a presentation that will discuss the capabilities of WoodWorks® Sizer, WoodWorks® Connections, and the Database Editor. Attendees will also be able to participate in designing wood members and connections by utilizing the WoodWorks® 2020 Software following step-by-step examples presented by the instructors.

Registered attendees will be provided with temporary access to WoodWorks® 2020 Sizer and Connections to work through the provided examples and to gain hands-on experience and training.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Use WoodWorks® Sizer to size wood beams, joists, rafters, purlins, columns, wall studs and CLT panels individually or as part of the whole structure.
  2. Use WoodWorks® Connections to design wood-to-wood, wood-to-concrete, and steel-to-wood connections with bolts, nails, wood screws, lag screws, rivets and shear plates.
  3. Add or select materials in the editable database of sawn lumber, structural composite lumber, and steel materials.

Topics Covered in this Workshop:

WoodWorks® Sizer

• Concept Mode:

o Automatic load transfer between structural members

o Transition from concept mode to beam/column mode

• Beam Mode:

o Switch between Metric/Imperial unit system

o Range of materials such as: sawn lumber, built-up, glulam, CLT, SCL, steel beam

o Model single-span, multi-span, cantilevered, oblique or inclined members

o Different load types and distributions

o Automatic design for patterned loading and concentrated live loads

o Points of Interest

o Analyze all load combinations

o Generate shear, bending, deflection diagrams

o Design for bending, shear, deflection, vibration and fire resistance

o Design for bearing, notches, and Simpson Strong-Tie beam and joist hangers

• Column Mode:

o Model wall studs, columns, CLT walls

o Specify intermediate lateral support and end support (fixed, pinned)

o Add concentric or eccentric compression and lateral loads

o Design for wood members under compression, tension and combined axial and lateral loading

WoodWorks® Connections

• Post and beam connections: beam-to-beam, beam-to-column, column-to-base

• Lapped shear connections: wood-to-wood, wood-to-steel, wood-to-concrete

• Specify details of main and side members (diagram)

• Moisture content

• Treatment (fire and preservative incised)

• Load duration factor

• Connection details

• Results report

Database Editor

• Add proprietary materials

• Edit geometric and material properties for existing materials

Register now as space is limited!


• Attendees are required to pre-load a computer/laptop with WoodWorks® 2020; after registration confirmation, you will be provided with the download instructions and free two-week software license 7 days in advance of the session.

Instructors: Canadian Wood Council Technical Staff

Program: Sizer

Presenter: Yang Du, M.A.Sc., E.I.T.

Title: Technical Service Specialist – Structural Engineering

Bio: Completing a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree in Shanghai University (China) in 2013 and a Master of Applied Science degree in Civil Engineering at University of Ottawa in 2016, Yang joined the Canadian Wood Council in 2017 as a Technical Service Specialist. Since joining the CWC, Yang’s main responsibilities have included developing and testing the WoodWorks® software, updating the technical content of CWC publications such as the Introduction to Wood Design and the Wood Design Manual.

Program: Connections

Presenter: America Lopez-Molina, M.A.Sc., E.I.T.

Title: Technical Service Specialist – Structural Engineering

Bio: America Lopez-Molina is a member of the Canadian Wood Council. She is a technical service specialist in the structural engineering division. America completed her Bachelor Degree (B.A.Sc.) and Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.) in Civil Engineering at the University of Ottawa. As a technical service specialist, America assists in the testing of new software releases and provides technical support to WoodWorks® Software users. She also assists in CWC’s participation of the building code and standards and structural engineering related initiatives.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations must be made a minimum of seven business days prior to the event. A $50 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.



Wood WORKS! BC Recognizes Excellence in Wood Architecture

Media release BC awards 2020 Vancouver, BC, July 14, 2021 – The Canadian Wood Council’s Wood WORKS! BC Program recognizes excellence in contemporary design and building with wood in Vancouver at the virtual 16th Wood Design Awards in B.C. Many design and building professionals joined the virtual event, including architects, structural engineers, members of project teams, local government, industry sponsors and guests.

Winners and nominees of the Wood WORKS! BC 2020 Wood Design Awards were honoured and recognized for their leadership and innovation in structural and architectural wood use.  CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL MEDIA RELEASE

2019-2020 Wood Design Award Book wins EXCEL Gold award

2019-2020 Wood Design Award Book wins the EXCEL Gold award in the General audience book category

This award is presented by The Associations, Media & Publishing Network – a division of SIIA.

General audience book category recognizes best writing and overall packaging of a printed or digital book written for a non-technical or lay audience.

Judge Criteria:

  • Quality of design
  • Quality and effectiveness of writing & copyediting
  • Quality of content
  • Editorial & graphic unity 

SIIA’s EXCEL Awards is the largest and most prestigious program recognizing excellence and leadership in association media, publishing, marketing and communication. From digital publishing to magazines, newsletters, newspapers, journals, books, and promotional content—the EXCEL Awards encompass every association communication vehicle

About the book:

2019-20 Wood Design Awards Book – Celebrating Excellence in Wood Architecture

 This limited edition hardcover book showcases stunning architectural design and building, and is a lasting reference for those seeking inspiration in wood design. Content includes in-depth building descriptions, detail drawings and plans, and striking color photos of award-winning projects from three key programs: Wood Design & Building Awards, US WoodWorks Wood Design Awards, and the Canadian Wood WORKS! Awards. The inspiring projects featured throughout the Awards Book are the end results from teams who were guided by tradition and inspired by the possibility of what’s to come for wood in construction.

Wood Design & Building magazine, in partnership with the Canadian Wood Council, extends its appreciation to all participants of the 2019-20 awards programs and congratulates the winners featured in this book.  A special thank you to the programs’ sponsors for their ongoing support, as well as to our prestigious jurors.

Link to the webstore: Wood Design Awards Books – Canadian Wood Council Webstore (

Wood Design Awards Submissions Now Open