Greg Bates

Why West Fraser is the Most Trussed Name in Lumber

Greg Bates

As North America’s largest lumber manufacturer, West Fraser supplies the truss market with mechanically graded lumber, dimension lumber, and premium products such as Prime, Select Structural, and HiLine. Founded nearly seven decades ago West Fraser began operations in 1955 when...

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June 2024
Issue #16299
Page 62
Frank Woeste. P.E.

All Things Wood: Substantial Wood Truss Content at Virginia Tech Course

Frank Woeste

Sponsored by the Virginia Tech Continuing and Professional Education program, a three-day program on light-frame and mass timber construction design topics will be offered on May 14–16, 2024 in Blacksburg, VA. Joining me as instructors this year are Scott D. Coffman, PE, John Holland, MBA,...

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March 2024
Issue #16296
Page 64
MSR Lumber Producers Council

Opportunities Abound at 2024 MSR Workshop in Charlotte

MSR Lumber Producers Council

Spring is in the air and that means it’s time to register for MSRLPC’s annual MSR Workshop! Join attendees from across North America as they convene on April 17 in beautiful downtown Charlotte, NC, for three days of valuable learning and networking opportunities with an incredible...

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March 2024
Issue #16296
Page 74
Glenn Traylor

Can Eased Edge Lumber Usage Impact Truss Design?

Glenn Traylor

Originally intended as an improvement in lumber manufacturing, most dimensional lumber used for framing has a radius corner created during the planing process. The rounded corner radius is intended to make the lumber easier to handle and can improve the lumber’s performance because sharp...

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February 2024
Issue #16295
Page 33
Madison Stephens

AWC Releases New Wood Design Standards

Madison Stephens

The American Wood Council (AWC) released its three new 2024 wood design standards: the National Design Specification® for Wood Construction (NDS®), Wood Frame Construction Manual (WFCM) for One- and Two-Family Dwellings, and Fire Design Specification for Wood Construction (FDS). These...

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February 2024
Issue #16295
Page 90
MSR Lumber Producers Council

Species Substitution: Lean into the Full Flexibility of MSR Lumber

MSR Lumber Producers Council

MSR Lumber has a long history of being the right choice for component manufacturers. This reliable and consistent lumber grading system revolutionized the construction industry when it was introduced to the market in the 1960s, and it continues to be a mainstay for truss producers decades...

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December 2023
Issue #15293
Page 74
Frank Woeste. P.E.

“Person Loading” of Chords Without Structural Wood Sheathing

Frank Woeste

The National Design Standard for Metal Plate Connected Wood Truss Construction, ANSI/TPI 1-2022 has been updated to require a design load check that accounts for a Person Loading of a roof truss chord without structural wood sheathing. As discussed in the ANSI/TPI 1 Commentary, this loading...

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September 2023
Issue #15290
Page 94
MSR Lumber Producers Council

Face Time is Favorite at the MSR Workshop

MSR Lumber Producers Council

MSRLPC President George Hamilton summed up this year’s MSR Workshop in three simple words: quality time together. “The Workshop has always been centered on networking and education but this year’s event was particularly focused on the opportunity for people to enjoy some...

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July 2023
Issue #15288
Page 70
MSR Lumber Producers Council

MSRLPC Streamlines Design Values Comparison with New Online Tool

MSR Lumber Producers Council

The MSR Lumber Producer Council’s new Design Values Comparison Tool makes it possible for component manufacturers and other lumber buyers to easily build a comparison table based on species, size, and grade that includes design values for both visually graded and machine-graded dimensional...

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June 2023
Issue #15287
Page 68
Tuomo Poutanen, PhD

Glued Roof Trusses

Tuomo Poutanen

In my previous article, The Evolution of Glued Trussed Joists, in the August 2021 issue, I explain that glued trusses have potential in floors. The new G-joist has high resistance. The chord shear failure is eliminated as the web finger punches the chord. The web-chord glue area is big. The mean...

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April 2023
Issue #15285
Page 94
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