“Back to Basics” Engineered Wood Sessions Provide Critical Training for Dealers
APA–The Engineered Wood Association will host a weekly comprehensive training webinar series beginning on April 8. The free training modules will run between 30 and 90 minutes each.
APA’s new training series includes six “Back to Basics” modules that cover key topics related to I-joists, Rim Board®, laminated veneer lumber, and glulam. This training is designed for dealer and distributor sales staffs, who can share the knowledge and training with their retail teams and builder customers.
“Manufacturers, distributors, and builders are all reporting a critical need for training as they rebuild from the recession and hire new employees,” said Marilyn Thompson, market communications director for APA. “New hires often lack knowledge and understanding of engineered wood products, design considerations, and installation recommendations. Even experienced sales personnel can benefit from a refresher.”
There are no prerequisites. But to get the most benefit from the program, trainees should be familiar with basic concepts and terminology of residential and light commercial wood frame construction. An elementary understanding of the mechanical concepts such as shear and bending moments in beams also is useful for webinars two, three, four, and six.
Titles of the webinar series include the following:
April 8: Introduction to Engineered Wood Products (EWP): This webinar is designed for trainees new to the EWP industry and includes an introduction to the types of engineered wood products and a discussion of their typical applications in light-frame construction and the benefits of engineered wood products over competing products. Webinar length: 1 hour.
April 15: Product Design Considerations, Selection and Specification for I-Joists and Rim Board®: Introduces trainees to the types of loads on buildings, designing for load paths, load factors, simple and multiple spans, and using span tables in specifying I-joists and rim board in floor systems. Webinar length: 1 hour.
April 22: I-Joist Floor Framing and Rim Board Construction Details: Introduces trainees to best practices in the design of engineered floor systems. It includes recommendations for I-joist and Rim Board layout and the proper use of joist hangers, squash blocks and web stiffeners for transferring vertical loads. It also includes a review of framing details and recommended notching and drilling practices to maintain structural integrity. Webinar length: 75 minutes.
April 29: I-Joist Roof Framing and Construction Details: Introduces trainees to best practices in the design of engineered roof systems. It includes recommendations for the proper use of joist hangers, squash blocks and web stiffeners for transferring roof loads for a variety of common roof types. It also includes a review of framing details and recommended notching and drilling practices to maintain structural integrity. Webinar length: 45 minutes.
May 6: Best Practices for I-Joist, LVL, and LSL Handling and Storage: Covers best practices in the storage and handling of I-joists, laminated veneer lumber (LVL) and laminated strand lumber (LSL) in distribution/dealer yards and on the jobsite. The module includes examples of proper storage and handling as well as examples of practices to avoid. Webinar length: 30 minutes.
May 13: Glulam Beam and Header Applications: A detailed introduction to the uses and specification of glulam for beams, headers and columns. Topics include glulam construction and anatomy, typical applications, appearance classifications, preservative treatments and finishing, notching, drilling and connection details, specifying beams and headers, and understanding the glulam trademark (grade stamp). Webinar length: 90 minutes.
Each webinar will be presented live by an APA engineered wood specialist. Presenters for this webinar series include Roger Roatch, senior engineered wood specialist for APA; Daren Graham, engineered wood specialist for APA; and Nick Wortel, engineered wood specialist for APA.
Webinars are free, but registration is required. For registration information, visit http://www.apawood.org/webinars.