Free Webinar - Timber Design to AS1720.1


ClearCalcs engineering development lead Brooks Smith gave this free engineering webinar covering Timber Design to AS1720.1, including a discussion of common design parameters and considerations, a comparison with the residentially geared AS1720.3, as well as worked examples using the AS 1720.1 calculator in ClearCalcs.

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Long a mainstay in residential construction due to its versatility, cost, and environmental friendliness, timber is now seeing growing demand in mid rise structures thanks to growing understanding of how to utilise the material, as well as the continued rise in availability of engineered wood products (EWP) such as glue laminated and cross laminated timbers.

However, unlike steel whose properties tend to remain fairly constant over time, timber has a range of factors that need to be considered by engineers including moisture content, creep, and load duration factors.

Webinar Recording

Webinar Slides

Timber Beam Tutorial and Worked Examples

See the webinar excerpt containing the worked examples of a simple and complex timber beam using the ClearCalcs AS1720.1 calculator.

Webinar Details

  • Date: Wednesday March 11th
  • Time: 1pm AEST
  • Duration: 1 hour

What the webinar covered

  • An overview of Timber Design parameters for AS1720.1
  • Common design considerations for timber
  • Comparison with the residential focused AS1720.3 and AS1684 standards
  • Worked examples using the AS1720.1 timber calculator in ClearCalcs
  • End Q&A

About The Speaker:

Brooks H. Smith, CPEng, PE, MIEAust, NER, RPEQ

Holding a Master's degree in structural engineering, Chartered Status in Australia, and licensure in the United States, Brooks now leads ClearCalcs's engineering team. While his experience has led him to design and analyse both new and existing buildings in all common structural materials, his specialty lies in cold-formed steel. His previous experience was as a senior engineer in a specialty CFS product development consultant, with clients across the globe. Prior to that, his nearly 10 years of experience includes working as a forensic structural engineer in the United States, a university research fellow on system behaviour, and an engineering software tester for a major finite element analysis software package. As the Engineering Development Lead at ClearCalcs, Brooks now manages the full engineering team, maintains the platform's FEA solver, serves as the primary contact for customer technical support, and gives training sessions for new customers. Brooks is also an avid cyclist, biking in to the office each day, and loves hiking enough that he completed the 3,517 km, 6-month Appalachian Trail a few years ago.

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