Design of Timber Structures to Eurocode 5 - The Essentials

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Eurocode 5 is a robust and rigorous design code, but takes a less prescriptive approach to design compared to BS5268. As such it offers opportunities in design but will require clear understanding and careful application. It is expected that the new design code will enhance timber design in the UK especially for engineers as yet unfamiliar with timber as a structural building material.

This one day training course covers the essentials of the design of timber structures to Eurocode 5. It is ideal for experienced designers looking for the key differences between BS and Eurocodes, ensuring a smooth transition from the British Standards.

For each of the principal aspects covered, the course provides background to the structural behaviour, explanation of the codified treatment including departure from existing practice (BS 5268), illustrating with worked examples where appropriate. It also considers the interaction with other Eurocodes on the design of timber structures.



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Programme Overview

Sessions begin at 9:00 and finish at 17:00. Morning and afternoon coffee breaks and lunch are included in the programme.

Session 1 - General introduction
Session 2 - Introduction to structural design
Session 3 - Overview of EN1990 (basis of design)
Session 4 - Overview of EN1995-1-1 (Eurocode 5)
Session 5 - Materials & their properties
Session 6 - Ultimate Limit State Design
Session 7 - Serviceability Limit State Design
Session 8 - Connections with metal fasteners
Session 9 - Components and assemblies


Dr. Binsheng (Ben) Zhang is a Senior Lecturer in Civil and Structural Engineering in the School of Engineering and Built Environment at Glasgow Caledonian University. He obtained BEng, MSc and PhD in 1987 in Civil Engineering at Tongji University, Shanghai, and has been since working at Glasgow University as a Research Fellow for 14 years and at Edinburgh Napier University as a Lecturer in Structural Engineering for 10 years. In between he was briefly working as a Structural Consultant in Preston. He has been a member of UK timber design code committee B/525/5 since 2004, and was a member of European COST Action E55 (Modelling of the performance of timber structures) and COST Action FP0702 (Net-acoustics for timber based lightweight buildings and elements (TBLB)). He has been a visiting research fellow and a guest professor to a number of universities in China and Australia. He has supervised a number of PhD students and completed two technical books on Structural timber design to Eurocode 5 and Cleaning of old buildings. He has delivered many CPD courses on EN 1990, EN 1991, EN 1992 and EN 1995 on behalf of BSI, ICE, IStructE, etc., and also published many conference and journal papers on design and analysis of concrete and timber structures and building cleaning. He has been a graduate member of ICE since the early 1990s.

Learning Objectives
At the end of the course delegates should have:
  • The ability to undertake the design of basic timber structures to Eurocode 5
  • Knowledge of the principle differences between Eurocode 5 (part 1-1) and BS5268: part 2
  • The ability to navigate effectively around Eurocode 5 and other Eurocode parts necessary for the design of timber structures.
  • Knowledge of the challenges and opportunities that Eurocode 5 brings to composite structural design
  • Knowledge of the Eurocode suite and how the code parts interact
  • Knowledge of the Eurocode suite and their impact on UK design practice​
Who Should Attend?

If you are an experienced designer, familiar with design to current British Standards and looking for transition training covering the key changes between the BS codes and Eurocodes, then the 1 day Essentials courses will meet your requirements.

Delegates will include:

  • Civil and structural engineers who design or supervise the design of timber structures
  • Building control and checking engineers

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