Design of Timber Structures to Eurocode 5 - The Essentials

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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)
Session5  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


Julian Marcroft

Julian is a chartered engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, and Institute of Wood Science. He is former International Director and Director of Timber Technology and Construction Centre of BRE. He has extensive experience in both the timber technology and construction fields nationally and internationally with consultants, contractors, universities and trade bodies. Julian has published widely and represented the Building Control Division of CLG on national and international code and standard committees.

Learning objectives
  • How to undertake the design of basic timber structures to Eurocode 5
  • The principle differences between Eurocode 5 (part 1-1) and BS5268: part 2
  • How to navigate effectively around Eurocode 5 and other Eurocode parts necessary for the design of timber structures
  • The challenges and opportunities that Eurocode 5 brings to composite structural design
  • The Eurocode suite, how the code parts interact, and their impact on UK design practice
Who should attend?

This Eurocodes training course is ideal for engineers and professionals looking for a transition from permissible design to Ultimate Limit State design. 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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