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Continuing Education

Bringing the Knowledge of the Testing Laboratory and the Field Together for Continual Improvement of our Timber Bridges Construction Environments


As a leading builder of timber bridges, we promote continuing education for all employees and require continuing education for our project foremen. We do this to ensure that our clients receive the highest quality and safest end product available.

February 2 - 5, 2005: Deck Expo, Tampa Florida

"Design Code Conforming Deck and Inspection of Existing Decks"
Attended by: Brent Hallford and Duran McNeil

"Radius Deck Fundamentals"
Attended by: JD James, President, Aaron Carl, Project Manager, Brian Green, Supervisor, Brent Hallford, Duran McNeil, and Kurt Fruedenreich.

"Fastner Corrosion Issues in New Treated Lumber and a Need for Standardized Testing"
Attended by: JD James, President, Aaron Carl, Project Manager, Brian Green, Supervisor, Brent Hallford, Duran McNeil, and Kurt Fruedenreich.

"Elements of Deck Design"
Attended by: JD James, President, Aaron Carl, Project Manager, Brian Green, Supervisor, Brent Hallford, Duran McNeil, and Kurt Fruedenreich.

"Code Conforming Rail and Posts Connections"
Attended by: JD James, President, Aaron Carl, Project Manager, Brian Green, Supervisor, and Kurt Fruedenreich.

"What's YOUR Problem: Clear the Deck Annual Problem-Solving Roundtable"
Attended by: JD James, President, Aaron Carl, Project Manager, Brian Green, Supervisor, and Kurt Fruedenreich.

"Steel Support Framing Alternatives"
Attended by: Aaron Carl, Project Manager.

"Why Deck Builders Should be in the Dock-Building Business, & How to Do It"
Attended by: JD James, President.

November 16 - 18, 2004

"An Introductory Course in Structural Design with Wood"
Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, Virginia.
Attended by: JD James, President, Aaron Carl, Project Manager, and Brian Green, Supervisor

This class reviewed structural wood design engineering in respect to field applications. This helps our crews better understand the requirements for the structural loads our structures must carry and to better interact with project engineers.
http://www.conted.vt.edu/sdww/

April 28 - 30, 2004

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"Liability Issues, Design Data, and Inspection Techniques for Wood Decks, Balconies, and Porches."
Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, Virginia.
Attended by: JD James, President and April James, Vice President.

This class demonstrated many important issues facing the deck industry, including:

The feature of this class that was most compelling was the laboratory testing demonstrations, showing some very common deck building practices that can lead to catastrophic failures.

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