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STD105-A – Designing with AWC's National Design Specification® (NDS®) for Wood Construction (NDS 2012)

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AWC's 2012 National Design Specification (NDS) for Wood Construction is referenced in US building codes and used to design wood structures worldwide. This article will highlight the changes in the 2012 NDS and 2012 NDS Supplement relative to previous editions and provide an overview of the standard.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Be familiar with the significant changes between the 2005 and 2012 NDS and NDS Supplement.
  2. Be aware of the updated language relating to glued laminated timber (glulam) and new glulam adjustment factors.
  3. Be familiar with relevant new provisions for connection design.
  4. Be aware of revised LRFD Format Conversion Factors (KF) and resistance factors (Φ).

Equivalencies: 1.0 Hours of Instruction = 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEU) = 1 Professional Development Hours (PDH) = 1 Learning Units (LU)


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