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Structures I

Students explore the basic theory and design concepts of different construction systems and practices used for commercial and industrial purposes in the Canadian construction industry. The students perform basic calculations which will assist them in understanding the role of the structural engineer and then integrate their architectural drawings into the structural system. The design and structural efficiency of structural members and systems including sizing and erection methods of columns, trusses, beams and girders will be studied. Students will also be introduced to basic safety issues during construction of structural timber buildings. Students are further introduced to in depth timber construction including loading on structural timber members, structural details and construction requirements. Resulting from this course, students will gain a comparative knowledge of timber-frame structural design, analysis of structural detailing in engineering and shop drawings and the required skills of architectures in the design and construction process. Students will participate in interactive lectures, discussions, and assignments.