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Wood as an Engineering Material: Use of Wood in Buildings and Bridges

COURSE NO: S02-025
COURSE PROVIDER: Gilbert Gedeon, P.E.
Wood as an Engineering Material: Use of Wood in Buildings and Bridges
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course describes the features of various types of building systems. It places emphasis on how these systems have adapted to the use of modern materials and techniques.


In North America, most housing and commercial structures built prior to the 20th century used wood as the major structural material. The abundant wood resource formed the basic structure for most houses, commercial buildings, bridges, and utility poles. Today, houses and many light commercial and industrial buildings are made using modern wood structural materials. Recently, there has been increased interest in using wood for various types of transportation structures, including highway bridges. Furthermore, prefabricated floor and wall panels along with prefabricated roof and floor trusses or I-joists are replacing piece-by-piece on-site construction with dimension lumber.


This 2 PDH online course is applicable to civil, structural or geotechnical engineers, as well as design and construction personnel who are interested in gaining a better understanding in use of wood in buildings and bridges.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding of light-frame building type construction
  • Understanding of post-frame and pole building type construction
  • Understanding of log and heavy timber building type construction
  • Understanding of timber bridge type construction
  • Application of thermal insulation controls, air filtration controls, moisture and sound controls to the construction of wood structures
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review Chapter 17, "Use of Wood in Buildings and Bridges" of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Publication, “Wood Handbook - Wood as An Engineering Material”, FPL-GTR-190.
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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions to earn 2 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on Chapter 17 of this USDA publication.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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