Forest Service/USDA Wood Innovations Grants
Recipient Point of Contact: Matt Kantner
Location: Sandy Springs, Georgia
While there are many great resources for building owners, contractors, and designers related to mass timber design, there are few tools available for codified design of relatively new mass timber elements for structural engineers. This project intends to help plug this gap by producing, publicly releasing, and promoting two tools that structural engineers can use for fast and accurate design of CLT elements: one tool for bending members (e.g. floors and roofs) and the other for primarily axially loaded members (e.g. walls). Any structural engineer designing CLT members will benefit from these tools –using them will save engineers time, make them more comfortable designing CLT elements, and ultimately will spur use of CLT on building projects. This will benefit the entire forest product value chain from landowners all the way to CLT fabricators and erectors.