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WSE Seminar Series: Justin Holman, MS Candidate

Load Paths in Wood Frame Residential Structures

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Every year natural disasters cost more than $35 Billion in property loss. While most buildings are designed to withstand moderate loads from natural causes such as wind, snow and earthquakes, not many are designed to withstand more extreme loads from these natural causes. In the case of wood frame residential structures, many are built based on a prescriptive code and are not specifically engineered. To minimize loss of property, we must understand how these loadings effect structures, particularly based on the building's geometry, and what code modifications may help improve the likelihood of a structure withstanding a natural disaster. This research is the third in a progression of projects investigation load paths in wood frame residential structures, with the geometry at each stage becoming progressively more complex. These new understandings of how to make buildings more resistant to natural disasters could save billions of dollars, and potentially many lives.

 Justin Holman is pursuing a Masters degree in Civil Engineering and Wood Science. Previously, he obtained a Bachelors degree in Engineering with a concentration in Mechanical Engineering from George Fox University. Upon graduating from George Fox, he obtained an internship at Eclipse Engineering, a structural engineering firm located in Bend, Oregon, where he worked for a year before coming to Oregon State.

Richardson Hall (campus map)
Jessica King
Jessica.King at oregonstate.edu
Wood Science & Engineering
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