STW543 - Structural Design - Wood

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Last revision date Dec 6, 2019 10:58:36 AM
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Subject Title
Structural Design - Wood

Subject Description
In this design course the students will perform residential house design project compliant with Part 9 of the Ontario Building Code (OBC) using Revit Building Information Modelling (BIM) software.  Topics include design of areas and spaces, loads, below grade construction, Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) walls, wood frame construction, floors, wood connectors, roof construction and energy efficiency of houses.

Credit Status
One subject credit in the Civil Engineering Technology program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Create a 3-D model of a detached house using Revit BIM software.
  2. Size structural members (i.e. footings, walls, columns, floor/roof members and connectors) according to OBC, joist manufactures’ brochures and Simson Strong Tie connector catalogue.
  3. Produce project documentation compliant with industry practices and drafting standards.
  4. Apply various strategies to obtain energy efficient house design which meets current code standards.

Essential Employability Skills
Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.