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  • Christopher Barrett says:
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    Nicely updated 6th edition ~, September 1, 2012
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    This review is from: Timber Construction Manual (Hardcover)
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    This is the sixth edition (the website listing says 5th, but the picture is of the 6th, and that is the version I received). In this edition the authors have updated a few of the key areas concerning the application of new technology and software towards construction of laminated timber. The majority of the information has not changed since previous editions.

    The contents of this text are geared towards a few industries as well as students. Timber and beam construction firms are the most obvious beneficiaries. The text is also applicable towards home building and home design; commercial building design and engineering; and bridge construction engineering.

    The text covers the two common types of timber: sawed wood beams and laminate, glued wood (glulam). The text discusses grading of each type as well as support, stress levels, and maximum tension of particular sizes and grades of lumber and glulam. Engineers will find the beam and join load and tension capacity sections very informative and well written. Emphasis in this text is on engineering wood structures to ensure complete safety and load capacity maximums are well in accordance with regulations.

    The sections covered:
    1. Timber construction
    2. Wood Properties
    3. Timber Design
    4. Timber Beams
    5. Timber Columns and Tension Members
    6. Timber-Beam Columns and Tension Beams
    7. Tapered Beams
    8. Curved Glulam Beams
    9. Glulam Arches
    10. Heavy Timber Decking
    11. Connections in Timber Structures
    12. Member Capacity at Connections
    13. Dowel-Type Fastners
    14. Shear Plates and Split Rings
    15. Moment Splicers
    16. Load and Resistance Factor Design
    17. Timber Bridges
    18. LRFD Bridge Design
    19. ASD Bridge Design
    20. Fire Safety

    I found the text well written and exhaustive. The text encompasses 672 pages, and it is well formatted for ease of use as reference or as an instructional text (to be read straight through). The text is a compilation over the years and is published by Wiley, but written by the American Institute of Timber Construction. This is the industry standard text for timber construction.

    All 2012 codes and design specifications are addressed in this (6th) edition.

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  • Samuel says:
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    Thorough, August 27, 2013
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    Samuel

    This review is from: Timber Construction Manual (Hardcover)
    I checked out this book from the library. I used the book Design of Wood Structures Sixth Edition in my timber structures course during my undergraduate, but this book touched on topics that the other book did not, such as timber bridges, LRFD bridge design criteria and tapered members.

    This book is referring to the 2012 NDS, even though most of the references I was able to find in my 2005 NDS as well. The pages of this book are small, do not let the book thickness fool you. Appendix A is almost 100 pages of design examples, recall that the “examples” in the NDS are a thick paperback book as well.

    Do I recommend this book? Yes. I would suggest borrowing the book from someone you know before buying it.

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  • Mark says:
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    Excellent resource, April 21, 2013
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    This review is from: Timber Construction Manual (Hardcover)
    The material is very up-to-date and presented in an easily understandable manner. It also presents both LRFD and ASD design methods. Another great aspect is that other sources are regularly cited throughout the text; if you want to learn more about a particular subject you’ll have at least one good reference within that section. Overall a great book for both educating and referencing in the professional field!
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