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Workshops - Post-Frame Building Design


This course instructs the trainee in the structural design of wood and metal post-frame buildings, including the main force-resisting system, bracing, components and cladding, and fasteners.  The course follows the design process for pole buildings, beginning with standards and codes and determination of loads, through structural analysis and member selection, and concluding with foundation design.  Both computer and hand methods of analysis are presented.  The Allowable Stress Design (ASD) method is emphasized, but the Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) method is also covered.  Additional related topics that can be included in the course are: prefabricated metal buildings, retaining wall design, slab on grade design, base plate and anchor bolt design, pressure treated wood, and construction quality assurance.  Other topics related to structural design may be added to the course upon request of the hosting state.


Upon completion of this workshop, the participants will be able to:

  • Identify the industry-standard codes and references related to pole building design.
  • Understand the structural behavior of pole buildings and their components.
  • Determine design loads and critical load combinations.
  • Design all components and fasteners of pole buildings and selected appurtenances.


Basic understanding of structural analysis, including shear and bending moment diagrams, stress-strain relationships, and determinate and indeterminate structures.


24 class hours

Target Audience

Field engineers and design engineers involved in pole building design and construction.