Course code MatZ5035

Credit points 9

Uses of Wood in Structures IV

Total Hours in Course243

Number of hours for lectures12

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes60

Independent study hours171

Date of course confirmation05.01.2016

Responsible UnitInstitute of Civil Engineering and Wood Processing

Course developer


Kārlis Pugovičs

Mg. sc. ing.

Prior knowledge

MatZ5024, Uses of Wood in Structures I

MatZ5025, Uses of Wood in Structures II

MatZ5034, Uses of Wood in Structures III

Course abstract

Wood is a building material that has been used based on private-sector buildings. There is already a well-known public buildings as part of the construction element. Over the past century many European countries conducted a study and design of a comprehensive review of operational experience have resulted in building basic design principles. These principles for this are discussed in this study course in general, but from practical application side, designing by computer programs.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge of wood as a construction material advantages and disadvantages (independent work defense and oral test). Skills take various wood products and product design work, including through the proposed design of the computer program (independent work defense and oral test). Competence find the best ecological and economically advantageous design of wood product design and performance options (independent work defense and oral test).

Course Content(Calendar)

1.Main types of joints in wood construction elements (lectures 4 hours)
2.Use of wood in construction (lectures 4 hours)
3.Forecasting wood properties in load-bearing and self-supporting structural elements (lectures 4 hours)
4.Designing of wooden structures in design programms (practical classes 60 hours)

Requirements for awarding credit points

Independent work regarding choice of the study subject and oral test should be defended

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Independent work based on the one of the topics of study plan

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The final evaluation of the study course consists of:
independent work - 90%; oral test - 10%

Compulsory reading

1. Bowyer L.J., Shmulsky R., Haygreen J.G. Forest Products and Wood Science: An Introduction. 5th Edition. Wiley-Blackwell, 2007. 576 p.
2. Hoadley R.B. Understanding Wood: A Craftsman's Guide to Wood Technology. The Taunton Press, 2000. 288 p.
3. Timber engineering. Edited by S. Thelandersson, H. J. Larsen. Chichester etc.:John Wiley & Son, 2003. 446 lpp.
4. Manual for the design of timber building structures to Eurocode 5. London: TRADA Institution of Structural Engineers, 2007. 258 p.

Further reading

1. Bowyer J.L., Shmulsky R., Haygreen J.G. Forest Products and Wood Science: An Introductin. 4th edition. Lowa State: Press A.Blacwell Publishing Commpany, 2003. 554 p.
2. Ozola L. Koka būvkonstrukciju aplēse un konstruēšana I. Jelgava: LLU, 2008. 259 lpp.
3. Ozola L. Koka būvkonstrukciju aplēse un konstruēšana II. Jelgava: LLU, 2011. 208 lpp.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Baltijas Koks. ISSN: 1407-6667


The study course is included in the master level program Wood Materials and Technology as specialization in the one directions realized by Forest Faculty