Overcoming Challenges in Assessing and Rehabilitating Timber Structures

Overcoming Challenges in Assessing and Rehabilitating Timber Structures

Direct and adaptive reuse of old, historic, and sometimes archaic structures can provide new purpose for buildings that have outlived their original use. However, these projects require a careful engineering assessment to determine their ability to continue safely performing under current building code requirements. This is not an easy endeavor for any building type, and timber-framed structures are no exception. These structures typically require a thorough investigation of existing conditions; careful analysis to determine in-place structural capacity; and creativity to conceive effective, yet practical and economically feasible solutions. In this webinar, we will provide an overview of how to investigate, assess, and rehabilitate wood structures.


After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the main characteristics of wood as a construction material
  • Identify typical mechanisms of deterioration of wood in existing structures
  • Understand the process of investigation, assessment, and rehabilitation of wood structures
  • Recognize typical loading and as-built conditions of existing structures that warrant investigation and assessment

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for attending the live webinar. Registration is free. Please note that space is limited – email events@sgh.com to join our waitlist if the session is closed when you register. 

About the Speaker

Filippo  Masetti
Filippo Masetti | Associate Principal

Filippo Masetti has overseen design, investigation, strengthening, and rehabilitation projects involving concrete, steel, masonry, fiber-reinforced-polymer, and wood structures. He has published articles and lectured at conferences and universities on these and related topics. He specializes in load testing of existing structures and is an active member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Committee 437 on Strength Evaluation of Existing Concrete Buildings.  He has participated in assessing and rehabilitating numerous timber structures, including long-span trusses.