User Guide

The User Guide is a live document which is updated periodically by the WoodWorks® Design Office Technical Support staff. For ease of use, the User Guide has been split into multiple documents. The document known as the User Manual, includes instructions for operating the WoodWorks® Design Office programs as well as information on the software design settings. All of the tutorials for Sizer, Shearwalls, Connections and the Database Editor have been split into multiple documents which can be downloaded as individual tutorials or as packages of all the tutorials for each program. Detailed engineering information used in the WoodWorks® Design Office programs can be found in the help files, which are accessible through the program help menu or by clicking F1.

User Manual

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Sizer Tutorials

  (updated February 8, 2017)

All Tutorials (1 to 6) These documents include all of the tutorials described below. CDN U.S.
Tutorial 1 Beam Mode – Determine the beam size based on given loads and allow Sizer to suggest solutions. CDN U.S.
Tutorial 2 Beam Mode – Determine the capacity of a pre-determined Beam size. CDN U.S.
Tutorial 3 Column Mode – Determine the column sizer based on given loads and allow Sizer to suggest solutions. CDN U.S.
Tutorial 4 Column Mode – Determine the capacity of a pre-determined Column size. CDN U.S.
Tutorial 5 Concept Mode – Create a gravity load model of a two storey structure. CDN U.S.
Tutorial 6 Concept Mode – Create the gravity load model which is demonstrated in the concept mode overview video. CDN U.S.

Shearwalls Tutorials

  (updated February 8, 2017)

All Tutorials (1 to 6) These documents include all of the tutorials described below. CDN U.S.
Tutorial 1 Design a Single Shearwall – Tutorial demonstrates how to utilize shearwalls to check the shear capacity of a single shear resisting element CDN U.S.
Tutorial 2 Quick Start – Tutorial demonstrates the major steps for creating a shearwalls model. CDN U.S.
Tutorial 3 Two Storey Structure – Tutorial goes through the steps to create a shearwalls model including load generation. This tutorial matches the model created in the following online video (CDN, U.S.) CDN U.S.
Tutorial 4 Structure and Roof Block Strategy – Tutorial provides a strategy for creating structure and roof blocks in Shearwalls. The following video provides additional guidance on the subject. CDN U.S.
Tutorial 5 Matching Published Design Examples – Tutorial goes over how to reproduce results from specific CWC and AWC publications. CDN U.S.
Tutorial 6 Three Storey Building – Tutorial goes through the modelling of a three storey apartment building. A technique for creating standard walls on each storey is demonstrated. CDN U.S.

Connections Tutorials

  (updated February 8, 2017)

All Tutorials (1 to 4) These documents include all of the tutorials described below. CDN U.S.
Tutorial 1 Tutorial goes over how to design a diagonal brace bolted connection. CDN U.S.
Tutorial 2 Tutorial goes over how to design a bolted beam to column connection. CDN U.S.
Tutorial 3 Tutorial goes over how to design a screwed lap splice connection CDN U.S.
Tutorial 4 Tutorial goes over how to design a collector or drag strut using a steel to wood la splice connection. CDN U.S.

Database Editor Tutorials

  (updated February 8, 2017)

Tutorial 1 Tutorial goes over how to modify a custom SCL database CDN U.S.
Tutorial 2 Tutorial goes over how to add steel sections into the existing steel beam database included in the Canadian edition. (Feature not yet available in U.S. edition). CDN
Additional Database Editor information Create a new custom database.

Create a custom database based on an existing custom database.

Create a custom database based on an existing standard database.