Simpson Strong-Tie understands that it works in an ever-changing industry where learning never stops. To keep customers abreast of the latest product and code information, the company offers a variety of training workshops. These educational courses are typically held at one of Simpson's branch locations across North America or can be scheduled right at the job site. Simpson also hosts larger events at its Tye Gilb Research Lab in Stockton, California.
In June 2007, Simpson invited building professionals from all around the country to attend its Wall Bracing Symposium in Stockton, California. Presenters included academia, engineers and code officials. The purpose of the symposium was to review and discuss the new wall bracing provisions in the building code, and look at some of the innovative and simplified solutions to wall bracing design. The full-day event featured 3D, cyclic/static and shake table testing at Simpson's Tye Gilb Lab.
Here's what attendees said about the symposium:
"The lab alone was worth the trip. It is very interesting to see how products are designed and tested."
"This type of session should be seen by any engineer, building official or builder. It helped me understand some of the limitations placed on engineering design by the code. The individuals presenting were top class and very informed about issues that affect our company..."
"The discussion and interaction with code officials and engineers from across the country provides you with an enormous amount of insight on how this issue is dealt with nation wide."
"I learned a lot from both the Simpson staff and the guest speakers. Information that I can implement on the job and share with other code enforcement and builders."
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