Design of Timber Structures to Eurocode 5


1-day course

CPD Credit: 6.5 hours, C1

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Course Aim

This course aims to provide candidates with a comprehensive explanation of the background to Eurocode 5 and provide practical worked examples for design of timber elements.

Course Overview

Eurocode 5 is the new design standard for the design of elements in timber construction. This course will provide background to the provisions in the code and explain how to apply them to building structures. Practical examples will be provided to allow delegates to get to grips with the details and be confident of using Eurocode 5 for real projects. The course will recognise the established practices of BS 5268 and highlight differences and key areas of consideration for the practicing structural engineer.

Course Objectives

After the course, the participants should:

  • Have an ability to undertake the design of basic timber structures to Eurocode 5
  • Understand the principle differences between Eurocode 5 and BS5268
  • Have an appreciation of the Eurocode suite and their impact on design practice
  • Appreciate the practicalities of design using Eurocode 5


Background to the Codes

The Future of  the Eurocodes & BREXIT

The Design Process

Modelling & Analysis requirements to Eurocode 5

Design for Bending, Shear, Compression & Tension

The fundamentals of connection design

Behaviour of Timber in Fire

Durability and Protection

Grade selection

Q & A

Who Should Attend?

Consulting Engineers with some experience in designing structures and structural elements. Engineers with practical experience in using BS 5268. Engineers seeking an overview of the code to understand and manage current design standards. Some knowledge of timber design and Eurocodes 0 and 1 would be useful but not essential. A calculator and pencil are essential, but other required materials will be provided.

Trainer’s Profile

Colin Short Dip Eng, C Eng, Eur Eng, FIEI, FIStructE, MICE

Colin is a retired fellow of Engineers Ireland. Born in London, England, he had graduated as a civil engineer, with two years’ work experience, before he was twenty-one. He has worked with local authorities, international contractors and well-known international consulting engineers; opening as a consulting engineer on his own account in the mid-1980s. He has had partial or total responsibility for projects including, flood alleviation works, tunnelling, sugar mills, cement works, television studios, power stations, sewerage, water systems, gas pipelines, city gas conversion, hotels, apartments and housing. He has travelled widely to the far east, middle east, Australia and Europe; settling in Ireland during the mid-1970s. Since retirement, he has been more involved with building standards development and currently represents Ireland as the Liaison Engineer for structural steel and a member of the steering committees developing the Eurocodes, and the Irish mirror committee assessing the new version of the Timber Eurocode.


  • Ciaran Cadogan, Garland Consulting Engineers: “Excellent course and delivery, thank you.”
  • Matthew Fagan, CSEA: “The course was helpful. I have not participated in timber design in a number of years so found it to be a good refresher. Colin was clear with his explanations and helpful when answering the question posed to him.”
  • “Excellent course covered a huge amount of material in a short time. Good handouts and further references. Well done”
  • “Tutorials and notes were excellent”
  • “Very knowledgeable speaker”
  • “Excellent course and really well presented”


Engineers Ireland supports the Sustainable Development Goals. This event contributes to Engineers Ireland's Sustainability Framework.

Please contact the Team for further information on scheduled course dates and In-Company options. You can reach us by phone: 01 665 1305 or email