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Joe Miller

Allouez, MI
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Joe Miller ( is a structural engineer specializing in the design and engineering of timber framer structures. As partner with Fire Tower Engineered Timber, he heads up the Michigan office located just across the lake on the Keweenaw Peninsula. Catching the timber framing bug early in life when helping restore the familial homestead, Joe gained academic experience through graduate engineering degrees in mortise and tenon joinery as well as key-laminated timber beams. He had hands-on experience working with several timber frame companies, both in the office and in the shop, before working as a consulting engineer, licensed throughout the US and Canada.

Current Courses Offered by Joe Miller

1 Day
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Timber Frame Engineering: An Introduction

Even the most simple timber frame structures require careful attention to basic engineering principles. Gain insight into how to design like a timber-framer but think like an engineer in this introductory course. Starting with a basic overview of how to determine the forces one can expect a traditional timber frame…
Thu, Apr 26th, 2018
Instructor: Joe Miller
1 Day
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Timber Frame Roof and Truss Engineering

The course focuses on the traits that make engineering of roof framing more challenging. Topics such as mitigating eave thrust as well as unbalanced loading will be covered, culminating in the sizing of members and connections for a king post truss. Investigation of other truss forms will be provided as…
Fri, Apr 27th, 2018
Instructor: Joe Miller