The Wooden Crate Design and Performance short course is a 2.5-day, in-person course. It will inform attendees about the principles of wooden crate design. This course will introduce the different crate styles and characteristics commonly used in the US. Attendees will learn how the selection of wood affects crate performance in the field, how to evaluate the performance, and how to select the appropriate fastener to ensure crate performance. Attendees will be exposed to the principles of wood mechanics and how to use truss and buckling theories to design the components of crates.


Tuesday, August 27, 2024: 8:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday, August 28, 2024: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday, August 29, 2024 8:00am - 12:00pm


Dr. Laszlo Horvath, Associate Professor, Virginia Tech
Director, Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design
In 2010, Dr. Horvath received his Ph.D. in Forest Biomaterials from NC State. He is one of the few packaging professionals who have received the "ISTA CPLP – Professional Level" certification. He is the chair of the ASTM D1185 working group, a U.S. delegate of TC 51, and a voting member of ANSI MH1 and MH 10 committees.

Dr. Daniel Hindman, Associate Professor of Wood Engineering
Virginia Tech
Daniel Hindman serves as an associate professor in the Sustainable Biomaterials department where his research program focuses on the efficient use of low-carbon, biological-based materials for construction. Dr. Hindman's research philosophy revolves around three principles related to wood materials: structure, safety, and sustainability. Dr. Hindman is a member of several professional organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Forest Products Society, and the National Frame Building Association. Dr. Hindman holds a Professional Engineering license in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Section Title
Wooden Crate Design and Performance
T, W
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Aug 27, 2024 to Aug 28, 2024
8:00AM to 12:00PM
Aug 29, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Virginia Tech - Blacksburg (Main Campus)
Fees starting at $1,456.00
Section Notes

For the most up-to-date information related to this program, please visit: https://www.unitload.vt.edu/education/continuing-education/crate-design-and-performance.html

Additional Information:
You will be required to bring a charged laptop to the course. If needed, parking passes will be issued during check in startomg at 7:45am on August 27th at the Brooks Forest Products Center - 1650 Research Center Drive Blacksburg, VA 24061 and you will need to provide your liscense tag number

Refund and Cancellation Policy:
Refund requests must be received 14 calendar days prior to the program start date. A $30 administrative fee will be deducted from all refunds. Requests should be sent by email or by initiating a drop request through the student portal in our online registration system. As an alternative to a refund, you may send a substitute at no additional cost. Please contact us at 540-231-5182 or e-mail cpeinfo@vt.edu to request a substitution.

Please note: refunds will not be issued for no-shows or for cancellations received on or after the program start date. In the unlikely event that this program is cancelled or postponed due to insufficient enrollments or unforeseen circumstances, the university will fully refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any other expenses, including cancellation or change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, travel agencies, or other organizations.

Anyone requesting special requirements for this program should contact cpeinfo@vt.edu.

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