Resume (C.V.)

Jeff R. Filler, Ph.D., P.E.

Consulting Engineer / Technical Writer and Editor / Freelance Writer (Present, Part-Time)

Consultant to the building products and engineering industry; development and review of test plans, product testing, and other documents pursuant to product evaluations and approvals. Particular emphasis in structural wood products.

Technical writer / editor for the Wood Products Council – Wood Products Council: review and editing of Wood Products Council articles. Consultant to the Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau (PLIB).

Freelance writer on various topics.

(List of Freelance and Other Works on Pages 5ff; current Blog is here.)

Senior Staff Engineer (2014 – 2021)

Senior Staff Engineer with the International Code Council – Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) at the Birmingham Eastern Regional Office. Developed Acceptance Criteria for ICC-ES Evaluation Reports in accordance with the latest International Building and International Residential Codes and referenced and consensus Standards. Evaluate products for compliance with building codes and standards in accordance with approved Acceptance Criteria resulting in new and revised ICC-ES Evaluation Reports. Evaluations include review of test reports, manufacturer quality documentation, and engineering analyses. Responsibilities include presentation of Acceptance Criteria in public hearings before the ICC-ES Evaluation Committee, and presenting proposed revisions for public comment through the Alternative Criteria Development Process (public posting and Evaluation Committee balloting).

Consulting Engineer and Adjunct/Affiliate/Clinical Assistant Professor (Previous)

Referred to as “The Doc” by colleagues, clients, and students. As a practicing engineer I strove to provide affordable engineering solutions to satisfy owner, architect, and building code requirements. As an educator I taught `real life’ engineering design and construction to engineering, architecture, and construction management students at the local universities. I have additional experience and expertise with small mountain stream hydrology, determining flood, mean, and low flow quantities and water surface elevations. Through the years I have served as a consultant to a major Glulam manufacturer providing technical information, engineering analyses and remedies for damaged beams, improper installations, beams with checking or manufacturing defects, etc. Concurrently I penned several engineering-related blogs and was an active contributor to Associated Content/Yahoo Voices, garnering 1M page views prior to those platforms shutting down. My consulting work has also included Demolition and Shoring Engineering (not as fun as it sounds – I didn’t get to blow up things), and limited design of `civil’ works (roads, parking lots, storm sewers, etc.). I have been called upon to serve as an expert witness on several structures-construction related cases, a flood flow/ railroad embankment failure case, and a bicycle accident case (street/sidewalk signage). I have also been active as an editor/writer/reviewer of technical materials, including the role as Facilitator (main consulting editor) for the most recently published Sixth Edition Timber Construction Manual (American Institute of Timber Construction/West Coast Lumber Inspection Bureau), a role I also served for the Fifth Edition. In 2011 I traveled to Malaysia to help reintroduced `Glulam’ to that country and consulted on the design of the first custom glulam timber residence there.

Teaching roles included Adjunct / Affiliate faculty member at the University of Idaho and Clinical Assistant Professor at Washington State University School of Design and Construction. Teaching assignments included instruction of most of the mechanics courses in the Undergraduate Engineering curriculum at the University of Idaho, in addition to Reinforced Concrete, Steel Building, and Wind and Seismic Design for the Architecture students at the University of Idaho, and the Structures sequence for Architecture and Construction Management students at Washington State University. The opportunity to both practice and teach in adjunct capacity at the local universities allowed me to bring practical problems into the classroom as well as perfect my technical skills for consulting. As a part of the Reinforced Concrete class at the University of Idaho, we made and broke full size reinforced (and sometimes `plain’) concrete beams. Casting, making performance predictions on, and then loading the beams to failure (our `Make and Break’ term projects), was a very effective and rewarding teaching-learning experience for my students, and myself.

Other Career Activity and Employment

Through the years I have additionally worked as a Research Analyst with Idaho Water Resource Research Institute, as a professor at the College of Ministry Training (Bible college), as well as a professional engineer for local (Pacific Northwest) engineering, surveying, and construction firms. I have also worked construction (wood frame and concrete) as an employee, volunteer, and structures and remodels on my own property.


Ph.D. (Civil Engineering), Washington State University, Dec. 1989.

M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Idaho, May 1985.

B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Idaho, May 1980.

B.A. Biblical Studies, College of Ministry Training, May 1991.


States in which Currently Licensed to Practice Engineering

State of Idaho, License No. 5316, Since March 1986.

State of Washington, License No. 33508, Since September 1996.


Organizations & Affiliations

Professional Member, American Institute of Timber Construction / West Coast Lumber Inspection Bureau / Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau.

Chairman, Technical Review Board, ANSI A190.1 American National Standard for wood products – Structural Glued Laminated Timber, American National Standard Institute.

Active with the Wood Design Standards Committee, American Wood Council: National Design Specification® for Wood Construction (NDS), Wood-Frame Construction Manual (WFCM), and Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS).

Professional Member, ASTM International, D07 (Wood) Committees.


Selected Past Engineering Consulting Projects and Other Activities

Design of gravity and lateral force resisting systems for custom residential and commercial structures (including business and manufacturing facilities, wood-frame motels, and a ski lodge), including stick frame, timber frame, glulam, post and beam, log, and reinforced concrete (ICF).

Expert witness on railroad embankment failure, deck failure, and misconstruction cases.

Invited Speaker: various glued laminated timber topics, to the faculty and students of University Teknologi Mara (UiTM), the Malaysian Timber Council, and Malaysia Public Works Department, January, 2011.

Consultant: ‘banglo asmadi’: first custom glued laminated timber home in the country of Malaysia, attached to Iktisas Ingenieurs (Engineers), Sdn.Bhd., Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Facilitator (Editor / Reviewer) for the Sixth Edition of the American Institute of Timber Construction (AITC) Timber Construction Manual (Wiley, 2012) keeping Manual current with National Design Specification ® changes including dual ASD / LRFD format, changes to beam and column stability provisions, as well as adding examples and expanded bridge design, AND, Facilitator for Fifth Edition of the AITC Timber Construction Manual (Wiley, 2005) – essentially a complete re-write of the Manual including a chapter on Load and Resistance Factor design.

Tainter Gate Anchor Bolt Failure Investigation – Little Goose Dam, Snake River, Washington.

Structural Engineering – Mary Janes Farm® facility, Moscow, Idaho (library, guest facility, manufacturing, etc.).

Demolition Engineering (and Shoring Plans) – University of Idaho Teaching and Learning Center, Washington State University (Compton Union Building), and Spokane Convention Center.

Structural Engineering for `Mountain House’, `Guesthouse’, `Cowboy House’, and `Canyon House’ with award winning architect Paul Hirzel, AIA.

Evaluation of structural significance of seasoning checks in glued-laminated timbers, numerous; and, evaluation of structural significance of incorrectly installed, damaged, or modified glulam beams, numerous.

Design of retaining walls, including reinforced concrete, segmental block and larger (`eco’) blocks, both gravity and reinforced backfill, numerous.

Work with City Building Official and Fire Department in Mitigating Excess Snow Loads on Buildings

Structural Inspections and Observations, numerous.

Field measurement of mountain stream flows and stream and lake and water quality measurements.

Determination of streamflow of ungaged mountain streams for potential hydroelectric power development.

Measurement and determination of flood and low flows for fish habitat and stream relocation.


Architecture and Construction Management Courses (Teaching and Taught)

Washington State University – School of Design and Construction and UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO – Departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Structures I – General Structures (for Architecture and Construction Management Students)

Structures II – Structural Wood and Steel (for Architecture and Construction Management Students)

Structures III – Structural Concrete and Lateral Forces (Undergraduate and Graduate Level)

Building Technology I – Reinforced Concrete Design (Engineered and Prescriptive Design); lecture and lab (Architecture Students)

Building Technology II – Steel Design (Architecture Students)

Building Technology III – Wind and Seismic Design (Architecture Students)

Surveying (Landscape Architecture Students, Lecture and Field)

Engineering Courses Taught

UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO – College of Engineering (Various Departments)

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY – Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Engineering Statics

Engineering Dynamics

Engineering Fluid Mechanics

Mechanics of Materials

Engineering Hydraulics (Lecture and Lab)

Engineering Graphics (CAD)

Fundamentals Exam Review – Fluid Mechanics

Fundamentals Exam Review – Dynamics


Engineering Publications and Works

“The Pullman-Moscow Groundwater Management Plan,” Draft of 1990 for the Pullman-Moscow Water Resources Committee.

Response of the shear layers separating from a circular cylinder to small-amplitude rotational, J.R. Filler, P.L. Marston, W.C. Mih, Journal of Fluid Mechanics (1991), vol. 231, pp. 481-499, Printed in Great Britain (Refereed).

Response of the Shear Layers Separating From a Circular Cylinder to Small Amplitude Rotational Oscillations, Ph. D. Dissertation, 1989, Washington State University, 173 pages.

Improvement of Flow Duration Curve Prediction Using Low Flow Discharge Measurements, Masters Thesis, University of Idaho, May 1985.

Technical Reviewer for Richard D. Irwin Publishing Company (Dynamics text).



Attendance and completion of FEMA Earthquake Engineering, Advanced Earthquake Engineering, and Wind Engineering (Mitigation) courses at National Emergency Training Center, Emmitsburg, MD.


Developed and presented `Glued Laminated Timber Design and Construction’, September 14, 2012, Boise, Idaho, 6 hrs, Hyatt Place, Boise Town Square, for Engineers, Architects, and Contractors (sole presenter).


Continuing Education

Details available by request.


Provided by request.


List of Other Publications (Freelance)

Currently FOR SALE on Internet

Bighorn Sheep Hunting in the Idaho Wilderness, Tales, Pointers, and Things to Think About for Do-it-Yourself and Guided Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep Hunts in Idaho Units 27-1 and 26, Revised First Edition,, Hardcover, 76 Pages, ISBN 5800117549196.

A Boy and His Dad, Memories of a Kid Growing up in the Woods of Idaho,, Softcover, 57 Pages, ISBN 979-8-21-045619-9.


On Hunt’n & Fish’n Biz, Hunt’n Savage, Inc.

Candace and the Controlled Deer Hunt, Hunt’n & Fish’n Biz, Hunt’n Savage, Inc., Vol. 1, Issue 6, November 2003, Pages 32-33.

How to Easily Pack Your Meat Out, Hunt’n & Fish’n Biz, Hunt’n Savage, Inc., Vol. 2, Issue 3, March 2004, Page 52.

Father and Son Sheep Tale, Hunt’n & Fish’n Biz, Hunt’n Savage, Inc., Vol. 3, Issue 5, May – June 2005, Pages 10-11.

Idaho Goat Hunt, Hunt’n & Fish’n Biz, Hunt’n Savage, Inc., Vol. 3, Issue 11, January – February 2006, Pages 10-11.

Father and Son Sheep Tale, Hunt’n & Fish’n Biz, Hunt’n Savage, Inc., Vol. 4, Issue 1, January – February 2006, Pages 38-39.

The Bighorn

Planning a Do-it-Yourself Bighorn Sheep Hunt, The Bighorn, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Society, Pages 9-12.

On ( … website now reassigned)

Why I Hunt, Big Game Hunt (, RiderWeb, Inc.

How You Think Affects Your (Hunting) Experience, Big Game Hunt (, RiderWeb, Inc.

A New Approach to Handling Game, Big Game Hunt (, RiderWeb, Inc.

Planning a Do-it-Yourself Bighorn Sheep Hunt, Big Game Hunt (, RiderWeb, Inc.

Hunting Tips (numerous), Big Game Hunt (, RiderWeb, Inc.

List of Articles on Yahoo Voices / Associated Content (former Division of Yahoo, now closed)



On Snow and Snow Accumulation on Structures

Accounting for Drifting Snow on Lower Roof Surfaces

Balanced and Unbalanced Snow Loads on a Gable Roof

End of Season Snow Density in Moscow

Snow Density so Far This Season

More Snow in Idaho

Snow Loads Reach Design Levels – What’s Next?

Even More Snow in Idaho

Measurement of Snow Loads on Roofs

Measuring Snow Density

Mitigation of Increased Design Snow Loads on a Sloped Roof

Mitigation of Snow on Roofs Part 2

Roof and Ceiling Sag

Snow Loads on Roofs and Decks

Thoughts on Mitigation of Snow on Roofs

Varying Snow Density

On Wood Engineering and Design

A More efficient Ledger to Concrete Bolt Determination

Additional Design Checks for a Wood Beam Carrying a Heavy Roof Load

Adjustment Factors for Structural Glued Laminated Timber

Alternate Beam Sizes to Accommodate Drilled Vertical Holes

Alternate Beam Sizes to Accommodate Unplanned (Vertical) Holes in a Beam for Electrical Service

Alternate Calculation for the Suitability of a Drilled Vertical Hole in a Wood Beam

ASD and LRFD Design Checks for a Wood Beam

Basic Issues of Beam Design

Beam Stability Factor Using the 2005 Dual Format NDS

Bearing Length Calculation for a Dimension Lumber Wood Header

Bearing Length Determination for a Heavily Loaded Timber Beam

Bending Check for a Pitched Roof Rafter

Bending Stress Calculation for a Dimension Lumber Wood Header

Board Foot Measurement

Bolting a Wood Ledger to a Flat Face Concrete Wall

Calculating the Beam Stability Factor for a Continuous Timber Beam

Calculating the Fire Resistance of a Glulam Column

Calculating the Fire Safety of a Glulam Beam

Comparison of Beam Stability Equations for a Wood Beam

Compression Stress Check for a Dimension Lumber Rim Board

Design of a Glued Laminated Timber Deck Beam

Design of a Glulam Column

Design Steps for the Specification of a Glulam Beam

Design Values for Structural Glued Laminated Timber

Design of a Glulam Beam to Carry a Heavy Snow Load

Determining Wood Joist Size and Spacing

Engineering Analysis of a Hole in the Side of a Glulam Beam

Evaluation of a Gouged Glulam Beam

Evaluation of Vertical Holes in Glulam Beams

Example Specification of a Glulam Roof Beam

Example Specification of a Western Species Glulam Beam

Example Specification of Heavy Timber Decking for a Roof

Glulam Beam Installed Upside Down

Introduction to Glued Laminated Timber

Investigating Drying Checks in a Glulam Beam

Investigation of a Larger Hole in the Side of a Glulam Beam

Ledger Connection for a Deck with Heavy Snow Load

Nailing Together a Built Up Lumber Column

Perforated Shear Wall Bracing for a Timber Frame

Proper Beam Size

Scabbing Lumber to Joists for Offset Lateral Deck Ties

Selecting a Ceiling Beam for a Kitchen Remodel

Shear Design Check for a Pitched Roof Joist

Shear Stress Design Check for a Dimension Lumber Wood header

Step-by-Step Design Calculations for a Wood Beam for a Deck

Structural Framing of a Deck for a Mountain Cabin

The Stress Interaction Factor in Glulam

Use of Column Capacity Tables for Glulam Column Design

Use of Design Aids in the Specification of a Glulam Roof Beam

Use of the Volume Factor in the Design of Glued Laminated Timber Beams

Vertical Holes in Wood Beams

Wood Column Design Using the 2005 NDS LRFD Provisions

Structural Concrete

Axial Strength of a Reinforced Concrete Wall

Basement Retaining Wall Design Continued Reinforcement

Beam Shear in Reinforced Concrete’s

Big Column Footing Part 1

Big Column Footing Part 2

Breaking a Plain Concrete Beam

Calculated Footing Design with Added Weight of Concrete Floor

Calculated Footing Width for Residential and Light Commercial Structures

Calculating Self Weight of Structural Concrete’s

Concrete House Design

Cover Spacing and Pullout of Reinforcement in an Experimental Concrete Beam

Cracked Beam Neutral Axis and Moment of Inertia

Cracks Happen

Deflection of a Reinforced Concrete Beam at Safe Service Load

Deflections of an Uncracked Reinforced Concrete Beam

Deflections of a One Way Reinforced Concrete Wall

Design of Concrete Basement Walls

Development Length for an Experimental Concrete Beam

Effective Moment of Inertia and Deflection of a Cracked Concrete Beam – Updated

Example Calculation of Shear Reinforcement in a Reinforced Concrete Lintel

Example Width Calculation for Footing Supporting Upper Floor and Truss Roof

Flexure in Reinforced Concrete Beams

Foundation Details

General Requirements and Specifications for a Concrete House

Heavier Residential Footing Design

Hooked Reinforcing Bars

Interior Residential Footing Details

Internal Stresses in a Cracked Reinforced Concrete Beam – Updated

Introduction to Deflections of Reinforced Concrete Beams

Investigation of a New Post Punching Through an Existing Concrete Slab

Load Factors in the Strength Design of Concrete

Minimum and Maximum Reinforcement in an Experimental Concrete Beam

Post Punching Through a Concrete Slab

Preliminary Investigation of Using an Existing Concrete Slab to Support a New Load Bearing Wall

Prescriptive Basement Wall Design

Punching Shear

Punching Shear Example 1

Punching Shear Example 2

Reinforced Concrete Walls

Reinforcement Details and Splices

Reinforcement Details for an Experimental Concrete Beam

Reinforcement Development Length

Residential Concrete Foundation Details by Calculations

Residential Concrete Foundations

Retaining Walls

Safe Load for an Experimental Reinforced Concrete Beam

Shallow Foundation Concrete Piers Part 1 Gravity Loads

Shallow Foundation Concrete Piers Part 2 Constrained

Shallow Foundation Concrete Piers Part 3 Nonconstrained

Shear and Moment Diagrams for a Simple Beam

Shear and Moment Diagrams for a Simple Beam Part 2

Shear Reinforcement in Reinforced Concrete Beams

Stiffness Calculations for an Experimental Reinforced Concrete Beam

Strength and Deflection Calculations for an Experimental Beam

Strength Design Check of an Existing Concrete Slab for Supporting a New Framed Wall

Strength Design of a Plain Concrete Footing

Strength of a Reinforced Concrete Beam

Structural Considerations in the Design of a Log Home

Uses of Anchor Bolts in Structural Concrete’s

General Structures and Mechanics

Basic Lateral Torsional Buckling Steel Beam Example

Beam Deflections by Integration for a Statistically Indeterminate Beam with One End Displaced and Rotated

Beam Deflections by Method of Integration

Column Stability Part 1 Euler Buckling

Column Stability Part 2 Various End Conditions Slenderness and the Secant Formulas

Column Stability Part 3

Deflection of a Statically Determinate Beam by Integration

Design of a Steel Column for a Shop

Example Solutions of Indeterminate Beams Using Superposition

Generic Results of Solving for the Deflection of a Statically Determinate Beam

Generic Solution for a Fixed Fixed Beam with Triangular Load

Introduction to Loads and Forces

Load Combinations in Allowable Stress Design

Shear Design Check of a W Shape Beam Using LRFD

Solution of a Statically Indeterminate Beam by Superposition

Solving a Structural Engineering Problem with a Smartphone

Spacing of Nails Bolts and Rebar

Specification of a Steel W-Shape Beam

Stability of a W Shape Beam Using LRFD

Stability of Beams

This Thing Called Tributary Width

Outdoors and Hunting

An Open Letter to the NRA Regarding their Junk Mail

Attraction Over Enigma

Back Back in Whack North Idaho Antlerless Deer Hunt

Backpacking as a Boy in Idaho

Basic Equipment for Successful Trout Fishing

Beginners Guide to Spotting and Stalking (Puddle) Ducks

Benelli Super Black Eagle II Shotgun

Cleaning the Traditions Pursuit LT Northwest Edition Black Powder Rifle

College Girl on Break Girls with Guns 4

Common Sense for the Outdoors

Da Moose 9

De-Meating Big Game in the Field

Drinking Water in the Outdoors

(Duck Hunting) More Sneaking Up on Wild Ducks

Girls Guns and the Outdoors

Harris UltraLight Bi-pod Review

Homedale Quail

How to Clean the Remington 870 Shotgun

How We Think Affects our Hunting Experience

Hunting in Tough Terrain Part 1 Laser Range Finder

Hunting in Tough Terrain Part 2 Shooting Uphill and Down

Hunting in Tough Terrain Part 3 Extraction of Game

Hunting Near Civilization

Idaho the Carnivore State

It Pays to be Sneaky

More Common Sense for the Outdoors

Mountain Lakes of Idaho (Book Review) (My Childhood Book of Dreams)

My 2008 Buck

Off Season Turkey Hunting

Old Man and Daughter at Boy Scout Camp

On Controlled Hunt Draw Successful

Review of the Ruger M77 Mark II Compact Rifle with Remington 260 Cartridge

Stuff for Sneaking up on Ducks

The Art of Sneaking up on Wild Ducks

Why I Hunt


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