Southern Pine Inspection Bureau


Since 1915, SPIB has provided grading rules, training, production surveys, and other services to ensure product integrity and build a sustainable future for the industry.

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SPIB eLearningIf you want to learn to grade dimension lumber, or if you just want to become more knowledgeable of the grading rules, the defects and characteristics of lumber, the terminology and theory of dimension lumber grading then this course is for you.

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Visually Graded Lumber vs. Machine Graded Lumber

Date Published 01/13/2017

There are different ways of determining the grade of dimension lumber. Historically, “visual” grading is performed where a person looks at all four sides of a piece of lumber and evaluates the characteristics present to determine which of several visual grades the piece belongs. This grader works on a grading chain and quickly evaluates each Continue reading..

Shake and Splits, What’s the Difference?

Date Published 11/21/2016

In our previous BLOG,  Shakes Checks and Splits in Dimension Lumber, we discussed the differences between these three types of defects or characteristics found in dimension lumber. All three are commonly thought of as different types of “cracks” or, “splits” in the wood.  Each will have different limits in various grades depending on their effect on Continue reading..

Determining Design Values for Lumber

Date Published 10/25/2016

Recently, we shared a blog discussing the various types of lumber strength properties. These are important for engineers to use to design structure with wood. But where do the lumber design values come from? The process of determining lumber design values has evolved over the years. Originally, people building structures from wood used a trial Continue reading..