TMS E-News, April 11, 2019





April 11, 2019    







In This Issue

Spring Meeting & NAMC

Lintel Design Webinar, 5/15 at 1 pm ET

Inspection Webinars

Member Recruitment Contest

Online Auction

RFP for 14NAMC

COMING SOON! Assessment and Retrofit of Masonry Structures

Structures Congress - Presentations Needed for 2020

Scholarship Applications being Accepted

Award Deadline Reminder

Board Update Call 0 5/14 at 2 pm EDT

Member News

New TMS Members

Notice on Unsubscribing



Quick Links



TMS E-Store



TMS Member Area 



TMS Sustainability E-News





New Publications



To find out more about the publications listed below, or to order them, visit the TMS eStore.


Some publications are also available electronically.


Masonry Designers' Guide, 2016


Masonry Structures, Behavior & Design, 4th Edition



TMS 402/602 Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry Structures, 2016





Standards for ArchitecturalCast Stone




 2013 Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry Structures

(TMS 402-13 and TMS 602-13)


Code Requirements for Determining Fire Resistance of Concrete and Masonry Construction Assemblages



Masonry Basics



Guide for Condition Assessment of Masonry Facades




Guide to Thermal Properties of Concrete & Masonry Systems





Upcoming TMS Meetings



June 14-16, 2019, TMS Spring Meetings, Salt Lake City, Utah

June 16-19, 2019, 13th North American Masonry Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah  


November 6-10, 2019, TMS 2019 Annual Meeting, Scottsdale, Arizona  


April 30-May 2, 2020, TMS 2020 Spring Meetings,  Charlotte, North Carolina


October 14-17, 2020, TMS 2020 Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado




Upcoming Conferences



13th North American Masonry Conference: June 16-19, 2019 with Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA


Mechanics of Masonry Structures Strengthened with Composite Materials(MuRiCo6): June 26-28th, 2019
Bologna Italy


17th International Brick and Block Masonry ConferenceJuly 5-8, 2020 with Cracow University of Technology, Kraków, Poland



Upcoming Deadlines



April 16, 2019 - Noland Scholarship Applications Due


June 30, 2019 - Deadline for Nominations for the Paul Haller Structural Design Award,Service AwardsJohn B. Scalzi Research Award ,andOutstanding Student Thesis Awards.

July  31, 2019 - Clayford T. Gimm P.E. Student ScholarshipApplication Deadline



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Are you ready for TMS Spring Meeting & 13NAMC? 

Sponsors Needed to Support Conference



Over 150 presentations of accepted technical papers, 10 to 15 Innovative Technology topics, and exhibits from many of the 20+ sponsors will form an excellent basis for the North America Masonry Conference (NAMC) that will be held June 16-19 in Salt Lake City, Utah. We hope we will see you there as this may be TMS's largest event ever, and it will be full of opportunities to learn, share, and network.


The conference will have two excellent Keynote presentations and, in addition, several special events and interesting tours that will allow attendees to experience beautiful Salt Lake City, to see one of the largest brick plants in the world, to carve a brick, and to learn about masonry and future trends. Click here for information or to register.

Sponsorship and Exhibitor opportunities are available although event/item sponsorships are filling up quickly. If you would like to support this important conference, while advertising your company through sponsorship, click here


Immediately prior to the NAMC, TMS will hold its Spring Business Meetings (June 13-16) and attendees of the conference are welcome to attend.





Lintel Design Webinar - May 15 @ 1 pm ET



Sam Rubenzer of FORSE Consulting will present this informative webinar on May 15th at 1 pm ED. As part of the presentation, he will review the behavior and load distribution of lintels within a wall, to design this common element more effectively and efficiently. 


Click here for additional information on this webinar or to register. This webinar will provide 1 hour of AIA Learning Units.



TMS Presenting Fall Webinar Series on 
Special Inspection of Masonry Construction



The Masonry Society (TMS) is planning a series of 9 webinars on Special Inspection of Structural Masonry, helpful for anyone who is or plans to become a Structural Masonry Special Inspector (SMSI), or who is otherwise involved with special inspection and testing of masonry. Webinars on the following topics will be presented at 1 pm ET on each Thursday in September and October, by the speakers listed:

  • Introduction to Special Inspection, the 2018 IBC, and TMS 402/602, September 5, Phillip Samblanet
  • Introduction to Masonry Units, September 12, John Chrysler
  • Mortar and Mortar Mixing, September 19, Jamie Farny
  • Grout, September 26, Jamie Farny
  • Reinforcement and Connectors, October 3, Phillip Samblanet
  • Basic Masonry Construction, October 10, John Chrysler
  • Reinforcing and Grouting, October 17, Phillip Samblanet
  • Hot and Cold Weather Construction, October 24, Jamie Farny
  • Testing, October 31, John Chrysler

A 10th webinar on Basic Plan Reading will be considered in November depending on the interest of attendees. Click here for additional information. Registration for the webinars will open in July. 



Member Recruitment Contest Begins

Corcoran & Wiese in the Lead



The Masonry Society is seeking new Members and future leaders of the Society, and to help with this goal, a Member Recruitment Contest has started. We are asking TMS Members to help with these efforts to try to recruit new Members to the Society. Details and recruitment tools are posted here. Prizes will be given next Spring to those that earn the most membership recruitment points. Currently Tom Corcoran and Morgan Wiese of Integrus Architecture are leading the contest, bringing in the first new Junior Member, but you can easily top them by bringing in just one full Member, an Affiliate Member or a Sustaining Member (TIP: With the Member NAMC Registration rate being less than the NonMember rate by more than the 2019 Membership Rate, encourage nonmembers to join before registering for the Conference to pick up points for the contest!). We hope you will join us as we try to find the future leaders of our Team.




Get Your Bids in! Online Auction Closes on April 25




TMS Fellow Member, Rochelle Jaffe is reducing her inventory of construction-related toys and books. In cooperation with TMS, she is again offering some items for sale via this 2nd online "silent auction". TMS Members and friends have the opportunity to pick up some difficult-to-obtain items and provide benefit to TMS at the same time (50% of the net purchase price will be donated to TMS). Click here to see items being offered and to see information on the silent auction.

Bids will be accepted until April 25th, after which winners will be contacted.




RFP for 14th NAMC - Proposals due by May 1, 2019



As has been reported, the 13th North American Masonry Conference is rapidly approaching. At the conference, it is hoped that the site for the 14th North American Masonry Conference, which will be held in 2023, can be announced. Therefore, The Masonry Society is accepting proposals from interested universities/professors wishing to host the conference. Proposals must be submitted to TMS no later than May 1, 2019. Details on proposal requirements are outlined here.





Coming this Summer!!!

Assessment & Retrofit of Masonry Structures



Ahmad A. Hamid and Michael Schuller have completed this exciting new publication that fills a need for those performing such work. Assessment and Retrofit of Masonry Structures is a practical and current guide on evaluating, testing, and repairing existing masonry. Hundreds of color photographs combined with a number of case studies make this book both visually appealing and extremely helpful. Read moreabout this exciting and helpful new book that you will reference frequently.


Expected Availability: June 2019* 


*A copy will be available at the June TMS Meetings for review. Shortly, TMS will offer pre-orders, including an option to pick up copies at the June Meetings, saving purchasers shipping costs.





2019 Structures Congress - Register Now

Presentations for 2020 Congress Sought



The Masonry Society (TMS) will be hosting two technical sessions at the 2019 SEI Structures Congress that will be held in Orlando, Florida from April 24-27. Topics and speakers include:

  • What Structural Engineers need to know about Historic Masonry by Craig Bennett, P.E. of Bennett Preservation Engineering PC, on Friday, April 26 from 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Masonry Research Session on Saturday, April 27 from 10 to 11 am with the following presentations:
    • Performance-Based Seismic Design Of Partially Grouted Reinforced Concrete Masonry Buildings by Ahmad A. Hamid, Ph.D., P.E., FTMS - Drexel University
    • A Mechanics-Based Analysis Model for Loadbearing Masonry Walls by Clayton Pettit, University of Alberta
    • Experimental Testing of Loadbearing Masonry Walls with Reactive Boundary Conditions by Clayton Pettit, University of Alberta


TMS has also been asked to conduct sessions at the 2020 Structures Congress which will be held in St. Louis, MO on April 5-8, 2020. If you have a technical presentation you would be willing to present for TMS, please email a title, a one paragraph description, and a 1 paragraph speaker bio to Phillip Samblanet no later than May 15, 2019. Also note your preferred presentation length. Topics will be proposed to SEI in June and notifications of presentations will be sent to speakers late this Summer.




NolanNolandScholarshipd Scholarship Applications Due 4/16/19

C.T. Grimm Scholarship Applications Due 7/31/19



The Masonry Society (TMS) is accepting applications for the 2019 James L. Noland Student Fellowship until April 16, 2019 as well as the Clayford T. Grimm P.E. Student Scholarship until July 31, 2019. 


Established in 1995 to honor the memory of James L. Noland, the Noland Fellowship is awarded every four years to a graduate student who is doing research on masonry. This research can be on materials, structures, architecture, or construction and must be performed under the direction of a Member of The Masonry Society. The current value of the award is $3,000 US. The next award will be presented in Salt Lake City, Utah, June 16 - 19, 2019, at the 13th NAMC. Click here for Rules and the Application.



The Clayford T. Grimm P.E. Student Scholarship was established in 2007 to honor the memory of Clayford T. Grimm. This Scholarship is awarded every year to a Master's level graduate student who is conducting research in masonry. The investigation can be in masonry materials, structures, construction, or architecture and must be performed under the direction of a member of The Masonry Society.  

The current value of the annual scholarship is $1,000 US. Click here for Rules and the Application.



Award Nominations Deadlines



The Masonry Society is now accepting nominations and applications for a number of awards including:



Board Update Call - May 14 at 2 pm EDT



A conference call to provide background information, financial reports, and project updates to the Society's Board of Directors will be held on May 14, 2019 at 2 pm EDT. It is hoped that the reports will help prepare the Director's for the June meetings, which have been shortened to allow more time for other meetings and the North American Masonry Conference. If you are not a Director of the Board, and wish to listen in, please register here



Member News



ASCE's Engineering News-Record magazine named TMS Member, Andres Lepage, one of it's Top 25 Newsmakers on March 20, 2019.  Lepage teaches at the University of Kansas, where he has led research teams that developed code changes for high-strength rebar. Lepage also sits on TMS's 402 code committee. 



Welcome New Members of TMS!




Kenneth Lee Bownds, Curtainwall Design & Consulting, Inc.

Eric Christiansen, Halff Associates

Brad Cutter, Process Results

Javier Encinas, ASDIP Structural Software

Pat Ferguson, Disciple Inc.

Domenico Ferrante, Briohn Design Group LLC

Oscar Gonzalez, OGI Engineers

Kathryn Grant, Schaefer

Vicki Gray, VLG Engineering

Sheila Hall, Caruso Turley Scott Engineering

Cathleen Fay Jacinto, FORSE Consulting

Emily Jacobsen, LeMessurier Consultants

Michael Kitsos, Mega Contracting Group LLC

Kenan Michel, UCSD & TU - Dresden

Matt T. Miller, Robert Peccia & Associates

Joel Alberto Moreno Herrera, Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan

Christopher Motter, Washington State University

Heather Neri

Jeremy Peltonen, 20/10 Engineering Group

Alan A. Pettingale, AlanPettingale.Com

Casey Piedra, Angelus Block Co Inc

Don Preuitt

Jennifer Smith, Southeast Georgia Masonry, LLC

Jon D. Snyder, Herbert, Rowland and Grubic, Inc.

Mark Stapledon Jr,

Charles M. Taylor, J&M Engineering

Kevin Wensel, Omega Products International

Ehab Zalok, Carleton University

Shenghan Zhang, UC Berkeley



Junior Members

Casey Moore, Integrus Archtecture, PS

Peter Roma, Tectonic Engineering & Surveying Consultants

Bradley Yovanovich


Student Members

Eugene Emmanuel del Valle, UCLA

Clayton Pettit, University of Alberta

Hamish Pope, Carleton University

Deborah Silva

Adrien Sparling, York University

John Sposit

Orod Zarrin, The University of Newcastle





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