TMS E-News, August 21, 2019






August 21, 2019    

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Upcoming TMS Meetings
November 6-10, 2019 Annual Meeting, Scottsdale, Arizona  
April 30-May 2, 2020 Spring Meetings,  Charlotte, North Carolina
October 14-17, 2020 Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado
April 22-24, 2021 Spring Meetings, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
October 13-16, 2021 Annual Meeting, Nashville, Tennessee 
Upcoming Conferences
17th International Brick and Block Masonry ConferenceJuly 5-8, 2020 with Cracow University of Technology, Kraków, Poland
14th Canadian Masonry Symposium, 2021, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
11th International Masonry Conference, 2022, York, England, UK
14th North American Masonry Conference, 2022, with the University of Nebraska Lincoln at Omaha
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Special Inspection of Masonry Construction Webinar Series starting on 9/5 so register soon!
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
Register for single webinars or receive a discount by registering for the entire webinar series. 
A 10th webinar on Basic Plan Reading will be considered in November depending on the interest of attendees. Click here for additional information and to register
Registation Open for TMS Annual Meeting
Hope to see you Nov. 6-9 in Scottsdale, AZ
The Masonry Society will hold its Annual Meeting from November 6-9 in beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona. A number of informative presentations will be offered between TMS's business meetings, Awards Luncheon, and other events. Some of the presentations that will be given include:
  • Freeze-thaw from the Inside Out, Emma K.F. Cardini, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE)
  • The Mystery of the Wandering Drip Edge, Robert C. Haukohl, Raths, Raths, & Johnson, Inc.
  • The 'Castle' Renovation on the south side of Camelback Mountain, Paul G. Scott, Caruso Turley Scott Structural Engineers
  • What's New in LEED v4.1, Christine A. Subasic, C. Callista Subasic
  • Design and Construction Guidelines for Dry-Stack Concrete Masonry, David T. Biggs, Biggs Consulting Engineering
  • Surprising Masonry, Scott W. Walkowicz, Walkowicz Consulting Engineers
  • Hygrothermal Performance of Mass Masonry Walls Based on In-Situ Testing and Numerical Modeling, Patrick B. Dillon, WDP & Associates
  • Revit Plug-In for BIM-M, Jamie L. Davis, Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis Engineering & Surveying
  • Code and Design Poll with Q & A, Richard M. Bennett, University of Tennessee and Dave L. Pierson, ARW Engineers
Click the links below for additional information and to register:
Scott W. Walkowicz Named TMS Fellow Member
The Masonry Society's Board of Directors, based on a recommendation from it's Awards Committee and a strong nomination package, has named Scott W. Walkowicz., PE , owner of Walkowicz Consulting Engineers, a Fellow of the Society. Walkowicz was nominated for the position of Fellow based on his significant contributions to the Society and to the design of masonry. Read more about his extensive contributions to TMS and the masonry industry here

TMS will formally recognize Walkowicz at its 2019 Annual Meeting (November 6-9) in Scottsdale, Arizona during its Awards Luncheon on November 7th.
New! Database of TMS Journal & NAMC Papers 
The Masonry Society (TMS) is pleased to announce that all past peer-reviewed papers appearing in TMS Journal and the proceedings of the North American Masonry Conference (NAMC) can be searched here, and TMS Members have complimentary access to the more than 1600 titles in the database. The database can be searched by keywords or authors.
NEW! Solution Manual for Masonry Structures, Behavior & Design
Dr. Ahmad Hamid has released a Solution Manual for faculty teaching masonry using the new Masonry Structures: Behavior & Design. Solutions of selected problems from the 8 main design chapters are presented. This manual is for instructors who teach masonry courses at the undergraduate or graduate level. Design problems are solved using TMS 402-16 code provisions. Problems are selected to reflect understanding of major concepts of design of unreinforced and reinforced concrete and clay masonry walls.
This Solution Manual is provided as a complimentary pdf to educators using the book for their class when a letter is provided by the professor on University letterhead requesting it, and noting that it will not be distributed.
Building Performance Committee Seeking Members
At the request of the Sustainability Committee, The Masonry Society's Board of Directors has disbanded that Committee and has formed a new broader Building Performance Committee. This new Committee, that will initially be Chaired by John Civitillo will address high-performance building design with masonry through sustainability, resilience, and energy performance.Additional information on the new Committee is posted here. Those interested in serving on this new Committee should apply here 
NEW! Assessment & Retrofit of Masonry Structures
Assessment and Retrofit of Masonry Structures by Ahmad A. Hamid and Michael Schuller is currently TMS's number 1 seller, thanks to the excellent coverage of topics, not covered in other texts, along with hundreds of color photographs that make this book both visually appealing and extremely helpful. A number of case studies from the authors' practices also help to ground this book practically on issues related to evaluation, testing, and repairing existing masonry structures. 
Member Recruitment Contest - Please Help!
Ece Erdogmus still 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 begun. We are asking TMS Members to help with these efforts by recruiting 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. Recently Ece Erdogmus of the University of Nebraska jumped into the lead, but you can easily top her by bringing in just one Affiliate Member, or two Individual Members. We hope you will join us as we try to find the future leaders of our Team.
Masonry Experts Sought by UMI
Upstate Masonry Institute (UMI), based out of Upstate New York is looking to grow its collection of masonry educators, advocates, professionals. UMI would like to collaborate within the masonry community on a national level to keep education content fresh for its target audience of Architects, Engineers, Real Estate Developers and Construction Companies. You must have the ability to create and deliver the presentations (IE: life cycle, sustainability, energy.) If programs and presentations are already created, please provide list of topics. We can never have too many... The more the merrier.
*Upstate Masonry Institute will compensate individual for time, travel and expenses*
TMS Presenting at 2020 Structures Congress
The Masonry Society s again serving as a Cooperating organization for the 2020 Structures Congress, and will present the following session tentatively scheduled for Monday, April 6, 2020 from 1:30 until 3 pm. 
Existing Masonry: Assessment and Repair
  • A Bear of a Challenge: Restoring the Great Seal of Missouri at the St. Louis Union Station, by Lurita McIntosh Blank, Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc.
  • Surviving Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Time, by David Biggs is a Principal of Biggs Consulting Engineering
  • The Mystery of the Wandering Drip Edge, by Robert C. Haukohl, Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc.
  • Historic masonry facade salvation (Facadectomies), by Peter M. Babaian, Simpson Gumpetz & Heger 
The Structures Congress is typically attended by more than 1200 engineers, exhibitors and sponsors and includes dozens of sessions. We hope to see you there and we hope you will attend the TMS session! 
Member News
TMS Fellow Member Richard M. Bennett and TMS Honorary Member David Biggs, received Industry Champion Awards from the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) at their midyear meetings on August 8, 2019 for their outstanding contributions to the masonry industry. TMS Fellow Jason Thompson of NCMA presented the Industry Champion Award to Dr. Bennett, Professor at the University of Tennessee making special note of his codes and standards leadership. TMS Member Rick Roach of Barnes and Cone, Inc. presented an Industry Champion Award to Mr. Biggs of Biggs Consulting Engineering noting his leadership on Building Information Modeling for Masonry. Additional information on these awards will be posted to NCMA's website shortly. 
Welcome New Members of TMS!
Gerardo Aguilar, WSP Global
Alberto Casado Lordsleem Jr., Polytechnic School of
    Pernambuco University
Joshua Chavez, Burns & McDonnell
Joseph Chapman, DC Engineering
Nirmal Kumawat, Critical Structures
Brad Mercer, Lindsey & Ritter, Inc
Darcy Morden, Womer & Associates
Beau M Pleasant, Duhon and Pleasant Consulting Engineers, 
Colin Stock, Testing Engineers, Inc.
David John Transue, Western Engineering and Research Corp
Daisy Yu, TJC and Associates, Inc.
Sabrina Ballard, Hubbard Merrell Engineering
Drew Luebke, Anthem Structural Engineers
Conner Maines, Gessner Engineering, LLC
Daniel Cavanagh, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
Andrea Dolan
Sarah Przybysz, Virginia Tech
Ankush Thakur
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