TMS E-News Brief, December 21, 2017

The Masonry Society (TMS) wishes you the warmest Holidays Greetings, and all the best in the New Year!

It has been quite a year for the Society, that culminated with our 40th Anniversary Celebrations. Many thanks to our Members, supporters, sponsors, and volunteers for their help and support.  

Click here for a short summary of some of the many things accomplished this year.


Richard E. Klingner named TMS Honorary Member


The Masonry Society is pleased to announce that Dr. Richard E. Klingner has been named an Honorary Member by the Board of Directors for his numerous contributions related to masonry research, codes, and standards. Dr. Klingner served as a faculty member in the Department of Structural Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin for over 30 years, where he taught undergraduate and graduate classes on structural analysis, dynamics, and behavior, including the design of masonry and reinforced concrete structures. Click here to learn about his many contributions to masonry research, teaching, and standards.



Registration Open for Educators' Workshop at University of South Florida on March 11-13


The Masonry Society has opened registration for the 2018 Masonry Educators' Workshop, which will be held at the University of South Florida in beautiful Tampa, Florida onMarch 11-13. The Masonry Educator's workshop (MEW) was formerly called the University Professors' Masonry Workshop (UPMW) but was recently renamed to be clear that educators other than university professors are welcome. The Workshop is designed to assist educators with creating or offering masonry courses so that students will be positively exposed to masonry and feel more comfortable with it when used on their projects. Educational sessions on masonry design, detailing and construction will be presented; panel discussions on a number of topics are planned; and a hands-on masonry laying activity will be offered. Additional details on the program will be posted here as they become available later this fall.  Click here for additional information on the Workshop or click here to register.  


TMS Journal Volume 35, No. 1 Published

The Masonry Society has completed TMS Journal, Vol. 35, No. 1 with the papers listed below. TMS Members can access this journal at no charge. Nonmembers may purchase at a nominal fee and the printed Journal will be sent to Subscribers in January.

This issue of TMS Journal will be the first issue indexed by Clarivate Analytics in Emerging Sources Citation Index.


Technical Papers

  • Confined Masonry Shear Walls: Experimental Testing and Analysis, By: Lan Nguyen, Ross B. Corotis, Michael P. Schuller, and Guido Camata
  • Moment of Resistance of Reinforced Masonry Beam Based on Effective Pull-Out Stiffness of Reinforced Brick Mortar Joint, By: Shashank Mehendale, Abhay Bambole, and S. Raghunath
  • Single-Wythe Concrete Masonry Walls-Investigation of Early Age Shrinkage of Masonry Mortars, By: Sarah E. Ebright, Donald Harvey, and Jennifer E. Tanner

General Interest Papers

  • Allowable Stress Design Method for Flexural Reinforcement in Shear Walls, By: Richard M. Bennett
  • Anchor Bolt Design Provisions in the TMS 402-16 Code, By: Richard M. Bennett
  • Development of Structural Masonry Standards: A Look Back at Where We've Come From, with a Glimpse of the Future, By: Phillip J. Samblanet

Award Winning Papers from Past NAMCs

  • A Study on the Out-of-Plane Stability of Ductile Reinforced Masonry Shear Walls Subjected to In-Plane Reversed-Cyclic Loading, By: Brook R. Robazza, Tony Y. Yang, Svetlana Brzev, K.J. Elwood, and D.L. Anderson
  • Development of Self-Reinforced Concrete Block for Improved Shear Wall Ductility    By: Madeleine Smith (nee Joyal), Michael J. Tait, and Robert G. Drysdale

The Masonry Society continues to seek quality technical papers for publication in future TMS Journals. Both research topics and general interest topics will be considered. For information on submitting papers for consideration by TMS Journal, click here.

Webinar Series Continues

Special Inspection of Structural Masonry on 1/11ssp

The Masonry Society's (TMS) "2nd Thursday of the month" webinar series continues on January 11, 2017 as John Chrysler, Executive Director of the Masonry Insitute of American, and TMS 402/602 Chair, reviews Special Inspection of Structural Masonry. Future topics and speakers are shown below. Click the links below for information on these webinars and to register. Each webinar will provide 1 hour of AIA Learning Units and most qualify as HSW LU's. Webinars start at 1 pm ET.





January 11, 2018

Special Inspection of Structural Masonry

John Chrysler

February 8, 2018

An Overview of the Role of Masonry in Sustainable Design and LEED TM v4

Christine A. Subasic

March 8, 2018

Anchor Bolt Design

Richard Bennett and Luke Scoggins

April 12, 2018

Masonry Testing 101

Nicholas R. Lang

May 10, 2018

Design of Masonry Shear Walls

Richard M. Bennett


Renew Dues for Free Downloads & Discounts!

2018 Membership Renewal Notices have been sent to TMS Members and can be accessed here (click here if you are not currently a TMS Member, but would like to join). As thanks for renewing, in addition to regular membership benefits, TMS is offering read only access to several standards through 2018.

Besides being a part of the foremost organization dedicated to advancing the knowledge of masonry, TMS Members receive many other benefits including discounts, typically 25% of more on TMS publications, seminars, webinars and events; free electronic access to all TMS Journals; free electronic access to all TMS Responds, and much more. Renew soon to take advantage of these and other benefits of Membership.


Sponsorship Opportunity for 2018 Sustainability E-News

The Masonry Society is now accepting sponsorships for its popularSustainability E-News, which is developed by Christine Subasic, to keep the industry, practitioners, and others updated on issues related to sustainability, resiliency, energy, and more. Published twice per month, Sustainability E-News provides positive frequent exposure to sponsors. It is sent directly to over 3300 subscribers by TMS, and it is received/viewed by many more as it is distributed and posted by many other organizations. Sponsorship rates are also very reasonable, starting at only $250/year and going up to the platinum level at just $1500 for the year. To become a sponsor or to renew sponsorship, contact TMS before year's end.


Structures Congress Registration Open

Come Visit TMS Booth/Sessions There!

As reported in earlier e-newsletters, The Masonry Society (TMS) will be hosting a booth (#620) and sponsoring a technical sessions at the 2018 SEI Structures Congress that will be held in Fort Worth, Texas from April 19-21.  Registration for the Structures Congress is now open, and we hope that if you attend, that you'll stop by TMS's booth to say hello. 


Member News


In Memorium: Gary Curtis Hart 

With sadness, yet fond memories, the Society reports on the loss of Gary Curtis Hart, who passed away at his home in Marina del Rey, California on October 21, 2017. He served TMS as President (1990-1991), Journal Editor (1992-1995) and Chair of the 4th North American Masonry Conference in 1987.  For these and other contributions, he received the President's Award in 1994, and was made a Fellow of the Society in 2005. Hart was a former principal emeritus of Thornton Tomasetti and Professor Emeritus at UCLA. Click here to read more about his legacy.


TMS Affiliate Member, Greg Hess of Caretti Restoration & Preservation Services, LLC Inc., was awarded the 2017 Eugene George Award for Dedication by the International Council of Employers of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen (ICE) on October 6th. This award is given to a contractor whose service to the masonry industry is deserving of recognition. Retired TMS Sustaining Member, Joan Calambokidis of the International Masonry Institute (IMI), was also awarded a Eugene George Award for Industry Person of the Year.