TMS E-News Brief, February 18, 2019






February 18, 2019    

In This Issue
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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.
(TMS 402-13 and TMS 602-13)

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
17th International Brick and Block Masonry ConferenceJuly 5-8, 2020 with Cracow University of Technology, Kraków, Poland
Upcoming Deadlines
June 30, 2019 - Deadline for Nominations for the Paul Haller Structural Design AwardService AwardsJohn B. Scalzi Research Award ,and Outstanding Student Thesis Awards.

July  31, 2019 - Clayford T. Gimm P.E. Student ScholarshipApplication Deadline
TMS Members Area
The TMS Members Area provides access to resources including TMS Journal, TMS Responds, Member Logos, member lists and much more! In addition, the Members Area is the portal for Members to receive special discounts on publications, seminars, and events.
Spring Meeting & NAMC Coming Up Soon!
Sponsors Needed to Support Conference
Preparations are well underway for the TMS's Spring Meetings (June 13-16) and the North American Masonry Conference that will be held from June 16-19, 2019 in beautiful Salt Lake City. More than 150 manuscripts are now being considered for the conference, and several Innovative Technology Sessions have been scheduled along with interesting tours and two excellent Keynote presentations. A broad range of topics are covered by the manuscripts, and they will serve as the basis for an informative and amazing conference. Click here for information or to register.

Sponsorship and Exhibitor opportunities are available and are needed to help support the and the conference. For more information, click here
Virtual Town Hall - March 12 at 2 pm ET
To help prepare the Society for our June meetings, while keeping Members and friends aware of the Society's activities, a Virtual Town Hall Meeting has been scheduled on March 12, 2019 at 2 pm ET. Key items to be discussed include new resources and opportunities from TMS, reminders on key deadlines for scholarships, awards, and more; a quick update on the financial health of the Society; and a Contest to help TMS recruit and maintain new Members. Critical committee activities will be discussed, along with ways you may be able to participate on some committees virtually. 
Space is limited and pre-registration is required for this complimentary webinar. For more information and to register for the Virtual Town Hall Meeting, click here.  
TMS makes NY Times re. Standards Development
Unexpectedly, The Masonry Society was cited in a New York Times Opinion Article entitled "The Joys of Standards Development" by Andrew Russell, Dean of Arts and Sciences at the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute, and Lee Vinsel, Assistant Professor of Science and Technology at Virginia Tech. Click here to review the article related to the difficulty and importance of developing standards. 
Lintel Design Webinar - May 15 @ 1 pm ET
Even though we planned to hold off on additional webinars until the fall, the response to the webinars has been so strong, that we decided to add another this spring. Sam Rubenzer, who presented an excellent webinar on movement control last fall has graciously agreed to present a seminar on Lintels in Masonry Walls. He will review the behavior and load distribution of a lintel within a wall, to help 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 Responds, Vol. 17, No. 1 Published
The Masonry Society has released a new edition of the popular TMS Responds, with responses from members on:
  • Tile vs. Adhered Masonry Veneer, By: Brian Trimble
  • Special Reinforced Masonry Shear Walls with Openings, by John Hochwalt and Richard Bennett
  • Structural Steel Lintels by Jason Thompson
  • Movement Joints and Arching by Phillip Samblanet
TMS Members can access TMS Responds online at no charge. Nonmembers may purchase the online TMS Responds for a nominal fee.
2nd Online Auction of Resources Opens to Help TMS
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 (as 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, at which point 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.
Presentations Sought for Scottsdale Annual Meeting
In 2014, TMS held a fantastic set of meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona, and perhaps due to the success of those meetings, events, hikes, and educational sessions, we are headed back on November 6-9. To help us provide an even better set of meetings in 2019, we are seeking interesting presentations by excellent speakers  
Presentations will be given on the morning of November 7 and are to be from 15 to 20 minutes in length. If you would like a presentation considered, please forward a title, a 1 paragraph description, and a 1 paragraph speaker bio to Phillip Samblanet by March 15, 2019. Presentations must not be promotional and should be of interest to those wishing to learn more about the design, construction, evaluation, or repair of masonry. A selection committee will consider proposals and will notify accepted presenters in the Spring. 
Presentations Sought for 2019-2020 Webinar Series
TMS's "2nd Thursday of the month" webinar series is taking a hiatus after the January 10, 2019 webinar on Rational Design of Masonry Veneers and Shelf Angle Supports to allow staff and TMS Members to focus on the upcoming North American Masonry Conference. But TMS will continue the series during the Fall of 2019, so send us your ideas for interesting webinar topics, and if you are willing to present a 1 hour webinar, let us know that as well.
Sponsorship Opportunity for 2019 Sustainability E-News
The Masonry Society continues to accept sponsorships for its popularSustainability E-News, which is developed by TMS Member 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, click here. 
Structures Congress - Register Soon!
As reported in earlier e-newsletters, 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
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.
Award Nominations Deadlines
The Masonry Society is now accepting nominations and applications for a number of awards including:
Member News
Mohamed A. ElGawady, Ph. D., Professor and Benavides Faculty Scholar at Missouri University of Science and Technology. has been named Chair of the Awards Committee of TMS by the Administrative Committee Team (ACT).

Among awards recently given by the American Concrete Institute, TMS Members Sergio M. Alcocer of Instituto de Ingeniería, UNAM received the Charles S. Whitney Medal and Jeffrey F. Speck of Arcosa Lightweight was given the Cedric Willson Lightweight Aggregate Concrete Award. 
Welcome New Members of TMS!
Damian Andreani, Catena Consulting Engineers
David J. Barici, DJB Architect
Samuel David Bennett
David Bruce
Emma Kirsten Francis Cardini, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
Thomas Demartino, TDI Construction INC.
Cameron Empey, Reaveley Engineers and Associates, Inc.
Malcolm Foss, Erudite Engineers, Inc.
Harold Friberg, Masonry & Ceramic Tile Institute of Oregon
Jordan P. Haney, Thoroughbred Consulting
Sue Ingram, L A Fuess Partners
Neal Jones, Gabbart and Woods Structural Engineers
Joel Kessell, Keystone Masonry, Inc
Gabriel Larsen, University of Nebraska
Le Li, Saiful Bouquet Structural Engineers, Inc.
Philip C. Luke, Applied Structural Associates
Kenan Michel - UCSD & TU-Dresden
Derek Pedersen, JVA, Inc.
Shalini Prochazka, Armour Unsderfer Engineering Inc. (AUE)
Robin Puryear, Bennett & Pless, Inc.
Peter A. Roberts, Spherical Block, LLC
Kaylea A. Smith, Burns & McDonnell
Maythaa Alnofali, University of Nebraska
Alex Chlosta, Ohio University
Alok Deshpande, SUNY Buffalo
Rose Dybalski
Phillip Geist, Gonzaga University
Carlos Rueda-Velasco, University of Alberta