TMS E-News, December 19, 201





December 19, 2019    

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

Upcoming TMS Events & Meetings
March 12, 2020, at 1 pm ET, Webinar: Strength Design of Clay and Concrete Masonry
April 9, 2020, at 1 pm ET, Webinar: What's New in LEED v4.1 - A Focus on Masonry
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 Conference: July 5-8, 2020 with Cracow University of Technology, Kraków, Poland
14th Canadian Masonry Symposium, May 16-19, 2021, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
11th International Masonry Conference, 2022, York, England, UK
14th North American Masonry Conference, June 9-14, 2023, with the University of Nebraska Lincoln at Omaha
Upcoming Deadlines
February 1, 2020 - TMS Fellow Member Nomination 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.
What do wise educators like Charles Tucker do during their winter breaks? Build with masonry of course! Thanks to Charles for sending this photo to help us get in the mood for the season!
The Masonry Society wishes you a Happy Holiday Season! 
As we move towards the holidays, please be reminded that the office will be closed on December 25 and January 1 and we will not be shipping during much of the week between Christmas and New Years. 
Enjoy the holidays, and thanks for your patience.
Stone Anchoring, Strength Design, & LEED Webinars Scheduled
The Masonry Society will be offering two new webinars this spring:
Details on these webinars which both offer 1 hour of continuing education are posted at the links above, along with registration information. We hope you'll be able to join us for these interesting webinars!
Renew Your 2020 Dues Now 
The Masonry Society is now accepting 2020 Dues Renewals through our E-Store. A letter regarding dues and some new Member benefits is posted here. Please remit you dues by the end of December to subscribe to several magazines offered to renewing Members at discounted rates. Click here to renew your dues now (make sure to be logged into the site when doing so). 
As a thanks for your membership, renewing members receive complimentary subscription access to read-only download versions to the following TMS standards: 
  • Cast Stone Standards
    • Standard for the Design of Architectural Cast Stone (TMS 404)
    • Standard for the Fabrication of Architectural Cast Stone (TMS 504)
    • Standard for the Installation of Architectural Cast Stone (TMS 604)
  • Direct Design Handbook, 2017
  • Standard Method for Determining Sound Transmission Ratings for Masonry Assemblies, 2018
Thanks for your support in 2019 and we are hopeful of accomplishing more great things with your help in 2020!
Presentations Sought for Fall Webinars
Speakers and topics for TMS's "2nd Thursday of the month" webinar series are being sought. If you would like a presentation considered, please forward a title, short description including 4 learning objectives, and a short speaker bio to Phillip Samblanet by February 15, 2020. 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.
Promotional Webinars by Vendors
TMS accepting Proposals for Consideration
The Masonry Society is accept vendors and manufacturers who wish to offer informational webinars through the Society on their products and systems. For information or details, click here.
Presentations Sought for Denver Annual Meeting
TMS is soliciting excellent speakers and topics for presentation at our Annual Meeting in Denver Colorado.  Presentations will be given on the morning of October 15 and are to be from 15 to 20 minutes in length. If you would like a presentation considered, please forward a title, a short description including 4 learning objectives, and a short speaker bio to Phillip Samblanet by February 15, 2020. 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.
TMS Journal Vol. 37, No. 1, Published
Dowload Your Copy Now
The Masonry Society has completed TMS Journal, Vol. 37, No. 1 with the papers listed below. TMS Members can access the Journal online at no charge. Nonmembers may purchase the Journal at a nominal fee, and the printed Journals are being mailed.
TMS Journal is being indexed by Clarivate Analytics in Emerging Sources Citation Index.
Technical Papers
  • Behavior of Masonry Mortar Containing a Non-Harmful Antifreeze Admixture, by Ouafi Saha, Moh Boulfiza, and Leon D. Wegner
  • Corrosion-Based Service Life Analysis for Adhered Masonry Cladding Systems in Canada, by Yasser Korany and Mark D. Hagel 
  • Experimental Testing of Out-Of-Plane Capacity of Semi-Interlocking Masonry Infill Panels, by Orod Zarrin, Yuri Z. Totoev, and Mark J. Masia 

Paper Presented During Daniel P. Abrams Masonry Giants Session 

  • A Ten-Year Multi-Phase Research Program on the Seismic Response of Reinforced Concrete Block Shear Wall Components and Systems, by Mohamed Ezzeldin and Wael El-Dakhakhni 

General Interest Papers 

  • Determination of Projected Tension and Shear Area for Anchor Bolt Groups in Masonry, by Richard M. Bennett 
  • 25 Years Later - The Northridge California Earthquake, It's Impact on Masonry and TMS's Response, by Phillip J. Samblanet

The Masonry Society continues to seek quality 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.

Sponsorship Opportunity for 2020 Sustainability E-News
The Masonry Society is now accepting sponsorships for its popular Sustainability 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, contact TMS before year's end.
Mark Your Calendars! TMS Spring Meetings April 30 - May 2 in Charlotte, North Carolina
The Spring Business Meetings of The Masonry Society (TMS) are scheduled for April 30 - May 2 in Charlotte, North Carolina. General information and registration information will be available early in 2020 and will be posted here. If you have interest is sponsoring the Meetings, please contact the office. 
We hope to see you there!
Special Inspection Webinar Recordings Available
Recordings are now available for the The Masonry Society (TMS) 9-webinar series on Special Inspection of Structural Masonry. Topics include:
  • Introduction to Special Inspection, the 2018 IBC, and TMS 402/602, Phillip Samblanet
  • Introduction to Masonry Units, John Chrysler
  • Reinforcement and Connectors, Phillip Samblanet
  • Mortar and Mortar Mixing, Jamie Farny
  • Grout, Jamie Farny
  • Basic Masonry Construction, John Chrysler
  • Reinforcing and Grouting, Phillip Samblanet
  • Hot and Cold Weather Construction, Jamie Farny
  • Testing, John Chrysler 
Historical Masonry Workshop Recordings Available
Recordings of a workshop on Historical Masonry are now available on the TMS website. This program is intended for those assessing, purchasing, stabilizing, or renovating existing buildings (especially historic buildings) with masonry walls. Topics include building code evaluation of existing buildings, moisture and energy performance, masonry crack repair, strengthening masonry, and more. The 6 hour program is split into 14 parts, which can be purchased individually or together at a 25% discount. TMS Members also receive an additional 25% discount.
Proceeds are donated to the Clayford T. Grimm, P.E. Student Scholarship.
The workshop was presented April 2013 at the University of Texas - Brownsville Campus. Speakers include Alan Pettingale, Andreas Stavridis, Benchmark Harris, Michael Schuller, and Gordon Shepperd.
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. Papers are available for purchase by Nonmembers.
Award Nominations Deadlines
The Masonry Society is now accepting nominations and applications for a number of awards including:
Student Scholarship Applications Due July 31
The Masonry Society (TMS) is accepting applications for the Clayford T. Grimm P.E. Student Scholarship until July 31, 2020.
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.
2020 Structures Congress Registration Open
Attend TMS Existing Masonry Session
Registration is now open for the 2020 Structures Congress that will be held in St. Louis. Missouri from April 5-8. The Masonry Society is again serving as a Cooperating organization for the Structures Congress, and will present the following session on 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, 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!
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.
Member Recruitment Contest - Please Help!
Ece Erdogmus still in the Lead
The Masonry Society needs Members and future leaders of the Society, and to help with this goal, a Member Recruitment Contest is underway. Please help us recruit new Members to the Society. Details and recruitment tools are posted here. Prizes will be given at the Spring Meetings to those that earn the most membership recruitment points. We hope you will join us as we try to find the future leaders of our Team. Remember bonus points are awarded for new 2019 members that renew in 2020.
Member News
Thomas A. DiBlasi was honored by NCSEA with their Robert Cornforth Award for exceptional dedication and exemplary service to the structural engineering profession and to a NCSEA Member Organization.
The Masonry Contractor's Association of America recently announced 2020 Inductees to MCAA Masonry Hall of Fame including TMS Members Brian Carny and Paul Hoggatt
Welcome New Members of TMS!
Wilbur C. Bragg II, McVeigh & Mangum Engineering Inc.
Michael Gregory, Teton Structural Engineeers
Jake E. Hughes, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
William Mahoney, BNI Publications
Kevin Marks, Walker Consultants
Frank Martinov, Siegfried Engineers
Ahmed Nasr, Englekirk
David J. Tarries
Micah Tennant, SK&A Structural Engineers
Warren Mead, University of Wyoming
Juan Mendieta, University of Minnesota
Reed Stracener, Milwaukee School of Engineering