TMS E-News, February 20, 2020






February 20, 2020

In This Issue
Upcoming Webinars
Renew Dues Please
Presentations Sought for Webinars
Promotional Webinar Offerings
TMS Responds Published
Mark Your Calendars for Spring Meetings
Employment Opportunity
Employment Opportunity
Webinar Recordings Available
Historic Masonry Workshop Recordings
2020 Structures Congress
Member Recruitment Contest
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.
(TMS 402-13 and TMS 602-13)

Upcoming TMS Events & Meetings
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
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.
LEED Webinar - April 9
Registration Open
The Masonry Society's 2nd-Thursday-of-the-Month Webinar Series continues on April 9th at 1 PM ET with What's New in LEED v4.1 - A Focus on Masonry. Christine A. Subasic, P.E., LEED AP will summarize the changes in LEED v4.1 with a focus on those changes that are most likely of interest to the masonry industry
Details on this webinar, along with registrion information are posted here. This webinar will offer 1 hour of continuing education (1 AIA LU) 
Committee Highlight: What We are Doing
Existing Masonry Committee
If you're involved with the evaluation, repair, rehabilitation, or restoration of masonry, TMS's Existing Masonry Committee is where you should be. Robb Haukohl of Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc. chairs this committee, offering fun and informal "show and tell sessions" during meetings. The committee has a busy work schedule, including ongoing development of the popular "Guide for Maintenance of Masonry Facades", while offering a variety of educational sessions at TMS's Annual Meeting, the upcoming Structures Congress in April, and many other forums. The committee is currently working on a Guide for Maintenance of Masonry Facades. For additional information on the committee, its mission and goals, click here, or contact the Chair here. To be considered for membership on the Committee, click here.
Presenters Needed
Help us Advance the Knowledge of Masonry!
Speakers and topics are sought for several venues:
  • Webinars. TMS is seeking excellent presentations for our "2nd Thursday of the month" webinar series this fall and next spring. Current topics under consideration are Lap Splice Length for Reinforcement in Masonry by Ed Huston, and perhaps another few webinars on the popular topic of Masonry Testing. Other topics that can be presented in 1 hour are sought. Speakers for these webinars are paid $600.
  • TMS 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. 
  • 2021 Structures Congress. TMS is also considering offering presentations for the 2021 Structures Congress, which will be held in Seattle Washington on March 10-13, 2021. Typical length is 20 minutes, but if you would like to propose another length, so note your preference. 
If you would like a presentation considered for any or all of these opportunities, please complete the Presentation Submission Form, noting which venue in the description, and your preferred length (if different than above). For Structures Congress presentation proposal, you can omit completing the AIA form at the link above. 
For all these presentation opportunities, the 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 this spring or Summer. 
Promotional Webinars by Vendors
TMS accepting Proposals for Consideration
The Masonry Society is accepting vendors and manufacturers who wish to offer informational webinars through the Society on their products and systems. For information or details, click here.
New TMS Responds Published
Download Your Copy Now
The Masonry Society released its latest issue of TMS Responds with responses to questions on the following topics:
  • Joint Reinforcement Types, response by Rochelle Jaffe and Dan Zechmeister
  • Joint Reinforcement - Heavy Duty vs. Standard, response by Rochelle Jaffe
  • Allowable Shear for Special Reinforced Masonry Shear Walls, response by Richard Bennett and John Hochwalt
  • Flexural Tension Values, response by Richard Bennett
  • Finding Topics in previous TMS Responds and TMS Journals, and finding Errata
TMS Members can access this and other issues of TMS Responds here at no charge. Nonmembers may download TMS Responds for a nominal fee.
Register Now! 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 are posted here. If you have interest is sponsoring the Meetings, please contact the office. 
We hope to see you there!
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.
Webinar Recordings Available
Recordings of more than a dozen TMS webinars on masonry design, specification, inspection, testing, evaluation, and assessment are posted here. Many of these webinars are available to TMS Members for free. 
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.
2020 Structures Congress just weeks away
Attend TMS Existing Masonry Session
Registration is 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!
Member Recruitment Contest - Please Help!
$800 in Gift Cards to be Awarded to Top Recruiters
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. 
Member News
Philippe Ledent joined the Masonry Institute of Michigan as the next Executive Director and Structural Engineer. The current Executive Director, Dan Zechmeister, will be retiring at the end of 2020. Ledent serves on TMS 402/602 Masonry Code and Specification as a voting member on the Design and Structural Elements Subcommittee. Ledent has also recently become the Chair of TMS's BIM-M committee. 
Sergio M. Alcocer, FACI, was honored by the Mexico Nmiheast Chapter-ACI with the Raymundo Rivera-Villaneal Award, which recognizes his significant contributions to teaching and research on the proper use of concrete. Alcocer is Research Professor at the Institute of Engineering of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico.
Welcome New Members of TMS!
Joseph Barbato, Joseph Barbato Associates
Randy Barnes, GFAC Engineering
Samuel David Bennett
Keenan Booker, California Dept. Of Water Resources
Kevin Cavanaugh, Cavanaugh & Associates
Gary N. Clark, Oldcastle Mid-Atlantic
Brandon Deems, Deems Structural Engineering
Latisha Garrett, Langan International, LLC
Daniel G. Garrison
Michael Gregory, Teton Structural Engineeers
Ashley Gregory, Shive-Hattery
Heather Heidenreich, IMEG Corp
Ronald Ishmael, Baird Hampton Brown
Dave Jankovsky, Jankovsky Engineering Services JES
Eli Jurisich, PACE Engineering
Fred A. Kinateder, Kinateder Consulting
Thomas Meece, Meece Engineering, Inc.
Henry Morris, SNC-Lavalin
Greg Munsell, WDY, Inc
Rajiv Pathak, National Concrete Masonry Association
Stephen Richards, Uzun+Case, LLC
Travis Smith, T2 Engineers
Megan Smith, Canyons Structural
Robert Stinnett, Robert Stinnett Engineering
Schuyler Sutter, University of Nebraska Omaha
Junior Member
Michael Chen Tejada, Panama
Adam Coccoluto, The Engineering Corporation
Catherine Collins, Bekaert
Conor Daly, Jacobs
Student Member
Anthony Dedeaux, Global West Construction
Negasi Gebremichael, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Scott Grier, Missouri University of Science and Technology
R. Matt Jennings, NC State University
Devon J. Mayo, Milwaukee School of Engineering
Kasey Mearls, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Timothy D. Price, Utah State University
Bo Yan, Syracuse University
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