TMS E-News, June 10, 2020





June 10, 2020

In This Issue
Virtual Fall Meetings
Budget Approved
Design Practices Committee
Presentations Sought for Webinars
Promotional Webinar Offerings
TMS Responds Published
Nominations Due
Scholarship Available
Webinar Recordings Available
Historic Masonry Workshop Recordings
2021 Structures Congress
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
July 16, 2020 at 11 am ET, TMS 402/602 Main Committee Virtual Meeting
October 14-17, 2020 Annual Meeting, to be Held Virtually
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 16-18, 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
June 30th of each year:
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.
TMS to Hold Virtual Annual Meeting in October
The Board of Directors has decided to hold TMS's October 2020 Annual Meeting virtually to protect attendees, hotel staff, and the local community from COVID-19. Making this decision now allows the Society, Committee Chairs, staff, and attendees to plan and better prepare. The Meetings Committee of TMS will soon be meeting virtually to discuss options related to meetings, educational sessions, the awards program, and other offerings and to make recommendations, at which point additional announcements will be sent. However, the bulk of the meetings will still be held during the original "footprint" of the meetings on October 13-17th.
Watch the website for additional information, or contact TMS with questions or to participate in discussions.
Virtual Meeting Sponsor
Sponsorships for the Virtual Meetings are available. Sponsor logos will be posted to the website with links to the sponsor's website. Sponsors will be recognized during the Awards Program and during Educational Sessions. Many thanks to Atkinson-Noland & Associates for being our first Virtual Meeting Sponsor.
TMS Board Approves Aggressive Budget for FY 2021
During their Virtual Meeting on June 4th, The Board of Directors of The Masonry Society approved an aggressive budget for its 2021 fiscal year (FY) that begins on August 1,2020 that includes normal Society activities plus a number of new projects including the development of a Masonry Education Hub/Learning Management System, a new Night School, Prototype Development for a possible Enhanced Online Commentary for TMS 402/602, and the development of Masonry Tip Sheets. In addition, earlier this year, the Board approved development of a new online database of Masonry Speakers/Consultants. These and other projects will help the Society provide additional educational offerings and resources to its Members and the public.
Committee Highlight: What We are Doing
Design Practices Committee
One of The Masonry Society's most active committees is the Design Practices Committee (DPC). The Committee, which is Chaired by David Sommer, of Degenkolb Engineers, is tasked with identifying and improving current practices and resources related to the design of masonry and developing new ones. Through their work the DPC:
  • Promotes safe and economical design;
  • Informs designers, regulators, and users; and
  • Reflects appropriate state-of-the-art design, analyses, research, and field observations.
Currently, the DPC is working on several guides and standards which include:
  • Direct Design Handbook for Masonry Structures (TMS 403),
  • Standard Method for Determining Sound Transmission Ratings for Masonry Assemblies (TMS 302),
  • Design and Construction Guidelines for Dry-Stack Masonry, a new offering from TMS that will be available soon.
In addition to this, the Committee assists TMS staff in responding to technical inquiries. The Committee also oversees and awards the Haller Award to recognize innovative design practices.
For additional information on the Committee and 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. While the meetings will be held virtually, we still will be offering educational sessions in a "webinar-type" format. TMS is soliciting excellent speakers and topics.  Presentations will be given on the morning of October 15 and are to be from 15 to 30 minutes in length. 
  • Night School Presenters Needed. We are just starting work on these, but we hope to present a Night School that provides an Introduction to Masonry (Masonry 101) and on Strength Design of Masonry. 
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 all these 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 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.
Newest TMS Responds Remains Popular
Download Your Copy Now
The Masonry Society released its latest issue of TMS Responds earlier this year 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.
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.
2021 Structures Congress in Seattle on March 10-13
TMS Co-Sponsors Again
As it has for a number of years, The Masonry Society will again serve as a Cooperating Organization for the 2021 Structures Congress in Seattle, Washington on March 10-13, 2021. TMS has proposed 2 sessions for the Structures Congress, and will hear later this summer if they are accepted for presentation. Watch the TMS website and TMS eNewsletter for details on these sessions as the 2021 Structures Congress approaches.
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
Adam Hutchinson recently joined the Northwest Concrete Masonry Association (NWCMA) as Assistant Executive Director. Hutchinson earned his BS degree in Civil Engineering from Gonzaga University and worked with Integrus Architecture for over 11 years in the roles of drafter and design engineer. He will be training with current Executive Director Tom Young, P.E., FTMS over the next year.
Two TMS Members were recognized in March for their exceptional service to ACI in the following categories:
Welcome New Members of TMS!
David Anderson, ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC
Michelle Craig, Northern California Western Nevada ACI Chapter
Elizabeth Fischer,  Garden Junkie Designs
Gregory M. Gordon, Greg Gordon & Associates
Charles Hamilton
Steve Hansen, Sunrise Engineering
Aaron Hayes
Thom Huggett, Contra Costa County
Adam Hutchinson, Northwest Concrete Masonry Association
Chad David Julius, Allan Block Corporation
Jack Kennedy, York Building Products Co.
James P. Martin, Woodard & Curran Inc.
Alonzo J. Maxwell, Construction Testing Services
Claudia Mulas, Claudia Mulas Architect, PLLC
Nick Murphy, KPFF Consulting Engineers
Todd Schnatzmeyer, Indiana Limestone Institute of America, Inc.
Al Schweickhardt, Applied Building Sciences
Brian Nielsen Skourup, Lamp Rynearson & Associates
Lindon Starr, LMS Inspections sp
Richard Suzuki, DCSE Associates, Inc.
Daniel Michael Tix, Keystone Retaining Wall Systems
Zach Usselton
Patrick Kent Watson, Fisher-Klosterman Inc.
Jim Winton, Winton Engineering
Chris Woodland, DCSE Associates, Inc.
Andrew Yu, Englekirk
Junior Member
Catherine Collins, Bekaert
Student Member
Jared Hudson, Auburn University
Muthu Kumar.S, SRM Institute Main Campus
Seth O'Brien, Pittsburg State University
Juan Singaucho, SUNY Buffalo
Juan Torres, University of Azuay
Matthew J. Wojcik, Drexel University
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