TMS | Fall Webinars and Educational Offerings

Lap Splice Webinar, September 10 @ 1 pm ET
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Ed Huston, PE, SE, will present this informative webinar related to determining required lap splice length, and potentially how to reduce those lengths by providing transverse reinforcement across the laps. He will review requirements in the 2016 TMS 402/602 and the 2018 International Building Code.
Details on this webinar, along with registration information are posted here. This webinar will offer 1 hour of continuing education (1 AIA LU).
FREE NCMA Sponsored Webinars Coming this Fall
The National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) is sponsoring two education sessions that are free to attendees and which offer 1 hour of Continuing Education (1 AIA LU)i:
Click the links above to information or to register for these free TMS webinars.
Annual Meeting Webinars & Night School Coming this Fall
Mark Your Calendars
As reported earlier, The Masonry Society's Annual Meeting will be held virtually fron October 12 through the 16. During that week, a number of educational offerings will be offered:
  • Existing Masonry Case Study Educational Session will be offered on October 14, 2020 from 10-11 am ET. This session will include three informative and interesting presentations:
  • Peter M. Babaian, Principal of Simpson Gumpetrz & Heger (SGH) will begin the session discussing his work on Repairing and Restoring MIT’s Great Dome and the Barker Engineering Library
  • Carlo Citto, a Structural Engineer with Atkinson-Noland & Associates will then present his work Assessment and Rehabilitation of Stone Arch Bridges: An Overview
  • The session will then end with Tie Rods and Pattress Plates - A better way to tie unreinforced masonry buildings together: the old-fashioned way by Craig M. Bennett, Jr., owner of Bennett Preservation Engineering PC
  • Design and Detailing of Perforated Screen Walls will be offered on October 15, 2020 from 10-11 am ET by Brian E. Trimble, Director, Industry Development and Technical Services of the International Masonry Institute 
  • Storm Shelter Design will be offered on October 16, 2020 from 10-11 am ET by Scott Walkowicz, owner of Walkowicz Consulting Engineers 
Registration for the above webinars will begin later this month.
Also in October, TMS will start a new Masonry Night School with a 6 session Masonry 101 course that includes the following 1 hour sessions (tentative starting time for each session is 7 pm ET on the days noted):
  • Introduction to Masonry by W. Mark McGinley, University of Louisville on Wednesday, October 21, 2020,
  • Introduction to Masonry Units by Christine A. (Tina) Subasic on Wednesday, October 28, 2020
  • Mortar by Jamie Farny, Portland Cement Association on Wednesday, November 4, 2020
  • Reinforcement and Anchors by Richard M. Bennett, University of Tennessee on Wednesday, November 11, 2020
  • Grout by Jamie Farny, Portland Cement Association on Wednesday, November 18, 2020
  • Masonry Assemblies by W. Mark McGinley, University of Louisville on Tuesday (moved from Wednesday due to Thanksgiving) November 24, 2020
Night School is intended to allow a more thorough review of masonry topics, with a progressive building of knowledge by the attendees. Future integration will allow for on-demand learning and a selection of specific topics of interest by those wishing to learn about various aspects and attributes of masonry.
Masonry 101 is intended as a full course to introduce those new to masonry to essential topics in a developing sequence, although once registration opens, attendees can participate in sessions individually if desired.
Watch for additional information on these offerings later this month.
New Publication Coming Mid-September!
Strength Design of Masonry
With dozens of design examples and tips, coupled with excellent discussion, Strength Design of Masonry is a guide every practicing designer will want on their bookshelf to both learn from, and to reference. Dr. Richard Bennett is a Professor at the University of Tennessee and Mr. John Hochwalt is Director of Engineering at KPFF Engineers, both of whom actively serve on TMS 402/602 Committee, which contains requirements for strength design of masonry, authored this helpful new resource. Topics addressed include an introduction to strength design concepts, background on structural clay and concrete masonry, general design, strength design procedures for beams, walls, columns, and shear walls, requirements for reinforcement and anchor bolts, and recommendations for construction. While the guide addresses unreinforced masonry, the primary focus is reinforced masonry designed to the 2016 edition of TMS 402/602 and the 2018 International Building Code.
Strength Design of Masonry was developed as part of The Masonry Society’s (TMS) Independent Author Publication series by the Authors and TMS to meet a common request for specific information on this popular design method. This Guide was developed to introduce strength design principles of masonry to designers unfamiliar with the method, while helping those more experienced use strength design easily and effectively.
Watch for availability in mid-September.
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