NAMC Exhibitors


Over 200 masonry industry attendees are expected from around the world, including masonry researchers, designers, practitioners, educators, building managers, and students, to discuss the latest developments in masonry research, design, construction, and preservation.

Exhibitors have the option of having a table top booth, presenting in an Innovative Technology Session, or both. More information about each option is provided below. Discounts are available for conference sponsors. Visit the sponsors page for more information.

Exhibit Booths

Exhibits spaces will be available during the Monday and Tuesday of the conference (June 17 and 18).
Conference attendees will have time to access exhibits all day, with dedicated time during breakfast, inter-session breaks, lunch, and before the evening receptions.

The exhibit spaces will be located along two sides of the pre-function area.
Each space is approximately 7 ft wide and 5 ft deep.
The exhibit booth fee includes the space, table, two chairs, and access to breaks and lunches during the two exhibit days.

Innovative Technology Sessions

Openings are available for the conference’s Innovative Technology Session for those wanting to present original and revolutionary topics that may not be suited to the conference proceedings. Presentations given at the Innovative Technology Session are not accompanied by a technical paper and may include topics that are propriety or marketing related. Presenters may distribute literature and other material during their presentation.

Using Arial Drones to Assist with Assessment

Facade assessment is generally completed from the ground or via temporary access, such as an aerial lift, rope access, or swing stage. Ground based assessment is generally faster and less expensive, but limited due to angle of incidence and distance, especially for buildings more than three or four stories. Temporary access provides an up-close, direct level of assessment with no distance or angle of incidence issues. However, it may not be feasible for all buildings due to access (difficulty reaching a spire), time, or cost. Drone technology offers a potential way to solve the angle of incidence and distance issues without the cost and difficulty of setting up temporary access. As with any new technologies, limitations exist and as a result it should be pursued with some level of caution. This presentation will discuss recent experiences with drone technology on masonry buildings and how it helped with the assessment and limitations encountered.

Presenter Bio: Peter M. Babaian, P.E., S.E., is a Principal of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) and leads their Chicago office and their Building Enclosure Commissioning Practice. His experience includes designing, investigating, and rehabilitating a variety of building enclosures and structures. His specialties include exterior enclosure consulting on new construction, rehabilitation of existing structures, historic preservation, and building enclosure commissioning. He received a BSCE from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts and a MSCE from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Mr. Babaian is the Chair of The Masonry Society’s Technical Activities Committee, which oversees all technical activities of the Society.

Deconstructing the masonry wall: A methodology for wall design

The exterior masonry wall is a complex assembly challenging architects in the problems of aesthetics, performance, and structure. This session analyzes and graphically deconstructs a variety of complex masonry wall types commonly used in new construction. The session takes a detailed look at the basic decision-making process for walls in the pre-design and early design stages. Attendees will learn a design approach that quickly and systematically takes them through a series of micro-decisions on a small number (eight or fewer) of subassemblies of the wall, resulting in a well-informed system design. This session will use examples of walls from real projects and walk the audience through the uniquely swift linear decision-making process. It will also discuss development of a wall taxonomy, the curation of a Wall Systems Library, and opportunities for BIM integration.

Presenter Bio: Scott Conwell, FAIA, FCSI, LEED AP has dedicated his career to educating design professionals and advancing good design with masonry materials. In his 24 years as a Director with International Masonry Institute (IMI), he has delivered over 1,000 presentations and lectures to architects, engineers, contractors, and students; he has authored technical articles published industry-wide; and he leads IMI’s team on the Masonry Detailing Series, an online collection of architectural details for masonry, stone, and tile. He is a graduate of Illinois Institute of Technology, and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI).

Direct Design Software (DDS)

This presentation provides an introduction to Version 3.0 of the Direct Design Software (DDS). DDS is a unique structural design software package that combines the loading requirements of ASCE 7 and the material resistance provisions of TMS 402 to quickly and easily produce code-compliant concrete masonry designs in accordance with the structural requirements of the International Building and Residential Codes (IBC and IRC). DDS not only performs structural design checks for masonry per TMS 402, but concurrently resolves design loads -inclusive of seismic, wind, snow, dead, and live loads – based on simple user defined parameters.

Presenter Bio: Russ Peterson is an engineer, software developer and active member in The Masonry Society (TMS). His company, Ensoltech, has created Direct Design Software and other structural design software packages. He has participated in the development of various TMS design guides and other publications, and holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from Montana State University.