Masonry Night School

Masonry 101

7 pm ET Wednesdays* – October – November 2020

TMS will start a new Masonry Night School with a 6 session Masonry 101 course which will provide a comprehensive introduction to masonry materials and concepts for those who need a fast-track course, especially new designers and specifiers. See the links below for descriptions of each webinar.

  • Session 1 – Introduction to Masonry by W. Mark McGinley, Ph.D., P.E., FASTM, FTMS, Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Louisville – Wednesday, October 21
  • Session 2 – Introduction to Masonry Units by Christine A. (Tina) Subasic, P.E., LEED AP, consulting architectural engineer in Raleigh, NC – Wednesday, October 28
  • Session 3 – Mortar by Jamie Farny, Director, Building Marketing at the Portland Cement Association – Wednesday, November 4
  • Session 4 – Reinforcement and Anchors by Richard M. Bennett, Ph.D., P.E., FTMS, Professor at the University of Tennessee – Wednesday, November 11
  • Session 5 – Grout by Jamie Farny, Director, Building Marketing at the Portland Cement Association – Wednesday, November 18
  • Session 6 – Masonry Assemblies by W. Mark McGinley, Ph.D., P.E., FASTM, FTMS, Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Louisville – Tuesday, November 24

These sessions will be offered live at 7 pm ET on the dates noted for 1 AIA LU credit each. Attend all six or only those of interest to you.

Night School provides a more thorough review of masonry topics allowing attendees to progressively build their knowledge about masonry. 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 attendees may participate in sessions individually if desired.


Strength Design of Masonry

7 pm ET Wednesdays, February-March 2021

This 6-session course will introduce strength design of masonry, review code requirements, and examine designs of common masonry elements including, beams, walls, columns, and pilasters. Design methodology will be reviewed, as will design for flexure, axial loads, and in-plane loads. The session will conclude with a review of requirements for reinforcement and connectors and detailing masonry effectively. This course is an excellent way to learn strength design procedures. Those taking the course should have a basic familiarity with masonry (consistent with content presented in TMS’s Masonry 101 course).