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Introduction to Strength Design of Masonry and Design Methodologies

February 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST

This introductory session of Masonry Night School: Strength Design of Masonry will review basic strength design concepts for masonry, noting key differences with procedures for concrete. Masonry assemblies and systems will be briefly reviewed noting their purposes and resistance to primary loads. Individual masonry elements of masonry buildings including walls, beams, columns, and pilasters will then be introduced, related to their roles in the overall structural system to orient attendees for further sessions where the design of these elements will be discussed.

Continuing Education: 1 AIA LU / 1 PDH / 0.10 CEU

Learning Objectives:

  • Introduce strength design concepts for masonry
  • Classify different types of masonry systems
  • Review the role of various masonry elements
  • Identify common loadings on typical masonry building systems and elements

About the Presenter

John M. Hochwalt, P.E., S.E., Director of Engineering, KPFF Consulting Engineers-Seattle Structural Group, is Director of Engineering for the Seattle structural group of KPFF Consulting Engineers. In that capacity, he provides technical leadership for over one hundred structural engineers. Prior to joining KPFF in 1998, he worked with RTKL in Baltimore and Barber & Hoffman in Cleveland. In addition to providing engineering services for the design of new buildings and retrofit of existing buildings, he has taught structural design of masonry the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations, the Structural Engineers Association of Washington, the Northwest Concrete Masonry Association, The Masonry Society, and the University of Washington. He is the current editor of the Reinforced Masonry Engineering Handbook, originally authored by James Amrhein, and he recently served as co-author on the new Strength Design Guide of Masonry. Within The Masonry Society he has served in a variety of capacities including Chair of the subcommittee for Seismic and Limit Design for TMS 402, voting member of the TMS 402 Main committee, and corresponding member of the Design Practices Committee.  He was recently elected to serve on TMS’s Director of Directors and received a 2020 TMS Service Award.


February 3
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
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