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Nondestructive Evaluation and Testing of Masonry
December 14, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST$75
Nondestructive evaluation methods are valuable approaches for evaluating conditions of existing masonry construction without causing damage. Masonry strength can also be measured in place using in situ test methods, without resorting to destructive sample removal for laboratory testing. Methods discussed during this seminar include mortar hardness testing, pulse velocity measurements, surface penetrating radar, infrared thermography, flatjack testing, and in situ shear tests, with special emphasis on applying these methods for diagnosing both historic and modern masonry construction. We will also cover the process of planning an investigation following published codes and guidelines.
Upon completing this program, the participant should know how to:
- Describe key design properties needed for retrofit or renovation of existing masonry structures.
- Define nondestructive and minimally invasive masonry evaluation techniques.
- Identify 2 methods for locating grout and reinforcement in modern masonry construction.
- Plan the number of tests needed for evaluating in situ masonry strength.
Speaker Bio: Michael Schuller, PE, is president of Atkinson-Noland & Associates, a consulting engineering firm specializing in masonry assessment and retrofit. He has 30 years’ experience with masonry engineering and over 100 publications on concrete and masonry including a book titled “Nondestructive Evaluation and Testing of Masonry Structures.” He taught Masonry Structural Design at the University of Colorado in Boulder from 1999 through 2009 and in 2016. Mr. Schuller serves on the Board of Directors of The Rocky Mountain Masonry Institute and is a Fellow of The Masonry Society and the Association for Preservation Technology.