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Strength Design of Masonry Webinar

October 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Certificates of Attendance and one hour of AIA Continuing Education credit are available to attendees upon completion of a quiz after the webinar.

Strength design was added to TMS 402 Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures in 2002. However, most masonry is still designed by the Allowable Stress Design method. Strength design generally results in more efficient designs than with Allowable Stress Design. This webinar will review the design assumptions for strength design, and look at the design of beams, bearing walls, and shear walls using strength design. Practical design methods and tips will be provided for each member type, and examples will illustrate the design process. The results of each design will be compared to allowable stress design. This webinar will provide the engineer with the tools necessary to begin using strength design for masonry, and realizing the benefits it can offer.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the assumptions and basis for strength design of masonry.
  2. Understand the design methods appropriate for masonry beams, and be able to design a beam using strength design.
  3. Understand the design methods appropriate for masonry bearing walls under out-of-plane loads, and be able to design a bearing wall using strength design.
  4. Understand the design methods appropriate for shear walls, including both shear and overturning, and be able to design a shear wall using strength design.


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Retail Price: $75* / Member Price: $50*

Webinar Registration Discount Schedule

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Quantity Non-Member Price TMS Member Price
1-2 $75 $50
3-5 $65 $45
6+ $55 $40


Speaker Bio:  Richard Bennett, Ph.D, P.E. is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Tennessee. He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Masonry Society and a Fellow of The Masonry Society. Dr. Bennett has been very active on the TMS 402/602 Code Committee. He has chaired the Flexural, Axial Loads, and Shear subcommittee and served as the vice-chair of the 2013 MSJC Committee. Dr. Bennett was the chair of the main committee that is developed the 2016 code, and is currently 2nd vice-chair of the TMS 402/602 Code Committee.  He is also a member of ASTM C12 on mortars and grouts and ASTM C15 on manufactured masonry units.


October 12
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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