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Strength Design of Walls for In-Plane Loads & Seismic Detailing

February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST

Shear walls are critical building elements to resist in-plane loads and are, for masonry, the seismic-force-resisting system. This session of Masonry Night School: Strength Design of Masonry will review strength design of shear walls, along with both seismic detailing requirements and minimum/maximum detailing requirements for such walls.

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

Learning Objectives:

  • Introduce masonry shear walls and applied loads on these critical elements
  • Discuss seismic detailing requirements for masonry shear walls
  • Review the strength design provisions for masonry shear walls for combined axial load and bending and for shear
  • Overview maximum and minimum reinforcement limits and detailing of shear walls

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 24
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
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