Lintels in Masonry Walls


This presentation reviews the behavior and load distribution of a lintel within a wall, to help design this common element more effectively and efficiently. Lintel design basics will be reviewed, including possible arch analysis, code requirements specific to lintels, design criteria, and the various options we have in selecting lintels in masonry walls. The presentation will outline specific assumptions that impact masonry walls and lintels, such as masonry strength and control joint locations. The webinar will explore how the design of masonry lintels can add significant structural and architectural benefit to the wall.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the basics of lintels in masonry walls
  2. Explore options available for lintels in masonry walls
  3. Design high performance masonry lintels that are more effective and efficient
  4. Utilize software for understanding true loads to masonry lintels

This webinar was originally presented on May 15, 2019. Purchasing this product will grant you access to the webinar recording and a PDF of the presentation. Certificates of attendance are not available for this webinar recording.

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About the Presenter

Samuel M. Rubenzer is the founder of FORSE Consulting. The FORSE team assists other structural engineers with designs on a variety of projects and complex structures in steel, concrete, PT concrete, masonry, wood, and connection design. With 20 years of experience in structural engineering, Sam has worked for firms in Minnesota and Wisconsin, designing a wide variety of structures, including masonry buildings. Sam also spent 5 years at RAM International and Bentley Systems providing software training to structural engineers. Sam has a Master of Business Administration from Marquette University, a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota, and is a licensed structural engineer (SE) in Illinois and a professional engineer (PE) in many of the Midwestern states. Sam also serves as a structural engineering consultant to Structural Masonry Coalitions in several states since 2010.