Masonry Structural Design

A One Day Seminar

    A Practical Seminar for Practicing Engineers cosponsored by The Masonry Society (TMS).

    This one-day seminar is for Engineers, Architects, Specifiers, Public Agencies, and anyone else involved in the designing and specifying of masonry structures. Attendees will learn to design and specify masonry structures using the 2013 edition of Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry Structures. Discussion and comparisons of masonry provisions in earlier Codes and the International Building Code will also be presented. Practical design examples of typical masonry building elements will be reviewed as part of this informative seminar.

    TMS National Members can register at the ACI Member rate.

Free Publications   

As part of the seminar, you will receive FREE the following publication(s) a $144.00 value:

TMS 402/ACI 530-13/ASCE 6 Building Code Requirements and Specifications for Masonry Structures and Companion Commentaries

In addition, nonmembers can receive a FREE 6-month ACI membership for attending a 2014 ACI Spring Seminar.

Speaker Lecture Notes

Who should attend?    

    The seminar will benefit both new designers and those already familiar with masonry design as it discusses differences between previous code requirements and new procedures introduced in the 2013 Masonry Code. Contractors and inspectors trying to verify code compliance will also benefit.


Seminar Topics   

This intense one-day seminar guides attendees through masonry design requirements while reviewing practical design examples of typical masonry structures. Instructors will review masonry design and specification provisions in the 2013 Masonry Standards Joint Committee's (MSJC) Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures (TMS 402/ACI 530/ASCE 5), which is the primary reference in the International Building Code (IBC) for the design and construction of masonry. Several practical design examples of typical masonry elements will be examined using the 2013 MSJC, and necessary revisions to the design examples based on modifications in the 2013 IBC will be discussed. In addition, a preview of the masonry provisions that will appear in the 2015 IBC will also be presented.

The seminar will be presented by two experts on masonry who serve on the Masonry Standards Joint Committee (MSJC). Although the primary emphasis will be design of reinforced masonry, the instructors will review the major provisions and applications for all major portions of the 2013 MSJC including:

Chapter 1 and 2: General Design Requirements for Masonry
Chapter 3: Quality and Construction, including an overview of masonry Special Inspection Requirements.
Chapter 4 - 6: General Analysis and Design Considerations, Specific Requirements for Various Structural Elements, and Requirement, Metal Accessories and Anchor Bolts.
Chapter 7: Seismic Design Requirements
Chapter 8: Allowable Stress Design of Masonry (unreinforced and reinforced, but the emphasis of the seminar will be on reinforced masonry)
Chapter 9: Strength Design of Masonry (unreinforced and reinforced, but the emphasis of the seminar will be on reinforced masonry)
Chapter 10: Prestressed Masonry
Chapter 11: Strength Design of Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) Masonry
Chapter 12: Veneer (both anchored and adhered veneer)
Chapter 13: Glass Unit Masonry
Chapter 14: Masonry Partition Walls
Appendix A: Empirical Design of Masonry
Appendix B.: Design of Masonry Infill
Appendix C: Limit Design Method

Instructors will also review the structural design provisions in IBC Chapter 21, “Masonry,”

Locations & Dates   


You will be sent a confirmation of your registration with the address of the Seminar. Please verify the date and location, since changes may occur.

Registration begins at 7:45 a.m.  The seminar will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m.  Lunch will be from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Breakfast breads/pastries, lunch, coffee breaks, and publications are included in your registration fee.


Two of the following will be your instructors:

Richard M. Bennett, is Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Director, Engineering Fundamentals, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and is a licensed professional engineer. Dr. Bennett is a member of the Masonry Standards Joint Committee and chairs Subcommittee 530-F, Flexural, Axial Loads, and Shear. He has published numerous articles on masonry, and was the co-winner of the ASTM Alvin H. Yorkdale Award in 2002 for best paper in masonry. He serves as Associate Editor for TMS Journal.
W. Mark McGinley, Ph. D PE, FASTM is Professor and Endowed Chair for Infrastructure Research, Civil and Environmental Engineering, J.B. Speed School of Engineering University of Louisville, He is a structural engineer and building scientist with an excess of 25 years of research and forensic engineering practice in building systems. Dr. McGinley's research has included the structural performance of masonry walls, the building envelope performance of brick veneer and steel stud wall systems, as well as the energy performance of buildings. He has been a primary author of all seven editions of the Masonry Designers Guide. He is involved with ASTM on committees C-12 and C15, where he is vice chair of both these committee and an ASTM Fellow. He is also a member of the Masonry Standards Committee, served as Chairman of the Reinforcing and Connectors Subcommittee and now chairs the Flexural Axial Load and Shear Subcommittee for both 2013 and 2016 code cycles.
Paul G. Scott, PE, SE is a Partner with Caruso Turley Scott Structural Engineers in Phoenix, AZ and has designed buildings across the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico, Trinidad/Tobago and the US Virgin Islands. Mr. Scott began designing structures using masonry in 1977 and is considered one of the most experienced masonry designers in Arizona. He is active in his profession and has served as a Board Member for the Arizona Board of Technical Registration, as President of the State & Central Chapter of the Arizona Structural Engineers Association, and as Chairman of the Design Advisory Board for the City of Phoenix. Mr. Scott is a member of The Masonry Standards Joint Committee and serves on the Board of Directors of The Masonry Society.
John Tawresey, PE, SE has over 40 years experience as a structural engineer with concentration on the design of reinforced hollow brick masonry structures and building curtainwalls. He is the past Chief Financial Officer at KPFF Consulting Engineers. He is a past president of The Masonry Society, past editor of the Masonry Society Journal, past president of the Structural Engineers Risk Management Council (SERMC), past president of the Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE, current member of the ASCE 7 Main Committee and MSJC Main Committee, and has been active in the code development process. Tawresey has taught Structural Masonry 455 at the University of Washington for the past 30 years and written many articles and papers on the subject of structural masonry design.

NOTE: ACI is not responsible for the statements or opinions expressed by the Faculty.  If necessary to substitute an instructor an individual with similar qualifications will be used.

Registration Fees   

$597 Non Member Registration Fee
$457 ACI National Members Registration Fee
$125 Full-Time Students (with proof of enrollment)

Continuing Education Credit   

Attendees receive 0.75 CEUs or 7.5 LUs, worth 7.5 PDHs.

American Institute of Architects (G115 MSN)
Florida Board of Professional Engineers (Provider #0003855)
Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board
North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors

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