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Title: MDG-4(03): Masonry Designers' Guide, Fourth Edition

Author(s): The Masonry Society

Publication: Technical Documents



Appears on pages(s): 614



Date: 10/17/2003


Note: MDG-4(03) is No Longer Available.

The purpose of the Fourth Edition of the Masonry Designer's Guide is the same as that of the first, second and third editions that were published in 1993, 1999 and 2001 respectively - to assist those involved in the design, construction, and regulation of masonry structures. The Fourth Edition was prepared to help users apply the provisions of Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures (ACI 530-02/ASCE 5-02/TMS 402-02) and Specification for Masonry Structures (ACI 530.01-02/ASCE 6-02/TMS 602-02). These two documents were updated from the 1999 Code and Specification by the Masonry Standards Joint Committee (MSJC) which includes members of the American Concrete Institute, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Masonry Society. Emphasis in the MDG is on the application of the two documents. Background information on the development of the Code and Specification provisions is not emphasized. For such information the reader is referred to Commentary on Building Requirements for Masonry Structures (ACI 530-02/ASCE 5-02/TMS 402-02) and Commentary on Specification for Masonry Structures (ACI530.01-02/ASCE 6-02/TMS 602-02). For ease in referencing the documents described above, an abbreviated notation is used in the MDG. Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures is shortened to MSJC Code or Code. Specification or Spec. means Specification for Masonry Structures. Code Commentary and Spec. Commentary refer to the respective commentaries. The updated MDG is a valuable reference for engineers, contractors, architects, inspectors, building code authorities, and educators. The initial chapters address materials, testing, quality assurance, quality control, and construction methods, with reference to specific provisions of the MSJC Code and Specification. Subsequent chapters on design illustrate concepts and applications of Code provisions to the structural design of masonry. There are 75 numerical example problems included in a separate chapter on building design. A Code Reference Index and Specification Reference Index correlate each discussion and design application example to a particular MSJC Code or Specification section. The MDG, Fourth Edition reflects new Code/Specification material on strength design of masonry, prescriptive seismic requirements, and cold weather construction.

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