Course Category: Design

Design and Detailing of Perforated Screen Walls

Architects are using brick in unique ways as a material of choice and have experimented with incorporating voids in the cladding. Brick screen walls have been used in residential applications for decades to screen undesirable elements such as trash and HVAC equipment.…

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EleMasonry: Design Software for Masonry Elements (FREE)

EleMasonry is an innovative software package for designing of a variety of masonry building elements. The software can be used to develop code-compliant designs for walls, columns, beams, and pilasters. This seminar will review the features of this software, with focus on how the software can aid designers in completing design work quickly, efficiently, and in accordance with current building codes.…

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Structural Masonry Detailing: Confined Lap Splices

Most designers who engineer reinforced masonry know that code provisions for lap splice lengths have been evolving over the past few code editions. A newer confinement-steel option is available that has the potential to significantly reduce the lap splice lengths, especially for larger diameter bars, through confinement of the structural reinforcement.…

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Stone Anchoring Solutions

This presentation focuses on anchoring design for natural or cast stone cladding of various sizes with emphasis on large scale or ‘dimensional’ stone. Stone anchoring system selection criteria will be presented followed by discussion of back-up system considerations and anchor design examples.…

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Lintels in Masonry Walls

This lesson 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.…

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Rational Design of Masonry Veneers and Shelf Angle Supports

Chapter 12 of the TMS 402 2016 includes provisions for the design of anchored and adhered masonry veneer. Although the vast majority of anchored masonry veneer systems are designed using the prescriptive provisions within this standard, veneers in high wind zones, high seismic zones, or constructed with large distances between the backing walls and the veneer cannot be designed using these prescriptive provisions.…

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Design of Movement and Control Joints for Masonry

This lesson addresses the movement characteristics of masonry wall systems, and compares the differences between architectural veneer and structural reinforced masonry. Focus is on best practice for design and construction of expansion and control joints to accommodate and/or restrict masonry material movement.…

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Design of Masonry Shear Walls

The design of reinforced masonry shear walls using both the Allowable Stress Design method and the Strength Design method is covered in this lesson.  The requirements for both the design for overturning and the design for shear are explained. The prescriptive seismic detailing requirements for each of three reinforced masonry shear walls types, ordinary, intermediate, and special, are explained, with particular attention to special reinforced shear walls.…

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Anchor Bolt Design

There were two major changes to the anchor bolt design provisions in the 2016 edition of TMS 402.  One change was to increase the calculated shear crushing strength by 67%.  The other change was to go from a linear interaction equation for combined bending and shear to an elliptical interaction equation. …

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