Allowable Stress Design of Masonry #1: Introduction to Allowable Stress Design

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This introductory course reviews basic allowable stress design concepts. Dr. McGinley presents key differences between allowable stress design and strength design procedures. This session also reviews masonry assemblies and systems, noting their purposes and resistance to primary loads. Attendees will learn about typical masonry building elements and their roles in the overall structural system including walls, beams, columns, and pilasters. Future sessions of the series discuss the design of these elements. Finally, this session reviews loads and load combinations from ASCE-7 & and the IBC.

Learning Objectives:

  • Introduce Allowable Stress design concepts for masonry
  • Classify different types of masonry systems
  • Review the role of various masonry elements
  • Identify common loadings on typical masonry building systems and elements

Allowable Stress Design of Masonry introduces Allowable Stress Design (ASD) of Masonry, review code requirements, and examine designs of common masonry elements including, beams, walls, columns, and pilasters. The series discusses design methodology as well as design for flexure, axial loads, and in-plane loads. It concludes with a review of requirements for reinforcement and connectors and detailing masonry effectively. It is recommended that you have a basic familiarity with masonry (consistent with content presented in the Masonry 101 Series). View other courses in this series or purchase the Allowable Stress Design Bundle to access all 6 and save $30 compared to buying them separately.


Presenter: W. Mark McGinley, Ph.D, PE, FASTM, FTMS, University of Louisville
Date Presented: February 9, 2022
Credit: 1 PDH / 0.10 CEU / 1 AIA LU
AIA Course Number: TMSASD01