Masonry Education Webinar Series

Words: Dan Kamys

Each webinar meets AIA/CES criteria for 1.5 learning units, which will be reported directly to AIA. Contractor members will receive 1.5 Contractor College learning units for each webinar.
Masonry Education Webinar Series

January through May, a Masonry Education Webinar Series is available, sponsored by the International Masonry InstituteThese webinars are intended for designers, facility managers, construction managers, owners and members in good standing of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, and their signatory contractors.


Tuesday, January 13 – Noon to 1:30 p.m. Eastern
3D Masonry Modeling Using Sketch-up

As mason contractors make the transition to working in a BIM environment, it becomes necessary to understand the fundamentals of 3D modeling. SketchUp ( is a free program that provides basic modeling functionality with an easy-to-learn interface, making it perfect for generating quick sketches and simple 3D models that can be used to graphically communicate ideas. This webinar provides an introduction to SketchUp and its applications to the masonry industry.

Tuesday, January 20 – Noon to 1:30 p.m. Eastern
Quality Assurance in Masonry

This program analyzes a masonry wall from the vantage point of quality control in both design and construction. It covers ASTM standards, brick and block selection, mortar types, and a detailed discussion of movement control for masonry. The program also looks at acceptable tolerances in materials and workmanship.

Tuesday, February 3 – Noon to 1:30 p.m. Eastern
Designing and Detailing Quality Masonry Structures

This presentation will focus on all aspects of the complete masonry cavity wall system including veneer, the cavity, flashing and weeps, insulation and concrete masonry units. The program will show how all these parts work together to provide an energy efficient wall system that will be durable as well as cost efficient.

Tuesday, February 17 – Noon to 1:30 p.m. Eastern
Advanced Masonry Details for Buildings & Landscape Architecture

This presentation will highlight new advances in masonry, rainscreen and landscape design.  The presentation will include NEW details for site walls, exterior paving, ventilated cavity walls, anchored veneer with stud back-up, rainscreen walls, adhered veneers with continuous insulation and partition walls.

Tuesday, March 3 – Noon to 1:30 p.m. Eastern
Current Methods and Methodology for Cleaning Historic Masonry Structures

This session presents the rationale and methodology for cleaning both interior and exterior historic masonry surfaces.  Cleaning can be the first type of repair measure performed on a new masonry structure to remove any construction residue.  Cleaning can also be performed as part of a maintenance program or restoration project.  In each of these instances, the masonry can be susceptible to damage caused by an improper selection of materials or methods. Understanding how to approach and develop a proper testing program is the first step in determining which technique will clean the building while promoting long-term performance.  The program will introduce current cleaning systems and describe their general performance and applications.  Specific attention will be paid to chemical, micro-abrasive, laser and latex systems.

Tuesday, March 24 – Noon to 1:30 p.m. Eastern
Sustainability and Resiliency for Existing Masonry Buildings

Significant prospects exist for restoring and retrofitting the exterior and interior systems in existing masonry buildings.  This seminar will examine strategies for addressing resilient design in existing buildings that include energy savings passive systems, durable design, occupant comfort and indoor air quality that will improve building flexibility.  This seminar will also examine and cross reference LEED concepts related to LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance.

Tuesday, April 7 – Noon to 1:30 p.m. Eastern
Do’s and Don’ts of Tornado Shelter Design

This presentation will focus on correct planning for storm shelters based on the applicable ICC and FEMA standards. Tornado impact, shelter design and examples, owner and design professional perspectives, and project funding are discussed.

Tuesday, April 21 – Noon to 1:30 p.m. Eastern
Thinking Inside the Box – Masonry Partition Wall Design

The new software tool developed by IMI provides the opportunity to engineer masonry interior partitions with simple input but with results that come from a rigorous engineering analysis. The program offers options for:  unreinforced or reinforced concrete masonry units, unreinforced clay brick units, compliance with IBC 2009 or IBC 2012 allowable stress design provisions, three support conditions – vertical, horizontal and cantilever, input of vertical loads, horizontal uniform loads, horizontal concentrated loads, input for all risk categories as well as egress stairways, and  input for all seismic design categories.   Options can be changed and compared quickly, and easily, permitting the designer to optimize the wall system in minutes

Tuesday, May 5 – Noon to 1:30 p.m. Eastern
Tile Design and Construction

Attendees will develop an understanding of the various types of tile, setting methods, system components, design and installation considerations, specialty systems, and quality assurance.   Attendees will learn how to use applicable codes and standards to design, specify, and construct tile work meeting minimum requirements and best practices.  The program will emphasize design and installation requirements for large format tile, including substrate preparation.  It will discuss how to comply with Division 3 and Division 9 criteria for floor flatness.  The program will also look at the new standards for coefficient of friction (COF) as well as the new recommended specification language for installer qualifications appearing in the TCNA Handbook and MasterSpec.

Tuesday, May 19 – Noon to 1:30 p.m. Eastern
Reinforcing Historic Masonry Walls

In many instances historic masonry walls require reinforcing to either stabilize or strengthen the masonry system.  These situations may arise from any number of reasons including poor original design or construction, damage due to seismic activity, or just general weathering and/or deterioration.  This course will outline some of the most common scenarios and present a variety of current methods available to address the causes as well as the symptoms.  Particular attention will be paid to pinning and grouting systems which have been designed for structural and non-structural applications.

To learn more and register for any of these programs, contact Dawn Lafey at (301) 291-2110 or

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