There has been a number of important changes included in the masonry codes and standards that will become referenced in 2009. Engineers, designers, and estimators from mason contractors who work on these type of projects have a unique opportunity to learn from some of the industry leading experts.

The Masonry Society (TMS) and the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) have joined together to provide six Reinforced Masonry Webinars in 2009.

Each webinars will be 1½ hours in length, including one or more question and answer sessions. Webinar registrants will be able to sign up for all of the webinars, at a "Buy 5, get the 6th one free" promotional rate; or they can sign up for individual webinars, at NCSEA's regular price of $250 per connection. To register for these webinars, or for additional information, go to

February 5 Masonry Basics, or Masonry 101.

J. Gregg Borchelt of the Brick Industry Association will present an overview masonry materials and terms, materials, and properties. He will also explain how these terms are related to the design and construction of reinforced masonry as outlined in design codes and standards, specifically the 2008 MSJC and the 2009 IBC.

February 19 Allowable Stress Design of Masonry.

Dr. Russell H. Brown of Clemson University will discuss the design of reinforced masonry. His comments will be focused on Chapter 2 of the MSJC and Section 2107 of the IBC. He will also present simple design examples for walls subjected to out-of-place loads.

March 5 Strength Design of Masonry.

Dr. Richard E. Klingner of the University of Texas at Austin will review the strength design requirements of Chapter 3 of the MSJC for reinforced masonry and will highlight modifications of IBC Section 2108. He will also present simple design examples for walls subjected to out-of-plane loads.

March 19 Masonry Tallwalls.

David T. Biggs of Ryan-Biggs and Associates PC will offer insights and real life examples on the Strength Design of Masonry.

April 2 Reinforced Masonry Shear Wall Design.

Dr. Russell H. Brown of Clemson University will offer insight on design provisions and examplesfor reinforced masonry shear walls by the allowable stress and strength design methods. He will also offer a brief discussion on prescriptive seismic detailing requirements for shear walls.

April 16 Ensuring Your Masonry is Constructed as Designed.

Michael P. Schuller of Atkinson-Noland and Associates, Inc. will address masonry specifications, structural observation, and special inspection from the structural engineer's perspective. His discussion will offer insights on how to ensure the work is constructed as designed.