About the Series

These hour-long webinars are intended for designers, facility managers, construction managers, BAC signatory contractors and BAC members.

All webinars will be held from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST. 


While the webinars are free, registration (on right) is required.

Upcoming Programs 

September 12, 2017 
BIM Tools for Masonry - 1 LU/HSW
Mark Swanson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB
Minnesota Director
The International Masonry Institute

The BIM for masonry initiative with the support of IMI and the BAC has developed tools that make working with masonry easier and more productive in BIM models.
The Goal of BIM for masonry is get quality Masonry Content into the hands of architects, engineers and contractors by way of BIM-M developed plugins and software to increase the level of detail and use of masonry within the BIM software. Some of the tools are developed specifically for REVIT and some can work in other applications. For structural engineers and General Contractors using the bond beam and rebar tools will help design and coordinate the construction of masonry walls making them more efficient, and safer. The benefit to the attendees is that they can understand that with this free resource, they can jump start their masonry library, saving them time and money. These BIM tools enable better use of masonry as a structural system, minimize cuts due to un modular dimensioning creating a safer and healthier work environment, minimize jobsite waste, and enable accurate coursing virtually that will have beneficial results to owners, occupants and construction persons building our buildings.

September 26, 2017 
New Masonry Ideas for Architects and Engineers - 1 LU/HSW
Pat Conway, AIA
Wisconsin Director 
The International Masonry Institute

A look at new and exciting masonry concepts, details, and products, including: a masonry robot, prefabricated masonry, new metal drip edge, 6” CMU applications, new single-wythe unit, shelf angle stand-off brackets, interior partitions, f’m update, and BIM for masonry. 

October 10, 2017 
A New Method of Air Barrier Design for Cavity Wall - 1 LU/HSW
Michael Palmer, P.E., LEED AP BD+C
Building Envelope Specialist
Dow Building Systems
This program will provide the design community with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions when specifying a simple solution for exceptional long-term thermal insulating performance and excellent air/vapor and moisture barrier capability in brick and block and steel stud walls. Wall anchors post-install.

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Case Studies for Construction Managers - 1 LU/HSW
Scott W. Walkowicz, PE, NCEES
Walkowicz Consulting Engineer
Presents masonry specific solutions and advantages including initial and life cycle cost, schedule, fire and insurance as well as other ‘myth busting’ information. 

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Structural Masonry Lintels – Design Considerations - 1 LU/HSW
Pat Conway, AIA
Wisconsin Director
The International Masonry Institute

This seminar explores the benefits of using structural masonry lintels in concrete masonry walls.  Attendees will learn constructability issues, movement control strategies, moisture and thermal control issues, scheduling, and cost implications. 

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Structural Masonry Lintels – Engineering Considerations - 1 LU/HSW
Samuel M. Rubenzer, PE, SE
FORSE Consulting
This seminar explores the benefits of using single-course and multi-course structural masonry lintels in concrete masonry walls.  Attendees will learn efficient design concepts, preliminary engineering considerations, movement control strategies, engineering calculation examples, constructability issues, review case studies and typical details and notes.

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Masonry Structural Specification Notes, Detail Requirements, and Examples - 1 LU
Samuel M. Rubenzer, PE, SE
FORSE Consulting

Masonry Notes for Structural Drawings will discuss the “how” and “why” specific to each element of structural masonry (spec for block strength, mortar type and grout strength). Masonry Prototypes will cover different types of wall design and flexible masonry corridor walls. Masonry details series goes through general 2D and 3D structural masonry details including usage, limitations and common errors.

Thank you

For more information, contact Dawn Lafey at (301) 291-2110 or email 

Continuing Education

Each webinar meets AIA/CES criteria for 1 HSW learning unit, which will be reported directly to AIA. Contractor members will receive 1 Contractor College learning unit for each webinar.



Part of IMI's structural masonry series