How to Design Structurally Efficient Masonry Buildings - 1 LU/HSW

Wednesday, January 4, 2023 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Presented by: FORSE Consulting

Review case studies showcasing structurally effective and efficient masonry design. These case studies, involving real construction projects, cover a variety of building types. We’ll compare several different structural systems and their impacts to cost and schedule. Using higher compressive strength values and software analysis, structural masonry walls can be designed to be more efficient.


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Learning Objectives:

  • Identify similarities in different structural masonry design approaches.
  • Discover the benefits of using masonry in back up walls and foundation walls.
  • Explore how masonry can contribute structurally using hybrid concrete and steel structures.
  • Investigate creative approaches to common design challenges with prefabricated masonry solutions.


About the Speaker

Cathleen Jacinto, PE, SE

Structural Engineer, FORSE Consulting

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Cathleen has 20 years of experience in the design industry as a structural engineer. Cathleen collaborated on a variety of building design projects while at Thornton Tomasetti and T.Y. Lin International in Chicago, Illinois, from small to large-scale project types in healthcare, aviation, commercial, infrastructure, cultural, and steel connection design located in the U.S. and abroad. Since joining FORSE in May 2015, Cathleen provides structural engineering design and modeling services in collaboration with other structural engineering firms and contributes to FORSE’s designs, seminars, and publications. She serves as a technical consultant to the Masonry Advisory Council. One topic Cathleen highlights is structural masonry analysis and design. Cathleen also served as an Adjunct Lecturer for Design of Masonry Structures course at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Cathleen has a Professional Masters in Structural Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is a licensed Structural Engineer (SE) and Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Illinois.

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