Structural Fundamentals: Masonry Movement Joints - 1 LU/HSW

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

Presented by: FORSE Consulting

Join us as we uncover movement characteristics of structural masonry wall systems. We’ll compare the differences between movement joints in architectural veneer and in structural reinforced masonry. Plus, we'll identify other strategies that mitigate wall cracks and other distresses. By the end of this session, you'll learn how to detail movement joints for accommodating and/or restricting the movement of masonry materials.


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Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the role of masonry movement joints in structural masonry walls.
  • Describe the purpose of movement joints and considerations for locating them.
  • Explore the movement properties of masonry materials and structural systems.
  • Investigate who is responsible for locating movement joints per the IBC/TMS 402/602 building code.




About the Speaker

Sam Rubenzer, PE, SE

Structural Engineer, FORSE Consulting

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Sam started FORSE in 2010, were he works as a delegated designer for other structural engineers on designs involving steel, concrete, PT concrete, masonry, and wood construction. He often speaks on the topics of software use and best practices in masonry design.

Sam has over 20 years of experience and is a licensed structural engineer (SE) and a professional engineer (PE) in many of the Midwestern states. He has also been a consultant to IMI for the past 10 years.

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