Wednesday, July 5, 2023 | 12-1 P.M. p.m. Eastern Time

Join us to explore how efficient structural masonry wall connections support the goal of reducing our environmental impact. Connections are critical to structural integrity and require proper design and detailing. Learn about the various types of connections to structural masonry walls. We’ll discuss several different connection scenarios, including connections to the face of masonry and connections to hybrid masonry walls. While exploring plate design within structural masonry walls, you'll see how using a smaller plate can be more effective.


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Learning Objectives:

  • Evaluate connections to structural masonry shear walls.
  • Explore how to efficiently design structural masonry walls through practical design strategies.
  • Examine how bearing plate design influences the efficiency of a structural masonry wall.
  • Discuss how efficiently designed bearing plates and structurally designed walls reduce our environmental impact.

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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