Not Just A Finish: Structural Clay Masonry Design - 1 LU/HSW

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Central Standard Time (1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time)

Presented by: FORSE Consulting

Structural clay masonry serves both as a structural system and exterior finish face of a building, making for a sustainable solution. See how clay masonry can be successfully used in structural applications. We’ll explain and describe strength considerations, movement joints, and constructability for practical masonry detailing. Finally, learn about key masonry assembly components including clay units, mortar, grout, and reinforcement.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the basic components of a structural clay masonry wall.
  • Discuss how a variety of materials make up a structural clay masonry system.
  • Discover how the high compressive strength of structural brick carries a similar load as a thicker concrete masonry wall.
  • Analyze how reinforcement added in the brick cells and grouted creates resistance to tension, making it an excellent solution to resist earthquake, wind, and gravity loads.


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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