Masonry Shear Wall Design - 1 LU/HSW

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Presented by: FORSE Consulting

In structural engineering, a shear wall is a vertical element that resists lateral forces, typically from wind and seismic loads. Perforated shear walls are simply shear walls with openings in them. In this session, you’ll learn about the design of perforated masonry shear walls. See how finite element analysis (FEA) software solutions can generate efficient structural masonry wall designs, with a focus on RAM Elements and RISA 3D. Get inspired by a series of case studies that use FEA software to design masonry shear walls.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify types of masonry shear walls.
  • Learn methods to improve the effectiveness of masonry shear walls in structural masonry.
  • Acquire knowledge of various finite element analysis (FEA) software solutions for masonry shear walls.
  • Explore various case studies where FEA software was used to design masonry shear walls.

About the Speaker

Beth Suminski, P.E., S.E.

Structural Engineer, FORSE Consulting


Beth Suminski, P.E., S.E., has worked for over 20 years as a structural engineer in the fields of consulting engineering, software, and continuing education. In her current position with FORSE Consulting, she serves as a Technical Consultant to the Steel Tube Institute, where she continues to pursue both the design and educational aspects of structural engineering.



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