CMDC is proud to announce that the Engineered Masonry Design Course (EMDC) is going to be offered starting near the end of January of next year. Registration will open on December 2nd, 2019 with only a total of 30 seats available.

For full details, please visit the course page, hosted on the CMDC learning platform, LearnMasonry.ca

In-class Session Schedule

Friday, January 24th

8:00am to 6:30pm (breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)

Saturday January 25th

8:00am to 12:30pm (breakfast and lunch provided)

Friday, February 7th

8:00am to 6:30pm (breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)

Saturday February 8th

8:00am to 12:30pm (breakfast and lunch provided)

Friday, January 28th

8:00am to 6:30pm (breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided)

Saturday January 29th

8:00am to 12:30pm (breakfast and lunch provided)

Topics covered

Click the weekend heading to expand the topics for each.

Weekend 1

  • Overview of Masonry Construction, Design and Standards
  • Introduction to Masonry Materials and Assemblages
  • Masonry Beams:
    • Ultimate Limit States Shear and Flexure
    • Serviceability Limit States
    • Detailing
    • Design Examples

Weekend 2

  • Hands-On Wall Building (PPE Required)
  • Masonry Shear Walls:
    • Ultimate Limit States Shear and Flexure
    • Serviceability Limit States
    • Detailing
    • Design Examples
  • Single Storey Buildings:
    • Load Calculation
    • Load Distribution around Openings and Movement Joints
    • Design Examples:
      • Individual Structural Elements
      • Full Structure Example

Weekend 3

  • Out-of-Plane Masonry Walls:
    • Ultimate Limit States Shear and Flexure
    • Interaction Diagram
    • Deflection, Second Order Effects, and Slenderness
    • Serviceability Limit States
    • Detailing
    • Design Examples

Please refer to the official course information page for current and up-to-date course details.

Online – Supplemental eLearning

In addition to the in-class component a number of lessons will be made available through our online learning platform. These additional topics are included in your fee and can be taken at anytime during the course. These added lessons will provide designers with a deeper and more nuanced understanding of masonry design and will cover topics such as:

  • MASS Design Software:
    • Design of Masonry Beams
    • Design of Out-of-Plane Walls
    • Design of Masonry Shear Walls
    • Shear Wall Load Distribution with Openings and Movement Joints
  • General Overview of Changes from 2004 to 2014 CSA Masonry Materials, Construction and Design Standards
  • Masonry Materials:
    • Specialty Mortars, Clay Brick, Connectors and Stone Products
    • Case Studies and Diagnostics of Masonry Veneers
  • Masonry Beams:
    • Design of Brick Beams, Deep Beams and Prestressed Beams
    • Modified Compression Field Theory and Shear Design of Masonry Beams using the 2014 Standard
    • Support of Masonry and Bearing Design, Using Movement Joints for Structural Applications and Arching of Masonry over Openings
  • Masonry Shear Walls:
    • Unreinforced Masonry, Floor Connections and Intersecting Walls
    • Multi-Storey Shear Walls and Introduction to Seismic Design
  • Masonry Out-of-Plane Walls:
    • Unreinforced Masonry
    • Intersecting Walls and Stack Pattern Masonry
    • Design Assumptions: Smeared versus Discrete Partially-Grouted Masonry

Full details can be found on the course website on CMDC’s online learning platform: LearnMasonry.ca

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Brad Crumb

Brad is a Masonry Design Engineer with CMDC. Starting in 2011, his main role with the CMDC has involved developing the masonry design software, MASS, as well as handling the engineering related technical support questions that come in on a regular basis. If you've called or emailed the CMDC office about MASS, chances are you had the pleasure of meeting Brad.