Canada Masonry Design Centre
Committed to providing technical resources to ensure designers and our contractor members have the required information for the proper design and construction of masonry buildings
CMDC partnered with the Canadian Concrete Masonry Producers Association (CCMPA) to develop a powerful software package called MASS. MASS analyzes and designs masonry beams, out-of-plane walls, and single storey shear wall elevations with openings and movement joints using current CSA standards.
Building Codes and
The CMDC sits on several of the CSA boards and committees to develop and shape the CSA Standards in a way that is beneficial to the expanded use of masonry. This is closely tied with our work in Research, getting the tests and data needed to support masonry’s role in an evolving building code.
Masonry Structures, Behaviour and Design by Drysdale and Hamid is a comprehensive resource that every designer should have in their reference collection. It has been edited, published and endorsed by the Canada Masonry Design Centre and what sets it apart from other masonry resources are the detailed design examples, showing each step from start to finish.