From Simple and Straightforward to Technical and In-Depth, we have exactly what you are looking for

The Canada Masonry Design Centre offers a wide array of technical seminars directed towards the design community. These sessions provide participants with the tools and knowledge to design masonry more confidently, efficiently, and effectively. They range from graduate level courses covering various topics in advanced masonry design to complimentary, in-office lunch and learns on topical masonry-related subjects. Popular topics include masonry construction considerations, seismic design, connection details, and code interpretation. These lunch and learns can also be tailored to address specific masonry-related design and construction themes based on your requests.

Don’t have a specific seminar in mind? Browse our list of topics and choose from the list below:

Cold Weather Construction and Protection – for Masonry Contractors

An overview of all requirements having to do with cold weather construction (tarping, hoarding and heating) including examples of techniques. This includes changes in the 2014 edition of CSA A371 and the most common “Do’s and Don’ts” to understand when working out in the cold. This presentation requires about an hour and a half.

Designing with Masonry: Recommended Detailing and Specifications – for Building Designers

This 45 minute seminar highlights the general information that should be provided and included in masonry related construction documents.

Masonry Connections – for all Building Designers

This 45 minute seminar covers the basics for different types of masonry connectors and their applications. This includes masonry veneer, stone products, and connections with firewalls.

Fire Resistance Ratings and Masonry – for all Building Designers

Running between 1 and 2 hours, this seminar covers the history of masonry structures and their interdependence with fire resistant construction, as well as how fire resistance ratings and firewall design has evolved in the National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) over the past 40 years. This will also cover all of the requirements for designing fire resistant building elements for designers and specifiers within the NBCC. Finally, this seminar will present the current state of fire research in Canada being done in partnership with CMDC.

Causes and Control of Cracking in Masonry Structures – for Building Designers

How to take cracking and movement control into account when designing masonry structures. Remember, if you don’t allow for proper movement, your building will do it for you (cracking)!

Masonry Rehabilitation: Common Issues and Recommended Practices – for Building Designers (but can be adapted for Masonry Contractors)

This 45 minute seminar details the common issues of masonry deterioration, the keys to a successful restoration, and the most commonly needed repairs.

Specific to the engineering community, CMDC can present as much or as little into the topics below as needed. Feel free to mix and match topics of interest and start a dialog with our office to discuss time constraints and how much content can reasonably covered.

Overview of Masonry Construction, Design and Standards

Introduction to Masonry Materials and Assemblages

Masonry Beams:

Ultimate Limit States Shear and Flexure

Serviceability Limit States


Design Examples

Masonry Shear Walls:

Ultimate Limit States Shear and Flexure

Serviceability Limit States


Design Examples

Out-of-Plane Masonry Walls:

Ultimate Limit States Shear and Flexure

Interaction Diagram

Deflection, Second Order Effects, and Slenderness

Serviceability Limit States


Design Examples

Single Storey Buildings:

Load Calculation

Load Distribution around Openings and Movement Joints

Design Examples:

Individual Structural Elements

Full Structure Example

Additionally, these topics are available for those looking to dive into more specific areas within the overall realm of masonry design.

MASS Design Software:

Design of Masonry Beams Using MASS

Design of Out-of-Plane Walls Using MASS

Design of Masonry Shear Walls Using MASS

Shear Wall Load Distribution Around Openings and Movement Joints

General Overview of Changes from 2004 to 2014 CSA Standards

Summary of Non-Seismic Changes (Masonry Materials, Construction and Design)

Added Chapter 16 in CSA S304-14: Special Provisions for Seismic Design

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

For more information on the technical seminars the CMDC offers, or if you are interested in scheduling a lunch and learn in your office, please fill out the “Request a Seminar” form.

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