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Strength Design of Masonry Walls - The Code & Beyond

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The design of masonry walls for in-plane and out-of-plane loads using the strength design provisions of TMS 402-16 will be discussed. Rules of thumb for initial proportioning of masonry walls will be shared, the strength design provisions will be reviewed, and some new and lesser used provisions that can allow for more efficient wall designs will be highlighted. Recommendations for the design and detailing of shear walls with openings will conclude the presentation.

  • Course will award 1.5 hours of continuing education
  • This course is Diamond Review approved in 49 states. New York does not accept hours from recordings.


  • John Hochwalt, SE, PE Associate, KPFF Consulting Engineers

    John Hochwalt, SE, PE, is the Director of Engineering for the Seattle Structural Group of KPFF Consulting Engineers. He is the co-author of the Reinforced Masonry Engineering Handbook published by the Masonry Institute of America and the Structural Brick Veneer Guide published by the Western States Clay Products Association. He is active in the development of the masonry building code as a voting member of the main committee for TMS 402, Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures, and chair of the seismic subcommittee for the 2022 code cycle.

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July 11, 2019
Thu 12:00 PM CDT

Duration 1H 30M

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