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Allowable Stress Design vs. Strength Design: A Masonry Cage Fight


The TMS 402, Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures, has two design methods: allowable stress design (ASD) and strength design (SD). This presentation compares the differences, advantages, and disadvantages of each design method, with the comparison being made through examples. Examples include beams, pilasters, bearing walls, and shear walls. Both ease of design and amount of required reinforcement are considered. Design tips and shortcuts are provided for both methods.

  • Course will award 1.5 hours of continuing education
  • Diamond Review approved in all 50 states
  • This webinar will be available as a recording.


  • Richard Bennett, PhD, P.E.

    Richard Bennett, PhD, PE, is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is very active in masonry code development, having been the chair of the 2016 TMS 402/602 code committee. He is currently 2nd vice-chair of the 2022 TMS 402/602 code committee.

September 30, 2021
Thu 12:00 PM CDT

Duration 1H 30M

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