Team IMI

International Masonry Institute

Structural Masonry

“Structural Masonry Done Right”
in the April issue of Interface magazine.

Structural masonry is a proven system that saves time and money, without sacrificing good looks. It can be the primary structural system, or integrated with a steel or reinforced concrete frame. IMI can show you how.

“With IMI’s help, we replaced a poured-in-place concrete foundation wall with CMU as a deduct alternate.”

Fred Kinateder
Kinateder Masonry

Structural Tools

 

Design Aids


The importance of good structural software can't be underestimated as a tool for today's structural engineer. During the last few years, the software options available to structural engineers for masonry design have grown and the use of masonry structurally has become more prevalent and sophisticated. To support the engineering community in the use of structural masonry the International Masonry Institute has funded this manual.

This file is a PDF version of the embedded masonry tutorial found in the help section of RAM Elements v8i and is subject to all licensing agreements, copyrights and other protections associated with the software. It is reproduced here as a convenience to the user and modified for updated codes and materials for according to current masonry design practices. The software, including this tutorial, was developed for use as a design aid for qualified engineers. Considerable care was used in its preparation, but it should not be used in the absence of sound engineering judgment and knowledge. The engineer of record is always responsible for data used in design and results obtained whether from a calculator or from computer software.

This file is a PDF version of the embedded masonry tutorial found in the help section of RISA 3D and is subject to all licensing agreements, copyrights and other protections associated with the software. It is reproduced here as a convenience to the user. The software, including this tutorial, was developed for use as a design aid for qualified engineers. Considerable care was used in its preparation, but it should not be used in the absence of sound engineering judgment and knowledge. The engineer of record is always responsible for data used in design and results obtained whether from a calculator or from computer software.

This hands-on guide will help introduce you to the RISA Masonry Wall Panel, and walk you through an example start-to-finish with helpful information along the way. This is intended for both experienced and first-time users of RISA-3D. All the action items in this guide are indicated with bullets shown below:

  • Action Item

This guide is intended to show you the basics of the wall panel feature with a brief description. If you have further questions beyond this guide, please refer to the RISA-3D General Reference and the online help file.

Masonry under construction must be temporarily braced until the final lateral support system is in place. The importance of this bracing is paramount to the safety of both the general public and those involved with the project under construction. The Standard Practice for Bracing Masonry Walls Under Construction provides engineering principles and properties for rationally design bracing systems for masonry walls under construction. Internal bracing, or using the developing strength of the masonry assembly, can provide significant benefits to a project team. To support the engineering community in the use of structural masonry, including effective and efficient temporary bracing, the International Masonry Institute has funded this guide.

Introduced last year, the Masonry Partition Wall Software, is now even better! Version 2, still provides designers with the opportunity to engineer masonry partitions with simple input and with results that come from a rigorous engineering analysis, but now it offers even more features and design parameters.

Just as before access to the program here* is free of charge!

 

Structural Masonry Seminars


 

Case Studies


 

The Details


 

Design Tips

Structural masonry is a cost effective engineering solution that offers many options and significant design flexibility.  The TIPS below are crafted to help the designer make choices that optimize the structure.
Note: These tips should not be used in lieu of professional knowledge and expertise.

 

Press

Structural Masonry Done Right
April 2012 | Interface
Changing Masonry Standards Part 2 Grouting Options
August 2011 | Structure
Investment to Grow: Loadbearing Masonry’s Market Share
Vol. 40 No. 1 January/February 2009 | The Story Pole
Cheaper, Faster, Better: Zaragon Place
Vol. 39 No. 5 2008 | The Story Pole
Masonry and Steel
August 2008 | The Construction Specifier
New Software Simplifies Masonry/Steel Design
September 29 , 2008


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