Structural masonry is a proven system that saves time and money — and at the same time, produces stunning results and lasting value. IMI offers a variety of resources on the topic at no cost to designers and builders, including guides, manuals and a series of informative webinars and in-person training.

Design Aids

International Masonry Institute RAM Elements V8i Manual for Masonry Analysis and Design (pdf)

The importance of good software can’t be overestimated as a tool for today’s structural engineer. During the last few years, masonry design software options for structural engineers have grown and the use of masonry structurally has become more prevalent and sophisticated. Funded by the International Masonry

International Masonry Institute RAM Elements Design Example (pdf)

RAM Elements v8i includes a Masonry Tutorial in its Help section, and in this document, we’ve reproduced it as a PDF, with updated references to codes and materials according to current masonry design practices. It is reproduced here as a convenience to the user and is subject to all licensing agreements, copyrights and other protections associated with the software. 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.

RISA-3D Workflow Manual for Masonry Analysis and Design (pdf)

As a convenience to users of RISA-3D, we created this PDF version of the embedded Masonry Tutorial found in the application’s Help section. The PDF is subject to all licensing agreements, copyrights and other protections associated with the software. 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.

RISA-3D Masonry Wall Panel Example (pdf)

This hands-on guide introduces you to the RISA-3D Masonry Wall Panel, and walks you through a start-to-finish example. This is intended for both experienced and first-time users of RISA-3D. The guide includes step-by-step instructions for using the software, along with illustrations and screen images of the software in use.

Internal Bracing Guide (pdf)

For the safety of both the general public and employees on the worksite, masonry under construction must be temporarily braced until the final lateral support system is in place. This guide summarizes the engineering principles and properties outlined in The Standard Practice for Bracing Masonry Walls Under Construction, along with other documents and industry best practices. Funded by the International Masonry Institute to support the engineering community in the use of structural masonry, including effective and efficient temporary bracing,

Masonry Partition Wall Design Program Software Version 2M

Introduced in 2014, the Masonry Partition Wall Software now offers even more features and design parameters! Incorporating rigorous engineering analysis, Version 2 provides designers with easy-to-use online tools for engineering masonry partitions by providing essential input. Just as before, access to the program is free of charge!

Masonry Detailing Series

IMI has developed a comprehensive library of carefully illustrated Design Detailing documents to show various masonry systems work. Based on the latest industry practices, these details can be easily modified to suit local needs and preferences.

For information about the material presented in any of the documents in the Masonry Detailing Series, please contact IMI at dlafey@imiweb.org, or (301) 291-2110.

The International Masonry Institute (IMI) is a strategic alliance between the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers and the contractors who employ those members. Through education, technical support, research and training the IMI works to provide a more efficient construction delivery system.