News Brief



November 17, 2017    

In This Issue
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New Publications
To find out more about the publications listed below, or to order them, visit the  TMS eStore .
Some publications are also available electronically .

(TMS 402-13 and TMS 602-13)


( RCJ-1222-17)


Upcoming TMS Meetings
April 5-7, 2018, TMS 2018 Spring Meetings,  New Orleans, Louisiana
October 3-6, 2018, TMS 2018 Annual Meeting, Cleveland, Ohio

June 14-16, 2019, TMS Spring Meetings, Salt Lake City, Utah

June 16-19, 2019, 13th North American Masonry Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah  
November 6-10, 2019, TMS 2019 Annual Meeting, Scottsdale, Arizona  
Upcoming Conferences
10th Australiasian Masonry Conference: February 11-14, 2018 in Milan Italy

10th International Masonry Conference: July 9-11, 2018 in Milan Italy

13th North American Masonry Conference: June 16-19, 2019 with Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Upcoming Deadlines
December 31, 2017 - Member Dues for 2018 Deadline

February 1, 2018 - Fellow Nominations Due

June 30, 2018 - Deadline for Nominations for the Paul Haller Structural Design Award, Service Awards, John B. Scalzi Research Award ,and Outstanding Student Thesis Awards.

July  31, 2018 - Clayford T. Gimm P.E. Student Scholarship Application Deadline
TMS Members Area
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40 Years Celebrated in La Jolla
The Masonry Society (TMS) celebrated it's 40th Year during it's meetings in La Jolla, California earlier this month with historic presentations on the creation of the Society, a Commemorative Program highlighting the successes and growth of the Society, and much more.

The Masonry Society would like to thank the attendees, committee members, Chairs, helpers, presenters, advertisers, and sponsors for making this one of the most memorable meetings ever. Click here for report on actions from the meetings and read more below.

Dan Abrams, who provided an excellent and enjoyable early history of TMS, cuts a birthday cake during the Member/Guest Reception.

TMS Awards Leaders During Annual Meeting
During the Society's 2017 Awards Luncheon on November 4, leaders of the Board of Directors, Committee Chairs, and members of the Administrative Committee Team and the Technical Activities Committee were recognized.

Jason Thompson (left) of the National Concrete Masonry Association receives the 2017 President's Award from Jerry Painter

Jason Thompson (left) receives the 2017 President's Award from Jerry Painter
Quick 6 Question Survey on Meetings
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The Masonry Society needs only a few minutes of your time to complete a short 6 question survey on Meeting locations, length, and what might draw you to a meeting. Please help us out and complete the survey in the next few days.

TMS Journal to be Indexed and Abstracted
The Masonry Society is pleased to report that TMS Journal, the only peer reviewed journal focused on masonry in the United States, will be indexed and abstracted in Emerging Sources Citation Index by Clarivate Analytics. TMS has worked for a number of years to have the journal cited, recognizing the importance to scholars and researchers. The next issue of TMS Journal, which will be published in December, will be the first issue indexed by Clarivate Analytics. For information on submitting papers for consideration by TMS Journal, click here.

Webinar Series Continues

Non Destructive Evaluation & Testing on 12/14s

The Masonry Society's (TMS) "2nd Thursday of the month" webinar series continues on December 14th as Michael P. Schuller of Atkinson-Noland & Associates reviews Nondestructive Evaluation and Testing of Masonry. Future topics and speakers are shown below. Click the links below for information on these webinars and to register. Each webinar will provide 1 hour of AIA Learning Units and most qualify as HSW LU's. Webinars start at 1 pm ET.

December 14
Nondestructive Evaluation and Testing of Masonry
Michael P. Schuller
January 11, 2018
Special Inspection of Structural Masonry
John Chrysler
February 8, 2018
An Overview of the Role of Masonry in Sustainable Design and LEED TM v4
Christine A. Subasic
March 8, 2018
Anchor Bolt Design
Richard Bennett and Luke Scoggins
April 12, 2018
Masonry Testing 101
Nicholas R. Lang
May 10, 2018
Design of Masonry Shear Walls
Richard M. Bennett

Renew Dues for Free Downloads & Discounts!
2018 Membership Renewal Notices have been sent to TMS Members and can be accessed here ( click here if you are not currently a TMS Member, but would like to join). As thanks for renewing, in addition to regular membership benefits, TMS is offering read only access to several standards through 2018.


Besides being a part of the foremost organization dedicated to advancing the knowledge of masonry, TMS Members receive many other benefits including discounts, typically 25% of more on TMS publications, seminars, webinars and events; free electronic access to all TMS Journals; free electronic access to all TMS Responds, and much more. Renew soon to take advantage of these and other benefits of Membership.

Sponsorship Opportunity for 2018 Sustainability E-News
The Masonry Society is now accepting sponsorships for its popular Sustainability E-News, which is developed by Christine Subasic , to keep the industry, practi tioners, and others updated on issues related to sustainability, resiliency, energy, and more. Published twice per month, Sustainability E-News provides positive frequent exposure to sponsors. It is sent directly to over 3300 subscribers by TMS, and it is received/viewed by many more as it is distributed and posted by many other organizations. Sponsorship rates are also very reasonable, starting at only $ 250/year and going up to the platinum level at just $1500 for the year. To become a sponsor or to renew sponsorship, contact TMS before year's end.

Educators' Workshop Scheduled at University of South Florida on March 11-13
The Masonry Society, with the support of the Masonry Association of Florida, the Florida Concrete and Products Association, the Brick Industry Association, the International Masonry Institute, the National Concrete Masonry Association, the Portland Cement Association, and other organizations, will host a 2018 Masonry Educators' Workshop  to be held at the University of South Florida in beautiful Tampa, Florida on March 11-13. Dr. Rajan Sen who is a Professor and Jefferson Science Fellow at USF will serve as the workshop host.

The Masonry Educator's workshop (MEW) was formerly called the University Professors' Masonry Workshop (UPMW) but was recently renamed to be clear that educators other than university professors are welcome. The Workshop is designed to assist educators with creating or offering masonry courses so that students will be positively exposed to masonry and feel more comfortable with it when used on their projects. Educational sessions on masonry design, detailing and construction will be presented, panel discussions on a number of topics are planned, and a hands-on masonry laying activity will be offered. Additional details on the program will be posted here as they become available later this fall.  

Structures Congress Registration Open
Come Visit TMS Booth/Sessions There!
As reported in earlier e-newsletters, The Masonry Society (TMS) will be hosting a booth (#620) and sponsoring a technical sessions at the 2018 SEI Structures Congress that will be held in Fort Worthv Texas from April 19-21.  Registration for the Structures Congress is now open, and we hope that if you attend, that you'll stop by TMS's booth to say hello.  

As a BIM-M (Building Information Modelling for Masonry) sponsor, TMS received a software license for the revolutionary, new Autodesk REVIT add-in titled MasonryiQ. Sponsors and industry members are awarding licenses to select architects, engineers and contractors who are major masonry designers and users. TMS is pleased to present its license to Paul Scott of Caruso Turley Scott Inc., Consulting Engineers of Phoenix , AZ.

For more information on the the features of MasonryiQ and to order your own, visit
Board Approves Changes to Fellow Process
At the recent Annual Meeting, the Board of Directors approved changes to the process by which TMS Members are nominated for, and consideration for Fellow distinction based on recommendations from the Awards Committee and discussions at the meetings. The changes include updates to reflect changes in technology and process as well as two substantive changes. Click here for additional information on these changes.

TMS currently has 37 Fellow Members. The deadline for submission of Fellows Nomination Packages is February 1st of each year.

Updated Direct Design Handbook Published
With the approval of the Board of Directors and the Technical Activities Committee, the Design Practices Committee has published a new version of the Direct Design Handbook (TMS 403-17), that based on the strength design provisions of the 2013 TMS 402/602. The provisions have been substantially revised and shortened from previous editions of the standard and it now provides a framework procedure on how to design reinforced concrete and clay structures.

Mark Your Calendar for TMS Spring Meeting
As you plan for 2018, please make sure to mark your calendars for the TMS Spring meeting in New Orleans from April 5-7. TMS will will trying a new   compressed schedule that is intended to reduce the time out of the office by attendees, while still providing sufficient time to conduct important business of the society. We hope to see you there!

Watch the website later this year for additional details on the meeting including hotel and registration information.
Member News
Ed Huston (TMS Fellow), principal of Smith & Huston Inc. Consulting Engineers, received the Susan M. Frey NCSEA Educator Award. The award established to honor the memory of Sue Frey, who was a TMS Member and was recognized as an extraordinary educator, was presented to Huston for his expertise in presenting practical instruction to engineers and others on a broad range of technical topics. Click here for additional information the award.
Welcome New Members of TMS!
Deborah Bartolucci, Masonry Association of Florida, Inc. 
Mohamad Sabra , Group One for Blocks, Interlocks & Kerbstones (QATAR)
Individual Member
Edmon Badmagharian , Erkel, Greenfield & Associates, Inc.
Stevenson Bowes, Phoenix Home Services
Jimmy J. Chao, Chao Inc.
Everett Greenstreet, Senate Masonry, Inc
Norbert V. Krogstad, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
Daniel Shorts, Alliance Consulting, Inc.
Eva Antar
Lillian Kolehmainen, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
Sapon Rost
Christos Varsamis, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
Pete Weekes, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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