June 17, 2021

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(TMS 402-13 and TMS 602-13)


Upcoming TMS Events & Meetings

October 13-16, 2021 Annual Meeting, Nashville, Tennessee

October 27 - December 16, most Wednesdays at 7 pm ET, Existing Masonry Nigh School

Upcoming Conferences

11th International Masonry Conference, July 11-13, 2022, York, England, UK

14th North American Masonry Conference, June 9-14, 2023, with the University of Nebraska Lincoln at Omaha

Upcoming Deadlines
June 30th of each year:

February 1st of each Year:

TMS Members Area
The TMS Members Area provides access to resources including TMS Journal, TMS Responds, Member Logos, Member lists and much more! In addition, the Members Area is the portal for Members to receive special discounts on publications, seminars, and events.

TMS Planning for Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN
Join us October 13-16!
Experience Southern Hospitality in Nashville, TN as TMS returns to in person meetings! The Society's 2021 Annual Meeting will be held at the Millennium Maxwell House, in the heart of Music City, October 13 - 16. Information on the meeting will be added here as it becomes available

A number of educational programs will be presented in between needed business meetings and enjoyable social events. 

Spring Meetings Effective for TMS
Aggressive Budget Approved for Fiscal Year 2022
Throughout the Spring, most TMS Committees met at least once. Most recently, the Board of Directors met on June 7, where the Board approved an aggressive budget based on recommendations from the Committees. Click here to review a summary of major actions taken, and to review some of the work planned, underway, and completed. 

Fire Safety Webinar, September 8 at 1 pm ET
Come learn from Kevin Cavanaugh, of Cavanaugh & Associates / Arcosa Lightweight / cfiFOAM about the Balanced Fire Safety Design concept and the crucial role that passive masonry firewalls play in it. Requirements in the building codes will be reviewed along with those in ACI/TMS 216 Code Requirements for Determining Fire Resistance of Concrete and Masonry Construction Assemblies. Click here for additional information on this helpful new webinar and to register. 

Webinar on Using Masonry to Support Resilient Designs, November 9 at 1 pm ET
Learn from Christine "Tina" A. Subasic, P.E., LEED A.P. about resilient design and how masonry can be used to enhance the resilience of buildings.  During this webinar, Subasic will review the use of 'above-code' standards to strengthen buildings, and the role of masonry construction in meeting resilient design goals.

Masonry Testing Technician Certification Program?
Let us know if you are interested
The Masonry Society in cooperation with the National Concrete Masonry Association will be offering review courses and ACI certification examinations for ACI's Masonry Field Testing Technician (MFTT) program and Masonry Laboratory Testing Technician (MLTT) program on November 9-12 at the NCMA Laboratory in Herndon, Virginia. 

Additional information and a registration form will be posted here in the coming weeks. 

Fall Night School Starting October 27:
Assessment, Maintenance, and Repair of Transitional Masonry Structures 
TMS's Existing Masonry Committee (EMC) will be presenting seven (7) one-hour sessions weekly at 7 pm ET on Wednesday from October 27 though December 16 to discuss the most common issues in assessing, maintaining, and, where needed, repairing masonry cladding systems constructed in North America between the 1880 and 1945. Preliminary information on these Fall EMC Night School Sessions is posted here.

Promotional Webinars by Vendors
TMS accepting Proposals for Consideration
The Masonry Society is accepting proposals from vendors and manufacturers who wish to offer informational webinars through the Society on their products and systems. For information and details, click here.

Nominations for Board Members Sought
TMS Nominating Committee accepting Nominations through June 30
At the recent June Board of Directors meeting, a Nominating Committee Chaired b Immediate Past President, Darrell McMillian, and having additional members of Diane Throop, Steve Dill and James Mwangi was formed. This group will be considering individuals to serve in the 2021-2023 Class of Board Members, and will make recommendations to the Members of TMS later this summer. If you would like to nominate someone, or yourself, for consideration, please email us no later than June 30, 2021. The Article below discusses the role of the Board of Directors. 
Committee Highlight: What We are Doing
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors, in addition to performing such duties and exercising such powers as are delegated in the Bylaws, manages, conducts, and controls the business of the Society and adopts and amends such rules and regulations, including voluntary consensus procedures. The Board of Directors keeps in mind the educational and scientific purpose of The Masonry Society and develops programs and products to meet that purpose. 

As noted above, the Board most recently met in June and will meet again this October at TMS's Annual Meeting. In recent weeks, the Board has been busy prioritizing possible projects and tasks the Society may wish to engage in, budgeting, and wrestling with the concept of possibly developing an Enhanced TMS 402/602 Commentary.

To view a listing of current Board Members, or to review a listing of basic Board Member responsibilities, click here. As noted above, nominations for the 2021-2023 Board Members are being sought through the end of June. 

TMS 402/602 Public Comment Period Open Until July 15, 2021
The TMS 402/602 Committee has proposed revisions to the 2016 Edition of its Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures (TMS 402-16), Specification for Masonry Structures (TMS 602-16) and their companion commentaries for a planned 2022 edition of the Standards.

In accordance with the rules of The Masonry Society, proposed changes to standardized documents must be open for public comment for a period of not less than 45 days. This Public Comment Period was opened on June 1, 2021 and comments from the public on the proposed changes will be accepted through 11:59 pm Eastern Time on July 15, 2021. Click here for additional information, to review the Working Draft, or to submit comments.
TMS Responds on Prestressed Masonry
The newest issue of TMS Responds related to Calculating Losses for High and Low Strength Steels in Prestressed Masonry is now available and is Free for TMS Members. Click here to access this issue, or click here for a listing of all past TMS Responds

Award Nomination Deadlines
The Masonry Society is now accepting nominations and applications for a number of awards including:
Scholarship Applications Being Accepted
The Masonry Society (TMS) is accepting applications for the Clayford T. Grimm P.E. Student Scholarship until July 31, 2021.

The Clayford T. Grimm P.E. Student Scholarship was established in 2007 to honor the memory of Clayford T. Grimm. This Scholarship is awarded every year to a Master's level graduate student who is conducting research in masonry. The investigation can be in masonry materials, structures, construction, or architecture and must be performed under the direction of a member of The Masonry Society. The current value of the annual scholarship is $1,000 US. Click here for Rules and the Application.
TMS Tweaks Privacy Policy
The Masonry Society has recently made a minor modification to its privacy policy regarding sharing data as needed for Committee work and for TMS Business. We take seriously the protection of data for our Members, Customers, and Clients. To read the privacy policy, click here.

TMS Member News
Antonio Nanni, Chair and Professor of  the Deptartment of Civil, Architectural, & Environmental Engineering at the University of Miami, has received the Arthur J. Boase Award from the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Foundation for his outstanding research on concrete and fiber reinforced composites and for applying the research into practice. Nanni has also been elected as an ACI Vice President and his term began at the conclusion of ACI's Spring meeting.
Welcome New Members of TMS!
Affiliate Member
Tony Fuller, PermaBASE Building Products
Ramon Gilsanz, Gilsanz, Murray, Steficek Structural Engineers
Todd McClave, Superior Clay Corp.
Jason Allman, Allman and Sons Masonry, Inc
Aaron Blum, Paradigm Structural Engineers Inc.
Mary Lisbeth Collins, Build Change
Greg Cook
Neil Cox, SoundQA Solutions Inc.
Jim B. Cranford, Cranston Engineering
Steve Ekmekji, Reiss Brown Ekmekji, Inc.
Luciano Fronteddu, Bureau d'Etudes Spécialisées Inc.
Thomas Harrison, GRAEF
Agustin Jimenez, California State University, Fresno
Thomas Kolden, Specialized Testing, Inc.
Michael L. Lenkin, Lenkin Enterprises, Inc.
Colten McCampbell, BakerRisk
Selamawit Mehary
Patrick J. Morrissey, ConSpec Associates, Inc.
Mary Nguyen
Michael Ryan, Savin Engineers
Kurt Swensson, KSi Structural Engineers
Randall Tonelli, Thorson Baker + Associates
David Viele, CONSOR Engineers
Jake Wyatt, Parkhill
Logan Young, David Evans and Associates, Inc.
Mitchell Borseth, Gonzaga University
Peter Cruz, SUNY at Buffalo
Courtney E. DeRusha, C.E. DeRusha Masonry, LLC
Robert Devine, WJE
Hussam Fallatah, Portland State University
Luke Grischow, University of Kansas
Bryan Orozco, UCLA
Urva Patel, TDOT
Mark Zibinski, Villanova University

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