SCMA Concrete Masonry Academy

Southeast Concrete Masonry Association (SCMA) has created a Concrete Masonry Academy designed to provide monthly education webinars on a variety of topics for all industry professionals at no cost.

Block 101-105 will cover a series of 19 training sessions on concrete masonry. These topics will range from CMU Production, Wall Accessories, Cleaning Efflorescence, Moisture Control Systems, Stone Veneer & Thin Brick Systems, to name a few.

SCMA’s Block 101 Introductory Video Series is now available for viewing including the five short videos listed below ranging from 4-15 minutes long. No registration needed.

Block 101a. Early & Current Production of CMU
Block 101b. Types of Concrete Masonry & Accessories
Block 101c. ASTM C90 Lightweight, Medium Weight and Normal Weight Explained
Block 101d. CMU Basic Terminology
Block 101e. Architectural Block


Simplifying Masonry Series

The New Simplifying Masonry Series is designed to provide the professional community as well as the concrete masonry community a more in-depth education of the various elements of concrete masonry. Please note that the webinars are indicated below if they are AIA-registered and a certificate of attendance will be provided upon request. If you attend both presentations on the same day, you will be recorded as attending only one as they are the same presentation tailored for different audiences.

Please note that the Masonry Audience includes masonry personnel with 0-3 years of experience and masonry contractors. The Professional Audience includes architects, engineers, general contractors, and similar industry-related professions.


Professional Audience Track

Insulated Concrete Masonry: Changes, Impacts & Benefits (AIA HSW/LU)
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET 
Featured Speaker: Bob Sullivan, cfiFOAM Inc.

Bob Sullivan Bio

BS/CE-Construction Option in 1962 from NC State preceded Bob’s 58 years technical & management career in the building products industry. Among other responsibilities, Bob represented gypsum & insulation manufacturers to architects, contractors & distributors, and had leadership roles in developing interior partition systems, drywall finishing materials and innovative applications of mineral fiber insulation. Active for 20 years in the Insulation Contractors Association of America, he co-chaired the ICAA technical committee and annual
conference & trade show, and was awarded ICAA Key Man six times.

Industry Partner Webinars


The Masonry Society

Masonry Assemblies
Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Time: 7 pm ET
Featured Speaker: W. MarkMcGinley, Ph.D., Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Louisville

Masonry Night School provides a more thorough review of masonry topics allowing attendees to progressively build their knowledge about masonry. All webinars offer 1 AIA LU credit each. For non-members, $75 per webinar.

The Masonry Society & NCMA

Masonry Assemblies
Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020
Time: 1 pm ET
Featured Speaker: Jason Thompson, NCMA VP of Engineering

The Direct Design Software combines the analyses for both the masonry resistance and loading criteria, into one platform, thereby streamlining the design process, reducing design time, and generating more efficient structural drawings. This easy-to-learn software has the ability to generate complete structural designs or shop drawings simply by inputting the dimensions of the building and openings; greatly simplifying life for the designer and allowing the contractor to explore more cost-effective design solutions.

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