SCMA Concrete Masonry Academy: New Simplifying Masonry Series

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.

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.

Starting in July, 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.

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

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

The Block 102-105 virtual training sessions will start on July 14th and run various weeks through November 2020. Registration is required to attend. The new sessions will be announced every month. The July sessions are listed below. Sessions will be recorded and posted.

July 2020

Efficiency in Masonry (1 AIA LU/HSW)
Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm ET
Featured Speaker: Robin Keenum, H-B MiTek
Sponsored by Oldcastle and Johnson Concrete Products

Robin Keenum

Robin Keenum is the Architectural Support Representative for H-B MiTek located in Birmingham, AL. With a strong background in sales and accessories, Robin brings in-depth knowledge diverse range of products for the building envelope: masonry reinforcement, anchors and ties; water protection systems featuring flashing and air barriers. H-B MiTek, founded in 1933, is known worldwide for quality fabrication and innovative design of anchor and reinforcement systems for masonry. They offer a diverse range of products for the building envelope: masonry reinforcement, anchors and ties; water protection systems featuring flashing and air barriers; and masonry restoration products.ed on utilizing mass construction such as concrete. Most recently, he has provided educational seminars on resiliency, high-performance facilities, environmental sustainability & low impact stormwater management.

August 2020

Cleaning Products for Masonry that are Biodegradable, Non-Corrosive Including Stain-Removal Systems
Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm ET (Professional Audience)
Time: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm ET (Masonry Audience)
Featured Speaker: Debbie Spik, EaCo Chem
Sponsored by Oldcastle and Johnson Concrete Products

Debbie Spik Bio

Debbie Spik is the Senior Chemist at EaCo Chem Inc. located in New Castle, PA for the last twenty-three years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from La Roche University. She is an experienced Chemist that has demonstrated a history of working in the chemicals industry. She is a strong research professional skilled in Environmental Awareness, Analytical Chemistry, Building Materials, and Sales Management. EaCo Chem, Inc. is a leader in developing a new wave of cost effective and powerful brushless cleaning solutions for the masonry, construction and transportation industries.

Hard Surface Care, Stains and Sealants Products for Masonry
Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm ET (Professional Audience)
Time: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm ET (Masonry Audience)
Featured Speaker: Jake Boyer, PROSOCO
Sponsored by Oldcastle and Johnson Concrete Products

Jake Boyer Bio

Jake Boyer is the Business Unit Leader for Cleaners and Protective Treatments with PROSOCO which is a family owned business locate in Lawrence, KS for the last six years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Automotive Technology from Pittsburg State University. PROSOCO is a very diverse company that has a team of representatives throughout the U.S. educating various end users on products in the areas of Hard Surface Care, Air & Water Barriers, Concrete Flooring and Anchors.

Detailing, Designing and Specifying for Brick Masonry (1 AIA LU/HSW)
Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm ET (Professional Audience)
Time: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm ET (Masonry Audience)
Featured Speaker: Dwayne Bryant, Palmetto Brick
Sponsored by Oldcastle and Johnson Concrete Products

Dwayne Bryant Bio

Dwayne Bryant is the Regional Sales Manager for Palmetto Brick located in Greensboro, NC for the last fourteen years. He holds a Civil Engineering Degree from NC State University. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of NC. Dwyane has been in the brick industry for over 25 years. He has worked with architects, engineers and contractors on brick selection, design and construction. Palmetto Brick mission is to manufacture a superior product that combines the highest quality materials with top-notch service.

September 2020

Best Practices of Cleaning Masonry
Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm ET
Featured Speaker: Heber Aldridge, Hydro Clean
Sponsored by Oldcastle and Johnson Concrete Products

Heber Aldridge Bio

Heber Aldridge is the owner of Hydro Clean Exterior Cleaning Professionals located in Greenville, NC. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Mount Olive College. Heber has been in masonry cleaning and restoration business for the last seven years specializing in Residential, Commercial and Industrial Structures dealing in North Carolina.

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