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.

October 2020

Masonry Internal Personnel Track

Designing a Better Masonry Wall (AIA LU/HSW)
Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET
Featured Speaker: Brian Sullivan, Wire Bond

Brian Sullivan Bio

Brian earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Arizona State University. For the past 17 years, Brian has been in the building supply industry. Most of his experience is with rebar and steel products. Brian has worked for Wire Bond since 2012.


Designing for Moisture Protection in Masonry Walls (AIA LU/HSW)
Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET
Featured Speaker: Craig Walloch, ACM Chemistries

Craig Walloch Bio

Craig Walloch has been involved with the masonry industry for 28 years. He has a degree in chemistry from MIT and has been leading R&D and Technical Services groups in the masonry admixture industry since 1992. He currently is the Vice President of Technical Support and Education at ACM Chemistries, Inc. and is actively involved in industry technical groups. An ASTM Fellow, he chairs subcommittee C15.04 on Research of Concrete Masonry Units and task group C15.04.02 on Test Methods. He is the current Chair of the NCMA Masonry Technical Subcommittee and is the past Chair of the Technical Committee of the Interlocking Concrete Paving Institute (ICPI) and the NCMA/ICPI Joint Committee on Plant Certification.


Modern Masonry Using Pre-blended Mortar
Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET
Featured Speaker: William Roberts, Adams Oldcastle

William Roberts Bio

William Roberts has been in the Concrete Block and Ready-mix Industry for 26 years. After attending UNC-Charlotte, he started as a concrete block dispatcher in Charlotte for Metromont Materials. He has held the positions of Dispatcher, Sales Representative, Sales Manager, and District Manager and has been heavily involved in the promotion and distribution of concrete masonry systems and solutions.


Professional Audience Track

Enhanced Performance Installation Systems for Thin Adhered Masonry Veneers (AMV) (AIA LU/HSW)
Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET
Featured Speaker: George Dodson, LATICRETE

George Dodson Bio

George has over 25 years of professional experience in the development and commercialization
of a wide variety of building products and in strategic planning and acquisitions programs. His
career encompasses sales, technical development, management of several product lines, and
marketing, strategic planning, mergers/acquisitions, and capital programs, including participation
in two public offerings. George is a board member of the Construction Specifications Institute,
Raleigh-Durham, NC Chapter, as Director and Membership Committee Co-Chair.


Designing a Better Masonry Wall (AIA LU/HSW)
Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET
Featured Speaker: Brian Sullivan, Wire Bond

Brian Sullivan Bio

Brian earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Arizona State University. For the past 17 years, Brian has been in the building supply industry. Most of his experience is with rebar and steel products. Brian has worked for Wire Bond since 2012.


Designing for Moisture Protection in Masonry Walls (AIA LU/HSW)
Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET
Featured Speaker: Craig Walloch, ACM Chemistries

Craig Walloch Bio

Craig Walloch has been involved with the masonry industry for 28 years. He has a degree in chemistry from MIT and has been leading R&D and Technical Services groups in the masonry admixture industry since 1992. He currently is the Vice President of Technical Support and Education at ACM Chemistries, Inc. and is actively involved in industry technical groups. An ASTM Fellow, he chairs subcommittee C15.04 on Research of Concrete Masonry Units and task group C15.04.02 on Test Methods. He is the current Chair of the NCMA Masonry Technical Subcommittee and is the past Chair of the Technical Committee of the Interlocking Concrete Paving Institute (ICPI) and the NCMA/ICPI Joint Committee on Plant Certification.


Balanced Fire Safety Design & Concrete Masonry Fire Walls (AIA LU/HSW)
Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET
Featured Speaker: Kevin Cavanaugh, Arcosa Lightweight/Cavanaugh & Associates

Kevin Cavanaugh Bio

While earning his BSME at the University of Maryland, Kevin Cavanaugh interned at the National Institute of Standards and Technology where he first became involved with the concrete and masonry industries. After graduation, Kevin accepted a position as the National Concrete Masonry Association’s (NCMA) Energy Engineer. After two years, and to better understand what NCMA’s members faced in their markets, Kevin launched his current 25‐year career in technical sales, marketing and product development of lightweight aggregate, concrete masonry and associated concrete and masonry products and systems.

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