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

Member Webinars

Understanding the Challenges of Tall Segmental Retaining Walls (1 AIA HSW LU and 1 LACES HSW PDH)
Date: August 10, 2022 
Time: 1:00 pm ET

This program will address the manufacturing, design, and construction issues unique to tall segmental retaining walls. The presentation will discuss the manufacturing tolerances, the importance of soil properties, unique design details for tall walls, along with construction/quality control issues specifically related to taller walls.

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Proper Thin-Adhered Masonry Veneer Detailing for the Modern Age and Energy Codes (2 HSW LU)
Date: August 17, 2022
Time: 12:30 pm ET

In this presentation, we discuss the design and construction factors that impact the long-term performance of continuously insulated thin adhered masonry veneers assemblies that meet the requirements of the Energy Code. Architectural detailing for thin adhered masonry veneers promoting moisture management principles and considerations for control of movement in thin adhered masonry walls are covered. 

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Masonry Best Practices: Building with Clay Brick (1 HSW LU)
Date: September 8, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm ET

Brick is a timeless building material with a variety of architectural benefits – and its own unique specification requirements. Join masonry experts for a detailed look at best practices and relevant standards designed to help you build stronger, more resilient structures. The presentation will cover manufacturing techniques, specification guidelines, flashing/weep details, differential movement, vertical relief, field mock-ups and sampling guidelines – all the information you need to build smarter with brick.

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Just Hanging Out on the Wall – Masonry Rainscreens (1 HSW LU)
Date: October 19, 2022
Time: 12:30 pm ET

To discuss Masonry Veneer Rainscreens and the wide variety of potential uses for them including new and renovation applications. This course covers how to meet the requirements of the Energy Code when utilizing these assemblies.

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Industry Partner Webinars

TMS 402/602-22 Night School – Session #1
Overview of Changes in TMS 402/602-22 and Review of the Specification for Masonry Structures (1 PDH/0.10 CEU)
Date: October 19, 2022
Time: 7:00 pm ET

This program will present an overview of the changes for the 2022 edition of TMS 402/602. This edition is based on a six-year cycle which allowed adequate time for significant changes and reorganization of the Masonry Reference Standard for Model Building Codes. The presentation will also review Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures and show the importance of why the designer should be aware of how masonry is constructed.

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TMS 402/602-22 Night School – Session #2
Major Structural Design Changes in TMS 402/602-22
(1 PDH/0.10 CEU)
Date: October 26, 2022
Time: 7:00 pm ET

This webinar will provide an overview of the major structural changes in TMS 402-22. One of the biggest changes was the introduction of compression-controlled sections in strength design. As a result of this the maximum reinforcement provisions were deleted except for beams and intermediate and special shear walls under in-plane loads. The basis for the provisions, the impact on design, and some design aids will be presented.

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Structural Design of Masonry Storm Shelters (1 HSW LU)
Date: August 10, 2022 
Time: 12:00 pm ET

Learn about updated storm shelter provisions per IBC 2015 and ICC 500, including examples of storm shelter concept designs. We’ll discuss the requirements for the design and construction of storm shelters to safeguard the public health, safety, and welfare in high-wind events, like tornadoes and hurricanes. Focus is on best practice for the design of masonry structures to accommodate high wind loading and storm shelter provisions of the code.

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What You Need to Know about Designing Terrazzo Floors (1 HSW LU)
Date: August 16, 2022 
Time: 12:00 pm ET

Get inspired by the design possibilities terrazzo flooring offers. We’ll look at the basic systems of epoxy and sand cushion terrazzo, as well as alternative systems like seamless and polyacrylate terrazzo. You’ll get an understanding of the components and details of each system, from substrate preparation, primers and membranes, strips, chips, and binders. Terrazzo flooring is typically fabricated and installed on-site, so the installation process and installation qualifications are critical; we’ll give you information on both. Plus, learn about options for premanufactured terrazzo elements like bases, stairs, and counters. Finally, learn performance and cost criteria and view case studies of beautiful terrazzo projects.

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Tips for Detailing Masonry Assemblies: Lessons Learned From IMI’s Drawing Reviews (1 HSW LU)
Date: September 6, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm ET

Over the years, IMI has conducted thousands of masonry assembly drawing and specification reviews for architects, engineers, construction managers, general contractors, and mason contractors. Learn from our findings to help you assemble construction documents that lead to more functional, durable, constructible, aesthetically pleasing, and economical masonry details. We’ll review typical and reoccurring masonry detailing mistakes and give you tips for coordinating masonry drawing, specifications, and reviews. Finally, see how comprehensive construction documents help facilitate a successful project by supporting contractors in creating more inclusive bids and minimizing or eliminating requests for information (RFI’s) and changes during construction. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of what to expect on your next masonry project.

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Masonry Notes, Details, & Prototypes (1 HSW LU)
Date: September 14, 2022 
Time: 12:00 pm ET

Get an in-depth analysis of the various components of a structural masonry wall system. Learn the “how” and “why” specific to each element of structural masonry. We’ll walk you through examples that show how to specify block strength, mortar type, and grout strength. You’ll also explore various types of wall design and flexible masonry corridor walls. Finally, review typical 2D and 3D structural masonry details including practical usage, limitations, and common errors.

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NCMA Podcast: Just* Mason Around

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