Bracing Masonry Walls Under Construction

Scott Walkowicz, PE, Walkowicz Consulting Engineers, LLC

This SE University session focused on the recently updated Standard Practice for Bracing Masonry Walls Under Construction, published by the Mason Contractors Association of America, as well as the newly issued Internal Bracing Design Guide for Masonry Walls Under Construction, published by the International Masonry Institute.

It is helpful for structural engineers to understand how masonry walls are braced under construction for several reasons. If the engineer will be doing site observation or site visits, he/she will want to be aware of the bracing that is in place and the Restricted Zones, and recognize that the walls are braced either for 20 or 35 mile per hour winds. Engineers may also be involved in the bracing design process. While currently the bracing is often the responsibility of the masonry contractor, the Structural Engineer of Record may review the bracing plan, to see if there are changes that will affect the design.

During this presentation, the speaker covered general concepts and application of the Standard Practice and how that Standard can be applied to Internal Bracing. In addition, the session included a brief introduction to software applications that can be used for analysis of Internal Bracing.

Session Length: 1.5 hours

August 14, 2013

Masonry

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