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Modern Masonry Connector Design and Specification
March 23, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST
The cross-section of contemporary exterior masonry construction consists of multiple layers of material, each serving a unique function. Ensuring the proper connection between these layers is critical to achieving a well performing masonry veneer. As these wall systems become more complex to meet the demands of modern efficiency standards and architectural styles, structural engineers are having to take on the responsibility of designing masonry connectors to ensure loads can be transferred from the veneer to the backup wall.
CSA A370-14 Connectors for Masonry is the latest edition of the Canadian standard which covers the design of masonry connectors and includes minimum corrosion protection and spacing requirements. Changes to the latest edition of this standard and best practices for masonry connector design will be covered in this presentation along with short case studies of unique masonry building envelopes.
About the Presenter
Sasha studied at the University of Saskatchewan, earning a M.Sc. degree in 2014 for his work on construction solutions for non-contact lap splices in concrete block walls. He then joined the Canada Masonry Design Centre (CMDC) through its partnership with the Saskatchewan Masonry Institute. The CMDC is heavily involved with the development of the CSA masonry standards and supporting masonry research across Canada with the aim of advancing the state of the art in masonry design and construction. The CMDC also provides support to the design community through educational seminars, the development and distribution of MASSTM structural design software, publishing the textbook “Masonry Structures – Behaviour and Design” which is used in universities across Canada, and providing masonry-related technical assistance to members of the design community. Sasha’s mandate is to make the services of the CMDC more accessible to the local design and procurement community.