February 3, 2022 - 12:00pm to March 10, 2022 - 1:00pm


1. Masonry Software Overview

Feb 3, 2022, 12 - 2 pm Central $50 member/$100 non-member if purchased individually 

This presentation will focus on examining all the major commercial design programs that support masonry analysis and design, for both component design and finite element analysis and design. Session handout includes software comparison chart.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify various types of masonry walls
  • Determine how to make walls more effective
  • Review examples using software to analyze masonry wall elements

2. RAM Elements, RISA 3D|Floor, ETABS software for Masonry

Feb 17, 2022, 12 - 1 pm Central; $25 member/$50 non-member if purchased individually 

In this presentation, designers will learn about RAM Elements, RISA 3D|Floor, ETABS, and how to be successful in masonry design with these programs. The presentation is a hands-on review of the important aspects of the programs.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand software menus, defaults, and how to customize models appropriately
  • Model masonry walls
  • Identify important items to consider when connecting other elements to masonry
  • Determine the results of the analysis and designing masonry elements

3Component Design Software for Masonry

March 10, 2022, 12 - 1 pm Central; $25 member/$50 non-member if purchased individually 

Software programs that design masonry using finite element analysis (FEA) are beneficial to structural engineers because they analyze the structure as a whole - the lintels, jambs, walls, etc. all work together.  They also allow engineers to understand complex problems and find reasonable, approximate solutions.  We will review masonry software options and learn about masonry applications in FEA.  

Learning objectives:

  • Answer the question: Can FEA help us have a better understanding of masonry walls?
  • Identify how to customize software to more accurately model masonry.
  • Achieve a more accurate analysis, more efficient design, or both.


This will be a Zoom conference call.

BUNDLE Registration Rates

Members: $75 (save $25)
Non-members: $150 (save $50)

About the Speaker

Sam Rubenzer - Owner & Structural Engineer
FORSE Consulting

Sam Rubenzer has over 20 years of experience in structural engineering. He started FORSE Consulting in January of 2010 and continues to assist other structural engineers with designs on a variety of projects, including steel, masonry, and concrete. Sam has been the structural engineering consultant to Structural Masonry Coalitions since 2010.



FORSE Consulting is brought to you through the support of the Illinois Structural Masonry Coalition 



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