Advantages and Pitfalls of Unreinforced Masonry Construction (WEBINAR)

Training overview
Professional Course
3 hours
From 179.90 USD
Start dates
179.90 USD
Start anytime!
engineer in tunnel

Course description

In Advantages and Pitfalls of Unreinforced Masonry Construction , you'll learn ...

  • The most commonly used masonry materials and their distinguishing features
  • Why unreinforced masonry construction (URM) is still such a popular construction choice
  • The structural limitations of URM and causes for numerous building collapses
  • Ways to improve or increase the strength of masonry structures


Unreinforced masonry (URM), such as brick walls or walls constructed of concrete masonry units, has been used throughout history for the construction of various structures, including residential (single family homes), commercial (office space, retail), and assembly (churches, theaters). URM construction offers numerous advantages over other building materials, but there are also some structural disadvantages to it. Fortunately, there are prescribed repairs that can remedy the inherent structural weaknesses of URM construction. One of the main goals of this webinar is to describe those repairs and provide design examples.

We will begin the webinar with a brief look at the historical uses and development of masonry and masonry materials followed by a consideration of the most commonly used structural masonry units in today’s construction. Then we will identify and discuss both the advantages and disadvantages of unit masonry construction. We will also work through sample design problems and solutions for URM bearing walls, basement walls, and retaining walls, as well as for reinforced retaining walls. In addition, you will learn about some famous building collapses and foundation failures throughout the world, which were caused by structural limitations exposed by earthquakes.

Along with the applicable building codes and various articles and documents from the Masonry Institute of America, the main reference source for this webinar is Simplified Design of Masonry Structures by James Ambrose.


Want to find out more?

Training content

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • The historical development of masonry from antiquity to the present day
  • Distinguishing features or characteristics of masonry materials
  • Current uses of masonry
  • Structural advantages and disadvantages of various masonry materials
  • Material and/or construction terminology specific to masonry construction
  • Design of URM bearing walls, basement walls, and retaining walls
  • Design of reinforced masonry walls subject to lateral loading
  • Retrofit of URM walls with reinforcement to accommodate lateral loading


This course costs $179.90 - Contact PDHengineer to learn about discounts and upcoming offers

Why choose PDHengineer?

 Trusted by over 60,000 engineers to meet PDH requirements

Earn reward tokens with each course purchase

Triple guarantee that courses will be accepted by your state licensing board

About PDHengineer

Professional Engineers have trusted PDHengineer to provide high-quality PDH courses since 2003. A large library of PDH courses and live, interactive webinars means that engineers can find PDH course material covering all of the major engineering disciplines. Plus, all PDHengineer...

Read more and show all training delivered by this supplier

Contact this provider

Before we redirect you to the course sign-up page, do you mind filling out this form so that we can stay in touch? You can unsubscribe at any time.

Country *

Contact info


7915 FM 1960 West, Suite 130
77070 Houston Texas

 Show phone number

Learn more!

Before we redirect you to the course sign-up page, do you mind filling out this form so that we can stay in touch? You can unsubscribe at any time.

View again
Supplier Directory
Join our Supplier Directory to:
- Gain Traffic
- Get Noticed
- Showcase Your Services
- Free Listing Available