Free Webinar: Seismic Requirements of the Building Code

The Mason Contractors Association of America will host a free webinar entitled “Seismic Requirements of the Building Code” on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at 10 a.m. CST. The presentation will be given by John Chrysler, executive director of the Masonry Institute of America.

Earthquakes in 34 States

In most places, earthquakes don’t happen very often, but they can happen anywhere. Alaska and the West Coast of the United States are notorious for moderate to major earthquakes, but we are also aware of significant earthquakes in Missouri, Texas, Maine and Illinois. In fact, there are 34 states that have experienced earthquakes of at least a 5.0 Richter magnitude.

Codes, Masonry Construction and Inspection

This presentation will show where the hot spots are and provide some insight on why the codes are requiring seismic consideration in masonry design and construction. It will also show some basic methods on how to simplify construction when obstacles, such as reinforcement, are required in masonry walls. Most important, the presentation will provide some insight on what inspectors should be looking for when observing masonry construction.

For more information or to register, please visit or contact Tradesmen’s Software, Inc. at 800-536-2225.

About the Presenter

John Chrysler is the executive director of the Masonry Institute of America and has been a member of the masonry industry since 1968 as a contractor, licensed civil engineer and certified structural masonry inspector. He is a well-known author of numerous books and articles, including the popular “Reinforced Concrete Masonry Construction Inspector’s Handbook.” Chrysler serves on numerous committees and organizations, and is a past president of The Masonry Society. He also serves on the Masonry Standards Joint Committee (MSJC), which is responsible for the development and maintenance of provisions in the MSJC Code and Specification that serve as primary references for the International Building Code. He has served on the ICC/TMS Special Masonry Special Inspector’s Examination Committee since it began. You can be reach him at or 310-257-9000.

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