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North American Masonry Conference: Omaha, Nebraska

Meera Ramesh, PhD presented findings from a paper she co-authored with Ryan Biggs Clark Davis Principals Jack Healy, P.E., and Jamie Davis, P.E., at the 14th North American Masonry Conference (NAMC) held on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Omaha Campus today.

Titled “Masonry Scapegoat – Structural Investigation Reveals the True Culprit,” the presentation focused on case studies of three recent RBCD restoration projects. The presentation highlighted findings from a 19th century chapel tower with stone masonry at the base and timber framed construction at the upper levels, a rubble stone masonry church built circa 1940, and an educational facility with a stone cornice projecting over the central bay of the building. In all three cases, the distress in the masonry was not due to an inherent failure of the masonry itself, but rather a function of poor design.

The 14th North American Masonry Conference (14NAMC) is jointly hosted by the Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and the Nebraska Masonry Alliance (NMA), and sponsored by the Masonry Society (TMS). The 14NAMC program conference was host to vibrant social events, exciting technical and site-seeing tours, world-class key-note speakers and presenters, innovative technology sessions, exhibitions, and more.  The conference is held every four years.

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