Technical Presentation and Dinner Meeting

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Performance-Based Design of Structural Masonry - 1.0 PDH

Valley Forge Casino Resort (formerly Radisson)
1160 First Avenue, King of Prussia, PA 19406

Updated Meeting Area:  Quaker Room located on the lower level of the Radisson, near the Independence Ballroom.

members $45; non-members $50; students $15

The seminar will introduce the new concept of Performance-Based Design (PBD) methodology and its application in the seismic design of masonry buildings. This seminar will provide information to achieve cost-effective design of engineered masonry buildings. This will result in more competitive masonry construction.

The seminar will highlight the application of the 2013 edition of the MSJC (ACI 530/ASCE 6/ TMS 602) masonry code regarding design provisions of reinforced masonry buildings.

Dr. Ahmad A. Hamid, Professor and Director of the Masonry Research Laboratory, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Hamid has over 32 years of experience as a faculty member, a Professional Engineer and a consultant in the USA, Canada and the Middle East. He has served as a member of professional committees of ACI, ASCE, ASTM and TMS. He is the author or co-author of over 200 papers and technical reports on the behavior, design, and retrofit of concrete and masonry structures. He is a co-author of 6 masonry textbooks and 3 editions of an ebook on masonry building envelope. Dr. Hamid has introduced masonry courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Drexel University since 1983 and has conducted many seminars and short courses on engineered masonry in North America, South America, Europe and the Middle East. He was the Chairman of the Six North American Masonry Conference that was held at Drexel University in 1993. He has been working as a consultant and expert witness on many masonry investigations for private industry and government organizations. Dr. Hamid is a registered professional engineer in the US, Canada and Egypt.

Meeting schedule:
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm  Social and Registration
6:30 pm - 7:15 pm  Dinner (chicken/fish/vegetarian) - please note preference in response 
7:15 pm - 8:30 pm  Program

To register (REQUIRED):
Please email Jacque Session <> or call
(215) 625-0099 by the Friday before the meeting (10/17/2014).  

Mail check payable to SEI-Phila Chapter (or bring it to the meeting) to:
SEI Treasurer Mr. Joshua Amsler
1700 Market Street, Suite 1600, Philadelphia, PA 19103
T 215.789.2103,  or bring it to the meeting.

**Payment must be made for the cost of dinner if you make a reservation but are not able to attend, since we must pay this cost to the caterer.**