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Structural Masonry Lintel Design

September 11, 2017
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
International Masonry Institute, 2140 W Corporate Drive, Addison, IL 60101
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Posted by Jeff Diqui


Masonry Lintel design is a critical part of an efficient structural masonry solution. The design of the masonry lintel can add significant capacity to the structural design, and add robustness to the wall that contractors and owners will welcome. In many cases in the past we have made assumptions to simplify the analysis of masonry lintels that has been a detriment to the architectural, and engineering design. Today we have software tools to appropriately analyze the complex integrated masonry lintel, and therefore engineers should be utilizing those tools for masonry wall and lintel design. We will be demonstrating the construction of several different types of masonry lintels. Engineers, architects, and contractors can see first-hand how different design problems are being solved with masonry lintels.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how masonry lintels can help project schedules
  • Observe how masonry lintels are constructed in the field
  • Discover how masonry lintels function
  • Acquire knowledge to quickly design masonry lintels


11:30 - 11:55 check-in & seating
11:55 - 1:00 seminar & lunch


Free. Lunch is provided by the Illinois Structural Masonry Coalition (ISMC)

Continuing Education:

1.0 HSW LU's


At the following link:

Contact Jeff Diqui at or 630-606-8220 with any questions.

Presenter Bio:

Sam Rubenzer, FORSE Consulting


Masters in Business Administration – Marquette University
Bachelor of Civil Engineering – University of Minnesota

Professional Registration
Licensed Structural Engineer (SE)
Professional Engineer (PE)

Sam has 18 years of experience in structural engineering.  Sam spent the first years of his career working in Minneapolis, Minnesota designing a variety of buildings including concrete structures, composite steel floors designs, and load-bearing masonry retail stores.  Also early in his career, Sam was a structural engineer for GRAEF and designed many projects in southeast Wisconsin, including a sports stadium, large exhibition hall, several office buildings, and multiple education facilities. Sam then spent 5 years at RAM International and Bentley Systems, where he managed the structural engineering software training team and provided training to structural engineers on the usage of, RAM Structural System, RAM Elements, RAM Connection, RAM Concept, and other structural design tools.

Sam founded FORSE Consulting in January of 2010 and continues to assist structural engineers with designs on a wide variety of projects, building types, and uses of software programs from Bentley, RISA, TEKLA, IES, SCIA, and others.  He and his staff work hard to master each of the programs used by structural engineers and create presentations comparing the attributes of different software tools.

An expert in structural software programs, Sam speaks at structural engineering conferences nationwide, including NCSEA and NASCC, and also presents at SEA and ASCE events.  One topic Sam highlights is structural masonry analysis and design.  In addition, Sam has been the structural engineering consultant to the Wisconsin Structural Masonry Coalition since 2010.  Sam is also the 2016 Haller Award recipient, an honor that recognizes an individual engineer who has made an outstanding contribution to Structural Masonry Design and Education in practice