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M-Day 2019 the future is you image w topics

M-Day is a full day of learning.  Earn continuing education credits while learning what is up and coming in the masonry industry.

Mark your calendar for September 25, 2019.

M-Day 2019:  The Future is You!





Up to 6 continuing education credits available


Cost (includes credits, bagels/pastries, lunch, and beverages)

Designers (Architects, Engineers, CM/GC, Testing Firms) $45

MIM Member Masons, Suppliers $100

MIM Non-Member: Masons, Suppliers $200


Location will be St. Mary's Cultural Center in Livonia.

Sponsor table top displays available!  Please contact Michelle for more information.


7:30am - 8:15am        Registration and table viewing

8:15am - 8:30am        Introduction

8:30am - 9:45am         "Masonry IQ," Tom Cuneio

9:45am - 10:15am      Break and table viewing

10:15am - 11:30am    "Direct Design," Russ Peterson

11:30am - 1:00pm       Lunch and table viewing

1:00pm - 2:15pm        "Movement Control," Brian Trimble

2:15pm - 2:45pm         Break and table viewing

2:45pm - 4:00pm        "Energy," Kevin Cavanaugh

Tom Cuneio - Masonry iQ

Masonry iQ Design, now available, is a smart new Revit plug-in that studies modularity, properly bond corners, see cuts at openings, create masonry patterns, generate sweeps and draws/details vertical and horizontal masonry sections.

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Russ Peterson - Direct Design

Direct Design, now available, is an accelerated masonry building design software, which is both economical and very fast. As far as input, you have to put in all the masonry walls and openings. The ultimate wind speed, mapped ground snow load, and mapped seismic spectral accelerations will be based on the zip code entered for the building location being design. One of the most exciting and useful outputs is the wall elevations with all the steel reinforcement shown, size and spacing. 

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Brian Trimble - Movement Control

Movement joints are constructed within masonry to accommodate predicted volume changes of the masonry materials as well as relative movement between masonry and adjacent materials. Masonry movement joints may be described as one of three types: expansion joints, contraction or control joints, and isolation joints. Expansion joints (EJs) are used to accommodate volume expansion of clay masonry. Control joints (CJs) are used to accommodate volume shrinkage of concrete masonry, including cast stone. Isolation joints (IJs) are designed and constructed to permit differential movement between masonry and adjacent materials, such as windows, doors, and non-masonry façade cladding materials. 

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Kevin Cavanaugh - Energy

Architects, mechanical engineers and some building officials frequently misinterpret one critical sentence that first appeared in the 2003 IECC; thus, they incorrectly conclude that energy code compliance mandates continuous insulation (“ci”) and fail to grasp the concept of continuous thermal mass. COMCheck® is used by most architects in most states to demonstrate energy code compliance for most commercial building designs. Building designs too often fail to pass COMCheck because architects fail to override the software’s very conservative embedded default values. Two changes to ASTMC-90 adopted in 2011 and 2014 respectively enable concrete block producers to offer “Next Generation” CMU that can be installed faster using less steel rebar while providing for more energy efficient masonry buildings.

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See photos and presentations from past M-Days

M-Day 2018: Innovation in Masonry Design.