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June 3, 2011 7:00 AM CDT

MCAA Summer Webinar Schedule

Earn Certification credit while improving profitability and productivity


The MCAA Live Webinar Series will feature courses on LEED, wall bracing, codes and more.

The MCAA Live Webinar Series will feature courses on LEED, wall bracing, codes and more.
The Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) has announced the Summer MCAA Live Webinar schedule. Courses include:

Emergencies on the Job Site - Are You Prepared?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM CDT

Preparing for emergencies on a construction site is no longer a matter of just ensuring fire prevention and evacuation. This webinar will help you prepare for emergencies. It will identify regulations targeting employer responsibilities and describe the basic elements of a company emergency response plan. It will also offer procedures you can share with employees to protect them from various events.

Register for Emergencies on the Job Site - Are You Prepared?

Seismic Requirements of the Building Code

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM CDT

In most places, earthquakes don't happen very often, but they can happen anywhere. This presentation will show where the hot spots are and provide some insight on why the codes are requiring seismic consideration in 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.

Register for Seismic Requirements of the Building Code

How to Become an Equal Partner with the General Contractor

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM CDT

Commercial projects may have over 15 specification sections listed and many times there will be more than one trade in a specification section. This presentation will attempt to provide ways that the masonry contractor can help the general contractor or project manager understand and appreciate the details of masonry. In return, the masonry contractor needs to understand and appreciate the needs of other trades, particularly those that interface with masonry. In doing so, the masonry contractor has a better opportunity to participate in communication with the general contractor or project manager, thereby working together in moving the project to completion.

Register for How to Become an Equal Partner with the General Contractor

How to Develop and Implement an Effective Quality Control Program

Wednesday, July 6, 2011
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM CDT

Current code requires development and implementation of a Quality Assurance program developed by the design professional and implemented by the contractor. Quality Assurance is not the same as Quality Control. This webinar will show the difference between Quality Assurance and Quality Control and offer suggestions on items that should be included in an effective Qualify Control program. The program will also provide suggestions for an appropriate Quality Control program that addresses overall compliance with the Quality Assurance requirements and conformance to the Quality Control requirements providing for improved aesthetic appearance and structural performance of masonry.

Register for How to Develop and Implement an Effective Quality Control Program

How Codes Change the Way We Construct Masonry

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM CDT

In today's economic climate, construction efficiency can make the difference between the loss or gain of profitability. Knowing the requirements of the current building code can positively impact construction means and methods. Additionally, provisions for the performance of a building (green efficiency, sustainability) are becoming code requirements. This program will reveal some changed and new code requirements and offer suggestions on construction compliance.

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An Introduction to LEED and Masonry Construction

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM CDT

An Introduction to LEED and Masonry Construction will provide a general overview of the LEED for New Construction version 3.0 rating system and the LEED credit categories and point system. The seminar will also include a review of the LEED certification process. The discussion of the LEED credits will include examples using masonry construction. In addition, sustainable design strategies, not included in LEED, but applicable to masonry construction will also be discussed.

Register for An Introduction to LEED and Masonry Construction

Stone Fabrication for Restoration and New Construction

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM CDT

The process of selecting and fabricating natural stone for restoration is complex. The speaker will first discuss the selection and matching process for limestone and sandstone supply, followed by site measuring techniques, templating and drawing requirements. We will take a virtual tour of a fabrication plant to see the high-tech machinery used to cut, turn and profile stone. We will also see the traditional hand-cut methods used by skilled cutters, carvers and sculptors to create one-of-a kind pieces. You will learn some of the terminology associated with this ancient craft and learn about stone as a sustainable building material.

Register for Stone Fabrication for Restoration and New Construction

Quality Assurance for Masonry

Wednesday, August 3, 2011
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM CDT

Quality assurance for masonry can be used to improve life safety, performance, aesthetics, and internal control of a job. It may also require special inspection. In this course, the basics of quality assurance for masonry are reviewed, with emphasis on the actions that contractors and others are required to take in a typical model-code environment.

Register for Quality Assurance for Masonry

Masonry Wall Bracing Seminar

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM CDT

The Masonry Wall Bracing Seminar has been developed to provide contractors with the know-how to confidently design and construct bracing for a variety of common masonry structures. This course is intended to teach project managers, safety managers, foremen and any other responsible person to understand and implement the OSHA regulation on wall bracing, the Standard Practice for Bracing Masonry Walls, and the Masonry Wallbracing Design Handbook. Completion of this course will allow your people to safely and efficiently design adequate masonry wall bracing.

Register for Masonry Wall Bracing Seminar

Understanding Masonry Codes & Standards

Wednesday, August 17, 2011
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM CDT

This intensive seminar will guide you step-by-step through the recently updated masonry specification provisions included in the consensus masonry standards. At the same time, it will cover basic masonry design and construction examples that contractors need to know, using both the Code and the Specification. This seminar is intended for contractors who will be applying for Certification and who use the Specification to erect masonry structures. By the end of this seminar, you will have a real feel for the Code, so that you can put the new Masonry Code into practice.

Register for Understanding Masonry Codes & Standards

Masonry Inspection & Testing

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM CDT

Inspection and testing of masonry is often left up to the architect, engineer or general contractor. However, there are basic things that mason contractors need to know when working with qualified and under qualified masonry inspectors and testing laboratories. The course will cover the importance of testing criteria in the field and the lab, evaluate and check key quality assurance items, and identify what to look for in a quality masonry testing laboratory.

Register for Masonry Inspection & Testing

Water Resistant Masonry

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM CDT

Dealing with moisture problems in masonry walls is not easy, and finding the source of leaks in a masonry wall is tricky. In this seminar we will discuss the different conditions that can lead to leaks and what we can do to keep water out of our walls. Attendees will learn about different water tests that are used to track down the cause of leaks, how to use the results of tests to plan repairs, and design details that can cause or prevent water problems in walls.

Register for Water Resistant Masonry

Packs of five, eight or ten Live Webinars are also available at discounted prices. Mix and match webinars priced $75.00 for MCAA members and $100.00 for non-members. For example, a ten pack could be purchased for ten individuals to take one course or spread out over time for one individual to take ten different courses. The options and combinations are unlimited.

Visit for more information about each webinar and to purchase your tickets today.

About the Author

Tim O’Toole is the Director of Marketing for the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA). He has a Masters in Business Administration from Webster University and has worked in the masonry industry since 2003.


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