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Reading Rock plays an active role in educating industry professionals by maximizing their skills through effective learning and continuing education programs.  Please choose from one of the below presentations by scheduling a lunch and learn or by contacting us at 800.482.6466.  Each presentation is one LU/HSW hour.

 

  • Adding Value with Big Block Retaining Walls

    Big Block Retaining Walls have created a niche, which continues to grow, in the retaining wall marketplace. The presentation will summarize how Big Blocks (aka: Precast Modular Block Walls — PMBW) compare to other retaining wall products and when they add value for a project that is important to understand. During the hour long seminar, the presenter will define Big Blocks, identify the basic Engineering Principles behind retaining walls and their application to PMBWs, compare PMBWs to alternate types of wall systems and identify the different applications for PMBWs, their benefits and when they add VALUE.
  • Architectural Design with Cast Stone

    Attendees will have a clear understanding of Cast Stone, how it is produced, and how it differs from associated materials. The various applications of Cast Stone for residential, commercial, municipal, educational and other uses will be presented. Also discussed will be design recommendations, as well as anchoring details and inherent sustainable attributes of Cast Stone and LEED®.
  • ASTM C90 - Understanding Revisions & Impact to CMU Shapes

    This course will review changes to ASTM C90 and how those changes create possibilities for new block shapes that can improve building design and construction; decrease the overall construction schedule; and, improve the mason's safety and productivity. Strategies for complying with energy codes with new C90 shapes will be identified. Explanation about how new shapes can comply with fire rating requirements.
  • Boosting Energy Performance in Brick Walls

    This presentation will overview the basic properties of heat loss and heat gain; typical R-values of brick walls; thermal mass properties of brick walls; energy code requirements; thermal bridges and how to avoid them; and, condensation and how to control it.
  • Brick Masonry Rain Screen Walls

    Understanding the history and theory of rainscreen walls and the differences between simple and pressure moderated systems will be discussed in this presentation. Also will discuss the three essential components of rainscreen walls: air barrier, air space, screen wall; and, learning the various ways of detailing these wall types. Learn how air barrier detailing and performance is crucial to the success of a rainscreen wall (Reference: Technical Note 27 – Brick Masonry Rain Screen Walls)
  • Brickwork Aesthetics-Size, Shapes and Patterns

    During this presentation, we'll outline the aesthetics of the brick product. Participants will learn the most common & how to specify properly; brick sizes and Patterns along with ways to make a brick wall unique. The variety of shapes & how they can be used in brick sculptures will be discussed.
  • Burnished Concrete Masonry

    This course is designed to provide an overview of ground faced / burnished masonry as a building material. This presentation highlights applicable standards, aesthetic options and construction techniques that ensure successful burnished masonry applications.
  • Causes, Prevention and Control of Efflorescence

    This presentation will discuss and identify materials that contribute to efflorescence. Further, we will assess the impact of details and construction methods on efflorescence potential during project design, and, assess non-construction conditions that affect the development of efflorescence. Suggest procedures for removing and preventing recurrences of efflorescence will be reviewed.
  • Causes, Prevention and Control of Efflorescence

    This presentation will discuss and identify materials that contribute to efflorescence. Further, we will assess the impact of details and construction methods on efflorescence potential during project design, and, assess non-construction conditions that affect the development of efflorescence. Suggest procedures for removing and preventing recurrences of efflorescence will be reviewed.
  • Cavity Wall Design and Construction

    This program will introduce the participant to cavity wall performance; water penetration resistance; rain screen walls; movement control; and the flexibility of brick.
  • Concrete Masonry Overview

    This presentation covers a basic overview of concrete masonry systems and materials; including how concrete masonry units are manufactured, masonry terminology, masonry mortars, masonry grouts, and construction practices and requirements.
  • Concrete Masonry Production Overview

    This program provides a brief overview of production methods for concrete masonry units. Typical materials used in concrete masonry production are reviewed, along with the basic configuration and elements of CMU. The method of production from material control through to final product packaging is discussed. Finally, specialized processes for architectural finishes are reviewed.
  • Crack Control in Concrete Masonry Walls

    This presentation addresses the proper application of empirical crack control measures into concrete masonry wall systems as presented in NCMA TEK 10-2C. It includes causes of cracking, use of control joints and horizontal reinforcement to minimize cracking, details and banding (mixing courses of clay and concrete masonry).
  • Designing Projects Utilizing Walls & Permeable Pavements

    This presentation will teach and explore the variety of choices available to the design community in the areas of segmented wall products and permeable pavement options. The presentation will detail all aspects of each product and system, qualifying with real time data. The presentation will highlight real case studies encompassing all the SRW products and permeable pavement systems. Finally, the presentation will provide general economical information as to the cost effectiveness of utilizing these hardscape solutions on their projects.
  • Designing with Segmental Retaining Walls

    This program offers a basic understanding of segmental retaining walls and their advantages. The program will also describe the principles of wall design, explain how segmental retaining wall products work, identify reasons why they fail and teach proper construction methods. In addition, the course offers advantages of concrete retaining wall blocks and explains how segmental retaining wall systems work using the non-pin system. Further, the program will detail the basic methodology about how geogrid works in the soil.
  • Dry Pressed Brick Paving

    This Whitacre Greer course will cover the materials and methods used in brick paving systems including discussion on life-cycle costs and ideas to improve adaptive reuse potential. You will learn to identify the various paver types and paving system best practices, and learn how to select, specify, and install these systems to achieve design goals while mitigating the effects on the site’s ecosystem. You will also learn to identify areas in which clay pavers can contribute to sustainable environments through careful material selection and system design and be introduced to and given a review of permeable segmental pavement best practices.
  • Dry-Pressed Permeable Clay Pavements

    This Whitacre Greer course will help you identify the life-cycle cost benefits of permeable clay brick pavements and know the materials and methods used in their construction. You will identify the characteristics of permeable clay brick pavements that can improve water quality and reduce runoff. There will be a discussion of the advantages, limitations and best practices of these systems. You will learn how to mitigate the effects on the site’s ecosystem through proper selection, specification and installation of permeable clay brick pavements, as well as learn to identify areas in which permeable clay brick pavements can contribute to sustainable environments.
  • Engineered Wall Solutions. Specifying Segemental Retaining Walls

    Engineered Wall Solutions; Specifying Segmental Retaining Walls, provides the information needed to properly identify and specify the right retaining wall solution for any project. The course will teach what a segmental retaining wall is, the two basic types of segmental retaining walls and explore up front planning considerations. Understanding specification alternatives will be the focus of the presentation and will allow participants to understand the pros and cons of each wall option available and how to properly choose the best solution for each project challenge.
  • Fire Safety with Concrete Masonry Products

    At the end of this course, participants will be able to understand fire statistics and trends; apply the concepts of balanced design for fire safety; distinguish the methods of evaluating fire ratings for concrete masonry; and, utilize the code approved calculated method for determining fire resistance rating of concrete masonry assemblies.
  • Go Green. Designing with Permeable Pavers

    Go Green — Designing with Permeable Pavers will describe the principles of permeable paver design, how permeable paver products work and teach proper construction methods for maximum benefits. Our goal is to educate the professional on permeable paver systems in order to reduce or eliminate excessive rainwater run-off each year from driveways, parking lots, and walkways while also reducing ambient summer temperatures on streets and sidewalks. This detailed presentation will spend time on the ecological benefits of permeable pavers, economical benefits, life-cycle costs, how permeable pavers work, basic principles of permeable paver installation, proper design and execution of permeable pavers, benefits of using the pavers, why permeable paver applications fail and proper methods for installing permeable pavers.
  • Healthy Walls = Rainscreen & Ventilation

    In this program we will analyze the way that various wall systems are being detailed and identify potential flaws that can lead to moisture failures. Review the benefits and principles behind having an airspace within the wall system. We'll compare the performance of various wall systems using test results for rates of drainage and ventilation in mock-up wall system. And, discuss the best practices for designing and construction a well drained and ventilated wall system.
  • Manufactured Stone Veneer Compositions and Installation

    This program is designed to educate the design professional on stone veneer technologies with a focus on aggregate, installation standards with an emphasis on moisture management and continuous insulation.
  • Manufacturing Technologies Provide Solution Based Products (Plant Tour)

    The tour that will teach the processes and details required to manufacture paver, segmental retaining wall and big block wall techniques. The tour will walk through the various stages of the manufacturing process — from raw materials to the finished product, participants will see every step along the way. From the material feeding to the conveyer belts to the product curing in the kiln, the plant tour encompasses every manufacturing step to ensure the group understands and appreciates all that goes into the manufacturing of hardscape products.
  • Movement Joints

    During this presentation, we'll outline the types of movement in masonry. Topics to be discussed will be: Movements, Temperature Movement, Moisture Movement, Movement Joints, Design, Placement, Bands of Different Materials, and the Flexibility of Brick
  • Proper Brick Masonry Detailing

    Proper brick detailing will be discussed and reviewed in this presentation. Topics covered will be; water penetration resistance, movement control, special details, curved walls, corbels, recessed courses, bands of differing materials, and the flexibility of brick.
  • Protecting Masonry from Water Intrusion & Graffiti

    The damaging effects that water creates for above-grade masonry structures and the role of water repellents in preventing or eliminating them. RTV Silicone Rubber technology will be discussed with a focus on its graffiti resistant properties. Program participants will be able to identify the types of problems that water creates for masonry structures. Participants will gain an understanding of the composition, mechanism of action, and performance characteristics of the three most widely specified clear, penetrating water repellents and their appropriateness for specific applications.
  • Successful Brick Paver Projects – How to Minimize Construction Problems

    This Whitacre Greer course will teach how the success of pavement systems depend upon proper drainage, a sound base and subbase, containment of the system, proper design, and qualified installers. You will learn common areas where system failure occurs and why it occurs and how to minimize these problem areas, as well as become familiar with aggregates required for projects. You'll also learn how to specify and identify qualified contrators, and learn the attributes of brick pavers.
  • The Making of Cast Stone (Plant Tour)

    Participants will be able to understand how cast stone production shop drawings are generated from architectural plans. Learn how molds are made to form the cast stone as specified in the drawings. Become familiar with at least one method of cast stone production. Understand the major aspects of the Cast Stone Institute Quality Control Program for cast stone production and shipping.
  • The Nature of Thin, Lightweight Stone Veneers

    This program provides an overview of how cast stone, as a building material, has evolved in today’s construction techniques utilizing thin and lightweight products as a Veneer/Trim, and, how they are quickly becoming an alternative choice for masons, architects and designers. Emphasis will be on installation methods utilizing adhered, rain screen and mechanical/adhered with EPS foam core installations.
  • Thermal Performance of Concrete Masonry Systems

    Increased energy efficiency in both new and existing construction is continuing to play a larger factor behind the design decisions we make and materials we choose to integrate into our buildings. This presentation illustrates how building envelopes including concrete masonry can not only meet minimum requirements, but exceed them as well.
  • Thin Brick Veneer - Why and Where it Makes Sense

    The construction industry remains one of the last to experience significant innovation and process improvements in our global economy. The evolution of thin brick technology and its applications help to resolve the many industry pressures. This educational course is a blend of technical, design, and installation topics that help architects better understand the use of thin brick and where it makes sense in the vertical building construction space.
  • Thin Veneer & Manufactured Stone Installation

    This HSW CEH program covers how to specify materials and the methods for the installation of thin veneer. Learn about the “Green Value” of thin veneer and see an installation from surface prep to finish. During the seminar, the presenter will discuss the difference between methods and materials for thin veneer and other masonry materials, use ASTM and ANSI Standards for the process of specifying mortar materials and methods for the installation of thin veneer, define the “Green Value” of thin veneer and discuss different types of veneer applications and show an installation from surface prep to finish.
  • Thin Veneer & Manufactured Stone Installation

    This HSW CEH program covers how to specify materials and the methods for the installation of thin veneer. Learn about the “Green Value” of thin veneer and see an installation from surface prep to finish. During the seminar, the presenter will discuss the difference between methods and materials for thin veneer and other masonry materials, use ASTM and ANSI Standards for the process of specifying mortar materials and methods for the installation of thin veneer, define the “Green Value” of thin veneer and discuss different types of veneer applications and show an installation from surface prep to finish.